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Slipknot keep the creeps coming

Slipknot last night launched another horror-tinged video teaser for their long-awaited fifth album – which frontman Corey Taylor says has now been completed.

The latest tense trailer on their website features ambient background noise and a muffled scream, and the band accompanied it with the phrase “The Cystic/Symbolic/Condition.” It follows previous hint “The Prescient/The Nascent/The Quotient” and both phrases have been published in reversed type: “tneitouQ ehT/tnecsaN ehT/tneicserP ehT” and “noitidnoC/cilobmyS/citsyC ehT.”

The follow-up to 2008’s All Hope Is Gone will be their first since the tragic death of bassist Paul Gray in 2010 and their dismissal of drummer Joey Jordison last year. No confirmation of either member’s replacement has been given.

Confirming work has been finished, Taylor tells The Pulse Of Radio the band knew they were facing a new challenge, saying: “We knew it was going to be heavy – one of things where it’s like, ‘Okay, we’re in uncharted territory right now, so what do we do?’

“Jim Root and Crown really stepped up. They started leading the charge and got stuff together. By the time we got into the studio we had a really great template of music to check out.”

Details of the album are expected in the coming weeks.

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.