Corey Taylor says that SLIPKNOT's upcoming album will contain the band's "heaviest song" to date. Asked by Metal Hammer magazine about the direction of the follow-up to 2014's ".5: The Gray Chapter", the singer said: "The way we've been describing it is, 'What if the guys who made 'Iowa' matured? What if the kids who made 'Iowa' grew up?' That's kind of the way we're looking at it because some of this shit is so heavy — but there's melody, there's really cool melancholic melody going on. Some of this shit is just so hard and dirty fast. It's fucking really good. It's also us at our most ambitious, our most experimental, also us doing what we fucking do best which is basically when everybody thinks they've got us figured out, we just smack them in the face with everything we've got."
Taylor added: "At a time when most bands are slowing down, I think we've written our heaviest song — one of them anyway — on this new album.
"It's going to be fucking crazy. People are going to shit their pants when they hear it."
Taylor recently told Spain's Resurrection Fest TV that SLIPKNOT's new disc will likely arrive next summer. "Right now, we have 20 songs that we've demoed," he said. "And they are really, really good. So it'll just come down to which ones come out the best, and we take that, we make the album out of that, put the album out. However, the way we're talking right now, we're trying to find ways that everyone can hear all the songs. So we'll put the album out, and then maybe we'll release something after that. It's something that we're really trying to think of — giving the audience more, giving the fans more of us. But it's gotta make sense — it's gotta be SLIPKNOT. It can't just be something that throw out there because we can; it's gotta have art, it's gotta have content, it's gotta have passion to it."
".5: The Gray Chapter" was released following a six-year hiatus during which founding SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray died and drummer Joey Jordison was dismissed.
".5: The Gray Chapter" sold around 132,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores in October 2014 via Roadrunner.
Gray died in 2010 from a drug overdose, while Jordison was let go in December 2013, just before SLIPKNOT began recording the last album.