Could the next Slipknot album be the last?

"This could be it"

Slipknot‘s Shawn ‘The Clown’ Crahan has cast doubt over the band’s future – suggesting that their next album could well be their last.

Despite being hard at work on their upcoming sixth album, now the percussionist has said that “this could be it”, and that he’s “done enough work”

“I just spent four months thinking about my life and where I’m at now because I’m at a real honest place of admitting of what I don’t want to be,” Clown told The Jasta Show podcast. “A lot of it is bringing all this emotion to art and music. And honestly, this music that we’re writing writing right now is just like the proof of looking inward and being able to put the first foot down and say, ‘We’re gonna do something for ourselves and write’.

“So we’ve been writing and this music is coming out… I feel weird things are coming but it’s always like that for the guys like us, we get involved in our records and sky all of the sudden changes.”

Clown in Slipknot

Clown in Slipknot

He continued: “And we got some stuff man. I feel like this could be it for me. We’re all getting older. I never like telling anyone like, ‘Hey this is it!’ Because I don’t have to, fuck everyone.

“But like I’ve said, I’ve been reflecting and there’s a lot of hard things that I could say about friends, brothers… We’re good, but it’s a big world. I’ve done enough work, I’ve produced and done remixes and art and performed, I’ve done enough where while I was in it none of it was registered.”

Clown added: “This could be it for me. I’ve done enough work.”

Episode 312 – M Shawn Crahan “Clown” (Slipknot) by The Jasta Show

M Shawn Crahan “Clown” (Slipknot) is my guest on the show today. I love sitting down and talking with him. We talk movies and art, getting shit done yourself, “just gimme one riff” streaming and all sorts of stuff. You don’t wanna miss it. Follow the show @jameyjasta @gasdigital

“I will give you this – we have decided to do things differently,” Clown told NME about their next album. “Our label had been bought and sold, people who used to give me advice are gone now, we’re still standing. We’re not going to wait around for Corey Taylor to say that he’s ready, no one’s going to wait for me to finish directing a movie, the same thing goes if someone wants to go out on tour with someone else.”

He added: ““The future is very exciting because it’s the sixth record. The number ‘six’, besides being my personal number in Slipknot, is biblically, in computers, in maths, in whatever – the number six is a very important and structured number.”