Slipknot hit the studio in 2008 to record All Hope Is Gone. Percussionist Shawn Crahan, vocalist Corey Taylor, guitarist Jim Root, and DJ Sid Wilson also recorded a separate album titled Look Outside Your Window during those sessions. In an interview last year, Crahan said the album would see the light of day sometime during the We Are Not Your Kind album cycle.
According to Crahan in an interview with NME, Look Outside Your Window was supposed to be released on Christmas Day 2019. Now the only answer he has about a potential release date is "hopefully on this cycle somewhere."
"Look Outside Your Window is a very unique art piece on its own. So it's sort of timeless, in my opinion. And so I try not to worry about it too much. It feels like I've waited for this long for it to be right, and it just never has… Like, we were gonna release it way early on this cycle, but this takes precedence, and that's not supposed to be confused. It's just a piece of the puzzle. It's not supposed to be watered down or marketed, really. It's really a piece of the imagination that's missing that people might really need. So, hopefully on this cycle somewhere. It was scheduled for Christmas."
I just quit asking, because I don't want it to interfere with this. And mainly because of what it is. It needs its own space. And we are having a good time enjoying this album, and we have no ego with that. We're not trying to make that corporate or whatever; it's really just beautiful art that we wanna share in the right way. So it's gonna be on this album cycle at some point. And like everything we're doing right now, it's just gonna come out, and people won't even know. It'll just be this thing that happens. I'm looking forward to that, though. I think people will really enjoy it."
Taylor elaborated on Look Outside Your Window during an interview with Eddie Trunk last year, saying the material has "more of a Radiohead vibe."
"We've been trying to find a way to release those songs for God knows how long. They were actually something that we were recording… We had two different studios going on. And one group of guys was recording what ended up becoming Look Outside Your Window, and then the bulk of the band was making All Hope Is Gone.
"The stuff from Look Outside Your Window is really, really — I mean, there's no real way to describe it. It's experimental, but it's super vibey, super melodic. It's really good. It's hard to explain. There's something about those songs. They're very solemn, very energetic, very artistic. For people who are used to a certain way of Slipknot sounding, this doesn't sound anything like that. It's much more of a rock vibe. Honestly, it's much more of a Radiohead vibe, to be honest."