Slipknot Slide Past Breakup Rumors And Begin Work On New LP

Band entering studio in Los Angeles with producer Rick Rubin.

The mystery of whether there would be another Slipknot album is beginning to unravel.

The nine members of the sick sonic wrecking crew, most of whom still live in their home state of Iowa, began arriving in Los Angeles on Thursday (August 7) to work with producer Rick Rubin (System of a Down, Slayer) on the follow-up to 2001's Iowa. Slipknot's third album for Roadrunner Records is expected to drop early next year.

News of the reunion ends months of rumors and speculation that one of the wildest and most aggressive bands in rock was no more. Three side projects as well as comments made by some bandmembers furthered doubts about Slipknot's future.

Back in June, in speaking about his side project, the decidedly melodic, sentimental and un-Slipknot-sounding To My Surprise, Shawn "Clown" Crahan said, "I'm in a place in my life right now where I have to evolve. ... It's completely where I'm at and where I'm going to be."

Rubin also produced To My Surprise's 11-track debut, due in October (see "Slipknot's Crahan Not Clowning Around With Side Project").

Singer Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root's band Stone Sour is also planning to follow up last year's self-titled album.

Customarily masked and in matching coveralls, the members of Slipknot are expected to attend the premiere of the horror flick "Freddy Vs. Jason" on Wednesday in Los Angeles. A previously unreleased Slipknot track, "Snap," which was recorded during the sessions that yielded 1999's self-titled LP, appears on the film's soundtrack, as does the domestic premiere of the Stone Sour tune "Inside the Cynic" (see " 'Freddy Vs. Jason Soundtrack Features Cuts From Slipknot, Sepultura, Others").

The film hits theaters for the common folk August 15. The soundtrack drops Tuesday.