As die-hard Maggots well know, Slipknot have been sitting on a whole album’s worth of experimental material written and recorded during the sessions for 2008’s All Hope Is Gone. Now, the band’s Shawn “Clown” Crahan has suggested that the much-mythologized 11-song collection, tentatively titled Look Outside Your Window, could arrive later this year, after the ‘Knot’s deal with their longtime label Roadrunner Records finally expires.
In a new interview with Upset magazine, Crahan said of Look Outside Your Window, “It’s an amazing body of work. You will never hear another Corey Taylor like this. The music and the words … It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life.”
“We wouldn’t want Slipknot to hurt Look Outside Your Window, and we wouldn’t want Look Outside Your Window to be a little irritation to Slipknot,” he continued. “Why? Because it’s beautiful God art and people deserve it. The good news is that six months from now, April Fool’s Day 2023, we’re off the label. There are no plans to immediately release something, and we haven’t talked about it, but I would imagine it’ll probably come very soon afterwards. There’s nothing else to do, and it’s ready to go. It’ll be worth the wait.”
In 2019, Taylor discussed the album while appearing on SiriusXM’s Trunk Nation, describing it has having a “much more of a Radiohead vibe.” “It’s experimental, but it’s super vibey, super melodic,” he explained. “It’s really good. It’s hard to explain. There’s something about those songs. They’re very solemn, very energetic, very artistic. For people who are used to a certain way of Slipknot sounding, this doesn’t sound anything like that.”
“I think there’s a large percentage of the fans who will actually really, really dig it,” he added, explaining that one reason for the album’s delayed release is that the band has been trying to figure out how they “wanted to present it to the fans.” “Obviously, the people who are into the heavier stuff probably won’t get it at first — they might dig it later. It’s always about the right time with Clown. Once you spend more time with Clown, you realize that the wizard is always trying to figure out the right time for everything. And I respect him for that, man — that’s the artist in him. Honestly, he’s been our secret weapon since Day One. The reason that everything sounds as interesting as it does, looks as cool — all of the artwork — is all because of him. And I don’t think anybody in the band really gives him enough credit. So I’m gonna do my very best to make sure that he gets all that credit. For him, this Look Outside Your Window album was really his baby. He spent a lot of time and he put a lot of emotion into that album. And it’ll be really cool to see people finally get to hear it.”