Slipknot drummer Clown let fans know via Facebook that the band isn't ready for a new album just yet, but announced they will be touring North America next year.

Slipknot have been the subject of endless will they/won't they speculation on the subject of recording new material. Drummer Shawn "Clown" Crahan made a statement via Facebook addressing that very issue:

"No album yet because it is too soon and there are no songs yet because the band needs to come together to write this next one. I cannot wait to feel the ideas like choking on color. Everything happens for a reason, so be ready."

While the 'Maggots' are probably bummed that an album isn't in the works just yet, they can take solace in the optimism of the statement -- the key word of Clown's statement is "yet".

Clown also confirmed what vocalist Corey Taylor had eluded to on Twitter last week, unveiling the band's plan to be "touring by next June in America only". It's good to know the Knot hasn't forgotten where they came from, it can be frustrating when American bands show so much love overseas.

In medium Slipknot news (the preceding qualified as large Slipknot news), Corey Taylor had successful corrective eye surgery this week. The Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman tweeted:

"My procedure went EXCELLENT and I am now equipped with 20/10 vision! Thank you Dr. Rothman! And thanks to Lasik of Nevada!! X-ray vision!!!"

Let's be thankful for the wonders of modern technology -- Corey's mask just wouldn't look right with a pair of glasses over them.