Slipknot Tides Fans Over With 'Disasterpieces'
While Slipknot likely won't release a new album until late 2003 or early 2004, the alt-metal act is tiding fans over with its first-ever DVD, "Disasterpieces." The Roadrunner release features a full-lWhile Slipknot likely won't release a new album until late 2003 or early 2004, the alt-metal act is tiding fans over with its first-ever DVD, "Disasterpieces." The Roadrunner release features a full-length concert filmed in February in England. Band member Shawn "Clown" Crahan (aka #6) tells Billboard.com that the project was created with one thing in mind:
"I'll be honest with you, the whole thing with me is the live performance, [which] is what takes precedence over all of it," says Crahan. "I know people love all of the extra things, and we have a lot of stuff on this that is pretty conceptual. However, it is not loaded with special stuff because this one is geared to let the world see Slipknot second by second, just like you would see at a live show."
The double-disc package contains more than two hours of live footage shot by 30 cameras at the London Arena concert, as well as five music videos (including the banned video for "Spit It Out" and the never-before-seen animated version of "Wait & Bleed"), the rare audio track "Purity" and extensive behind-the-scenes footage. "Disasterpieces" debuted last month at No. 3 on Billboard's Top Video Chart and is rapidly approaching platinum-shipment status (100,000 copies), according to the label.
Slipknot may currently be on hiatus, but its band members are quite busy in side projects. As previously reported, singer Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root are currently touring with their band Stone Sour, while guitarist Mick Thomson is completing a solo album and Joey Jordison is working with the Murderdolls. As for Crahan, the percussionist used his downtime to create "Disasterpieces."
"I was lucky enough to be able to take over the whole project with other people doing their side stuff at that time," says Crahan. "It's something that I have been wanting to do anyway. It was a no-brainer. That's where I am kind of moving in my life is more film and things like that. [So] I've been dying for this chance."
Crahan is now turning his focus back to the music side of Slipknot, as the nine-member group is slated to reconvene next month to begin working on the follow-up to 2001's "Iowa." While a creative direction hasn't been determined (Rick Rubin has reportedly signed on to produce), Crahan insists the new disc will be made free of industry pressures or fan expectations.
"There is the whole overall veil that is Slipknot," he says. "We are never going to change what we are. We worked very hard to have our niche and we can't change that. However, there are all kinds of new feelings that are here right now that I think we can bring together into vibrations that we do. I think it is going to be a rather unique album."