New Slipknot Album Is '98 Percent Done,' Says Corey Taylor

"Next step is the mix, there will be a big announcement soon," the singer adds.

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Slipknot 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," he added.

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.

54 comments sorted by best / new / date

    MrKRB64
    Don't really listen to Slipknot anymore but I can't deny I'm interested in what this album will sound like
    HammettIsKing
    I love Slipknot and anything close to Iowa will be awesome as that's still my favorite album by them. However not having Joey Jordison is still a huge loss in my opinion. Did they ever announce a new drummer?
    Dannym95
    There was a rumour that former Against Me! drummer Jay Weinberg had joined the band, but it hasn't been confirmed or denied by anyone in the band yet.
    mr-ibanez
    If anything, I could assume Shawn would fulfill drum duties, at least for the time being.
    Wisthler
    If it is dissapointing, then we all will have the confirmation of the so called "myths" that Joey was the key piece in slipknot songwriting.
    fwest3975
    Or Paul perhaps? I read a good Corey story about Paul really being a core foundation to some of their stuff. Man, and after hearing joeys new band…
    RATMfan420
    I wonder if, when they tour they will make the replacement drummer play backstage with the bassist?
    MetalRock4ever
    I wonder when it'll be released, I'm hoping early 2015, late 2014 (but that's mainly because I can't wait for this album!). Looking forward to it so much
    SkepsisMetal
    Paul and Joey gone, yes. Let's see if Jim Root makes it to the next milestone too.
    BuriedAlive7x
    The writing process seemed to go by quick this time. I really don't mind what direction they take, I like all their music. Continuing from where they left off wouldn't be bad, All Hope Is Gone is a great album.
    Craziork
    All jokes aside, making a good Slipknot album without Paul Gray and Joey Jordison must be difficult because there's so many factors and the fanbase to respect. You just don't wanna throw some wanky shit in there. But I think he lies about the completion, how can it go to 0 to 98% without having a little announcement in between?
    MetalRock4ever
    Well, they - the other members - have been writing material since AHIG, etc. I know Joey isn't in the band anymore (unfortunately), but he had enough material for a double album, and I remember hearing other members have been writing down material too (Jim's been focussed on the new album since last year, I think Shawn has some material too). Though I do hope he's not lying about the completion, I want to hear some new Slipknot!
    redisni
    This. If I remember correctly, I read an interview with Joey, where he stated that he had recorded many drum tracks. SO it must mean that the drum parts for the album must be the aforementioned tracks.
    korn_dawg
    unless they had to throw out all of his drums when he left due to legal issues >.>
    Sixxstarr
    do you realize just how much content that many people with that much talent can make in 5 years? This is actually the longest I can recall them going without making an album...i think the last big gap was 4 years
    derkym
    Don't know why people are down voting this it's a reasonable response, although I like the idea of a band releasing an album without giving a interview after every 5% of progress *cough Mastodon*. Joey was great but he is by no means irreplaceable there are buckets full of killer drummers out there at the moment who would fill in just fine. My only request: MORE BLAST BEATS RAWR!
    tennesseehild
    PLEASE!!! Tell me the drummer that filled in on this album is Chris Adler. Am I alone in this wish. Highly unlikely, but could you imagine a Lamb of Knot album?
    ninjamo
    Man, I haven't listened to these guys since 04'. Will definitely give this a listen though.
    Gibson_SG_uzr55
    They said AHIG would be a cross between Vol. 3 and Iowa too, and I could kinda hear that, so I would guess this pretty much picks up where that left off.
    Sixxstarr
    I'm gonna listen on youtube and buy it if I like it just like I do with every album that a band I like puts out
    ThatAndyGuy93
    I just hope it's better than All Hope Is Gone as I feel most of those tracks sounded like they'd of been better suited on a Stone Sour record.
    Niiko_Xeneize
    From the regular tracklist (that means excluding Child of Burning Time, Vermilion 2 remix and 'Til we Die). Most of the songs are NOT suited for Stone Sour, Snuff was, and maybe Vendetta, but what else? do you picture Stone Sour coming out with stuff like Gematria, AHIG, This Cold Black, Psychosocial, etc.?
    TOOLeffingTOOL
    This record has a lot of external factors coming into play. Paul is obviously not on the record. Joey parted ways with the band (presumably during the writing process). I also think that Jim being kicked out of Stone Sour recently has to add some degree of weirdness between him and Corey. Hoping for the best with this one, but definitely not sure what to expect.
    Prometh3us
    He was kicked out? I thought he left because he wanted to be able to fully focus on Slipknot
    RnFnR95
    no that was why he skipped the latest Stone Sour tour. according to him leaving Stone Sour was not his decision and he was not very happy about it
    ibanez124
    I kind of fell out of these guys after Vol. 3 and AHiG, but I am still optimistic for the new one
    gbrooks2
    I've literally got $50 on Joey handling the drums on this album. I honestly think his departure was just a joke and a hype builder.
    biff022
    Let me try and correct this… New Slipknot album is 98 percent shitty, admits Corey Taylor. There you go.