Brie Coder, Courier Staff

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With the holidays just around the corner and a new year upon us, what better way to close out the current year with something to look forward to in 2019. According to Metal Hammer, the Des Moines natives, Slipknot, will head to the recording studio in January to record their sixth studio album.

The last time these masked heavy metal icons recorded an album, was back in 2014 with “.5: The Gray Chapter.” During their four-year break, lead vocalist Corey Taylor went back to his other band Stone Sour, and recorded “ Hydrograd,” which was released last year. At this time Taylor is touring with Stone Sour, and will be wrapping up their tour on Dec. 11, in Anaheim, Calif. Once the tour concludes, it’s back to the studio for Taylor.

While Taylor was away, other members of Slipknot have been tuning up their instruments and laying down some tracks. At the moment they are just waiting for Taylor’s astonishing lyrical content and off they go towards making another masterpiece album.

Fans got a taste of what their new album may sound like back on Halloween, when the group released their single “All Out Life.” A music video was also produced for this song by co-founder and percussionist of Slipknot, Shawn Crahan also known as “Clown.”

“All Out Life” made me conclude that Slipknot has not missed a beat since their four-year break. The group is back and heavier then thier last album. Crahan’s percussion skills on this track is on fire. It’s fast, edgy and very distinct. Taylor goes back and forth between rapping and growling the words “old does not mean dead, new does not mean best. No hard feelings, I’m tired of being right about everything I’ve said.”

This song once again proves why this band got as big as they did decades ago. They make music based off all the controversies going on and challenge those who listen to change it. Along with stop following the herd and lead your own path.

In an interview that Taylor did with Metal Hammer, he has outlined that this new album is what it would sound like if their second album “Iowa” made back in 2001 matured. In addition he has gone on the record saying that this album will tackle a lot of personal things each member of the band has gone through, including Taylor’s divorce from his second wife, Stephanie Luby.

With a new album being created the next thing fans want to know is when is the Slipknot tour going to begin. The tour will kick off this upcoming summer, but will start in Europe. Don’t be bummed though, the group will be playing at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand on Aug. 10, 2019. That could be the beginning of their North American tour. More information will be announced once the new year starts and more dates will follow. In the meantime, set back and enjoy the song leaks dropped here and there, and what could be Slipknot’s heaviest album yet.

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