Slipknot's 'Melancholy' New Album

Slipknot percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan and vocalist Corey Taylor have spoken to Billboard about the possibility of the band recording a new studio album.

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According to Blabbermouth.net, Slipknot percussionist M. Shawn "Clown" Crahan and vocalist Corey Taylor have spoken to Billboard.com about the possibility of the band recording a new studio album.

Taylor has been ambivalent about working on new material following the death in May 2010 of the group's bassist, Paul Gray, although Crahan and drummer Joey Jordison have been much more confident about the band recording again.

According to Crahan, he and his bandmates are "just taking our time. Everyone is still getting through the grieving process their way, remembering Paul Gray the way they need to and helping themselves get through this time because it's still very fresh and it's still very serious and hurtful and unbelievable."

Crahan adds that "There's no talk of a new record, but there's a lot of stuff that everybody's got. Everybody's got ideas and everybody's writing, but it won't happen until we get together as a band and have a big discussion about what it is we want to accomplish. We lost a very important piece of our enigma, and we're not going to get together and bust through it just to bust through it because everybody wants us to."

He predicts that the next album "is going to be very sad. It will have that layer of anger and hate and evil that will come with being just so sad, but... I think a really, really, really special change in our career is coming. I don't think it's going to be better, and I don't think it's going to be worse. I just think it's going to be different. I think that's what we want, and I know that's what Paul would want."

Echoing Crahan's comments, Taylor tells Billboard.com, "We know that everything we do on that album is going to be about Paul. It's going to be very melancholy. It's going to be a more saddened form of rage when it does happen, and it'll be a whole path that we've never gone down before."

He adds that he personally is "not as anxious to make a new album as maybe certain people in the band are, and I know a lot of the guys in the band feel the same way I do, whether they want to admit it or not. It just makes more sense to try and figure things out before we try to get into a studio... I don't want to risk losing what we've built because somebody's trying to prove a point."

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    roosterfx1
    surely Paul would have wanted them to keep going strong as a band, and not all fall apart
    Krieger91
    Krieger91 wrote: benedicto16 wrote: Vermilion part 2 is a very melancholy song and its very good, if the album has the same atmosphere surely it will be very good As in Circle. And Snuff.
    *Is, damn, UG needs an edit button in the comment section..
    benedicto16
    Vermilion part 2 is a very melancholy song and its very good, if the album has the same atmosphere surely it will be very good
    BigVaden
    stndrdprcdre wrote: How long are they going to milk this?
    Wow dude. Paul was one of the 2 founding members of the band and one of the principle writers of their music, not to mention the fact that each one of them loved him like a brother. You've obviously never lost somebody that close to you or you wouldn't say some stupid shit like that.
    queenslander47
    "Different" can be an evil word in the world of metal but I'm still confident that a new Slipknot album will rock, whenever they decide to do it. Its good to see they aren't going to rush into it for the wrong reasons.
    jordo246
    Ranmanbassist18 wrote: different = more mainstream = going metallica
    In what possible way is Lulu mainstream?
    SkepsisMetal
    I think if people are still going to be bitching about how they "aren't Slipknot" then it's well past time they got out of their basements and found another interest in life. They changed their sound significantly each album, and I think it was clear after Vol 3 and pretty obvious now after AHIG that they are going in a certain direction with their music. I got over that fact, didn't enjoy AHIG so I didn't buy it. But I'm always excited to hear what they will produce next, whether I like it or not.
    Biginjones07
    stndrdprcdre wrote: How long are they going to milk this?
    Man let them handle it however they need to. Everyone does it differently. Paul saved Corey from Suicide. He holds a very dear place in Corey's heart. I say let it build up and let them release their sadness and anger the way they know best... through the music that is Slipknot.
    Biginjones07
    Make it SAD. Make it ANGRY. MAKE IT HEAVY! Lets it all out guys! BLOW OUR FUCKING MINDS!!!
    Krieger91
    benedicto16 wrote: Vermilion part 2 is a very melancholy song and its very good, if the album has the same atmosphere surely it will be very good
    As in Circle. And Snuff.
    Archieisted
    stndrdprcdre wrote: How long are they going to milk this?
    wow, you are so pathetic
    trivium_4_eva
    I cannot wait for an article that actually confirms SOMETHING. Hasn't there been a "possibility" of a new album for about a year now? These guys are going to become the new Velvet Revolver if they're not careful.
    baneofmorgoth
    threedaysgrace9 wrote: Can't wait. Love Slipknot throughout the entire career, especially the last two albums. Each album has been awesome in it's own respect. I've come to accept that bands will change style, like it or not, it's just growth as an artist. I've changed since I started, it's just natural evolution. It'll still be Slipknot, whatever it sounds like, it'll just be them in a different light. R.I.P. Paul.
    I fullheartedly agree with this statement. As time goes by, we change. Slipknot is doing exactly that. I love the last two albums as well as the first ones, and look forward to whatever they do in the future.
    wylde1994
    if they do go ahead with it i wreckon that it will be one of their best albums, those guys just strike me as the kind of guys who after somthing has affected them big time they will be able to pull through and create and absolute master piece
    jordo246
    Tanner Streeter wrote: DONT FUCKING SELL OUT PLEASE
    If they do it, it will be the opposite of selling out because it will be what they want to do, that term is thrown around to much with people not even knowing what it means anymore.
    thrashmonkey
    Ranmanbassist18 wrote: different = more mainstream = going metallica
    Metallica is 1000x the band Slipknot will ever be
    HaveSomeGlue
    .:!j.man!:. wrote: Sick of hearing about this, I dont care who died.
    It's people like you that make people think metalheads are douchebags
    ryanplaysbass
    I'm hoping for something like a mix between Iowa and Vol 3. AHIG was kind of bland to me.. I don't know.. But anyways,can't wait. Sounds like it's going to be intense.
    slaveskinJACKET
    jordo246 wrote: I hope this won't be another A7X-nightmare ordeal, it had some okay songs on it but it wasn't like before, hope it don't happen to slipknot.
    I didn't really like Nightmare at first. I thought it was alright, but nothing I'd listen to much. It sat in my car for awhile, and I put it in a couple months later. It stayed in my cd player for at least a few days after that. I've recently began to consider it as their best album. Sure, there are bad songs on it, as with any of their albums. But it has a higher good song to bad song ratio than any of their previous albums. Buried Alive is my personal favorite, and has also become one of my favorite songs of theirs.
    BobbyFlamingo
    well i like bands doing directional changes. all hope is gone imho was an amazing album and i hope they continue down that path
    Anchr
    Warheart1188 wrote: Hopefully it'll be a heavier "Iowa", if that's possible.
    That would be an album full of Scissors-esque songs. Nah. Hope they'll continue down the line they set with AHiG. Initially I wasn't bothered with the album but didn't love it either. But I grew more and more into it. Hope this new album will come sooner than later :p
    Battman1993
    Biginjones07 wrote: Make it SAD. Make it ANGRY. MAKE IT HEAVY! Lets it all out guys! BLOW OUR FUCKING MINDS!!!
    Amen..I'm from Iowa, and Slipknot (and Stone Sour) are the only good thing(s) from this shitty state. therefore, I cannot wait for this new Slipknot album. I hope whenever it comes out it gets to #1 on the charts, Slipknot deserves it for all the pain they will undoubtly go through making this record. Just a prediction, I think Slipknot is about to make one of the best modern metal records ever made
    westley23j
    myap0calypse99 wrote: jordo246 wrote: I hope this won't be another A7X-nightmare ordeal, it had some okay songs on it but it wasn't like before, hope it don't happen to slipknot. idk man, a7x nightmare is by far the best cd and i've been a fan since waking the fallen and i've loved every album more and more as they came out and the emotion and pain on that album is the most real and amazing thing anyone can accomplish in life
    ive been a fan since sounding the 7th trumpet, and while ive been a huge fan of everything they have done, and everything mike portnoy has done, nightmare didnt meet that standard. a couple good songs, but most of it seemed forced and whiney. lets hope the new slipknot doesnt fall into that category.
    jordo246
    myap0calypse99 wrote: jordo246 wrote: I hope this won't be another A7X-nightmare ordeal, it had some okay songs on it but it wasn't like before, hope it don't happen to slipknot. idk man, a7x nightmare is by far the best cd and i've been a fan since waking the fallen and i've loved every album more and more as they came out and the emotion and pain on that album is the most real and amazing thing anyone can accomplish in life
    I didn't get the same feeling from the album :/
    RaKooN13
    So I'm hearing people say that they don't want a "Stone Sour" record or some "Sellout" shit. I know the word "Different" is a scary thing to say in the metal world, or even as far as music in general goes really. But it's not always the worst The way I see it, Slipknot is in extreme pain right now from a loss of a close, personal friend to them all and they need a way to let that out. If they make a full record of acoustic, dark, mellow stuff, I wont be upset at all. Hell, if it was polka... shit, as long as they're satisfied. Let THEM decide how they wanna vent out that frustration and sorrow. It's their masterpiece to construct, let them have complete control. They're not as heavy and crazy as they were before, but people grow and evolve. It's better than throwing the same stuff out every couple years. I personally love all albums they've made thus far and if they do make new material, I know I'll have buy it ASAP.
    squierman51
    anyone who feels that these bands are "selling out" need to refer to the UG article from Rob Zombie that went up over the summer where he talks about "selling out". Just because a band does something that might get a bit more mainstream attention doesn't mean they're selling out.
    eletrons
    I can see that I will cry a lot listening to this album, I really miss Paul Gray
    MetalSlayerLADC
    link no1 wrote: Biginjones07 wrote: Paul saved Corey from Suicide. Irony...
    Paul didnt stop corey. corey's wife did he wrote it in seven deadly sins.
    hiwaychild1
    Dont blame UG for being misleading. all they do is publush the articles. they arent directly responsible for all these crappy articles.
    myap0calypse99
    jordo246 wrote: I hope this won't be another A7X-nightmare ordeal, it had some okay songs on it but it wasn't like before, hope it don't happen to slipknot.
    idk man, a7x nightmare is by far the best cd and i've been a fan since waking the fallen and i've loved every album more and more as they came out and the emotion and pain on that album is the most real and amazing thing anyone can accomplish in life
    threedaysgrace9
    Can't wait. Love Slipknot throughout the entire career, especially the last two albums. Each album has been awesome in it's own respect. I've come to accept that bands will change style, like it or not, it's just growth as an artist. I've changed since I started, it's just natural evolution. It'll still be Slipknot, whatever it sounds like, it'll just be them in a different light. R.I.P. Paul.
    Warheart1188
    Krieger91 wrote: benedicto16 wrote: Vermilion part 2 is a very melancholy song and its very good, if the album has the same atmosphere surely it will be very good As in Circle. And Snuff.
    If it's like that...I won't bother with it. The last 2 albums aren't Slipknot to me.
    Paul*Stanley
    Sad and angry... are they implying that any of slipknot's songs are anything but that? By the way: crappy, scratchy vocals of slipknot= good crappy, scratchy vocals on Lulu=bad? Buulllll
    Vyden09
    Paul*Stanley wrote: Sad and angry... are they implying that any of slipknot's songs are anything but that? By the way: crappy, scratchy vocals of slipknot= good crappy, scratchy vocals on Lulu=bad? Buulllll
    Lulu is terrible because he is talking to a track all off beat and shit, and the music behind it is shallow as hell.
    flaminphoenix
    FOR GOD'S SAKE, MAKE UP YOUR MIND...!!! IF YOU WANT TO DO A NEW RECORD MAKE IT!!! Being a huge slipknot fan its becoming annoying to not know what is it that they want. I understand its hard to deal with a death...specially of a person like family, but life goes on! Paul Gray would never want Slipknot to end...and neither would I nor the millions of fans!
    macguitar201
    im really interested in hearing wat this new album will sound like, i liked iowa an subliminal verses pt3 an i thought the newer was ok but i cant wait to hear wats in store!