Slipknot’s M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan Says “Look Outside Your Window” Might Be Released This Year

During a recent interview with Upset Magazine, Slipknot’s M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan talked a bit about the side album that him, Corey Taylor, Jim Root, and Sid Wilson recorded during the “All Hope Is Gone“ sessions. According to him, the effort, which is titled “Look Outside Your Window,” may finally see a release in 2023.

Clown said the following about the record:

“It’s an amazing body of work. You will never hear another Corey Taylor like this. The music and the words… it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life.”

He also added that he wants the album to have its own time in the spotlight:

“We wouldn’t want Slipknot to hurt ‘Look Outside Your Window’, and we wouldn’t want ‘Look Outside Your Window’ to be a little irritation to Slipknot. Why? Because it’s beautiful God art and people deserve it. The good news is that six months from now, April Fool’s Day 2023, we’re off the label. There are no plans to immediately release something, and we haven’t talked about it, but I would imagine it’ll probably come very soon afterwards. There’s nothing else to do, and it’s ready to go. It’ll be worth the wait.”

Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of Slipknot Performing “Before I Forget,“ “Duality,” & “Spit It Out“ At 2022 Wacken Open Air Festival

Pro-shot footage of Slipknot performing “Before I Forget,“ “Duality,” and “Spit It Out“ at this year’s Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany has been shared online. You can check that out below:

Metal Anarchy’s Top Albums Of 2022

I have put together a list of my top 10 albums of 2022. You can check that out below. This is just for fun and I know I probably left out some of your favorites, but these are all of the albums that I enjoyed the most this year:

10. Korn – “Requiem”

Korn’s latest album finds the band returning to form with a classic dose of nu-metal. It has all of the elements fans have come to love over the years wrapped into a small package with no filler. Some highlights from this one include: “Let The Dark Do The Rest,” “Worst Is On Its Way,” and “Lost In The Grandeur.”

09. Undeath – “It’s Time…To Rise from The Grave”

Undeath’s latest album is a full-on display of pummeling death metal that manages to stay true to the genre while still sounding fresh. It’s a killer record that proves the future of death metal is in good hands. Some highlights from this one include: “Rise from The Grave,” “Defiled Again,” and “Fiend For Corpses.”

08. Slipknot – “The End, So Far”

Slipknot’s latest album feels like a culmination of the band’s career and a glimpse into the future all at once. It combines elements from throughout the band’s history with new soundscapes to create something that sounds familiar yet slightly different. Some highlights from this one include: “Hivemind,” “Warranty,” and “Medicine For The Dead.”

07. Venom Prison – “Erebos”

Venom Prison’s latest album finds the band expanding their sound, while still sounding as crushing as ever. The effort is still a death metal record at its core, but it shows an evolutionary step forward for a band that keep rising to greater heights within the scene. Some highlights from this one include: “Comfort Of Complicity,” “Born From Chaos,” and “Nemesis.”

06. Lamb Of God – “Omens”

Lamb Of God have continued to crank out high-quality material for years and “Omens” is no exception. The effort is a heavy, classic sounding Lamb Of God record that takes into account the band’s evolution through a more focused lens. Some highlights from this one include: “Gomorrah,” “Ditch,” and “To The Grave.”

05. Halestorm – “Back From The Dead”

Halestorm are one of the strongest acts in the current rock scene and their latest album further cements that fact. The record gives the fans exactly what they want, Lzzy Hale’s soaring vocals backed by a hard rock explosion. Some highlights from this one include: “Wicked Ways,” “Brightside,” and the title track.

04. Arch Enemy – “Deceivers”

Arch Enemy’s latest album is one of their best pieces of work to date. All of the songs have the potential to become melodic death metal classics thanks to the band’s impeccable musicianship and powerful vocals. Some highlights from this one include: “Handshake With Hell,” “In The Eye Of The Storm,” and “The Watcher.”

03. Electric Callboy – “TEKKNO”

Electric Callboy’s latest album “TEKKNO” is a catchy display of electro-metalcore that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s a fun ride that makes you want to smile and headbang the whole way through. Some highlights from this one include: “We Got The Moves,” “Hurrikan,” and “Arrow of Love”.”

02. Motionless In White – “Scoring The End Of The World”

Motionless In White managed to top themselves again with their latest album. The record is a work of art that packs elements of metal, hard rock, and industrial into infectious songs that you can’t help but move to. Some highlights from this one include: “Werewolf,” “Slaughterhouse (feat. Knocked Loose’s Bryan Garris),” and “Broadcasting From Beyond The Grave: Corpse Nation.”

01. Ghost – “Impera”

You can’t get much bigger than Ghost’s latest album. The effort combines elements of ’80s hard rock and pop to create massive songs that have the ability to transcend into the mainstream. Some highlights from this one include: “Spillways,” “Watcher In The Sky,” and “Respite On The Spitalfields.”

Security Accidentally Restrained Slipknot’s Tortilla Man During The Band’s Show In Zapopan, Mexico

During Slipknot‘s December 5 show in Zapopan, Mexico, percussionist Michael “Tortilla Man” Pfaff ended up getting restrained by security. You can see footage of that below. The guards ultimately realized their mistake and even got a stern talking to from percussionist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan. Pfaff commented:

“I’m not mad…security doing their job! I was just trying to get to the Maggots that couldn’t see me. Maggots4life.”

[via The PRP]

Slipknot, Architects, Amon Amarth, Etc. Set For 2023 Knotfest Italy

The initial lineup has been revealed for next year’s Knotfest Italy. The event will take place at Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy on June 25 and it will feature: Slipknot, Architects, Amon Amarth, I Prevail, Lorna Shore, Nothing More, Destrage, and more to be announced.

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Wants To Record A Double Concept Album

During a recent Q&A session at the “Monster-Mania Con” in Oaks, PA, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor expressed a desire to record a new double album with the band. The frontman says he already has “a good idea for a double concept record with a whole story line that goes along with it.”

Taylor said the following when asked about recent comments from his bandmate M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan, who said the band may move away from full-length albums:

“It’s kind of difficult to get 9 people in the same place anymore because we’re old and dicks (laughs), but the cool thing is that we all still get excited about good ideas. Jim [Root] & Mick [Thomson] are so good at writing music, me and Clown work really well coming up with stuff together, V-Man is actually really good. So we’ve done so much in our career that at this point we could sit back and just do EP’s or I’ve got a good idea for a double concept record with a whole story line that goes along with it that I would love to do.

But the cool thing is that we’ve kind of established our history, so whatever comes next will naturally be something that we want to do so whether it’s going in and just blast out a couple psycho tunes and just have fun doing that or we go in and do a very elaborate plan like the story line or something, either way it’ll be something we’re totally into and I try to back, I back the group, ya know?

At this point we’ve released so much music and we’re off our label now so the kinda sky’s our limit, we can do whatever we want so whatever we do next will be something we are all on the same page for which is something you can’t always say.”

[via Rock N Roll Experience]

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Opens Up About His Past Fistfight With Sid Wilson

During a recent Q&A session at the “Monster-Mania Con” in Oaks, PA, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor opened up about a past fistfight he had with his bandmate Sid Wilson. Despite the violent nature of the alteration, the two have since settled their differences.

Taylor said the following [via Rock N Roll Experience]

“Me and Sid got into a fistfight, and it’s something that I’m not proud of. It was during a tough, tough time. He and I were at such parallel ends — polarized and parallel ends — of the universe for no reason other than we were just in different spots in our life. But for some reason we were just banging heads hard. And it wasn’t good, to the point where when he would come into the room, I would leave, and if I came into the room, he would leave.

This was about six years ago, so it’s… We’re good now, just so everybody knows. But it came to a head in Sweden. And he and I were both on a tear. Luckily, we kept this away from the fans. We had just had a meet-and-greet at the time. And a fan had given me a comic book that I had been looking for for a long time. So I was looking at it, and really appreciating it, and Sid being Sid, [he] came up and not knowing what was going on, he probably thought he was just joking, but came up and he just smacked it right out of my hand hard. He just nailed it.

And in any other context, it would have been funny, like, ‘Oh, you dick,’ you know. But everything was amplified and all of the things you haven’t said come rushing to the front of your mind and it becomes an issue. And that turned into us turning on each other and going at each other hard to the point where the band had to pull us apart. He was saying he was gonna go home and leave the tour. I wasn’t going to apologize. It was bad, man.”

He also added:

“When I had my spinal surgery, [Sid] was the first one to call me and [pauses] he just said, he was, like, ‘I’m so sorry,’ and I said, ‘I am so sorry.’ And I said ‘I love you.’ He was, like, ‘Are you okay?’ And I was, like, ‘I’m all right. It’s all good.’ And just like that, nothing mattered other than me and my brother.”

“I’m really proud and I’m really glad that he and I could squash all that shit, because he’s one of my favorite people in the world. Just the way he thinks, the way he creates, he’s one of the best secret weapons that we have in Slipknot, because his musical mind is so creative. And plus, he schools us on every mask that he comes up with. I just look at him and go, ‘You fucker! Goddamn it! Why did you think of that?’

But it’s stuff like that that endears you to the people that you’ve been in the trenches with, that you’ve spent half your life with on the road building this thing. I didn’t expect it, and yet to this day, it means the world to me. So that’s how you carry on. It’s not about the fights; it’s about coming back together. And that’s the most important thing that we’re ever gonna know. It’s that shit; that’s the stuff that you do.”

M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan On The Possibility Of A Slipknot Biopic: It’s “Most Definitely Going To Happen”

During a recent interview with NME, M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan was asked about the possibility of a Slipknot biopic. According to him, it is “most definitely going to happen.”

Clown said the following:

“It wasn’t that long ago that I was very frustrated with this sort of idea, because the business, if you will, was pressuring us for something like that.

The problem is that I watched ‘Bohemian Rhapsody‘, and it’s strictly one-sided. And the people that wrote it and stuff, they’ll tell you, ‘Oh, it’s supposed to be one sided.’ It’s just about the star, you know, it’s Freddie Mercury’s story – but I’m a Brian May fan as well, and I want to know more about him. But you can’t do that in two hours, and the suits in the corporate world, who maintain the [film industry], they don’t want to do more than two hours. That’s too much of a risk for their business, and unfortunately, they control how art is handled and gets to the majority of the human race.”

He went on to say that the project probably wouldn’t happen under a major Hollywood studio:

“It wasn’t that long ago that people wanted to make action figures of us, and they didn’t even get to [the prototype stage] because they wanted to mock us up as grandiose and fantastical and superhero-ish. My philosophy was always like, ‘Don’t you think that the real Slipknot is scarier than anything [pretend] you can make me into? The fact that I’m human, and that we bring that sort of fear out of people?’

I could never get anybody to create us, so I’m kind of holding that to the film. I’ve had so many ideas brought to me, and there’s so many people who are frustrated with me about it. They’ve actually told me, ‘Maybe it’d be better if you’re not involved.’ And I’m just like, ‘Yeah, we’ll see how that works for you.’ Because if I’m not involved, that means I’m not involved. That means, ‘Good luck with whatever the fuck you’re trying to do, because I’m not going to approve a word of it.’

They push, but I’m not interested. Because that’s fucking cheese to its finest, to make something just so I can have all the suits walk out of it going, ‘That was really good!’ It’s like, ‘You never played with us in the band, you don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about! You’re just impressed that some putz director hit a mark in some visual way for theatres to sell popcorn. Get the fuck out of here. This is my life.’”

Clown also discussed the possibility of utilizing Web3:

“Web3 is creating all sorts of situations for kids that should be directing movies, but never would’ve had a chance [in Hollywood] because they don’t have a network or they’re not in the scene. I mean, the internet is a wonderful place for talent. So now, with all these kids taking over their own destinies, if the right people approached me and wanted to do [a Slipknot biopic], there would be a way to hash it out.”

He added:

“I’m not a writer. I can only give you the stories. But if I sat down with some really creative [screenwriters], I would be able to tell them all these ideas and we could come up with something that would make people say, ‘Yes, we’ll give you the money to make that.’”

“I love ‘True Detective‘, and that [first season] was eight episodes long. I’m thinking about eight-to-15 episodes. That way, you can go in the past and see [the late] Paul Gray playing a right-handed guitar when he’s left-handed; I can go back to when I was a little kid, and tell all the stories about the crazy shit Joey [Jordison, Slipknot’s ex-drummer who died in 2021] used to do. I can paint all those pictures that would make you go, ‘Oh, that’s why this fucking dude is who he is!’

I’m not making ‘Bohemian Rhapsody‘, man. There’s a lot of dudes [in Slipknot] that need to be represented equally – not one is greater than the other, and you can’t explain the band without explaining all of them. And then there’s our first manager [Sophia John], who passed away – that story would have to be in there – and then there’s a motley crew of about a dozen other motherfuckers… I mean, it’s a big story, man! It’s insane. So we’re gonna do it, but we’re gonna do it our way.”