If you’ve been following Slipknot as of late, then you know where each of the following members stand on a new album: Corey Taylor isn’t ready, Joey Jordison is ready (and not afraid to let others know that he is), and Shawn “Clown” Crahan has been in the middle (hopeful yet realistic). In a new interview with Billboard, though, both Taylor and Clown slightly change their tone about the possibilities of a new Slipknot album.
First, Clown (who recently said that a Slipknot album would “eventually happen”) reiterated that while there’s been no “talks” about a new album, each member supposedly has ideas to bring to the studio. Here’s what he said:
“Everybody’s got ideas and everybody’s writing, but it won’t happen until we get together as a band and have a big discussion about what it is we want to accomplish. We lost a very important piece of our enigma, and we’re not going to get together and bust through it just to bust through it because everybody wants us to.”
Clown also added that if Slipknot were to record a new album, it would be similar to the album Iowa in that it was recorded during a “very dark, painful time.” Interestingly enough, though, is that Corey Taylor concurred with Clown’s remarks, saying:
“We know that everything we do on that album is going to be about Paul. It’s going to be very melancholy. It’s going to be a more saddened form of rage when it does happen, and it’ll be a whole path that we’ve never gone down before.”
However, Taylor was quick to say that he’s “not as anxious to make a new album as maybe certain people in the band are, and I know a lot of the guys in the band feel the same way I do, whether they want to admit it or not.” However, this might be the most we’ve heard Taylor talking about recording a new Slipknot album since Gray’s death. So in other words, while the band will (understandably) take their time to enter the studio, a new Slipknot album is definitely not out of the question (or at least Taylor seems more onboard than before).
In addition to discussing a new album, the two also let some interesting details about upcoming touring plans slip to Billboard. We knew that Slipknot would be touring the U.S. this Summer. However, Crahan revealed that “from middle June to the middle of August, two and a half months…Our U.S. fans will get us, and the band will get to be together and that’s really important stuff. We are keeping it alive by committing to these shows.” Mid June to mid August in the U.S., eh? Hmmm, maybe seeing Slipknot headlining a certain touring festival isn’t out of the question after all.