SLIPKNOT Will Deliver New Music ‘In A Way You Can’t imagine’, Says CLOWN

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In a recent interview with Revolver magazine, SLIPKNOT co-founder and percussionist M. Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. Clown) was asked about the timeline for releasing new music from him and his bandmates.

“Well, one thing I can say is this: There’s always going to be new SLIPKNOT music,” he responded. “But we’ve also said that there is a filter, and we are the filter, and that filter must go through everyone. And when I was telling you that we’re doing a lot better communicating, now apply that to communicating about music. I can say that there’s gonna be music sooner than you can imagine, delivered to you in a way you can’t imagine. And I’m excited because we’re not on a label. And there’s a lot of dismay with that, you know what I mean? But there’s also a lot of middle fingers with that. I love it, you know? Come and get us, or we’ll come to get you.”

When asked about whether SLIPKNOT will release the new music independently or if the band is looking for a new label after being with Roadrunner Records for nearly 25 years, Crahan responded: “What I can tell you is that we’ve already been motivating around creating music, because of the love of doing it. So you’re gonna get music really soon. And if I can have a loud voice in it, I will make sure that we have at least a good amount of music put out before we do anything with anybody.

“Now, I don’t hate labels,” he continued. “In fact, I’m from the generation of record deals and producers and pre-producing your album and cutting to two-inch tape. So, I have a fantasy with all that; I like it when we can just book our plane tickets and go rock out in the studio. If we don’t go with a label, we’re gonna have to do all that ourselves, which might mean hiring some people to help pick up the loose ends, which makes it a business — and I’m not sure we’re interested in opening up another business. But I am interested in understanding what it means to go directly from our brains to your brain with nobody in the way; I’m interested in that potential.”

Last month, SLIPKNOT announced that a new song, “Long May You Die,” was recorded during recent sessions with the band’s newest member, former SEPULTURA drummer Eloy Casagrande.

In an interview with NME this past December, Clown revealed that SLIPKNOT is planning to release their long awaited album Look Outside Your Window later this year.

SLIPKNOT recorded two albums in 2008 – All Hope Is Gone and the highly anticipated Look Outside Your Window.

Look Outside Your Window showcases the talents of vocalist Corey Taylor, guitarist Jim Root, percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan, and DJ Sid Wilson, and deviates significantly from the band’s typical aggressive sound.

“It’s definitely arriving next year,” Clown said in December of last year. “You have my word. The art’s been done. It’s been mixed. It’s been mastered. It is definitely coming out in 2024 and it’s such a great album. Corey [Taylor] is my favourite singer ever, and you’ll never hear him sing in the same way as on this album, so it’s been worth holding it back. It’s such a different, timeless project.”

Back in 2021, Clown explained the reason behind the delay of the album in an interview with Terry “Beez” Bezer of‘s “Mosh Talks With Beez.” He said at the time: “The reason why we never can commit to a date or anything is because — don’t make it confusing. Don’t make it something it’s not. Don’t call it something it’s not. Accept it. It’s music. It’s art. It doesn’t carry the SLIPKNOT name. Joey [Jordison, then-SLIPKNOT drummer] wasn’t up the hill playing drums. He doesn’t know anything about the songs. I think he’s only been to the house once or twice. It’s a completely different project. It was never held to piss people off. It was never held to prove a point.

“It’s been mixed. It’s been mastered. It’s ready to go,” Crahan continued. “We wanna put it out. But it’s only gonna be put out when the priority is created correctly. It’s up to everyone to sort of shut their mouths and not make it confusing. Don’t let it affect SLIPKNOT. That’s the priority — SLIPKNOTSLIPKNOTSLIPKNOTSLIPKNOT. Everything else is just beautiful things that branch off of it. Everyone, quit confusing it. Accept it. We are an anomaly. We’re too much. We’re everything and anything at the same time and no time at all.”