Slipknot recently returned with a brand new song, “All Out Life”. In a new interview with Billboard, percussionist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan discusses the new song and offers an update on the band’s upcoming sixth studio album, due next year.
“‘All Out Life’ means get the f*** up, go live your life and live it all-out,” Crahan says. “The band’s been gone for three years. You want blood from me? You got it. That’s what I’ve been giving you for 20 years. But I want blood from you, too. We’re no longer just a band. We’re a culture.”
Crahan says that although it’s been in one form of motion or other since early 2016, the new album is not yet finished. Slipknot has been working on the follow-up to 2014’s Billboard 200-topping .5: The Gray Chapter with returning co-producer Greg Fidelman, with “a plethora of songs, all demoed” to choose from.
“That’s something we never had the luxury of, but it’s because we started three years ago,” Crahan says. “What I can tell you is I’ve known all the words all the time, so I’ve been able to paint the dream world and the nightmare in my mind.” Conceptually, he adds, the album “breaks down to… good vs. evil, or in this sense, evil vs. good. It’s about being a human being and experiencing what you have in correlating it to this world. This world is ugly and it’s supposed to be, and it has to be in order for art to lead to grandness and beauty.”
Slipknot recently announced a historic hometown performance at the Iowa State Fair set for August 10th, 2019. The momentous show will follow a summer of headlining and mainstage festival dates in the United Kingdom and Europe (see attached itinerary). Slipknot’s presence onstage has become the stuff of legend, and these performances will not disappoint. For tickets and more information, visit slipknot1.com.
7-8 – Rockfest – Hyvinkää, Finland
7-9 – Rock Am Ring – Nürburg, Germany
7-9 – Rock Im Park – Nuremberg, Germany
11 – O2 Arena – Prague, Czech Republic
13-15 – Greenfield – Interlaken, Switzerland
13-16 – Novarock – Nickelsdorf, Austria
14-16 – Download UK – Derby, UK
17 – Arena – Leipzig, Germany
18 – TUI Arena – Hannover, Germany
19-22 – Copenhell – Copenhagen, Denmark
21-23 – Graspop – Dessel, Belgium
25-26 – Mystic Festival – Kraków, Poland
27 – Sonic Park – Bologna, Italy
28-30 – Download – Madrid, Spain
1 – Amphitheatre Nimes – Nimes, France
3-6 – Resurrection Fest – Viveiro, Spain
4-5 – VOA – Lisbon, Portugal
10 – Iowa State Fair – Des Moines, IA