“It feels real for everyone”: Slipknot share up-close looks at all their new masks

Clown has detailed how 25 years of metal history has gone into Slipknot’s new masks – they’re honouring the past while looking ahead to the future…

“It feels real for everyone”: Slipknot share up-close looks at all their new masks
Emily Carter
Jonathan Weiner

Fresh from launching their next era as a band with new drummer Eloy Casagrande, Slipknot have shared some incredibly cool new up-close looks at their latest masks.

Along with detailed photos of all nine members over on their own Instagram, the band’s mastermind Clown has done an interview with PAPER to explain their thought process going into these latest looks – and it’s all to do with this year’s 25th anniversary celebrations of their iconic debut album.

“There’s a lot going on right now in the world of Slipknot,” explains Clown. “[If] I’m putting on exactly what I wore 25 years ago, I think it’d be insulting to who I was 25 years ago and for the people that knew that, and there is no way in this reality I can be that human being again, I just wouldn’t be true.”

Speaking about his own choices, Clown reveals that he’s “never had a zipper” in a mask before, and opted to do so this time because “it’s inspiration from the past, but it’s also talking about oneself right now reminiscing, the pain, the sorrow, the love, the work of that 25 years of that character that we been that’s been requested, and sort of like say a prayer almost, to oneself to bring something out, that feels real for everyone.”

Catch Slipknot back in Europe and the UK at the end of this year:


5 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
6 Dortmund, Germany – Westfalenhalle
8 Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyerhalle
9 Leipzig, Germany – Quarterback Immobilien Arena
11 Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
12 Paris, France – Accorhotel Arena
14 Leeds, UK – First Direct Arena
15 Glasgow, UK – OVO Hydro
17 Manchester, UK – Co-op Live Arena
18 Birmingham, UK – Utilita Arena
20 London, UK – The O2
21 London, UK – The O2

Get your tickets now.

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