During an interview with WRIF-FM, Slipknot’s eclectic percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan confirmed that the band is indeed writing a new album. To be more specific, he had the following to say of the process:
We’re writing as a band and with Corey as well. Yes, we’re off. And we’re off for a while. For a long while. Much needed. We’ve been touring for three years. Corey’s doing what he does, which is Stone Sour, which is awesome. And he’s living that life, which is awesome. Because he does really well and loves it. It’s his art. So he does that. And we’re writing. We’re beginning to write some music for Slipknot for the new record. He’s aware of it. So while we’re writing, he’s getting songs.
We’re not just gonna sit around. Some of us aren’t just gonna sit around because we’ve done that for 20 years. We just feel like writing. We’ve had so much fun writing “The Gray Chapter” and people that started writing together during this album cycle never wrote together in 15 years. So things are a little bit different and it’s amazing and it’s fun, and we have a good time.
We have a lot of stuff already that we wrote out on the road for the last three years. We have songs that we’ve written that are amazing.