Slipknot recently released a standalone single called "All Out Life" without any revelations regarding the coming album it came from. In an interview with Billboard, percussionist and band mouthpiece as of late Shawn "Clown" Crahan has revealed that Greg Fidelman (Metallica, Slayer) is co-producing the album.
Clown says that the band would "never go do [tour] dates without an album." Billboard points out that Slipknot's European tour starts in Finland on June 7, so presumably that's right around the latest date the album will drop.
Crahan adds that the record is about good versus evil and "about being a human being and experiencing what you have in correlating it to this world."
"What I can tell you is I've known all the words all the time, so I've been able to paint the dream world and the nightmare in my mind." Conceptually, he adds, the album "breaks down to…good vs. evil, or in this sense, evil vs. good. It's about being a human being and experiencing what you have in correlating it to this world. This world is ugly and it's supposed to be, and it has to be in order for art to lead to grandness and beauty."
Slipknot will also reissue their 2008 record All Hope Is Gone soon with different artwork and an attached live album. Crahan recently revealed that members of Slipknot recorded a side project album at that time as well, which has not yet seen the light of day.