An image was shared in April of Shawn “The Clown” Crahan with Taylor on the band’s Twitter page. It was captioned “2019”, leading fans to speculate they have begun working on a new release for next year. The heavy metal group haven’t released an album since 2014’s ‘.5: The Gray Chapter‘,
— Slipknot (@slipknot) April 20, 2018
Now, in an interview with Loudwire, Taylor has spoken about how the band’s sixth studio album is shaping up and how his latest lyrics are some of his finest.
“It’s been a heavy couple of years for me personally.” Taylor began: “So I’m working out some things, personally for myself, which has been great. I’ve been able to grab ahold of some of the depression that I’ve been fighting and formulate the way that I want to describe it.”
“So some of these lyrics are, to me, some of the best I’ve ever written. It’s probably the most I’ve shared in years.”
“Hearing some of the guys in Slipknot read and react to some of the lyrics that I’ve been writing has been fantastic. I know Clown was like, just blown away by how open and raw it all felt. It felt like the old days. It felt like the beginning when it was just – we were the wound and the fans were the scabs. Trying to get it to heal and we were all trying to heal together. That’s what this kind of feels like.”
Meanwhile, Crahan and Taylor’s sons have started their own band. Griffin Taylor and Simon Crahan recently posted videos of their group online, including cover’s of their dads’ band. Crahan drums in the group, while Taylor fronts them. They are joined by bassist Jeremiah Pugh and guitarist Cole Espeland.