SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan says that he loves being in the band now more than ever before. "This is the greatest time of SLIPKNOT," he tells Kerrang! magazine. "We worked so hard for so long, and it was really hard to stop and enjoy the success, and enjoy what was happening around us. You get those sorts of traits when you're older, and we're older now — we're 20 years in. And all the hard work, and all the blood, and losing people… it all makes you stronger."
He continued: "I refuse not to understand what's happening around me. It's just a wonderful time to be in SLIPKNOT, to be around SLIPKNOT, and it's a wonderful time to watch and experience SLIPKNOT. I feel like everything we are is working at its full potential. Our management, booking agent, lawyers, label, our fans, ourselves… I feel like all of us are just working to the best benefit of SLIPKNOT to get the vision out. That's really what it is. It's the most fun I've ever had, and I'd be bullshitting you but I don't feel like we've grown up, but I just feel like we've found a way to understand what we don't want to deal with, and it's effortless for everyone."
SLIPKNOT's latest album, "We Are Not Your Kind", sold 118,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in its first week of release to land at position No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Of that sum, 102,000 were in album sales.
"We Are Not Your Kind"'s sales were boosted by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with SLIPKNOT's tour, which kicked off in July.
"We Are Not Your Kind" was once again recorded at a Los Angeles studio with producer Greg Fidelman, who engineered and mixed "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)" and helmed 2014's ".5: The Gray Chapter".