Are Slipknot Working with Ross Robinson (and His Dog) on New Album?
Either Slipknot are reuniting with producer Ross Robinson on their new album or bassist Alessandro Venturella just happens to be hanging out with Ross Robinson’s dog inside a recording studio.
In an Instagram story on Venturella’s account that’s since been deleted (but not before being captured by an intrepid Reddit user, naturally), a very friendly and cuddly-looking dog is shown in a recording studio setting. Ross Robinson’s own Instagram is full of photos of that same dog — Carl (great name for a dog!) — leading Slipknot fans to the natural assumption that Slipknot are recording with Robinson, who manned the boards for both Iowa and the band’s self-titled album.
Slipknot working with Ross Robinson on new album? pic.twitter.com/JaKjcF0Fn7
— Note To Scene (@NoteToScene) September 25, 2018
There’s also this: Robinson mentioned on Twitter earlier this year that he’d be recording with Slipknot, although it went mostly unnoticed at the time.
Industry is bouncing back well enough to feel good about starting my label up again. I am Recordings: slipknot, amen, glassjaw, blood brothers, the cure, vex red, 2018????????👀
— ROSS ROBINSON (@ROSS_ROBINSON) August 23, 2018
Just to play devil’s advocate here for a moment, it’s possible Venturella could be working with Robinson on something other than Slipknot. Further, his role in Slipknot as far as recording goes is also unclear, as he’s still very much “the new guy.” In this Ultimate Guitar interview from 2015, guitarist Jim Root was asked if he played bass on the band’s 2014 album .5 The Gray Chapter, and here was his response: “Yes, I did. I can’t remember exactly what tracks I played on but I think it’s the majority of them. I think VMan played on five or six of the tunes and I played on all the rest.” So it seems unlikely the band would walk back Venturella’s recording duties this time around, but you never know.
Anyway, a reunion with Robinson certainly makes sense for Slipknot at this point in their career. It’s something the fans surely want, and Slipknot have nothing to lose but plenty to gain if it goes well. We will, of course, keep you posted.