Scott Ian On Slipknot’s Decision To Stop Releasing Albums

You may think you’ve got a handle on the industry and figured out your strategy, but a new app or platform can change the whole cycle of how people listen to music. Before you know it, you must keep up with the times again. For some bands, that has meant dropping singles every few months, while for others, they keep giving fans full-length albums. Slipknot joined the bands in the game of releasing tracks instead of albums, and Anthrax’s Scott Ian had to say a few things about it to Metal Edge.

“Yeah. It’s all so different now,” Ian said about the current music consumption. “Slipknot’s saying now why even make full albums anymore. I get it. I get all sides of it. I still love a full album, but at the same time, I totally understand the idea of what’s the point of giving someone 11 songs. Most people don’t listen to albums anymore.”

The guitarist added, reflecting on their future plans, “So, yeah – why not parse it out? I don’t know. All I know is at some point in the next few months, we’ll probably have 14 or 15 things, and then we’ll have to decide when we’re going to record it and how we’ll release it.”

Anthrax’s last album ‘For All Kings’ arrived in 2016, and a lot has happened since then. The industry is different; even the audience has changed. They have been on the scene in other settings but are finally gearing up to release some new music, as they have several tracks lined up. However, the format is yet to be decided. Ian does get where Slipknot’s coming from with their decision to stop releasing albums, so we’ll just have to wait and see which path they will choose to take.