Slipknot guitarist reveals he’s begun writing songs for band’s next album

Jim Root is eager to follow-up the group's 2014 album '.5: The Gray Chapter'

Slipknot guitarist Jim Root has revealed that he’s written songs for the band’s next album and hopes to head back into the studio as soon as possible.

The metal band released their fifth record ‘.5: The Gray Chapter’ in 2014, six years after its predecessor ‘All Hope Is Gone’. Now, Root has said that he wants a shorter interval between LPs next time around.

“We haven’t been able to do two albums back-to-back since our first one and ‘Iowa’,” Root told the Des Moines Register. “We’re at a point in our career where the band is at the top of its game. If we take two years or however long, who knows if we could come back? Someone might decide they want to direct or write or other bands’ projects might take priority.”

Root continued, “I plan for the best and expect the worst. I started writing again. Hopefully the new songs will be on a new Slipknot record. If not, I’ll find something else to do with them.”

The group’s frontman Corey Taylor recently announced that he’s written his third book, which is titled You’re Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look At The Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left.

The novel will be released via Ebury Press on June 11 in the UK and July 7 in the US. Taylor is also embarking on a book tour across America in July that will include daytime signings and evening solo gigs.

The book has been described as “a blisteringly funny diatribe that skewers the worst aspects of human behaviour with a knowing eye for every excruciating detail, told in the vivid way that only Corey Taylor can”. This latest piece follows Taylor’s first two books – Seven Deadly Sins and A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven.