Unofficial SLIPKNOT fan site OpiumOfThePeople.net recently commissioned Seb from S7figures to make a completely “new and improved” unofficial figurine of late SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray.
A video clip of the new figurine can be seen below. Photos are available at OpiumOfThePeople.net.
A posting on the site reads: “This handmade #2 Paul Gray SLIPKNOT ‘All Hope Is Gone’ figure is just an amazing piece of art! It’s 10 inches tall (26 cm), made from different materials, including polymer clay, Citadel modelling putty, resin. The bass guitar is made from real wood and it includes real guitar strings. The figure is based on the infamous orange/red jumpsuit photo shoot back from 2008. The detail is fucking awesome! And hey, wanna know what the best thing is? The best thing is that it looks much much better in real life. I mean, it’s just totally insane! But the video and photos are still badass.”
“I wasn’t sure how this Paul Gray figure would look like in the orange jumpsuit, because, after all, SLIPKNOT has never performed in those during the ‘All Hope Is Gone’ tour, but man, when I first saw it in front of me, I just knew that it was the shit!”
Gray was found dead at the age of 38 in a hotel room outside Des Moines, surrounded by drug paraphernalia. His death was ruled an accidental overdose of morphine and fentanyl, with his autopsy showing that Gray also suffered from significant heart disease.
Gray‘s widow, Brenna, revealed in an April 2011 interview with Revolver that her husband had agreed to get help for his drug problem just one day before he died on May 24, 2010.
After a lengthy hiatus, SLIPKNOT resumed touring in 2011, with Donnie Steele playing bass live. The band intends to enter a recording studio sometime in 2014 to begin work on its first album without Gray.