Masked metal act Slipknot is midway through a year-and-a-half long sabbatical, but it doesn't mean that the band has been completely idle.

Masked metal act Slipknot is midway through a year-and-a-half long sabbatical, but it doesn't mean that the band has been completely idle. A follow-up to its 2002 DVD, "Disasterpieces," will be issued shortly via Roadrunner, while songwriting for Slipknot's fourth studio effort will begin later this year.

"We're going to start getting back together and working on stuff," guitarist Mick Thomson tells Billboard.com. "The core that writes the songs tend to get together -- it's not as easy to work out stuff when you've got nine people standing in the same room. I would say we'll start working within the next few months. I've talked to [Slipknot bassist] Paul [Gray] a few times. Very slowly, no pressure."

Arriving sooner will be the group's next DVD release. "It's going to be different than our last one," Thomson says. "Our last one mostly focused on the concert, and this one is going to have a lot more personal stuff on it. You get to see more stupid sh*t [laughs]. There'll be some music and stuff, but you're getting to see what our days our like. It should be a lot more fun."

Although the DVD remains untitled and scenes are still being sorted out, Thomson already has a favorite. "A fan, I think in Austria, was drunk and out of line," he says. "He kept trying to come up on the bus, kept bothering people and then started to get a little bit loud and threatening. He had to be set down on his ass by someone close to us. Sometimes you've got to be put in your place, and he was put in his place."

Thomson has also kept himself busy by launching his own signature series guitar via Ibanez (the "MTM1") and performing at guitar clinics. He has also collected some non-Slipknot material, which may see the light of day at some point. "I play every day -- I've got stuff written," he says. "I don't have any specific plans. If I do anything, it'll be I think purely recording."

"I might do a show here and there -- a one-off kind of thing -- but I wouldn't want to be on the road with a band," he continues. "I've got a real band, and in the future, when we decide to call it a day, I'll move on and do something."

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