Slipknot Working On Album As They Ponder Grammys, Touring

Masked metal band hopes to finish follow-up to self-titled debut next month.

If the esteemed members of the Grammy voting committee knew that one of their nominees was “out to destroy the weak minds in this pitiful industry, with all its derivity (sic) and contrived bulls— music,” Slipknot’s bid for Best Metal Performance just might be revoked.

Despite the mission statement put forth by percussionist Shawn Crahan, Slipknot’s “Wait and Bleed” will compete against the Deftones’ “Elite,” Iron Maiden’s “Wicker Man,” Marilyn Manson’s “Ashtonishing Panorama of the Endtimes” and Pantera’s “Revolution Is My Name.”
After music’s most prestigious prizes are given out on February 21 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, Iowa’s (least?) favorite sons will continue work on their second album, which they hope to have completed in March.

Besides the tentative song titles “People Equal S—,” “Heretic Song” and “Disaster Piece,” not much is known about the forthcoming opus, other than it is “heavy as f—,” according to drummer Joey Jordison. And like a slab of rancid beef, it promises to satisfy hoards of “maggots,” a term used to refer to Slipknot fans.

“We’re doing it for our fans,” Jordison said. “A lot of bands try to get radio play on their second record or try to up the ante with getting a lot of fanbases that are not necessarily there on an underground level, where we started. So with this record we wanna please all the fans that were there from the beginning — make sure they’re happy with what they’re gonna be getting. Our goal is to make sure our maggots are taken care of.”
Though the band claims its in no rush to finish the album, it’s safe to say that upon its completion they’ll take their freak show on the road. Jordison’s recent remix of Marilyn Manson’s “Fight Song” (see “Slipknot Prepare For Remix, Grammys, and New LP” ) has added Manson’s name to a growing list of possible tour mates that includes everyone from the Antichrist Superstar to the big man upstairs.

“We are currently talking to everyone, including God,” Crahan said. “The Knot likes to play seven days a week, and we’re going to continue that philosophy. We’re gonna go back out on the road for two years and kill ourselves just like we did before.”
One fan undoubtedly eager to catch the masked men onstage is Robert Iler, the actor who portrays Anthony Soprano Jr. on the HBO series “The Sopranos.” Last year, the teen actor caught his favorite band whenever possible, and the group is grateful for the perks that come with having fans in high places — a Slipknot song will be used in an episode of the show’s upcoming third season.

“Basically, the kid, he comes to all our shows and he really likes the band,” Crahan said. “He’s a very nice kid, and he’s a maggot of today’s generation. So you know, he’s kind of filtered our cultural experience into his, and we thank him for it.”

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