Shock rockers Slipknot are hanging up their masks in the New Year (06) to take a temporary break, so frontman Corey Taylor can concentrate on his side project Stone Sour.

After spending 2005 touring the world promoting album VOL 3: THE SUBLIMINAL VERSES, Taylor is looking forward to the change - particularly as his second band allows him to be more flexible.

He says, "As diverse as Slipknot is, there's a whole diversity in Stone Sour that I can't do with Slipknot.

"That's important to me - I need both of those worlds."