Slipknot’s New Album Addresses ‘Evil vs. Good,’ Says Clown


Story and photo by Anne Erickson

Slipknot’s new album is “about being a human being and experiencing what you have in correlating it to this world”

Slipknot’s new album will tackle the major motif of “evil vs. good.” Percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan discussed the record in a new interview with Billboard, saying that it “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,” Crahan said. “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.”

Crahan added that the band’s follow-up to 2014’s “.5: The Gray Chapter” is well on its way to completion, but the recording is not quite completed yet. While he doesn’t have an exact timeline for when the new album will hit stores, Crahan did hint that Slipknot’s tour dates kick off in June with some shows in Europe, implying the new album might be out by then.

“Nothing is in stone. There are songs that are considered the album, but everything can change,” he said in the interview. “We would never go do (concert) dates without an album, but…we’re not following any rules this time, not that we ever did. We’re on an outline, and I think everybody’s going to be pleasantly surprised.”

Slipknot released the first single off the album, the hard-hitting “All Out Life,” on Halloween. Crahan says the song’s title means to “go live your life and live it all-out.”

“The band’s been gone for three years. You want blood from me? You got it,” he added. “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.”



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