Ex-SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison has told Metal Hammer magazine that he has a pile of unreleased demos at home that were originally meant for his former band.
He said: "I have a ton of SLIPKNOT demos that I have at home. Maybe some day they'll surface, maybe they'll never be heard, but I don't translate them to any other band; they still stay in the SLIPKNOT safe. I won't use them for anyone else besides SLIPKNOT, if that ever happens again."
Asked if he still writes music in the style of SLIPKNOT, Jordison replied: "It depends. I play guitar all the time and I'm constantly thinking of songs. I sleep music. I wake up and there's a riff in my head, every step I take there's a riff, a beat, or something. That's the way a musician is. You're isolated in a weird way because music is haunting you as much as it's loving you. It's non-stop. Every time I pick up a guitar, I come up with different riffs all different bands I've been in. Sometimes there is a song or riff that could only belong with SLIPKNOT and I just can't use it for anything else, regardless of whatever happened. It just stays in the bank and I can't use it for anything else; I just won't do it."
Joey Jordison, singer Corey Taylor and percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan were interviewed for the new issue of Metal Hammer, which celebrates the 10th anniversary of SLIPKNOT's fourth studio album, "All Hope Is Gone".
SLIPKNOT announced its split with Joey Jordison in December 2013 but did not disclose the reasons for his exit. The drummer subsequently issued a statement saying that he did not quit the group.
Back in 2014, Taylor told Metal Hammer that firing Jordison after 18 years was "one of the hardest decisions" the group ever made, adding that Joey is "in a place in his life" which is "not where we are."
Joey recently revealed that he is working on his first-ever book. The 43-year-old musician just completed a European tour with the international death metal supergroup SINSAENUM.
Posted on: 11 Nov 2018
Jun. 07-08 - Hyvinkää, Rockfest, Finland
Jun. 07-09 - Nuremburg, Rock Im Park, Germany
Jun. 07-09 - Nürburg, Rock Am Ring, Germany
Jun. 13-15 - Nickelsdorf, Novarock, Austria
Jun. 13-16 - Interlaken, Greenfield, Switzerland
Jun. 14-16 - Derby, Download Festival, UK
Jun. 17 - Leipzig, Arena, Germany
Jun. 18 - Hannover, TUI Arena, Germany
Jun. 19-22 - Copenhagen, Copenhell, Denmark
Jun. 21-23 - Dessel, Graspop, Belgium
Jun. 25-26 - Kraków, Mystic Festival, Poland
Jun. 27 - Bologna, Sonic Park, Italy
Jun. 28-30 - Madrid, Download Festival, Spain
Jul. 01 - Nîmes, Amphitheatre Nîmes, France
Jul. 03-06 - Lisbon, VOA, Portugal
Jul. 04-05 - Viveiro, Resurrection Festival, Spain
SLIPKNOT will also perform at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand for the first time ever on August 10, 2019. Tickets for the concert go on sale November 2 at 10 a.m. via IowaStateFair.org, costing $43, $53 or $60 before fees and fair admission. An opening act is yet to be announced.
The Iowa State Fair runs August 8-18, 2019.
Posted on: 11 Nov 2018
Slipknot are rocking Halloween 2018 with a brand new song in four years!
Listen to their surprise release of ‘All Out Life’ here!
It’s a good day to be a Slipknot fan. The band has released their first single in four years! The new track, entitled “All Out Life,” arrived on Halloween, and only rightfully so. The guys brought their classic dark psyche to the heavy track, and fans were thrilled to finally see new music from the rock band. “I LOVE THE NEW SLIPKNOT SONG HOLY SH–T” one fan wrote on Twitter after listening to the track. The song arrived with a music video as well directed by the band’s M. Shawn Crahan aka “Clown.”
Slipknot's Corey Taylor released a statement regarding the song’s release. “All Out Life” is a song that is trying to do 2 things: bring everyone together, but also remind everyone that the past is not something to be discarded with disdain. People are so eager to find the Next Big Thing sometimes that they shit all over the bands and artists that have come before, thus making the past feel disposable, like a dirty thing. Fuck that: Why should we pay attention to your mediocre future when you can’t be bothered to celebrate an amazing past? I’d rather listen to a guaranteed hit than a forced miss. “All Out Life” is the anthem that reminds people that it’s not the date on the music—it’s the staying power.”
For fans hoping to see even more new music from the band – you’re in luck. “The album is underway, and it’s going to be one of the darkest chapters in Slipknot’s history; it’s that good,” Corey said during an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1, He continued, “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.”
“All Out Life” might be one of Slipknot’s heaviest tracks yet! What better way to ring in Halloween than with new music from the iconic band. Listen to the new track above!
Posted on: 01 Nov 2018
Slipknot look like they could be back in the studio after the band posted a new photo online.
Shawn Crahan and frontman Corey Taylor has appeared on the band’s Twitter page. It was captioned “2019”, leading fans to speculate they have begun working on a new release for next year.
Corey Taylor gave fans an update on new material earlier this month, saying:
“I know that we’re gonna try and put an album out next year – however, that is all speculation. The best way to make God laugh is to announce your plans out loud. So I’m just going with the flow. The plan right now is next year but that is a huge plan because we still haven’t narrowed anything down, so we will definitely see what happens.”
He also explained that the band had been “writing tons of music” while he had “written lyrics to almost all of it.” “We’re going to start trying to put together demos here and there with the time off that I have and really try to get ahead of the curve as far as what happens next.”
Posted on: 25 Jun 2018
It's been three years since Slipknot's last album .5 The Gray Chapter but the Iowan wrecking machine have kept us satiated with the release of new live movie Day Of The Gusano. Filmed at the band's first-ever show in Mexico City, headlining Knotfest, the historical performance was captured on multiple cameras and directed by Slipknot's purveyor of darkness Shawn Crahan aka Clown.
We caught up with Clown to talk about their Mexican experience and what the future holds for The Knot.
“It’s finances, it’s the right time, it’s wondering about that society. It’s very difficult for kids there to pay for tickets. They have to work months and months and months. So it’s just not easy to pick up and go to Mexico City and do a show.”
“We’ve heard from day one in our career how crazy Mexican people go off at a show, how unified they are. You say ‘jump’ and they all jump, and you can feel it. So we thought, ‘Why not make this show a Knotfest?’ And we documented it, because it was a really special thing.”
“I came in about a month or so early to do press and I hung out with all the promoters – they took me to all the food places. I ate all the authentic stuff. I ate crickets, I ate ants, larvae… I will eat anything you want. I love all that stuff.”
Posted on: 04 Nov 2017
Those fans play an important role in a new documentary brought to you by MusicScreen, titled "Day Of The Gusano". The 90-minute documentary is to be premiered in more than a thousand screens across the world as a one-night-only cinematic spectacle on September 6.
Watch the trailer below.
Directed by SLIPKNOT's own M. Shawn Crahan, a.k.a. Clown, "Day Of The Gusano" documents the Iowa band's first-ever visit to Mexico in December 2015 and features exclusive interviews with SLIPKNOT's members talking about the importance of their fanbase and the band's long-awaited first-ever show in Mexico City.
Confirmed cities and ticketing for the screenings will be announced in July.
Talking about the movie, Clown says: "SLIPKNOT still has dreams for itself. Finally playing Mexico was one of them. It's been a surreal life of rock and roll for SLIPKNOT and the fact that the dreams still go on for us is simply incredible. Thank you." Guitarist Jim Root adds: "We had such a great time at Knotfest Mexico... Not only with all the friends and bands that were there, but with the fans and the crowd we had to document it with. Now we get to share it with the world."
Posted on: 01 Jul 2017
SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan has confirmed to Metal Insider that he and guitarist Jim Root will get together in early February to begin writing new music, but will not book any studio time just yet to start recording the follow-up to 2014's ".5: The Gray Chapter". That disc ended a six-year drought between SLIPKNOT albums during which founding bassist Paul Gray passed away in 2010 and drummer Joey Jordison was dismissed in 2013.
Shawn Crahan said: "The '.5 The Gray Chapter' cycle is over. One hundred and ninety shows, thirty countries, three years. I showed up in L.A. January 3rd, 2013 , I had to leave the tour early because my father-in-law passed away. I missed, like, five shows. I didn't get to end the cycle properly, but that doesn't matter, because I lost my father-in-law."
He continued: "Basically, we are taking until February and Jim Root and I are going to do something different. We are not gonna sit around while everyone goes and does their thing, because everyone does their thing. Some people rest, some people do other bands, whatever. All of us feel, I am talking about everybody — Corey Taylor, Jim Root — we all feel that for the last twenty years we have been doing it one way, so it would be nice to just like examine the song. So we are going to get together in February and we are going to work with different people, different places, make experiences and take the opportunity to get back into a rehearsal room with a lot of us and jam and not feel like a lot of pressure, like, 'Okay we have to get together and in three months write this album.' We want to spend the next year or so diving into the ability to write songs, and explore what we are to the world as musicians and songwriters. So we are very excited to be doing some things differently. We've got full support from the label and everybody around us, and we are going to dive into some very unique thinking, not unlike anything we have ever done. We are just kind of tired of how the pirate ship has gone. I don't really wanna row the oars anymore I want to be an officer or a general."
With SLIPKNOT closing out the touring cycle for ".5: The Gray Chapter", singer Corey Taylor will be regrouping with his other band, STONE SOUR, to record a new set in early 2017.
Shawn Crahan, meanwhile, is pursuing a career as a feature film director. His first effort, "Officer Downe", arrived in theaters and on-demand platforms on Friday (November 18).
Shawn Crahan said a while back that there's always been room for outside projects within the world of SLIPKNOT. "I feel the 'KNOT has always preached personal freedom," he said. "You know, 'Don't ever judge me.' That's what we do, man. We do what we want, we do as much as we want. We'll go shed light to what we are individually out onto the world and then we'll come together like we always do."
Posted on: 03 Dec 2016
SLIPKNOT drummer Jay Weinberg has posted a picture of him holding his gold plaque for ".5: The Gray Chapter". Check it out below.
".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.
".5: The Gray Chapter" capped a very turbulent period for the masked rockers in which they dealt with the death of Paul Gray and the firing of drummer Joey Jordison, both longtime members and songwriters. Despite it all, singer Corey Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio he's proud of what the band has accomplished this time out. "The fact that we were able to kind of pull ourselves back up and not only go in and make a really good album, but make an exceptional album, in my opinion, I think it's a testament to just how talented this band is," he said. "It's a testament to how much passion we have for it. It's a testament to how much we're willing to fight to accomplish everything that we want to accomplish. To me, I think it's one of the best albums we've ever made."
Posted on: 05 Oct 2016
You can now keep up on all things related to Slipknot percussionist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan in one place thanks to his newly launched official website at www.theclown.com, complete with the somewhat disturbing animated disembodied version of Crahan you see above.
Posted on: 24 Jul 2016
Korn have been teasing a new album for months now and the anticipation just hit new heights. Promising their heaviest record in years, the band upped the ante and revealed that Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has provided guest vocals on what will become a “fan favorite” according to guitarist James ‘Munky’ Shaffer.
Speaking with Metal Hammer, Munky said, “We have Corey singing on one track and it’s going to be a fan favorite because he really lets loose. On a heaviness scale of one to 10 with 10 being the 1994 self-titled, this album is a definite nine.”
The axeman went on to detail how guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch‘s return to the band in 2013 has made things easier overall. “When Head came back to us on the last record, it was our way of getting the wheels greased,” Munky detailed, adding, “Now everything is well-oiled and the machine works really well. When Head and I start writing riffs together, we have this endless stream of creativity — we’re like Korn’s yin and yang.”
Head left Korn in 2005, though he said he was asked to rejoin the group every numerous times by the band’s management, telling Rolling Stone, “I would do book signings, and they would send someone to say, ‘Hey, it would be cool to have you back one day.’ My daughter would be here, and at 8, 9, 10 years old, she would say, ‘No way, Dad. You can’t go back to that band.’”
Posted on: 14 Jul 2016
Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor was filmed knocking a fan's mobile phone out of his hands during a recent gig.
Footage uploaded to the metal band's official Facebook page shows Taylor roaming the stage while performing before spotting a distracted fan looking down at his phone.
The singer approaches the fan and is seen knocking the phone out of his hands before pointing at him. The fan, however, seems to take it in jest, smiling and pointing back.
Fan reaction to the incident appears mixed, with one Facebook user writing, "That's what he gets for playing Pokemon Go at a Slipknot show!"
However, another wrote, "Should he have been on his phone during a Slipknot concert? NO! But it also doesn't give Corey Taylor the right to smack the dude's phone out of his hand, kind of a dick move".
Taylor had previously spoken of his dislike of phones being used at gigs, saying, ""People need to unplug and realise that they're missing their lives".
The frontman has also warned fans not to bring selfie sticks to their shows, saying he would "beat the shit out of you with a cricket bat".
Posted on: 13 Jul 2016