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Clown: “This is the Greatest Time of Slipknot”


Kerrang!‘s got a longform piece on Slipknot posted that features interviews with Corey Taylor, Clown AND Jim Root that you should really read. While it’s debatable that the magazine let anyone speak besides the Greatest Carbon Lifeform Ever to Exist, the latter two have plenty of interesting insights to add, particularly about the writing and recording process of the band’s new album, We Are Not Your Kind.

Clown, for once, offered a shockingly coherent comment on the current vibe within the band:

“This is the greatest time of Slipknot. We worked so hard for so long, and it was really hard to stop and enjoy the success, and enjoy what was happening around us. You get those sorts of traits when you’re older, and we’re older now – we’re 20 years in. And all the hard work, and all the blood, and losing people… it all makes you stronger. I refuse not to understand what’s happening around me. It’s just a wonderful time to be in Slipknot, to be around Slipknot, and it’s a wonderful time to watch and experience Slipknot. I feel like everything we are is working at its full potential. Our management, booking agent, lawyers, label, our fans, ourselves… I feel like all of us are just working to the best benefit of Slipknot to get the vision out. That’s really what it is. It’s the most fun I’ve ever had, and I’d be bullshitting you but I don’t feel like we’ve grown up, but I just feel like we’ve found a way to understand what we don’t want to deal with, and it’s effortless for everyone.”

Definitely had to read a couple of those sentences twice to fully grok them, otherwise it wouldn’t be a Clown statement, but the message is clear: he’s stoked!

Slipknot are currently wrapping up their U.S. tour, after which they’ll pal around with Metallica in Australia and New Zealand, bring Knotfest to Mexico and Colombia, and then head to the U.K. and Europe for an arena tour in the early days of 2020.

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