According to Official Charts, SLIPKNOT‘s latest album, “We Are Not Your Kind”, has beceme the band’s first No. 1 in the United Kingdom in 18 years. The group’s breakthrough LP “Iowa” was previously its only U.K. No. 1, topping the charts in September 2001.
“We Are Not Your Kind” claimed the top spot with over 31,800 chart sales, made up of 25,500 physical sales, 5,000 downloads and 4,300 streaming equivalent album sales.
Only four other heavy metal albums have reached No. 1 on the U.K. chart this decade: IRON MAIDEN‘s “The Book Of Souls” (September 2015), AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s “Hail To The King” (September 2013), BLACK SABBATH‘s “13” (June 2013) and IRON MAIDEN‘s “The Final Frontier” (August 2010).
“We Are Not Your Kind” is SLIPKNOT‘s fifth consecutive Top 5 album in the U.K.
The disc arrived on August 9 via Roadrunner Records.
“We Are Not Your Kind” was once again recorded at a Los Angeles studio with producer Greg Fidelman, who engineered and mixed SLIPKNOT‘s 2004 album “Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)” and helmed 2014’s “.5: The Gray Chapter”.
Singer Corey Taylor recently that “We Are Not Your Kind” features the “darkest” lyrics he has written “in a long time.” He told iHeartRadio Canada about the LP: “It’s heavy, it’s experimental, it’s melodic as hell. Lyrically, it’s the darkest that I’ve gone in a long time. I went through a really dark period, and it fueled all of my lyrics for this album, all of my emotions for this album. The shirking the chains of that depression, negativity, trying to get rid of that. And the vibe is so dark. People aren’t gonna… they’re not gonna know what to expect with it. It’s pretty crazy.”
Earlier this year, Taylor told the Des Moines Register that some of “We Are Not Your Kind” was written while he was forced to “figure out who I was” following his recent divorce, without relapsing into substance abuse.
“All I was doing was giving and I found myself absolutely, completely tapped,” he said. “You could see it in my skin. You could see it in my eyes. That’s basically the journey I’m going to take people on this album … show them what happens to depression when you have no chemicals to fall back on.”
In a separate interview with BBC Radio 1‘s “Rock Show With Daniel P. Carter”, Taylor said that SLIPKNOT‘s new album is “probably the furthest we’ve pushed the boundaries of creativity and experimentation, while also not losing our identity.
“There are bands out there who, they go for all of that experimentation and they forget who they are — they forget that there’s an audience that wants to hear a certain type… It doesn’t have to be the exact thing, but there has to be a certain emotion that they are looking for, that they wanna hear… There has to be that touchstone. You can go as far out as you want, but you have to be able to pull them back to that feeling that made them fans in the first place. And I really think we did that with this album. We not only went places that we’ve hinted at, musically, over the years, but never really went full-bore, but we’re also doing heavier things than we’ve ever done.”