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Jay Weinberg says Slipknot “turned up the dials on experimentation” for new album

“There’s so much in it that is trademark Slipknot,” says Jay Weinberg of the new album, but he adds that there’s also lots of experimentation…

Jay Weinberg says Slipknot “turned up the dials on experimentation” for new album
Words:
Emily Carter
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Jonathan Weiner

Slipknot drummer Jay Weinberg has teased that the band have been getting experimental when it comes to their highly-anticipated new album – the follow-up to 2019's We Are Not Your Kind.

With the LP still being mixed right now (though it's apparently in its final stages of that process), Jay tells WZOR (via Metal Injection) that there's all sorts of "exciting" and "interesting" elements contained within their new material.

"I would say we kind of turned up the dials on experimentation," he reveals. "And there's some new things happening that are really exciting, really interesting, stuff that maybe I wouldn't have even expected us to pull out of our hat. We've got a song that's like the heaviest blues song on earth, and stuff like that that's super-exciting to hear what the guys are doing. Then, once we're working on the instrumental for a while, then we get to hear what Corey [Taylor] brings to the table and how that elevates things and turns things into newer and better and whatever… It's very exciting to hear that kind of taking shape.

"But, man, there's so much in it that is trademark Slipknot," Jay continues. "We're not gonna get away from that; we can't escape that even if we wanted to. There are certain things that are just touchstones of what we are, and I think we're really happy with that. And the fact that we can try to find new ways of presenting those elements – the loud, the fast, the abrasive, the discordant, all that is there for sure. And that's really exciting. I think [recent single The Chapeltown Rag is a great example of that. I think that's a song that's us kind of at peak energy and chaos."

Meanwhile, Sid Wilson shared last week that he had been taking inspiration from some pretty far away places for his parts on the record…

"In a way, we're touring and touring and getting further and further from earth," he said. "So I actually dove into a lot of samples from different moons around different planets within our solar system to kind of translate the amount of travel we were doing, and also bringing it back down to earth for everyone to listen to. So my sound selection was a little more off-planet than normal (laughs)."

The album doesn't yet have a release date, but Corey previously suggested that it would arrive in "maybe summertime".

Catch Slipknot's current Knotfest Roadshow tour at the following:

March

29 Birmingham, AL Legacy Arena at the BJCC
30 N. Charleston, SC North Charleston Coliseum

April

1 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex
2 Reading, PA Santander Arena
4 Cleveland, OH Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
6 Green Bay, WI Resch Center
7 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center
9 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
11 Winnipeg, MB Canada Life Centre
12 Regina, SK Brandt Centre
14 Saskatoon, SK SaskTel Centre
15 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place
17 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

May

18 University Park, PA Bryce Jordan Center
20 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
21 Providence, RI Dunkin' Donuts Center
22 Manchester, NH SNHU Arena
24 Albany, NY MVP Arena
26 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
28 Québec, QC Videotron Centre
29 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre
30 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage

June

1 Cincinnati, OH Heritage Bank Center
2 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
4 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre
5 Moline, IL TaxSlayer Center
7 Bonner Springs, KS Azura Amphitheater
9 Colorado Springs, CO The Broadmoor World Arena
11 Nampa, ID Ford Idaho Center
13 Seattle, WA Climate Pledge Arena
14 Ridgefield, WA RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
17 Las Vegas, NV MGM Garden Arena
18 Chula Vista, CA North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre

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