|NOTE: This is not the actual cover, as there never was one made.
"Crowz" is an album which was never released. Slipknot were going to make the album after having released "M.F.K.R.", but never did. Then they began writing new lyrics and new riffs which became the selftitled album.
"Crowz" was and never will be released.
Crowz was to be released October 31st 1997. (exactly one year after the release of MFKR)
"Crowz" was recorded, and re-recorded, and re-recorded... Before Slipknot got signed they were working on a "revised" MFKR with better produced versions of those songs, along with newer stuff that was written with Corey on vocals, This was to do two things: 1) Give them a quality demo to shop to labels. 2) If not signed, they could put it out independently as a replacement for MFKR. Some of this stuff was recorded at SR with Sean McMahon, some was done at Juniors' Motel in Otho. It really depended on what was needed at the time. Some of those songs have many multiple versions and mixes. For example, there are at least two versions of 'Prosthetics' that I have heard prior to the S/T. Some songs, like Snap, were done quickly at Otho and sent out as a demo to give record companies something new compared to MFKR.
Crowz refers to a saying we (slipknot) started which started following a spooky incident when we where taking Paul home after a studio session, and the road his place was on was covered entirely with crowz, or blackbirds, or whatever. Thousands upon thousands of them. When the headlights flashed over them, they all took to the trees as one big, black mass. It was eerie. Then, they all sat in the trees and phone lines watching us. That's where Crowz came from. Plus, Shawn found a dead one in his driveway, and kept it in a big, commercial pickle jar, and carried it around at shows until it turned to mush, During shows Shawn would open the jar, this would cause him to vomit all over the place and also cause fans to start vomiting all over the place. It was (sic), it was kept in the jar with all the bacteria and flesh eating creatures. It started secreting this brown liquid and became a fine sauce. [yum] Some kids broke the jar open and played catch with it for awhile and now it's disposed.
|Crowz FAQ from MFKR1.com
|1. What is Crowz?
SLIPKNOT, UNRELEASED ALBUM 1997
Co-Produced by Sean Mcmahon and Slipknot - SRAUDIO
Mixed: during March '97 by Sean Mcmahon and Slipknot - SRAUDIO
This CD was the Second release by Slipknot. This album was a vast improvement for Slipknot in both production and performance including updated versions of MFKR songs and some new songs. The album was never intended to be released to the public but as a promotional album for various record companies whom Slipknot wanted to be signed by. Shortly after Corey's arrival (and Ander's subseqent departure) the band scrapped this album and began working on newer material (the 98 demo).
Album members present during recording include Anders Colsefni - vocals/percussion, Mick Thompson - Guitars, Josh Brainard - Guitars, Paul Grey - Bass, Shawn Crahan - percussions, Craig Jones - Samples, Joey Jordisson - Main Drumkit.
During recording Anders Colsefni left Slipknot, Corey Taylor laid additional vocals on various tracks.
SECOND ALBUM (UNRELEASED)
01. Slipknot / Gently
02. Me Inside
03. Unreleased/No Name
04. Windows (Unreleased)
05. Spit it Out
06. Carve (Unreleased)
07. Only One
In Summer 2004 a picture of the CD was posted here (mfkrboard.com). The picture can be seen if scrolled down the page.
2. Where can I get a Crowz CD?
You can't. Only the band and their close personal friends are known to possess copies. Other than going to their houses and stealing one of them, you're shit out of luck.
3. What is the Unreleased/No Name song (track 3)?
Most likely an early version of Prosthetics featuring Corey on vocals.
4. Which version of Me Inside is that?
This is not 100% known, but its most likely Corey's since Ander's was titled "The Me Inside."
5. So which songs are available on the net?
A 1:52 sample of Slipknot, Gently, Carve, Only One, and Me Inside. If track 3 is indeed Prosthetics then that one as well. There are live versions of Windows and Scissors from this era as well. The full album, however, is available for download here.
6. I thought Crowz had more songs than this.
Other songs were recorded during this era, but they didn't make the album. They include May 17th, Coleslaw, The Me Inside, Nature, and Lust Disease. The last two were recorded shortly after the infamous battle of the bands using their winnings. Coleslaw and The Me Inside are available on the net.
7. Who sings what song?
Anders: Carve, Coleslaw, The Me Inside, Nature, and Lust Disease.
Corey: Gently, Me Inside, Only One, and Prosthetics.
Anders is singing on the sample of Slipknot that is circulating, but it is unknown if he sings the whole thing.
Who sings on Windows, Spit It Out, and Scissors is unknown.
|Denny Harvey (Ex-Stone Sour (OLD Stone Sour)) on CROWZ
| From what I know, Crowz was really MFKR pt II.
Slipknot had began to develop a regional following in the mid-west. Record labels had been looking at them but passed. One of the problems they were having with MFKR was they were really a different band by that point. Donnie had left, Mick had joined, Craig moved to media, etc.
They started to re-record some of the older MFKR songs with newer ones, like 'Carve' and 'Windows', for an updated CD release that better reflected the band at this point. This was to be Crowz.
The plan was to release it and it would replace MFKR. The origional sessions/versions were with Andy on vocals. As far as I know, as of a few years ago, there were only a handful of copies that exist.
They later re-recorded Corey's vocals over some of those tracks.
Some of the recording was done at SR, and I think the Otho sessions were supposed to go on there as well. There were SO MANY fucking recordings of things I really can't remember what was what. I can remember listening to at least three different versions of 'Prosthetics' on one tape.
When Slipknot signed to Roadrunner, they shelved Crowz.
Somewhere, I have a copy of the concept art Corey was working on for the cover.
No, I'm not going to share...
Think of Crowz as the demos for the S/T album. The one I would love to hear again has the origional Anders vocals.
|Information on the CD
The cd you see above is said to be Crowz, it contains material from the Crowz recording sessions. According to rumours, the only one who has Crowz is Shawn Crahan and he is said to keep it down in his basement.
Songs from the Crowz sessions:
* Have leaked
Interloper (anders on vocals)
Windows (corey on vocals)
Windows (anders on vocals)
Carve (corey on vocals)
*Carve (anders on vocals)
*Me Inside (corey on vocals)
*The Me Inside (anders on vocals)
Tattered & Torn
* Only One
Slipknot (corey on vocals)
Heartache And A Pair Of Scissors (anders on vocals)
Heartache And A Pair Of Scissors (corey on vocals)
Other rare and released/unreleased tracks:
*Wait And Bleed (demo'97)
*Spit It Out (demo'97)
Black N Decker Dildos
Part Of Me
Rites And Rage
"Crowz" - minus Anders' vocals. Of these songs included, "Gently", "Do Nothing", "Slipknot", "Tattered and Torn", "Me Inside", "Carve", "Coleslaw", "Scissors", "Windows" and "May 17th" a song written by Shawn.
|A Little Story About Crowz by Anders
|dark it was so dark and chilly around late november i think it was late november anyway i was walking home from whatever the hell it was that i was doing that evening i had no car as a matter of fact i still have no car but what im trying to say is i rounded the corner that leads to my pad i took maybe five steps and came to a complete halt the entire street appeared to be alive writhing around in sinewy shadow like from the trees as well i noticed that whatever they were noticed me too because they all stopped making the noise they were making and turned their eyes collectively at me my blood went to ice and i thought about turning around and running i stood there facing the mass there must have been a couple hundred thousand of them and they were really paying close attention to me i think i almost sauced in my pants i chose not to run away instead i inched my way closer hoping i wouldnt be bitten cause god knows if those fuckers have diseases i was no more then ten steps away from them and they hadnt moved yet so i started wondering what the hell i should do next when all of a sudden the one closest to me let out a blood curdling squawk that echoed into the cold night about three seconds later the entire body answered in unison with the same sound and immediately lights from the neighborhood houses began popping onto see what the hell had made such a loud hideous noise it seemed to me like they were an army and the one in front of me was the general looking out into the center of the enormous mass of black i saw a lump that they had gathered on top of i did know why there would be something that large laying in the middle of the road for them to perch up on seeming to sense my stare in their direction the ones that formed the lump pushed their way off the lump and into the crowd as a gesture to show me what i was thinking once they were off the lump i saw that what they were standing on was a mixture of red and white but i was too far away to pick out any details once again seeming to read my mind the group parted in the middle like moses parting the sea to create a path for me to the center of their moot i felt like i was going crazy these things knew what i was thinking without using any of the good judgement that i had always prided myself in having i carefully walked into the black insanity towards the objects i lent lay waiting at the center just as each step brought me closer each step also made my vision clearer as to what i was looking at twenty feet away i knew what it was but i didnt stop walking i had to be certain i had to be sure i could not be mistaken is it was it is it what i think thought think it is? c r o w s yes it was and my heart gave way to complete and utter sadness at the sight before me as i looked down upon the remains off our small children that had mostly be endevoured i momentarily forgot about the abomination that surrounded me i didnt notice the convenient path way closing back up behind me nor did i witness the saliva dripping from the carnivorous mouths they were still hungry and they had developed an appetite for humans i began to weep for these young ones when the first flew up to my shoulder and began snipping at my ear quickly followed a couple more soon i was enveloped in the black mass but i couldnt feel anything at all i had possibly witnessed the worst thing imagineable and i couldnt feel anything nothing not anything except for a wave of dizziness that passed over me and a bright light glaring at me though the holes between them all of a sudden i heard the unmistakeable sound of a car hornblasting and i thought for a moment that i was saved when the giant group took to the air they had been scared off by the cars lights and horn. since i couldnt feel anything it took me a minute to realize that they had taken me with them.