Slipknot Are Already Writing New Material, According to Clown

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Last year’s We Are Not Your Kind marked Slipknot‘s first album in five years, the last one being 2014’s .5: The Gray Chapter. But now, it looks as though fans won’t have to wait quite as long to hear the follow-up to last year’s massive release, as the band are using the downtime of quarantine to write new material.

In a livestream to promote the sale of their No. 9 Iowa Whiskey, percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan revealed that the quiet downtime of quarantine may not have been so quiet for Slipknot, as the band have been using it to work on music.

“We’re taking this time to write some new music. So for the last week, we’ve been just having a good time, eating a lot of food and writing good music. So we’re having a good time.

“Since everybody’s taken a lot of time off, we thought we’d utilize it by getting together and do what we probably do best, which is write music.”

“So it’s been good, because there’s no pressure. It’s not like we have to. We’re doing it ’cause we want to. And it’s just been a blessing, because boredom can set in. And I know all of us in the world are going crazy, so we’re really lucky to be able to be together and do what we love most.”

Check out the full interview below:

No shade on Slipknot, but it’s pretty common for bands to start talking about how they’re working on a new album very shortly after dropping a big release — and then not actually putting out the new record for a couple of years yet (Tool do it all the time). So whether or not Slipknot are in fact planning the follow-up to We Are Not Your Kind, or whether or not Clown is simply enthusiastic after releasing a big album, remains to be seen.

More as we know it.

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Words by Chris Krovatin