PureGrainAudio‘s Mitch Lafon conducted an interview with SLIPKNOT co-founder/conceptualist/percussionist Shawn M. Crahan (a.k.a. Clown) at this year’s edition of the Heavy MTL festival, which was held August 11-12 at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. You can now watch the chat below.
SLIPKNOT‘s greatest-hits package, “Antennas To Hell”, sold more than 16,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 18 on The Billboard 200 chart. The set consists of 19 songs from the band’s four major label studio albums, as well as live performances of “The Heretic Anthem” and “Purity”, plus a remix of “My Plague”. A 17-track bonus disc, “(sic)nesses: Live At The Download Festival 2009”, is also included in the package.
Drummer Joey Jordison told The Pulse Of Radio that he and the band compiled the set based not on their own feelings about their music, but on what their fans enjoy. “When we create music, and we record it and then we throw it out to the world; it’s other people’s music now, you know what I mean?” he said. “And like, it’s not really ours anymore. We’ll perform it, but it’s for other people to enjoy. Like, I mean, it’s still our songs, and we’ll always play ’em, but it’s like it’s other people’s music. So that’s like kind of what we were doing, you know, with ‘Antennas To Hell’.”
Corey Taylor said about the set, “It really took no time at all to get those together, and it’s a good problem to have. And trust me, this band shudders at the thought of calling something a ‘greatest-hits’ or a ‘best-of.’ To us, it was just a compilation to a) celebrate the fact that our fans have been with us since day one, and b) to basically celebrate what we call the Paul years. To pay respect to that, to the years that we had Paul, and everything we built together.”
The collection is the first release from SLIPKNOT since the passing of bassist Paul Gray in 2010.
Taylor recently confirmed that the group has been “putting together demos” for its fifth major label album, which it expects to begin recording next year.