Are they really done or not? That has been a question on the mind of Slipknot fans recently. Well this summer we heard percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan announced that the band was planning an American tour for 2012.

And now Crahan is telling us that Slipknot is in the planning stages for a new album...their first new effort since 2008′s ‘All Hope Is Gone’ album...although it might be awhile before anyone gets to hear it.

Crahan recently told Kerrang! magazine “There’s plans [to make another record] but that’s a way off”. Crahan continued, “No one will push it, because it’s going to be a big one. It’ll be closer to ‘Iowa’, but it’ll be sadder and crazier and really thought provoking, it could even be conceptual.”

Crahan says that members of the band are still feeling the affects of the death of their bassist Paul Gray, who passed away last summer. “We’re still taking some time to reflect on our brother [Gray],” he explained. “Everybody needs to be collecting thoughts so they can get it out and no one has really had time to collect thoughts yet. But we’re the f—ing ‘Knot. And when we come out, you’ll know your band is done.”

Currently, Slipknot is taking a break from the road after touring Europe and performing at Rock in Rio. They're taking some time and preparing for next year’s US dates, which kick off in June. Maggots (Slipknot fans) can also be on the lookout for an expanded 10th anniversary edition of the band’s 2001 album, ‘Iowa,’ which should be in stores on November 1.