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Don't Call It A DVD: Slipknot Slaves Over Lavish Film
Slipknot percussionist M. Shawn Crahan -- aka Clown -- put a lot of work into the band's upcoming video release, "Voliminal: Inside the Nine." But, he says, please don't call it a DVD.Slipknot percussionist M. Shawn Crahan -- aka Clown -- put a lot of work into the band's upcoming video release, "Voliminal: Inside the Nine." But, he says, please don't call it a DVD.
"I don't really like that term; I'm calling it more of a movie than I am a DVD," explains Crahan, who conceived and directed the two-disc set. "You're talking three-and-a-half years in the making. There were over 300 videotapes at 60 minutes apiece to analyze, and I watched every single one of them. There's, like, 325 edits in the thing, and each one of them are precisely put in for an exact reason.
"So at the end of that, I didn't turn in a DVD, y'know? I turned in a movie, period. A film."
"Voliminal" includes one disc of live footage, music videos and interviews with each of Slipknot's nine members. But the centerpiece is the 90-minute film on the first disc, a stream-of-consciousness style presentation that takes viewers on stage, backstage, in the dressing room, on the tour bus and anywhere else that was part of Slipknot's experience while making and touring in support of 2004's platinum "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)."
"My band tours for months and months and months on end," Crahan says, "and you'd think we're crazy to put up with the sh*t we have to put up with to get on stage for an hour-and-a-half. So that's what the movie had to feel like; it had to be one conscious thought ... to just grab reality, grab the truth of it.
"I spent a lot of time organizing it in a way that I was speaking to you," he continues. "Hopefully people will pick up on that."
"Voliminal" comes out Dec. 5 via Roadrunner and will have to sate Slipknot's fans, the Maggots, until the group's next album. And according to Crahan that probably won't be until 2008.
"We're all taking a nice two-year break," he says. "We've been home for about a year. I'm sure that within a year from now we'll probably be writing. It's a little too early right now to say what's coming in the future, but we are still a very violent organization when it comes to our art; I'm very interested to see where we're all gonna be at this next level of all our lives."