Shawn “The Clown” Crahan has revealed that SLIPKNOT has “about twenty-seven pieces of work” written for the band’s follow-up to 2014’s “.5: The Gray Chapter” album.
SLIPKNOT‘s touring cycle in support of “.5: The Gray Chapter”, ended in November, with singer Corey Taylor returning to his other band STONE SOUR this year.
Speaking to NME, Crahan stated about SLIPKNOT‘s current status: “We have decided to do things differently. Our label had been bought and sold, people who used to give me advice are gone now, we’re still standing. We’re not going to wait around for Corey Taylor to say that he’s ready, no one’s going to wait for me to finish directing a movie, the same thing goes if someone wants to go out on tour with someone else.
When asked about a potential timeline for SLIPKNOT‘s next album, the percussionist replied: “For the three years we toured, we were writing and recording the whole time. We’ll be getting together in September. Corey Taylor is doing his thing right now with STONE SOUR, and when he’s done, he’ll need a little time off. He’s always done that. Then he’ll be right back in it, writing SLIPKNOT songs and lyrics.
“A lot of us are meeting up in September to start working on those twenty-seven pieces of music and we’re going to add to that,” he explained. “Our goal is to get to somewhere where it feels like we could have a double album. Whether or not we’ll get to that, I have no idea. It’s almost an impossible thing to arrive at because you have to have so much music and pick what’s right. But I would like to have a double album and I would like to have a concept album. I’ve been speaking to Corey and Jim and we’re not just going to ‘do it,’ we’re not going to be contrived. It has to be right, it has to work for all of us.”
Crahan also said that he wants the next record to be their very best – as it has a very personal significance to him.
“The future is very exciting because it’s the sixth record,” he told NME. “The number ‘six’, besides being my personal number in Slipknot, is biblically, in computers, in maths, in whatever – the number six is a very important and structured number.”
The are also renowned for their volatile and adventurous live show. Once again, they have plans to not only step things up next time around, but also strip things back to the basics to get back in touch with their roots.
“It’s a beautiful thing to think ‘holy shit, we have six albums and we have to make a setlist’,” said Clown. We either have to go up in time, which is difficult because we like to just go for it and give everyone a bloody nose. It’s very unlikely that we’ll be doing a loner set, unless we do set changes, outfit changes, acoustic breaks – that’s something that we’ve been talking about too. We’ve also been talking about bringing it down to a small club tour.
“I’m not going to graduate this thing called rock n’ roll unless I can go back to where I started from – I want to get kicked in the balls by the audience. It’s not my fault if security have to work harder. Let the music compel the congregation. I want to go back there and have motherfuckers slap me in the face and have motherfuckers slap me in the face. I need to come back to that epiphany of where we began.”