Slipknot's M. Shawn "Clown" Crahan

Clown Says Slipknot’s New Album Is “A Cobra In A Basket”, Comments On “Iowa” Similarities


Amid the ramp up to the release of Slipknot‘s 2019 album “We Are Not Your Kind“, the band’s frontman Corey Taylor drew parallels between it and the group’s 2001 sophomore album, “Iowa. He would later clarify himself on the matter amid some backlash regarding his comments.

Speaking with Metal Hammer recently, the band’s percussionist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan compared the band’s forthcoming new album which they have been in the studio working on recently to “Iowa” as well.

The following exchange took place in regards to that:

“Hi Shawn. Can you tell us how the new Slipknot material is sounding?

Clown: “It’s awesome that you don’t know anything about it, because once again, pretty much everything you require from us is inline once again. Meaning, we’re here, we’re happening and some of the most incredible music is happening. This is a very special time in life. This is a time when everybody in life has had to take a moment, so you can imagine we have had to take a moment. So I wonder what we’ve reflected on…”

You’ve mentioned before that the pandemic has been similar to the ‘Iowa‘ period for the world – very painful, very dark.


So does that mean are you making an album similar to ‘Iowa‘?

“Yes. Yes. This one is a cobra in a basket. You can either know how to play the instrument, or you can take the circumstance. This is real. But you’re gonna open the basket. You’re going to play, you’re going to charm and be charmed.

What are you going to do when you’re the Clown and you’re stuck at home? I got busy writing. We got busy thinking and feeling. We got busy loving and taking it in. I had the leisure to do it in my own sanctuary and have beautiful people show up and just eat peppers from my garden after writing music.”

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