After a long stretch of uncertainty concerning the future of Slipknot, uneasy fans can sleep well tonight knowing there will be a new album from the band.

For the longest time, the hot interview topic for members of Slipknot was, "Will there be another album?" After hundreds of vague, unsure responses -- it appears band has confirmed that they will be going forward with a new record.

The main consensus regarding album plans was that the band wasn't certain they could be Slipknot without their late bassist Paul Gray -- who died unexpectedly in 2010. After doing some tour dates overseas, planning U.S. dates for next summer, and re-releasing their sophomore outing 'Iowa' -- it appears the band has decided they can in fact go on. Percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan recently told KERRANG!:

"There’s plans [to make another record] but that’s a way off. No one will push it, because it’s going to be a big one. It’ll be closer to ‘Iowa’, but it’ll be sadder and crazier and really thought provoking, it could even be conceptual."

Despite the band's new-found drive to go forward, Clown says that they all still have some healing to do over the loss of Paul Gray:

"We’re still taking some time to reflect on our brother [Gray]. Everybody needs to be collecting thoughts so they can get it out and no-one has really had time to collect thoughts yet. But we’re the f---ing ‘Knot. And when we come out, you’ll know your band is done."

The band releases the special edition reissue of 'Iowa', which includes bonus tracks and a Clown directed, hour-long documentary on the making-of, on November 1st.

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