These are quiet days for Slipknot. Of course, with Slipknot, quiet is a relative term.
While the masked metal collective isn't currently on the road, the band is busy remixing Marilyn Manson, savoring a Grammy nomination and gearing up for a new album.
Drummer Joey Jordison (a.k.a. #1) recently finished work on a remix of "The Fight Song," the next single from Marilyn Manson's Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death), Slipknot's label, Roadrunner Records, said. Jordison finished mixing the track at SR-Audio Studio in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday, and promised that his take on Manson's song is "like a Hell's Angel in the front row at a Slayer gig."
The remix is likely to surface in February, according to Manson's label, Interscope Records.
The project brings some unity to two acts that will square off at next month's Grammy Awards: both Slipknot and Marilyn Manson will vie for Best Metal Performance.
"It's an extreme honor to know that the industry and that people are paying attention," percussionist Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. #6) said of the nomination. "I know what I deserve in my own head, but it's very unexpected. To know that they took the time to even spell out the word 'Slipknot,' that it even rolled off of their tongues, and to think that they actually nominated us makes me feel that everything that we set out to do, we've achieved.
"I don't even need to win the award," he continued. "I feel so honored, and that there's a chance that we can get our sh-- together ... that the industry and MTV and radio and bands and all of us, that we can start being the real deal again."
Before the ceremony on February 21, the band plans to return to the studio to begin recording the follow-up to its platinum-selling 1999 self-titled release.
"We're evolving. We're taking it to the next level," Crahan said of the album. "I don't want to be the band that in five years, you say, 'Yeah yeah, I get it.' We're not like that, man. We're going to keep you guessing forever until we're done."
This month, the band will once again hit the studio with producer Ross Robinson, who worked with the group on Slipknot, to pound out songs that Crahan says are "faster, heavier and against the grain."
"We don't need to rush it or be all stupid with it," Crahan said of the band's timetable. "If it takes three weeks, then it's three weeks. If it takes three months, then it's three months."
Crahan did say that the band hopes to have the album finished and hit the road in March, but that the group has yet to hammer out definite tour plans. He added that he hopes the band can visit fans in juvenile homes while on the road to "get out there and talk to them and meet them."
The percussionist also said that the band is looking further down the road than 2001.
"We already have the fourth album written in our heads," Crahan said. "There is nothing that we're not going to do."
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