M. Shawn

Slipknot figurehead Clown, a.k.a. M. Shawn Crahan, says there’s a whole album’s worth of unreleased material from around the time the masked Iowa metalheads recorded their watershed 2008 fourth studio album, All Hope Is Gone.

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“There’s a collection of songs that were recorded, 11 I think,” the band’s founder and percussionist tells Metal Hammer. “I’ve held on to them for 10 years because it hasn’t been right, and I’m going to let you know now that it’s feeling right.”

But the material in question isn’t exactly Slipknot stuff, warns Crahan. It’s actually extra tunes recorded by members of the group during their downtime on that record.

“Is it Slipknot? No, it’s not Slipknot,” offers Clown. “Is it four members of Slipknot? Yes. It’s four members of Slipknot. Is it music being written at the same time as All Hope Is Gone? Absolutely. Jim [Root, guitarist] would write guitar then go down and play guitar on the album, then come up and finish playing guitar on the song. That’s how we’d kill time.”

And it looks like these unreleased AHIG-era goodies from the Slipknot crew may eventually see the light of day. Crahan says the band will eventually drop some of the material, but he cautions that they’ll only release it of their own volition.

“I’m not going to put music out to spite people – we do things the right way in this camp. The right way is that sooner or later, people need to be made aware of it because it’s the truth. It happened. We spent time doing it, we worked it every day, we mixed it, we mastered it, there’s artwork. It’s amazing stuff. But it’s all got to be right in the story of Slipknot.”

Word of the unheard material follows Slipknot’s first new song in four years, “All Out Life,” and the announcement of an upcoming 10th Anniversary Edition reissue of All Hope Is Gone. The re-release was first revealed by the band earlier this year.

The news also comes after a period of renewed activity for the veteran heavy metal act, a Slipknot-themed haunted house last month making way for vocalist Corey Taylor‘s latest remarks about America. Meanwhile, British pop-punkers Neck Deep paid tribute to the band for Halloween, and Taylor approved of the spirited Slipknot salute.

See the band’s upcoming tour dates below.

2019 Dates:

06/08 – Hyvinkää, FL @ Rockfest
06/09 – Nuremberg, DE @ Rock Im Park
06/09 – Nürburg, DE @ – Rock Am Ring
06/13-06/15 – Nickelsdorf, AT @ Novarock
06/13-06/16 – Interlaken, CH @ Greenfield
06/14-06/16 – Derby, UK @ Download Festival
06/17 – Leipzig, DE @ – Arena
06/18 – Hannover, DE @ TUI Arena
06/19-22 – Copenhagen, DK @ Copenhall
06/21-23 – Dessel, BE @ Graspop
06/25-06/26 – Krakow, PL @ Mystic Festival
06/27 – Bologna, IT @ Sonic Park
06/28-06/30 – Madrid, ES @ Download Festival
07/01 – Nîmes, FR @ Nîmes Amphitheatre
07/03-07/06 – Lisbon, PT @ VOA
07/04-07/05 – Viveiro, ES @ Resurrection Fest

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