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Corey Taylor confirms new Slipknot album will be released in 2022

The metal legends are readying the follow-up to 2019's 'We Are Not Your Kind'

By Joe Goggins

Slipknot, 2021
(Photo: Press)

Corey Taylor has confirmed that the next Slipknot album will be released this year.

The frontman of the metal icons took to his personal Twitter account on Saturday (January 8) to promise the arrival of the record in 2022, alongside other “big shit” including his comedy-horror film ‘Zombie Versus Ninja’ and “secret homecoming plans.”

He wrote: “Big Shit Coming, 2022 edition: ZvN updates, SK album, secret ‘homecoming’ plans, etc. Stay Tuned! ‘Hold On To Your Butts’ – Franklin D. Roosevelt.”

The last Slipknot album, ‘We Are Not Your Kind’, was released in 2019. Taylor has already suggested that the new martial surpasses that record, telling HardDrive Radio last month that “It’s really good; I’m really, really stoked on it. I actually like this one more than I like ‘We Are Not Your Kind’, and I loved ‘We Are Not Your Kind’.”

As of last August, Taylor had just three songs left to finish putting down vocals on for the Slipknot album, telling fans at GalaxyCon that a bout of COVID-19 the same month had pushed back the album’s timetable. “I got screwed, man, [by COVID],” he said at the time. “I actually only have really three songs left to do. I’ve done all the other tracks because I’ve been doing ’em in between tours, just fucking hitting it.”

He went on to provide further detail on the album’s direction, saying: “It’s really good. There’s some darker, heavier shit on it. There’s some tunes that are actually really outside the realm of what we’ve done before. But it all fucking coheses [sic] together – it all works together. And there’s some fucking savage heavy shit, which I’m really stoked on. So it’s gonna be rad.”

The first taste of the new record, which will be Slipknot’s seventh, came in November in the shape of new track ‘The Chapeltown Rag’, which hit streaming services the same week as the band debuted it live at their Knotfest LA festival. The punishing track was apparently named after the Leeds suburb of Chapeltown, where some of the Yorkshire Ripper’s murders took place; according to an interview with the Knotfest website, the track “detail[s] the intersection of serial killers, social media, and self-discovery.”