Slipknot’s Clown says new album is about “evil vs. good”

The still unnamed album drops some time in 2019.

November 26, 2018
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There’s not a lot we know about the upcoming Slipknot album yet. However, the band’s Clown is sharing some details about its concept.

Check out what he had to say below.

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Slipknot recently released their first new song in four years titled  “All Out Life,” the group’s first piece of new music since their 2014 album, .5: The Gray Chapter.

The song is off the band’s upcoming record, whose title hasn’t been revealed yet. They also teased a summer 2019 release date, and that’s about all we know about the work.

Now, Slipknot’s Clown, a.k.a. M. Shawn Crahan, is giving a little more insight into the record in a new interview with Billboard.

Crahan discussed using the band’s Touché app to release the new song, saying, “We’re no longer just a band. We’re a culture.”

“‘All Out Life’ means get the f*** up, go live your life and live it all-out,” Crahan explains. “The band’s been gone for three years. You want blood from me? You got it. That’s what I’ve been giving you for 20 years. But I want blood from you, too.”

Additionally, he shares they have been working on the album since 2016. It’s not finished yet, but the band does have many demoed songs.

They also have the record’s concept already.

“What I can tell you is I’ve known all the words all the time, so I’ve been able to paint the dream world and the nightmare in my mind,” he tells Billboard. “[It] breaks down to…good vs. evil, or in this sense, evil vs. good.”

“It’s about being a human being and experiencing what you have in correlating it to this world,” Crahan continues. “This world is ugly and it’s supposed to be, and it has to be in order for art to lead to grandness and beauty.”

The percussionist also explained they don’t have an album release date yet, but fans should pay attention to the band’s tour dates to have an idea of when it’s coming out, but…

“Nothing is in stone. There are songs that are considered the album, but everything can change,” he says. “We would never go do (concert) dates without an album, but… we’re not following any rules this time, not that we ever did.”

“We’re on an outline, and I think everybody’s going to be pleasantly surprised,” Crahan adds.

More Slipknot news

Slipknot announced earlier this year an upcoming 10th Anniversary Edition reissue of All Hope Is Gone, which comes out Dec. 7.

Plus, Crahan recently revealed 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.

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

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.

Slipknot already have a 2019 run planned. 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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Written by Natasha Heinz

For Natasha Heinz, it was really not a phase. After spending 11 years reading Alternative Press in her hometown in Brazil, she moved to Ohio and landed a job at her favorite magazine. Now, she's constantly cold but sure as hell the happiest she’s ever been.