Slipknot have announced their fourth album ALL HOPE IS GONE is scheduled for release on August 26th.

Frontman Corey Taylor told Billboard that the forthcoming album is "very dark", combining elements of earlier records VOL 3 and IOWA.

"It's a controlled chaos that hits you right out of the gate," he said.

Asked about the lyrical content of the album, he commented: "Instead of bitching about what went wrong in my life, I'm bitching about what's wrong in life, period.

"I got to the point where I was tired of pretending that I couldn't sing every time I made a Slipknot album, so this time I'm going all out."

Up until this point, the masked metallers had been ominously silent, with no new material since the 2004 release of VOL 3.

Psychosocial, the first official single, is set to be released digitally on June 20th, reports NME.

The 30-date Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem tour in the US will see a headline slot from the band in July.

19/06/2008 12:52:48