Interview: Slipknot’s Clown: “We Bleed Through Our Art”

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Words: Amit Sharma  Photo: Amy Harris

 

Slipknot are releasing a new movie! Clown takes us inside The Nine’s latest venture…

On December 5, 2015, Mexico City became the loudest in the world. 40,000 rabid metalheads descended upon Centro Dinámico Pegaso to watch the most dangerous band of them all headline their very own carnival of horrors. The inaugural Knotfest México footage was collated and edited by Slipknot founding member Clown, having been set for release as a one-night-only spectacle (out September 6) in the form of live documentary Day Of The Gusano (‘gusano’ is Spanish for worm/maggot, in case you were wondering). Here’s #6 chatting through what lies in store…

It was a long time coming…

“Until this film, we’d never played in Mexico. So it was a big event for us because we have a lot of fans there and it’s discouraging when, as a band, you can’t get out to somewhere. And it’s all documented – showing just how powerful it was for these fans to finally get what they love. This film is dedicated to the people that are prepared to wait for something they need in their lives, and shows just how important rock’n’roll is. It was a get-together that took over 15 years.”

Mexican fans go to extraordinary lengths…

“We had some surreal moments – there was one man who had sold his car to get tickets! I heard about kids saving for six months to get in. That doesn’t sit on my conscience well at all. I thought I’d give these people the time of day in the documentary.”

It’s the first live release with the new line-up…

“I think how much [deceased bassist] Paul Gray would’ve loved to have been there at Mexico City. And the same goes for [ex-drummer] Joey Jordison. I have dedicated my life to Slipknot. I am the fucking Clown. The world can’t change that. But I don’t have control over how people live or die. All I can do is continue my life – and I don’t expect anything less than the best, so we bleed through our art.”

That moment in the set looks insane!

“Spit It Out is always the most phenomenal thing to witness, because of the participation from the Maggots. Everywhere we go, they decide whether they want to get down. And that’s okay – if you don’t want to do it, I’ve got your back. But when you watch this bit, you will see how the people of Mexico deliver in this fucked-up reality we call rock’n’roll.”

Unity in (sic)ness…

“The biggest thing I remember about the set is the sheer unity of the people. There’s nothing like seeing everyone in the audience sing every line outside of America in a place where there’s a language barrier. Kids memorising words they can barely speak, jumping together… there was a massive connection. And that’s what we do: gather a load of people and put them into one train of thought. Even though it’s so violent, kinetic, powerful and real, like a tidal wave… it actually brings peace. In this world we live in, I want to spread that idea of unity more.”

 

Check out the trailer below, and head on over to Dayofthegusano.com to find out ticketing info. Don’t miss Day Of The Gusano on September 6 for one night only!

 

 

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Don’t forget to check out Kerrang!’s 50 Heaviest Albums Of All-Time – but where did Slipknot place?

 

The 50 Heaviest Albums Of All Time

The 50 Heaviest Albums Of All Time

In 2011, Kerrang! counted down the 50 heaviest albums ever made, and we had some seriously incredible contenders to sift through. Prepare to give yourself a serious bangover after listening to this lot...

50. Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas

50. Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas

49. The Beatles - The Beatles

49. The Beatles - The Beatles

DISCLAIMER: Think it's weird that The Beatles made the list? Well, consider this: in 1968 the White Album was perhaps the most off-the-wall, extreme and challenging record available to a mainstream audience. By the time they came to record it, the Beatles had more money than they could ever spend, and so could afford the state-of-the-art studio gear to make whatever noise came into their heads. Some of it is just weird sounds (Revolution 9), but in Helter Skelter – a song that would inspire Charles Manson to order his "family" to commit their atrocities, hear it above – they took how heavy a guitar could sound to new peaks of weightiness, with a fuzzy tone that is still heavier than most metal bands.

48. Cathedral - Forest of Equilibrium

48. Cathedral - Forest of Equilibrium

47. Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland

47. Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland

46. Judas Priest - British Steel

46. Judas Priest - British Steel

45. Machine Head - Burn My Eyes

45. Machine Head - Burn My Eyes

44. Alice In Chains - Dirt

44. Alice In Chains - Dirt

43. Deftones - Around The Fur

43. Deftones - Around The Fur

42. The Prodigy - Fat Of The Land

42. The Prodigy - Fat Of The Land

41. Obituary - Slowly We Rot

41. Obituary - Slowly We Rot

40. Lamb Of God - Ashes Of The Wake

40. Lamb Of God - Ashes Of The Wake

39. Nirvana - Bleach

39. Nirvana - Bleach

38. Sepultura - Chaos A.D.

38. Sepultura - Chaos A.D.

37. Gojira - From Mars to Sirius

37. Gojira - From Mars to Sirius

36. Mogwai - My Father My King

36. Mogwai - My Father My King

35. Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness

35. Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness

34. Megadeth - Rust in Peace

34. Megadeth - Rust in Peace

33. American Nightmare - Background Music

33. American Nightmare - Background Music

32. Bathory - Bathory

32. Bathory - Bathory

31. Sarcofago - I.N.R.I.

31. Sarcofago - I.N.R.I.

30. Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral

30. Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral

29. Korn - Korn

29. Korn - Korn

28. Carcass - Reek of Putrefaction

28. Carcass - Reek of Putrefaction

27. Emperor - In the Nightside Eclipse

27. Emperor - In the Nightside Eclipse

26. Death - Scream Bloody Gore

26. Death - Scream Bloody Gore

25. Electric Wizard - Dopethrone

25. Electric Wizard - Dopethrone

24. Satyricon - Volcano

24. Satyricon - Volcano

23. Atari Teenage Riot - 60 Second Wipeout

23. Atari Teenage Riot - 60 Second Wipeout

22. Brutal Truth - Sounds of the Animal Kingdom

22. Brutal Truth - Sounds of the Animal Kingdom

21. Bring Me The Horizon - Suicide Season

21. Bring Me The Horizon - Suicide Season

20. Discharge - Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing

20. Discharge - Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing

19. Strapping Young Lad - City

19. Strapping Young Lad - City

18. Meshuggah - Destroy Erase Improve

18. Meshuggah - Destroy Erase Improve

17. Sleep - Dopesmoker

17. Sleep - Dopesmoker

16. Sunn O))) - Black One

16. Sunn O))) - Black One

15. Botch - We Are The Romans

15. Botch - We Are The Romans

14. Metallica - Master of Puppets

14. Metallica - Master of Puppets

13. Rammstein - Sehnsucht

13. Rammstein - Sehnsucht

12. Pantera - Vulgar Display Of Power

12. Pantera - Vulgar Display Of Power

11. Every Time I Die - Hot Damn!

11. Every Time I Die - Hot Damn!

10. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Calculating Infinity

10. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Calculating Infinity

9. Napalm Death - Scum

9. Napalm Death - Scum

8. Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come

8. Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come

7. Black Flag - Damaged

7. Black Flag - Damaged

6. Mastodon - Leviathan

6. Mastodon - Leviathan

5. At the Gates - Slaughter of the Soul

5. At the Gates - Slaughter of the Soul

4. Slipknot - Iowa

4. Slipknot - Iowa

3. Converge - Jane Doe

3. Converge - Jane Doe

2. Black Sabbath - Master of Reality

2. Black Sabbath - Master of Reality

1. Slayer - Reign in Blood

1. Slayer - Reign in Blood

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