During a recent interview with Kerrang!, Corey Taylor offered an update on the new Slipknot album. According to him, the band are currently in the demo phase with 16 songs written, and the new material is “‘Iowa’ levels of heavy.”
Here’s what Taylor had to say:
“I have fantastic news. Some of you know, but I’ll just make it official right now: we are working on a new album. It’s only in the demo stages right now, however we have very serious, tentative plans – and I say that because the best way to make God laugh is to announce your plans out loud – to go into the studio at the beginning of next year and get this fucker going.
We have 16 songs written right now, and they are fucking dangerous. I loved .5 [The Gray Chapter], but this album, to me, makes .5 look like nobody’s business. This is Iowa levels of heavy. And I have to go out and tour this shit at my age – I can feel those songs in my back! I am really, really excited about it, and I talk to the guys in Slipknot all the time. I talk to Clown either every day, or every other day.
I’ve been talking to Jim, V-man, Jay, Mick, Craig, Chris, Sid. We’re all really, really, really excited about this stuff, and it’s coming together really fucking well. So be prepared for 2019 – which, weirdly, is the 20th anniversary of our first album. Shit’s about to get fucking real again! So take that as you will.”
Code Orange recently shared an online puzzle and fans were given prizes for completing it, including a panther logo USB with a new song titled “The Hunt“ and more. That track features Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) and it appears on the band’s newly released EP, “The Hurt Will Go On,“ which you can stream below:
A special “Strange 80s 2” benefit concert will be held at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on October 12 and it will feature a number of musicians covering various 80s songs. All of the proceeds will go towards 320 Changes Direction. Here’s who will perform: Noodles (The Offspring), Adrian Young (No Doubt), Joe Trohman (Fall Out Boy/The Damned Things), Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour), Scott Ian (Anthrax/The Damned Things), Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit), Deryck Whibley (Sum 41), Frank Zummo (Sum 41), Dave Kusher (ex-Velvet Revolver), Jaret Reddick (Bowling For Soup), Dan Konopka (OK Go), Chris Kirkpatrick (*NSYNC), The Regrettes, Marko DeSantis (Sugarcult), Pearl Aday, Carré Callaway (Queen Kwong), Richard Patrick (Filter), Jonathan Radtke (ex-Filter), Steel Panther, and Telle Smith (The Word Alive).
During a recent interview with Full Metal Jackie, Corey Taylor offered some insight into the lyrical content of the new Slipknot songs he has been working on. According to him, they are “some of the best [he’s] ever written,” and that “it’s probably the most [he’s] shared in years.”
“Well, it’s been a heavy couple of years for me personally. So I’m working out some things, personally for myself, which has been great. I’ve been able to grab ahold of some of the depression that I’ve been fighting and formulate the way that I want to describe it. So some of these lyrics are, to me, some of the best I’ve ever written. It’s probably the most I’ve shared in years.
Hearing some of the guys in Slipknot read and react to some of the lyrics that I’ve been writing has been fantastic. I know Clown was like, just blown away by how open and raw it all felt. It felt like the old days. It felt like the beginning when it was just – we were the wound and the fans were the scabs. Trying to get it to heal and we were all trying to heal together. That’s what this kind of feels like.
It’s been great watching the process and getting involved with the process, finally. Hearing the music that Clown and Jim and Jay and Alex and everybody else in the band has been really working on, and being able to listen to it with fresh ears and come at it from different standpoints has been really fulfilling. It’s been really, really good.”
Corey Taylor previously said Slipknot were hoping to release a new album in 2019, and now the band have kept the hype going with a new social media post. It simply features a picture of Taylor and M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan with the caption “2019.”