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Slipknot Will Record New Album in November 2018

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Despite our rallying cry for Slipknot to call it while they’re on top, and despite Shawn “Clown” Crahan’s own ambivalence, the Slipknot train will roll on: in a new interview with NME, Clown revealed that he expects to be in the studio in November of 2018 to record Slipknot’s next album.

“We’re about a year away from being in the studio. It’s not my fault the maggots don’t pay attention. We make an album, we tour for three years, we take two years off. It got a little screwed up after ‘All Hope [Is Gone’, the band’s fourth album] because Paul passed away, so we took time off, took time with our kids, and toured for a couple of years until it felt right. Then when it felt right, Joey took off. I’ll be in the studio in November 2018. There’s a plethora of shit written. I don’t wanna be told by a label when to write, like some fucking Cheerio. I wanna write because I write. I’ve made people so much fucking money – pay for the studio. Give me this engineer, give me this producer. It’s just jamming, but I’ve never heard music like this, that we’re doing right now. I’ll be 50 by the time it comes out. I’ll be touring when I’m 50, they’ll throw me a birthday party! So where I’m at these days, I’m like, ‘Maybe make it the last one.’”

With regards to Clown’s final line above — in which he digs in on his previous comments about perhaps calling it a day after the next Slipknot album — the interviewer then asked, “As in, the end of Slipknot?” to which Clown replied:

“Who knows? I don’t have to explain myself to anyone. I’m not gonna be like, ‘Farewell tour!’ then come back. Never say those words to fans – you have to come back if you say that. For me it’s like, I’m going to go fishing indefinitely.”

Let’s hope we can take Clown’s words at face value here; as our own Emperor Rhombus wrote, Slipknot have nothing left to prove so now would be a great time to pack it in. Even if they release one more album and then decide to call it, I still thank that’d be a win for their legacy. End it before the going gets real tough! In the meantime we’ll be getting at least one more Slipknot album, but not until at least 2019.

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