Slipknot’s Clown talks unreleased Look Outside Your Window material

Slipknot's Shawn 'Clown' Crahan
Slipknot's Shawn 'Clown' Crahan (Image credit: Katja Ogrin/Redferns - Getty)

Slipknot (opens in new tab)’s Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan has spoken about the band’s unreleased Look Outside Your Window material and says it will be out “on this album cycle.”

Crahan, Jim Root, Corey Taylor and Sid Wilson set up in a separate studio to record Look Outside Your Window during the recording sessions for 2008’s All Hope Is Gone, where they laid down an album’s worth of music.

Crahan told Metal Hammer in 2018 that they had complied “a big collection of music,” with Taylor telling SiriusXM’s Trunk Nation last August that the material was “experimental” and “super melodic.” (opens in new tab)

And in a new interview with NME (opens in new tab) filmed as Slipknot launched their No. 9 Iowa American Whiskey (opens in new tab) in the UK, Crahan was asked when fans could expect the music to be released.

He replies: “Look Outside Your Window is a very unique art piece on its own, so it's sort of timeless, in my opinion. And so I try not to worry about it too much. It feels like I've waited this long for it to be right, and it just never has. We were going to release it early on this cycle, but this takes precedence, and that's not supposed to be confused. 

“It's just a piece of the puzzle. It's not supposed to be watered down or marketed. It's really a piece of the imagination that's missing that people might really need. 

“So, hopefully on this cycle somewhere. It was scheduled for Christmas. I just quit asking, because I don't want it to interfere with this. And mainly because of what it is. It needs its own space.”

He adds: “And we are having a good time enjoying this album, and we have no ego with that. We're not trying to make that corporate or whatever – it's really just beautiful art that we want to share in the right way. 

“So it's going to be on this album cycle at some point. And like everything we're doing right now, it's just going to come out, and people won't even know. It'll just be this thing that happens. I'm looking forward to that, though. I think people will really enjoy it."

Slipknot are currently on tour across Europe in support of their latest studio album We Are Not Your Kind.

They’ll will return to the UK on August 22 for Knotfest UK at The National Bowl in Milton Keynes for a “mind-altering collision of music, art and culture.”

The band played at The O2 in London over the weekend: Here are 13 things we learned at the headline show (opens in new tab).

Slipknot: We Are Not Your Kind (opens in new tab)

Slipknot: We Are Not Your Kind (opens in new tab)
Slipknot's new album We Are Not Your Kind was released through Roadrunner Records in 2019. The follow-up to .5: The Gray Chapter features the lead single Unsainted.

Slipknot: 2020 UK and European tour
Jan 28: Amsterdam Ziggo Dome, Netherlands
Jan 29: Frankfurt Festhalle, Germany
Jan 30: Paris AccorHotels Arena, France
Feb 01: Luxembourg Rockhal, Luxembourg
Feb 02: Lyon Halle Tony Garnier, France
Feb 04: Budapest Sportarena, Hungary
Feb 06: Lodz Atlas Arena, Poland
Feb 08: Stuttgart Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle, Germany
Feb 09: Munich Olympiahalle, Germany
Feb 11: Milan Mediolanum Forum, Italy
Feb 12: Zurich Hallenstadion, Switzerland
Feb 14: Vienna Stadthalle, Austria
Feb 16: Hamburg Barclaycard Arena, Germany
Feb 17: Berlin Mercedes-Benz Arena, Germany
Feb 18: Dortmund Westfalenhalle, Germany
Feb 20: Copenhagen Royal Arena, Denmark
Feb 21: Stockholm Ericsson Globe, Sweden
Feb 22: Oslo Telenor Arena, Norway
Feb 24: Helsinki Hartwall Arena, Finland

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