Report: New SLIPKNOT Album To Surface In May Or June

SLIPKNOT's much-anticipated follow-up to 2001's "Iowa", which is currently being recorded in the Hollywood Hills, California with producer Rick Rubin (SYSTEM OF A DOWN, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, AUDIOSLAVE, SLAYER), has had its projected release date pushed back to May or June 2004, according to a studio report posted at MTV.com.

"The cool thing about [working on this record] was that there was no floor plan," drummer Joey Jordison told MTV. "We got a new keyboard, xylophone, timpani drums ... stuff we've never used before.

"There are more mellow pieces on it," he continued. "I don't want to scare anybody, but it's a dark, dark record. The melodies have been taken to a realm where we've never gone before. We've always been good at the heavy stuff, and that's definitely apparent — that's always going to be there. But we've really taken it to a different extreme this time. I think it's going to surprise a lot of people."

According to Jordison, SLIPKNOT's sound may change, but the vision will remain constant.

"It's always gonna be the masks," the drummer said, squashing speculation that may have arisen after post-"Iowa" side projects STONE SOUR, MURDERDOLLS and TO MY SURPRISE featured singer Corey Taylor, guitarist Jim Root, Jordison and percussionist Shawn Crahan without their masks and coveralls. "I don't want anyone to think that that's not going to be there. That's SLIPKNOT's thing. But as far as the outfits, it's going to be a whole new realm. It's a whole new time, it's a whole new rebirth and the bible is coming soon. You have a lot to look forward to."

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