Chris Fehn’s Lawsuit Against Slipknot is Over

Slipknot, by Evil Robb Photography

In a story, we have continued to track since 2019, it appears that former Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn has, at last, dropped his series of lawsuits against the band and their manager and settled for an undisclosed, likely large, sum of money. As reported by Metalsucks, new court documents filed in the New York State Supreme Court on October 29, indicate that Fehn has agreed to stop pursuing the suit “without prejudice,” meaning he cannot refile on the same claims. Ghost Cult has followed this story for a year and a half and even had a lawyer analyze the case since we are not lawyers. Continue reading

Chris Fehn’s Lawsuit Against Slipknot Has Gone to Mediation for a Settlement

Slipknot, by Evil Robb Photography

In a story, we have continued to track since 2019, and brand new developing news broken by Metalsucks.com, lawsuits filed against Slipknot by former percussionist Chris Fehn have finally gone to mediation for a settlement, perhaps telegraphing an end to the legal saga for both parties. In 2003 Slipknot dissolved the original partnership they had before they hit it big with their debut, in favor of a new arrangement giving control of the band to Corey Taylor, M. Shawn Crahan, and their manager Robert short of RSA. Fehn sure the band and both Taylor and Crahan, and he was dismissed from the band. Since we are not lawyers, we consulted with one to get their take on the potential outcome last year. It did not look good for Fehn at the time. Metalsucks has caught up on the most recent events, which we have excerpted below, but you can read the full update at their site at this link: Continue reading

Parts of Former Slipknot Percussionist Chris Fehn’s Lawsuit Over Band Profits Gets Dismissed

Slipknot, by Evil Robb Photography

Yesterday ( Tuesday (November 26) former Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn’s lawyers were in court as they continue to pursue legal action against the band, Corey Taylor and M. Shawn Crahan, and their business manager Robert Shore. According to a published report by MetalSucks, former Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn’s individual claim against his former band’s business manager Robert Shore is likely to be dismissed in a New York court on. As per an indication by the judge for the case Shore is likely no longer going to be named as an individual in Fehn’s lawsuit, after Justice Melissa Anne Crane found that there wasn’t sufficient evidence tying him directly as a fiduciary to Fehn to warrant the individual claim. However, Fehn’s claim against Shore’s music business management company, Rob Shore & Associates, has been allowed to proceed for now. This past September, Slipknot members Corey Taylor and Michael Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. Clown) filed motions for dismissal from Fehn’s claims, insisting they have no ties to New York, where Fehn filed the case. They claim none of their contracts were executed in the state nor were any of their albums recorded in New York. Those claims are set to be heard on January 3, 2020. Continue reading

Slipknot Honors The Five-Year Anniversary of “.5:The Gray Chapter” Album

In a message on social media. Slipknot has marked the fifth anniversary of their last album, .05: The Gray Chapter (Roadrunner Records) from 2014. M. Shawn Crahan, aka Clown or #6 wrote the post that marked the difficult chapter in the bands’ history that saw the death of band co-founder Paul Gray in 2019 and the firing of drummer Joey Jordison in 2013. The image on the post features alternate artwork for that album. Continue reading

Slipknot Continues To Try To Get Chris Fehn’s Lawsuit Against Them Thrown Out of Court

Slipknot, by Evil Robb Photography

According to The Blast, Slipknot members Corey Taylor and Michael Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. Clown) are asking a judge to throw out Chris Fehn’s lawsuit. In the documents, which were filed on Wednesday (September 11) in New York State Supreme Court, Taylor and Crahan claim Fehn’s lawsuit was filed in the wrong court. They claim to have no ties to New York, where Fehn filed the case. They claim none of their contracts were executed in the state nor were any of their albums recorded in New York.Taylor and Crahan said in separate affidavits in support of motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction: “Except for infrequent tour appearances with the band which included performances in New York during national and worldwide multi-city tours in 1999-2001, 2004, 2008 and 2019, [we] have never worked in New York and do not conduct business in New York.” Fehn launched a lawsuit against his former band in March, to which the band dismissed Fehn from the group. Ghost Cult has enlisted a lawyer to examine the documents and break it down in layman’s terms for the fans. Continue reading

Slipknot To Drop Unreleased “Psychedelic Album”  Outtakes from “All Hope Is Gone” Sessions Soon

In a new interview with Loudwire’s Jon Wiederhorn, M. Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. Clown, a.k.a #6), the leader of Slipknot has revealed the band will release an entire albums’ worth of new, never before heard material leftover from 2008’s All Hope is Gone (Roadrunner). This revelation comes on the heels that the prolific and popular metallers also have an album’s worth of new songs remaining unreleased after their new album We Are Not Your Kind (also Roadrunner) came out recently. Clown commented about the All Hope Is Gone outtakes: Continue reading

Update Issued on Chris Fehn’s Lawsuit Against Slipknot

Slipknot, by Evil Robb Photography

According to a published report from The Blast, former Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn is asking a judge deny the motion to have his lawsuit against the band tossed out. This is a typical response to an attempt to have a case dismissed and was expected. Slipknot’s business manager Robert Shore recently sought to have Fehn’s case thrown out. In his original lawsuit, Fehn accused Shore of playing a role in cheating him out of his rightful profits from Slipknot, along with chief band stakeholders as of 2003, Corey Taylor and M. Shawn Crahan. Fehn claims that Shore and his company were directly responsible for managing his personal and business finances and he believes they had fiduciary obligations to him. Fehn’s lawyers have asserted Fehn is legally still in the band, while the band has appeared to move on without him. In case you missed it, Ghost Cult sought a real lawyer (because we don’t know shit about this) to examine the case and walk through possible outcomes. Read his feature below. Continue reading

Slipknot – Unsainted

Welp, the wait is over. We finally got a sample of Slipknot album number six and the sound of it is good so far. It turns out ‘All Out Life, surprise released last Halloween is not on the new album, but what a good advertisement that track is when it says the album title over and over in it. The band has been promising brutal new music in their interviews, so we finally get to be the judge of that. Every band says their new album is their best. Slipknot, no a stranger to bravado and backing up, but they have been careful to steer clear of such a prediction. 2016’s .5: The Grey Chapter (Roadrunner Records) was phenomenal, so surely the pressure to perform is there. Continue reading

Slipknot’s Manager Refutes Chris Fehn’s Claims in his Lawsuit

Slipknot, by Evil Robb Photography

In a legal memorandum as part of Slipknot’s attempt to get the lawsuit against them by former percussionist Chris Fehn dismissed, their business manager Rob Shore refutes Fehn’s allegations that claim that he hasn’t been properly compensated for his years of touring with the group. Shore terms the claims made in the lawsuit as “out of proportion to the efforts and undivided interests of the other general partners.”. Ghost Cult broke the news last month, that practically broke the internet, that Slipknot had fired only their second member since 1999 on March 13th, after Joey Jordison. The only other departure from the band since they found mainstream success in 1999 was when co-founder and bassist Paul Gray passed away. Continue reading

Chris Fehn Versus Slipknot: A Lawyer Analyzes The Case

Slipknot, by Evil Robb Photography

The case by Chris Fehn against Slipknot has played out as expected in the music press with allegations and some mudslinging, and few details. We are not really privy to the back story and all the context about the relationships in the band that got us to this point. We are also not legal experts at Ghost Cult, so rather than speculate and guess, we asked a lawyer, Matthew Quigley, to analyze the lawsuit filed by Fehn and his lawyers with the State of New York, and give his own take on the finer points of the case. As journalists, we are not taking a side with either party, we only mean to understand the case better and hopefully enlighten our readers on this aspect of the music business. Continue reading