Slipknot Gets Haven In 'Iowa'

Slipknot has put the finishing touches on its latest album, due July 17 from Roadrunner Records. Despite the innocent enough sounding name, "Iowa," these nine Midwestern aggro young men are promising

Slipknot has put the finishing touches on its latest album, due July 17 from Roadrunner Records. Despite the innocent enough sounding name, "Iowa," these nine Midwestern aggro young men are promising an album that's even harsher than their last.

"I think violently and exhaustingly people are going to be taken to a different level than they've ever experienced," says drummer Shawn Crahan (No. 6) in a statement. Slipknot had to cancel five North American dates at the start of this month to put the finishing touches on "Iowa," which, like the group's 1999 self-titled debut, was produced by Ross Robinson.

The group is planning to make up the dates, although nothing has yet been scheduled. A stint on the Ozzfest tour as a mainstage act begins June 8 and, as reported yesterday, Slipknot will join several of the tour's acts for shows on off days.

Songs on the new album include "Heretic," the bluntly titled "People=Shit," and "Iowa," in which the band defends its home state. "Everyone seems to have a problem with us being from Iowa," says Crahan. "They think there's something in the water and that maybe the woods are a little bit scarier. The bottom line is this is where I live."

Slipknot's debut album peaked at No. 51 on The Billboard 200, and has sold more than 1.24 million copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan.