Slipknot hope to start recording next album later this year

Band say they want to return to the studio when they finish their current tour

Slipknot could start work on a new studio this album year.

The masked metal band’s last LP, ‘.5: The Gray Chapter’, was only released in October 2014 but in an interview with Music Radar, group members Mick Thomson and Jim Root said they are eager to return to the studio once they have finished their current tour.

Guitarist Thomson said that the band had been working on new material while on the road and then added: “It enables us to have songs in the can already before we go in a studio to work on a new album. We hope to do our next record sooner after touring ‘… .5’. We don’t want to spend the same amount of time between albums as we’ve done with the last two.”

Root added: “I’m constantly writing, maybe a little more than other guys in the band. I find it a very therapeutic thing to do on the road, where you’re estranged from your hobbies. But there are many cooks in the kitchen, so I never really had much opportunity to put my stuff forward before.”

Slipknot will headline this year’s Download Festival and will also tour UK later this month (January). The Prepare For Hell tour will kick off in Sheffield on January 16 and also take in dates throughout Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, London, Cardiff and Nottingham before finishing up in Birmingham on January 27.

They will play:

Sheffield Motorpoint Arena (January 16)
Glasgow SSE Hydro (18)
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (19)
Manchester Arena (20)
Liverpool Echo Arena (22)
London Wembley SSE Arena (23)
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (24)
Nottingham Capital FM Arena (26)
Birmingham Barclaycard Arena (27)

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