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Corey Taylor, Jim Root, Shawn “Clown” Crahan, and Sid Wilson Recorded a Non-Slipknot Album

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Well, this is interesting: Slipknot keggist Shawn “Clown” Crahan has revealed to Metal Hammer that during recording sessions for the band’s 2008 album, All Hope Is Gone, he recorded an entire other album’s worth of material with three other members of the band — specifically vocalist Corey Taylor, guitarist Jim Root, and turntablist Sid Wilson. Only one of these songs, “‘Til We Die,” found its way onto Hope, and even then, only as a bonus track on certain editions of the release.

Clown now says he wants to put out the other songs at some point, although likely not under the Slipknot banner:

“There’s a collection of songs that were recorded, 11 I think, I’ve held on to them for 10 years because it hasn’t been right, and I’m going to let you know now that it’s feeling right.

“Is it Slipknot? No, it’s not Slipknot. Is it four members of Slipknot? Yes. It’s four members of Slipknot. Is it music being written at the same time as All Hope Is Gone? Absolutely.

“Jim would write guitar then go down and play guitar on the album, then come up and finish playing guitar on the song. That’s how we’d kill time during those four months.”

Presumably realizing he was being too coherent, Clown then drifted into Clown-speak as he continued:

“There’s a big collection of music, it’s fucking really amazing. It’s so amazing it had to be held back to wait for the right time, it’s been 10 years. It wasn’t going to be one of those things to loosely go out and confuse everyone, and piss everyone off.

“I’m not going to put music out to spite people – we do things the right way in this camp. The right way is that sooner or later, people need to be made aware of it because it’s the truth. It happened. We spent time doing it, we worked it every day, we mixed it, we mastered it, there’s artwork. It’s amazing stuff. But it’s all got to be right in the story of Slipknot.”

Wait wait wait… there’s artwork? They commissioned artwork without any definitive plan to release it? That’s… odd.

In any case, Maggots should be happy to now know that at some point there will be some kind of All Hope Is Gone side-album featuring 4/9ths of the members of Slipknot. Hoo-ray!

While we wait for more news, Slipknot recently announced a special tenth anniversary super-duper-extra-special-deluxe reissue of All Hope Is Gone. Would you like to know more?

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