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]

Slipknot Jigsaw Puzzles To Be Released In May

Zee Productions have announced that they will be releasing new 500-piece jigsaw puzzles based on the artwork for Slipknot’s self-titled album, “Iowa,” and “Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)” on May 15. Pre-orders can be found HERE. It’s worth noting that the “Iowa” puzzle will be a special foil print puzzle.

“Thunder Force” Soundtrack Featuring Anthrax, Ex-Slayer, Etc. Members Now Available

The new Netflix film “Thunder Force” and its soundtrack were officially released today (April 9). Composer Fil Eisler worked on the soundtrack with Scott Ian (Anthrax) and Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer) and its title track features several guests including Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), and electric cellist Tina Guo.

“Thunder Force” Soundtrack Track Listing:

01. “Thunder Force” (feat. Corey Taylor, Lzzy Hale, Scott Ian, Dave Lombardo & Tina Guo)
02. “Thunder Force Suite” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
03. “This Town’s Gonna Get What It Deserves” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
04. “Angel Wings”
05. “History Of The Miscreants” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
06. “Lydia Goes Apeshit” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
07. “What Does This Button Do” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
08. “Enter Laser ” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
09. “Super Person”
10. “The Stanton Building”
11. “Training Begins” (feat. Scott Ian)
12. “Seems Like Overkill” (feat. Scott Ian)
13. “Social Visit”
14. “6am Day Two” (feat. Scott Ian)
15. “Cooked”
16. “Go Time”
17. “Super Suits” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
18. “Purple Lambo”
19. “The Diner Attack” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
20. “The Special One”
21. “Training Complete” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
22. “Like Thunder”
23. “I Like ‘Em Thick”
24. “Hold It Calamari” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
25. “Boom”
26. “In The Public Eye” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
27. “It Feels Like I Need To Kill Them”
28. “Dumpster Fight” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
29. “What Brings You By”
30. “The Crab”
31. “Boss Battle” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)
32. “Thought This One Through”
33. “Thunder Force Out” (feat. Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo)

Eisler commented:

“When Ben and I first talked about what the score should be, it was more of a conversation about how much Ben didn’t want it to be a comedy score and how it had to feel like a legitimate superhero movie. The comedy had to work so there’s always this fine line between writing something that’s going to elevate the story but also have fun and not take itself too seriously.

So when I saw that Melissa’s character was a metal fan and even mentioned Slayer in the film, I just thought ‘This is it. This is how we can make a kick arse score and have some fun at the same time.’ After that, there was no question – if you’re going to work in a genre, especially metal, you can’t dabble. You have to have the real thing. Choosing the right musicians for a score is no different to casting actors in a movie really. I was just lucky enough to be able to cast Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo, both metal legends who brought more to the project than I could have ever hoped for.”

Slipknot’s M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan Explains Why “Look Outside Your Window” Has Yet To Be Released

During a recent appearance on Knotfest.com’s “Mosh Talks With Beez,” 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,” is “only gonna be put out when the priority is created correctly.”

Clown said the following when asked why it hasn’t been released:

“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, ex-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. 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 — Slipknot, Slipknot, Slipknot, Slipknot. 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.”

He also added the following when it was mentioned that the coronavirus pandemic should have given them the perfect opportunity to release it:

“Well, okay, you put me in a hard position, but I think I can talk about it as an adult, ’cause I’m an adult, and everybody’s an adult, and these are facts — these are facts, and I’m gonna speak facts.

We have never really had a tentative [release date]. We speculate. So we get a speculation. We get a date under speculation. But we don’t even really make it tentative. We just kind of throw it out there — speculate. But then someone like Corey might wanna do his solo album earlier. I love that. Let’s not get this confused. We really don’t have to go much more into it than that.

I love that he wants to do his thing. I’ve got the rest of my life to do ‘Look Outside Your Window‘ with him. But he may only have right now, maybe in his mind, to do what he wants to do. It’s not up to me to dictate what he may or may not want to do with his life, his career, even though we’re so together with one thing, bonded by one. We never make everything confusing; everybody else does.

So, I will tell you that we speculated many times during the pandemic very decent dates [that would include sufficient] marketing. But remember, I have my whole life to be able to do this with him, and Jim, and for all of us…

It was created because we wanted to create art, and we did, and it ended up being something that everybody’s gonna want, and they’re gonna get it when it’s right. Like we should think about having babies — only do it when we know we can be good mothers and fathers, when we know we’re not gonna walk away from each other, when we know we’re gonna be there for a reward for the child and give all of ourselves. That’s the way we tried to do it, and we did — we tried to get it out.

The reason why I’m holding out is because it’s absolutely beautiful — I’m very proud of it; I’m so proud of everybody in it — and it just needs to be represented correctly. It needs not affect anybody negative. Nobody should be affected by it in any negative way; I won’t allow it. And if it means people are going to, it will never see the light of day. ‘Cause people make things confusing, and I won’t allow it. Because when you grow older, you become wiser.”

[via Blabbermouth]

M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan On The Possibility Of Slipknot Releasing A Vinyl Box Set: “To Have A Collection Of All Of ‘Em Would Be Amazing”

While answering fan-submitted questions, Slipknot’s M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan was asked about the possibility of the band releasing a vinyl box set featuring all of their albums. He responded with the following:

“The cool thing about vinyl is that it brings a lot of possibilities for art. So the possibility to have a collection of all of ’em would be amazing. There’s always that opportunity. It’s just time; what we’re working on at the moment. But that is a really, really good idea, because growing up, you can imagine, being 51, I grew up in record stores looking at vinyl and seeing large photos really helping me sort of dive into what I thought the thought process of this band would be. So to have a collection of all of ’em, especially if they were all very different and sort of collectively showed the art throughout the years, I think it’d be a very colorful, beautiful piece. So I definitely that’s something in our future, for sure.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Slipknot, Halestorm, Anthrax, Etc. Members Contribute To New Song “Thunder Force” From Upcoming Netflix Film

Milan Records have released the title track of the soundtrack to Netflix’s new superhero comedy “Thunder Force,” which is set to be released on April 9. The song, which was co-written by composer Fil Eisler, Scott Ian (Anthrax) and Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour), features Lzzy Hale (Halestrom), Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer), and electric cellist Tina Guo.

All of the artists involved commented:

Eisler

“One of the great things about scoring movies is that I get to play in a lot of different musical sandboxes and occasionally the opportunity comes up to invite in some special guests. Anthrax and Slayer played a huge part in my childhood and I’ve been a fan of both Corey [Taylor] and Lzzy [Hale] for years, so when the idea of doing an orchestral metal score came up, it was a perfect excuse to go straight to the source. Why fake it when you can work with the real originals! It was honestly one of the most outright fun experiences of my scoring career so far.”

Ian:

“’Thunder Force’ kicks fucking ass.”

Taylor:

“It was awesome to work on this track with Lzzy and be a part of the film Thunder Force. It is always nice to be creative and work with other artists in the community, especially during this extended time at home. I’m excited for everyone to hear the song and see the film!”

Hale:

“I’m beyond excited to be included on the Thunder Force soundtrack, surrounded by friends, representing the genres I love so much, Rock and Metal! You won’t know what hit you! Remember, LIGHTNING NEVER STRIKES IF YOU CAN’T FORCE THE THUNDER!”

Lombardo:

“I have had the privilege of working in the music industry for over 35 years. There is something incredibly exhilarating about performing on stage, specifically the edge that comes with the off the rails style of music I play. Working with Fil Eisler on Thunder Force somehow captured that same feeling. This score is a powerful musical engine. It was a pleasure to be a part of the team that helped this come to life.”

Guo:

“Working with living legends on this soundtrack for a film that features two ordinary women turned superheroes has been incredible. I feel the same way whenever I pick up my electric cello and feel my own transformation from causal nerd to screaming banshee. I cannot wait for everyone to hear it!”

Corey Taylor Says His New Film “Zombie Versus Ninja” Will Begin Shooting This Year

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) has confirmed that his new film “Zombie Versus Ninja” will begin shooting this year. As previously reported, the movie is one of five that the frontman recently wrote.

Taylor told Frightmare HQ the following::

“One of the things that I’ve always wanted to do is create a movie — write a movie and then see it from soup to nuts; from pre-pro to walking the red carpet. That’s been one of my biggest dreams. And I’ve had the opportunity to really be put in touch with some great producers. And I’m talking to potential directors right now, actually. It is going to shoot this year.”

He continued when asked if would be interested in directing the film himself:

“It’s not that I’m not interested; it’s that I know that’s not my forte. I’m honest enough with myself to realize that if I had wanted to be a director, I would have started learning a long time ago. And I know a lot of people with the kind of ego that they would step in and go, ‘Well, it’s mine. Blah blah blah.’ I’m not that guy. I want it to be good. I want [people] to enjoy what I’m making, because I wanna enjoy it too. And sometimes it’s the collaboration that creates something amazing.”

“You have to be flexible enough to realize, like, ‘I don’t have the chops to do this.’ However, that doesn’t mean there’s somebody out there that does. So, for me, as the writer and the producer, now I can find the right person to bring it to fruition and walk with them every step of the way as a collab. Let them do their thing, but also know that, in my mind, there’s this idea of what I want it to be. And it’s a gonzo horror comedy — it’s the kind of fucking movie that I’ve always loved, and it’s the kind of movie that I’ve always wanted to make. And if it goes off, man, it’s the beginning of something rad.”

“I don’t wanna make Oscar winners. I wanna make fun, crazy cult classics. That’s all I care about.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Slipknot’s Clown Auctioning Off New NFT

Slipknot’s M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan is auctioning off a new NFT featuring an animated clip with original audio. You can bid on that via Zora until April 2.

Corey Taylor Speaks Out Against Cancel Culture: “Nobody’s Perfect; Stop Acting Like We All Should Be”

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) has spoken out against cancel culture as part of a new op-ed that he wrote for Rolling Stone. The frontman says “nobody’s perfect” and that we need to “stop acting like we all should be.”

Taylor said the following in part:

“No one can handle anything anymore, which means no one can handle real talk anymore, which means everyone just wants to cancel shit, with no room for improvement. There are several people at fault for this: the right, the left, the media, celebrities, the Internet, social media, but if you’re truly looking for who’s really responsible, or more importantly irresponsible, you should probably find the nearest mirror.

I’m not saying there aren’t things that deserve our attention. I’m not saying that things shouldn’t change in so many different ways. I’m not even going to tell you that you have no right to be passionate on social change. What I’m saying is pick your spots, know what the hell’s going on before you go chasing after people with pitchforks for no fucking reason whatsoever. There’s so much to be done on so many different things, you don’t have to protest everything that someone tries to hoist up the pole as a red flag.

Be a little smarter in how you swing the hammer, because when everything is a problem, that means everyone is a suspect… including yourselves. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, to paraphrase. Nobody’s perfect; stop acting like we all should be.”

This news comes after Taylor previously said that his next book will likely focus on social media and “the ‘outrage’ age.”

Corey Taylor Officially Announces The Dates For His Socially Distanced Solo Tour

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) has officially announced the dates for his spring solo tour. The “COVID-19 safe” trek will be socially distanced and will follow all state recommended health guidelines. The Cherry Bombs, the dance group featuring Taylor’s wife Alicia, will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

05/18 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee Backyard
05/20 Lubbock, TX – Lonestar Event Center
05/21 San Antonio, TX – Vibes Event Center
05/22 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
05/24 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Outdoors
05/26 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
05/28 St. Louis, MO – Pop’s
05/29 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
05/30 Chattanooga, TN – The Signal
06/01 Belvidere, IL – The Apollo Theatre
06/03 Green Bay, WI – Epic Event Center
06/05 Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s Entertainment Center
06/07 Joliet, IL – The Forge
06/11 Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
06/12 East Moline, IL – Rust Belt
06/15 Dubuque, IA – Five Flags Event Center
06/17 Des Moines, IA – Horizon Event Center
06/18 Wichita, KS – The Cotillion Ballroom
06/19 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre

Taylor told Rolling Stone the following:

“We’d been looking for opportunities to play here and there constantly, but it wasn’t until a promoter friend of ours asked us how we would approach a tour with the kinds of safeguards we were interested in that we realized we could put a tour together. We’ll be taking as many precautions as we can: the usual social distancing, pod seating (sectioned off area with an allotted number of people who came together allowed inside), temperature checks, waivers signed at the door, masks in place everywhere but your pod, etc. We’re encouraging everyone to get vaccinated as well before the tour.”