SLIPKNOT percussionist M. Shawn "Clown" Crahan has shared some insights about the concept behind the band's upcoming album in a new interview with Billboard.
He stated that the concept of the record "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. 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."
Though a title and release date have yet to be announced for now, Crahan did seem to hint that the album will arrive sometime around the band's late spring/early summer touring in 2019. The band has been working on the material for the LP since early 2016 and has a "plethora of songs" that are being recorded with co-producer Greg Fidelman, who previously worked on 2014's ".5: The Gray Chapter".
"Nothing is in stone," Crahan said. "There are songs that are considered the album, but everything can change. 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."
Earlier this month SLIPKNOT released a brand new song called "All Out Life", accompanied by an official music video directed by Crahan.
In an interview with "Zane Lowe's World Record", singer Corey Taylor said the new album was "one of the darkest chapters in SLIPKNOT's history — it's that good. It's complicated, it's dark, it's heavy, it's melodic, it's fierce, it's angry and it's real, it's raw as hell and it's gonna be talking about a lot of things that people are going to need in their life right now."
".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.