Slipknot’s M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan Say He “Got Very Creative” On New Music During Pandemic

In episode four of a six-part interview with Terry “Beez” Bezer of Knotfest.com‘s “Mosh Talks With Beez,” Slipknot’s M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan discussed the new material that he has been working on. The percussionist says that he actually “got very creative” during the pandemic.

Clown said the following when asked if any of the new music is finished:

“Nothing is ever done. Why? Because nothing is ever done until everyone in the band has had their say. I like to back that. If it hasn’t happened, no one grabbed me, I will fight for that. We merely do what we do in this life. Right now, the pandemic hit, and it made me creative. And if anybody’s mad at me for being creative, I don’t know what to say about it. But I know that we can use all of it, or none of it — I don’t care either way. So I will let you know, maybe we will use all of it or none of it — either way, we don’t need to make it confusing. But I will play it until Sid Wilson has said what he wants to say, listened to every ounce, been able to take his time. I point him out, because he has not been one of the people yet to be here; that’s gonna happen very soon, as I go into his location, and doing the same thing. I say him, because until he has heard everything, there could be a possibility, from A to Z, basically, to have his say and his due diligence to be 0, SLIPKNOT’s guy, an O.G., Sid Wilson. I mean, come on. It’s never done. So it gets confusing. Maybe you get to talk to me, but you don’t get to talk to anyone else, so no one else gets to talk about it. So it gets confusing. So I wanna make it unconfusing.”

He also added:

“I got very creative. I created — how many [pieces of music]? I’m not gonna say. Because then the suits and all the stupid people, they wanna bug me. When I say ‘stupid people,’ I mean, they’re actually very smart. Then, next thing you know, I’m in a mouse trap and I don’t know what to do, and blah blah blah. But everybody just needs to know I’m in my basement, with my stuff, doing my thing, with my friends, the way we want to. There’s no one telling us anything… And Corey Taylor has gotten almost all of it and partaken on almost on all of it, which has made it a completely other sort of weird thing. But I’m going on record right now that we could be talking about one song.”

[via Blabbermouth]

In This Moment Are “Starting To Write New Music”

It looks like In This Moment have started working on new material. Maria Brink revealed the news during a recent appearance on SirusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk.”

Brink said the following:

“There [are] conversations happening right now and music being made. We had time to finally build music studios in our houses. I think we’re on the same page as everybody else. And we’ve had time to empower our business in a lot of ways, learn a lot of the business side that we didn’t always typically understand or know and really diving into the business as a whole. I think we’ve been working really hard to empower the band a lot. We have some cool collaborations that we’re doing right now, and we are starting to write new music. So, it’s definitely happening.

All that time went by, and everybody’s feeling so much right now. I think we all have so much emotion, so it’s the perfect time for all artists — or painters or whoever it is — to be expressing themselves, ’cause they’re filled with all kinds of stuff. That’s the artists’ dream. They want a broken heart or some sort of tragedy — same with poets — to do good art.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Spirit Adrift Appear To Have Finished Tracking New Music

It looks like Spirit Adrift have finished tracking some new music at Homewrecker Recording Studio in Tucson, AZ. The band have been documenting the recording process on Instagram and have confirmed that vocals, guitars, drums, bass, and keys are all complete.

Testament’s Eric Peterson Plans To Work On New Music Until Pandemic Subsides

During a recent appearance on Dean Delray’s “Let There Be Talk” podcast, Testament’s Eric Peterson discussed what he has been doing during the coronavirus pandemic. The guitarist says he has been using the downtime to work on new music.

Peterson said the following:

“For me, my plan is to have some music — in case summer’s canceled. ‘All right, let’s jam. I’ve got a bunch of new riffs.’ I’ve got some stuff now, but I’m just kind of putting that hat on, like, ‘Okay.’ It’s perfect weather, too — it’s raining out, and my backyard’s really woodsy. [So I can] sit out here. I’ve got everything downstairs. I’ve done the last DRAGONLORD record and the last two TESTAMENT records in this room. I have Logic and a DI — I just do it all there, e-mail everything over to the producer, reamps and all. I wake up, just get some coffee, come down here and start jamming. I don’t have to drive from [my hometown of] Sac [Sacramento] all the way to Oakland. It’s a lot better to do.”

Testament’s Chuck Billy also discussed new material during an interview with Rocking With Jam Man:

“I haven’t heard anything yet. It all starts with Eric, so I just kind of wait. He’s gotta be in the right mood. And probably, being stuck at home with the pandemic, I would think he would be jamming and writing some stuff. So I think we’ll probably at least have a couple of new songs. ‘Cause it makes sense — if we write a couple of new songs, maybe we can do a repackage of the [latest TESTAMENT album, ‘Titans Of Creation’]. We’re talking about possibly writing a song called ‘Titans Of Creation’, ’cause there is no title track. So, we could have a song called ‘Titans Of Creation’ and maybe re-push it out there with the record again. [That would be] more of a marketing thing. I think that’s kind of what the talk is [that] might happen.”

[via Blabbermouth]

The Agonist Are In The Studio

The Agonist have entered the studio to work on new music with producer Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy). The group shared the below photos from the sessions:

Butcher Babies “Have A Ton” Of New Music Recorded

Over the course of four months, Butcher Babies have released three new singles and now it looks like more are on the way. Frontwomen Carla Harvey and Heidi Shepherd recently discussed their new material with Darren Paltrowitz and confirmed that they “have a ton of stuff recorded.”

Harvey said the following when asked if the band are planning to continue their series of singles:

“I think that we’re still kind of navigating that territory of what to do in a situation like this when we don’t know how long this is gonna last, we don’t know how long it’s going to be before we actually get back out on the road. So I think we’re gonna really sink our teeth into our new stuff, but kind of leave it up to destiny — how we’re gonna release it, whether it’s gonna be singles. I personally really love this whole single thing — I think it gives us something to look forward to. It’s kind of like watching your new favorite TV show. You can watch ’em all back to back, or you can wait for the new episode to come out every Friday, which I’ve been doing that with [the Disney+ American television series] ‘WandaVision’, and it’s been nice not to binge something; it’s been nice to have something to look forward to. So I kind of like this right now, especially [since] I think that everyone in the world needs something to look forward to.”

Shepherd added:

“One thing I do love about releasing singles is we really put so much time and energy into every single one of these songs. There’s not a lyric in one song that wasn’t triple thought, and we worked really hard together on it. And I think that it has been beautiful to give each of these songs the life that they deserve. And I wish that we could have done that with ‘Lilith’. There’s some songs on our last album, and I’m, like, ‘Oh, that deserved a music video. That deserved a little bit more.’ But we’re doing it now. And we do have a ton of stuff recorded. We recorded, actually, in May of 2019, so these songs are old to us. And we are also going back in the studio and recording more. So we’ll see how it comes out. But, as Carla stated, we’re having fun kind of the way it is at the moment. These all will be on an album together, but we don’t have all that info just yet.”

[via Blabbermouth]

For The Fallen Dreams Working On New Music

For The Fallen Dreams have entered the studio to work on “something new” with producer Nick Scott. The band confirmed the news on Instagram:

[via The PRP]

Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale Is Working On New Music With Desmond Child

Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale and Desmond Child have been collaborating on some new music. Child said the following about that:

“HALE TO THE QUEEN OF ROCK! No not me… the gorgeous and brilliant @officiallzzyhale from the band @halestormrocks. Lzzy is not only an incredible singer and guitarist… she is an accomplished inspired songwriter. We are coming up with some great music together. FUN!”