hmv's Albums of 2014: Slipknot
Every day throughout January we're going to be previewing 2014's biggest records. We assess the situation with Slipknot today, will there be a new album in 2014?
A Little Background...
For such a malevolent beast, it’s no surprise that the history of Slipknot isn’t exactly smooth, from the moment they came spitting out of Des Moines like a rabid dog back in 1999, they've been a magnet for both controversy and utter devotion from their fans. Recently, there's more than a little uncertainty about their future with their members devoting their a myriad of side projects, which have included singer Corey Taylor becoming a best-selling author and percussionist Shawn Crahan getting himself into acting.
Following the release of All Hope Is Gone in 2008, the band have had an even more turbulent time, losing 2 hugely important members- tragically, bassist Paul Gray died in 2010 and more recently drummer Joey Jordison has departed, announcing his withdrawal from Slipknot in late 2013.
Jordison’s departure will inevitably cast a shadow over any new album, and may put the band’s future in doubt. The only statements to come out of the Slipknot camp so far, however, firmly assert that there will be a future for Slipknot, despite there being no full time bassist or drummer at present.
What's It Called?
Not a clue. It's unlikely to be something particular cheery though, they don't go in for that sort of thing.
What Will It Sound Like?
Prior to Jordison’s departure, a lot of material had apparently been written for a potential new record. Much of Jordison’s material apparently ended up on the Scar the Martyr album- it’s been said that his material is now unlikely to appear on a new record, unsurprisingly. This leaves most of the songwriting to Shaun Crahan, Jim Root (who stepped off the Stone Sour tour to write new Slipknot material) and Corey Taylor.
A new album, potentially a double CD, though that seems unlikely, is still expected around summer 2014 or later with material so far written by Taylor and Root claimed to be "A cross between Iowa and Vol. 3". It is likely to be very dark, lyrically, no doubt dealing with the death of Paul Gray amongst the usual smorgasbord of Taylor’s themes. Slipknot had been moving in a decidedly more melodic direction since Iowa, and musically it may be a little less intense following the departure of Jordison.
Who's Producing It? Are There Any Big-Name Guests?
There's been no confirmation on producers. Last time out the band worked with Godsmack producer Dave Fortman, while their first two were produced by metal supremo Ross Robinson. They've also worked with Rick Rubin, a man Taylor described last year as "a thin, thin, thin shadow of the Rick Rubin that he was. He is overrated, he is overpaid, and I will never work with him again as long as I fucking live." Safe to say he won't be behind the controls...
Will It Really Come Out This Year? And When?
It seems that a new album of some kind will appear in 2014, whether the band recruit new full time members or not (with Donnie Steele filling in on live shows since 2011). Whether a 2014 album is the last ‘Knot record or not remains to be seen, but there will be no doubt- a new Slipknot album will be one of THE biggest metal releases of the year. Since Slipknot became Roadrunners’ first platinum-selling album, every record they release is an event. It will be huge. It will be emotional. It will be crushing. And it will be unmissable.