Metal luminaries Slipknot are writing demos for a forthcoming album, frontman Corey Taylor has confirmed, with the singer saying that studio album number five will sound like a cross between previous records Iowa and Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses.
Taylor, who also fronts project Stone Sour, told ARTISTdirect that his mind is firmly fixed on all things Slipknot right now, and promised that the other band members are in the same place:
“Slipknot is looming on the horizon. That’s what’s next in my mind anyway. I’m writing some demos. [Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan] is putting some things together. Joey [Jordison] is doing Scar The Martyr, but he’s a fucking machine. He can write at any time. This band is just loaded with writers. We don’t have a definitive start date, which is fine. That’s okay for us now. When we’re ready to make the album, we will. That’s the mindset. Next year we’re going to get together and start putting the pieces together.”
Speaking of the band’s 2004 release Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses, the 39-year-old vocalist said that it was almost a peek into what Slipknot’s new material will sound like:
“It’ll be a cross between ‘Iowa’ and ‘Vol. 3’ in a lot of ways, while also evolving the way we always have. The stuff I’m writing right now is really dark. The stuff Clown is coming with is fucking beyond. It’s really cool. It’s going to be cool to get the alchemists in the same room and see what happens.”
Drummer Joey Jordison agrees, confirming to Stereoboard.com that the band is in the process of writing new tunes right now and that there’s plenty of material:
“I’ve got so much Slipknot material, I started writing this a long time ago. Y’know, when the time is right. Everyone works at their own pace and I can’t speak for anyone else, but for me, I just kinda put myself in the mindset where I’m writing for a certain project. I kinda just take myself to that place, get in that mindset. When the time is right.”
This will be the band’s first record since the death of bassist and founding member Paul Gray in 2010.