vocalist Corey Taylor
has confirmed that the band's massively-anticipated new album is very close to completion, with merely a mixing phase separating it from official release.
Chatting with Loudwire
, Corey dropped quite a bomb, saying, "The album is done. Oh yes. I'd say 98 percent done. I'm in the process of heading to the studio to give a listen, see if there's anything we need to touch up. But yeah, it is very close. "The next step is the mix, and we're going to try to get it out very soon. There will be big announcement soon. Big things to hear, soon. That's really all I can say about it. I know we’re anything, if not diligent to our plan. The plan is to just slowly but surely get people to lose their minds for the next couple of months with just little stuff here and there leaked,"
The "All Hope Is Gone
" follow-up will mark the group's first effort not to feature late bassist Paul Gray
, as well as drummer Joey Jordison
who parted ways with the 'Knot fold back in December. Taking all into consideration, "there's something weird about this one"
according to Taylor."After everything we went through, there's a catharsis that comes with this, being able to throw all the emotion and aggression out that we’ve been holding onto. At the same time, getting to be creative again. Feeling that juice coming back into us. It's been a real positive experience just from an artistic standpoint, a lyrical standpoint,"
the singer noted. "We're making an album that's not just a reflection. Let's just get new music out there. There's something very vital with what we're trying to do. There's something very visceral with the emotion we're playing with and trying to tell the story of a band that's gone through hell, and yet we're back. It's been really fulfilling."
In one of the previous updates, Corey described the new material as a "cross between 'Iowa' and 'Vol. 3.'"
Stay tuned for more updates.