“I can’t say too much about it, and I can tell you that currently, we’ve compiled a lot of material, me and Clown have talked about something really, really cool if we could pull it off,” Corey said during a recent appearance on 95.5 KLOS. “There’s a chance that it could be conceptual if we can really do it right. The music is brilliant, it expands on what we did with [2019’s] We Are Not Your Kind and kind of blossoms from there.
He continued: “But the great thing is ù it’s got not only that, but it’s got everything that you would want from a SLIPKNOT project — there’s the heavy stuff, there’s the dark stuff, there’s the melodic stuff, there’s the weird stuff. We have so many different flavors that we can play with that now, at this point, it’s just us mixing and matching and seeing what excites us.
“So that’s all I can say for right now but I can tell you that it’s really, really good. We’re entering a realm that we’ve never been and that to us is exciting. Especially after all of these years, we pride ourselves on always being able to try and top ourselves, and if we can pull this off, this may be the ultimate top ourselves.”
Last November, Slipknot percussionist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan said that the band has been using some of the downtime during the coronavirus pandemic to work on material for the follow-up to last year’s We Are Not Your Kind album.
“Right now is kind of an interesting time,” Clown said “We’re taking this time to write some new music. So for the last week, we’ve been just having a good time, eating a lot of food and writing God music. So we’re having a good time.
“Since everybody’s taken a lot of time off, we thought we’d utilize it by getting together and do what we probably do best, which is write music,” he continued. “So it’s been good, because there’s no pressure. It’s not like we have to. We’re doing it ’cause we want to. And it’s just been a blessing, because boredom can set in. And I know all of us in the world are going crazy, so we’re really lucky to be able to be together and do what we love most.”
Asked if he thinks the global pandemic will influence the lyrical themes covered on the next Slipknot album, Crahan responded: “We don’t usually speak for Corey, or whatever, but I can imagine that anything that affects him and affects us and affects you will be included.
“To the extent, I don’t know how blatant it will be, I don’t know, but we are all living this, and everybody’s involved. I wouldn’t really know what road [Corey] is gonna be going down or information that he wants to spread. I’m not sure. We’re not quite there yet.”
We Are Not Your Kind sold 118,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in its first week of release to land at position No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Furthermore, the album made an impact worldwide with No. 1 debuts in the United Kingdom, Mexico, Australia, Canada, Japan, Ireland, Belgium, Portugal and Finland, as well as Top 5 debuts in Germany, France, Norway, Italy, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Poland, Spain and New Zealand.