Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has told the U.K.’s Kerrang magazine that the band will begin “major, major work” on its fifth studio album this month. The singer said that the band has demos of 17 songs, describing the music as “a cross between (2001’s) Iowa and (2004’s) Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), but that’s honestly just scratching the surface. I think fans are going to be very, very excited when they hear this stuff.”
- The new disc follows up 2008’s All Hope Is Gone and is the first from the group since the 2010 death of bassist Paul Gray and December 2013 departure of drummer and founding member Joey Jordison.
- Taylor told us that Slipknot sees this album as a potential new beginning for the group:
- [“For better or for worse, we’re just trying to approach this from a really positive standpoint and kind of turn everything on its head and use this as a way to kind of start that new beginning and see what happens, you know. I mean, it could blow up in our face. It might not. All we can do is give everything that we can to it and see what happens for us.”]
- Taylor revealed that he has “written lyrics for everything,” adding, “It feels like the story of the band so far . . . because of everything we’ve been through, it’s time to tell that story.”
- Taylor did not discuss Jordison’s exit from the group. It is not known who will be playing bass or drums on the new record.
- The band has blacked out its website, as well as its Facebook and Instagram pages, as work begins on the project. The new Slipknot album is due out later this year.