A week ago Slipknot premiered a new track from their as-yet-untitled new album. Since then, more has been revealed about the forthcoming record. The band released a music video for the track “The Negative One” (which can be seen below) and earlier this week Corey Taylor appeared on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show and he had much to say about all things Slipknot.
First, it turns out that “The Negative One” isn’t the official single it was thought to be. The real single comes out in a few weeks:
“People don’t know what to expect from us and that’s kinda the way we like it. The great thing is that—I was telling this to somebody the other day—”The Negative One” isn’t our single. That was just a gift for the fans, like we wanted them to hear a piece of the album. The single comes out in a few weeks and it’s completely different. It’s more melodic, but it’s dark, it’s powerful man, its something different, people are going to lose their minds when they hear that.
It’s got the spirit. The thing I love is that everyone’s reactions are very, very similar. They love the fact that there’s new Slipknot out. They also love the fact that it feels like old school meets new school. Like you can feel the original craziness of the early stuff but you can tell that the evolution has happened. And that’s kind of what we were shooting for, ya know? Remember I said I wanted the album to feel like a cross between Iowa and Vol. 3 and I think we did that. Wait till you hear the whole album, because this story is so deep and so honest and so crazy that people are going to lose their minds when they hear it.”
The frontman also said that the band is planning for an October release and that the official single for the new album is a track called “The Devil In I”:
“I’m not sure what the definite date is. I know we’re shooting for October. Because we wanna release it right around the time the Knotfest shows [in San Bernardino, California] happen, so everyone can have it. We’ve got pretty much all the artwork done, which Shawn [co-founder, conceptualist and percussionist M. Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan] did a hell of a job on. We’re getting ready… probably in the next couple of weeks, we’re gonna shoot a video for the first official single, which is called ‘The Devil In I’. So we’re gonna shoot a video for that. [And] that’s about all I know right now. [Laughs] ‘Cause we’re still finishing mixes. We’ve still got a couple of songs left that need final mixes, then it’ll go to mastering, and everything will just start kind of coming together, and [we’ll come up] with a more stable, final release date, and as soon as we know that, the world will know.”
Taylor also shed some light on future touring plans:
“Starting in October, there’ll be a couple of months of touring, mainly in the U.S. and shooting over to do those two Knotfests in Japan . And then break, obviously, for the holidays. And then next year, we’re gonna start slowly moving out to the rest of the world, basically. I know we’re eyeing Europe and the U.K. , we’re definitely looking at Australia , we’re looking at South America , Canada … It’s basically just the blueprint for the world, basically… There’s Southeast Asia …. I mean, there’s so much that we wanna do. Once we get that hammered out, we’ll immediately get it up and we’ll make sure that everybody knows about it.”