Slipknot has been talking about doing a new album for pretty much all of 2017, though percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan says the band is really making some progress on the new stuff. We've been told in the past that there were about 27 new song ideas floating around in various formats, though now Crahan clarifies that "seven or eight" of them are completely done.
Crahan adds in his interview with Team Rock that he's got a date in his head for when "some of us are gonna get together in a studio and get things going for the next one," though he doesn't clarify if Corey Taylor will be there or not. The band is continuing to write and work on the album while Taylor wraps up the touring cycle for Stone Sour's new album Hydrograd.
“Myself, Jim [Root, guitar] and Jay [Weinberg, drums] went to LA and organised everything we had written out on the road. We wrote 50 fucking ideas. We spent two weeks organizing all that, and also adding some stuff that was written a year ago. We have over 27 ideas ready to go – seven or eight of them are full songs.
These songs can change, they can be written over, nothing is in stone. But it’s great that we have concrete ideas to begin with. So the future has never been sweeter for Slipknot music. I don’t know what Corey’s got in mind, because he will bring his own songs, too, but we’re just writing music and getting ideas and moods and soundscapes – getting it all fucking together.”
So all that material plus whatever Corey Taylor writes! Here's hoping the new Slipknot album is coming in 2018.