Shawn ‘Klovn’ Crahan does not want Slipknot to release full albums in the future

We already know that the title of Slip knot‘s latest album The end, for now refers to the end of an era for the band, but it may also mark the end of a traditional discography for them. In an interview with NME, Shawn “Clown” Crahan said he wants them to release singles going forward instead of full albums.

The end, for now was Slipknot’s final release through Roadrunner Records, with whom they signed in 1998. Clown confirmed that as of March 31, 2023, the group will be completely independent, and the percussionist is excited that they will have no restrictions going forward. So with that they have entertained the idea of ​​only releasing singles in the future instead of proper albums.

“I always thought, ‘What would it be like if Slipknot was big enough that we didn’t keep albums?’ Let’s say Clown could convince you, ‘Hey, instead of waiting two years for 12 songs, I’ll give you one song every month.’ So in effect, I’m shaving a year off for the same thing,” he explained.

Clown further elaborated that the singles would still function as a complete release with artwork alone and would cost less than an individual song.

“And it’s gone through all the filters – it’s gone through the tape, it’s gone through Corey Taylor, it’s gone through a professional mixer and master — no roads have been cut up, it’s all business as usual. And we want to do this because I think it’s time for you, our fans, to get everything.”

One of the reasons why the musician is considering this option for future releases is because he believes that albums will eventually “become a thing of the past” due to the popularity of digital and streaming platforms. However, he also believes that it will allow them to expand their artistic expression more simply. If they want to collaborate with another musician – he used a sitar player as an example – it’s a more direct line of communication than if multiple record labels and management teams are involved in the decision-making process.

“So being free in that sense gives us the freedom to explore deeper, more surreal opportunities to hone our craft – it’s a win-win for everyone,” he enthused. “The philosophy is that the fans have to be sucked into the mind, rather than just heavy metal, record labels, video channels, radio… No, it’s the love of music – you love us as artists, you love our band, you know we have our own filter… Look at what we can do when we can freely dip our paintbrushes anywhere.”

Slipknot’s next scheduled performance is in December. 3 at the Hell and Heaven Metal Fest in Toluca, Mexico. They have a handful of shows in South America after that, then head to Indonesia and Australia in March. See all of them upcoming dates on their website.

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