For a while now, we knew Corey Taylor is writing new music for the next Slipknot album. Taylor also revealed the follow-up to 2014’s .5: The Gray Chapter will arrive sometime next year. The singer revealed to Kerrang! that the new material will be “Iowa levels of heavy.”
“It’s only in the demo stages right now. However, we have very serious, tentative plans — and I say that because the best way to make God laugh is to announce your plans out loud — to go into the studio at the beginning of next year and get this fucker going. We have 16 songs written right now, and they are fucking dangerous.
I loved ‘.5’, but this album, to me, makes ‘.5’ look like nobody’s business. This is ‘Iowa’ levels of heavy. And I have to go out and tour this shit at my age — I can feel those songs in my back! I am really, really excited about it, and I talk to the guys in Slipknot all the time. I talk to Clown either everyday, or every other day. I’ve been talking to Jim, V-man, Jay, Mick, Craig, Chris, Sid. We’re all really, really, really excited about this stuff, and it’s coming together really fucking well. So be prepared for 2019 — which, weirdly, is the 20th anniversary of our first album. Shit’s about to get fucking real again! So take that as you will.”