Slipknot’s M. Shawn Crahan: ‘You’re Gonna Get’ New ‘Music Really Soon’

June 26, 2024

Slipknot co-founder and percussionist M. Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. Clown) recently sat down with Revolver magazine and talked about when you can expect new music. “Well, one thing I can say is this: There’s always going to be new Slipknot music. But we’ve also said that there is a filter, and we are the filter, and that filter must go through everyone. And when I was telling you that we’re doing a lot better communicating, now apply that to communicating about music. I can say that there’s gonna be music sooner than you can imagine, delivered to you in a way you can’t imagine. And I’m excited because we’re not on a label. And there’s a lot of dismay with that, you know what I mean? But there’s also a lot of middle fingers with that. I love it, you know? Come and get us, or we’ll come to get you.”

As for how you can expect the band to release the album, independently or if they’re looking for another label? Crahan said: “What I can tell you is that we’ve already been motivating around creating music, because of the love of doing it. So you’re gonna get music really soon. And if I can have a loud voice in it, I will make sure that we have at least a good amount of music put out before we do anything with anybody. Now, I don’t hate labels. In fact, I’m from the generation of record deals and producers and pre-producing your album and cutting to two-inch tape. So, I have a fantasy with all that; I like it when we can just book our plane tickets and go rock out in the studio. If we don’t go with a label, we’re gonna have to do all that ourselves, which might mean hiring some people to help pick up the loose ends, which makes it a business — and I’m not sure we’re interested in opening up another business. But I am interested in understanding what it means to go directly from our brains to your brain with nobody in the way; I’m interested in that potential.”

We now know that a new Slipknot song called “Long May You Die” was recorded at a recent session with new drummer Eloy Casagrande behind the kit. Casagrande said, “I think that was also part of the audition. They threw new ideas at me to see what my songwriting was like. They wanted to test me in every way.”

“I’m still trying to understand how the dynamics of the band work. It’s not so clear yet how things work in terms of records and new songs. We’ve written a few things, and they’re shelved for the time being.

Casagrande added, “I don’t think there’s any pressure to record new material. But I’m sure they want to, I don’t know when, because right now the band is focused on celebrating its 25th anniversary.”

Slipknot has gone with the classic ’99 red jumpsuit look for the shows with Casagrande.

Casagrande abruptly quit Sepultura nearly five months ago. “February 6th, a few days prior to the first rehearsal, drummer Eloy Casagrande informed the band that he was leaving Sepultura to pursue a career in another project,” the band said in a statement.

Slipknot’s latest album “The End, So Far”, was released in August 2022. So we’re due for new music. LFG Corey!


Written by Todd Hancock