Because of their massive fan over the years, Slipknot have come to mean different things to different people. For metalheads, they’re a powerhouse phenomenon reigniting the genre’s fires. For the mainstream world, they’re a shock rock oddity that has somehow made millions of dollars despite looking and sounding like some sort of infection. But it turns out that for fans of modern country, Slipknot are just some laid-back boys singing about the psychoses that any self-respectin’ American feels. If you don’t believe us, just watch this country cover of the band’s 2004 hit “Duality.”
As you’ll see in the video, TikTok user melton.alexander poses the question, What if Slipknot were from South Carolina? He then plays a slow, ballad-type rendition of “Duality” that’ll remind listeners of every song about the simple life that you hear on modern country radio stations. For some, hearing one of metal’s most important anthems turned into the soundtrack to a Ford commercial will be infuriating, but damn if there isn’t a certain ingenuity to playing the song in this slick, relaxed style.
It should be noted that Slipknot are already from Iowa, which is not exactly some big metropolitan state where country music doesn’t exist (for our non-American readers, if you travel outside of most major cities, country radio will overtake you like the Running of the Bulls). But this version does have a southern twang to it that one probably wouldn’t find in Cedar Rapids. What’s important is that, given that these are the Carolinas we’re talking about, Slipknot wouldn’t be allowed to use any bathrooms whatsoever.
Crack a cold domestic tall boy and stare at some mountains to this cover of “Duality” below:
@melton.alexanderI feel like this is cursed audio ##Slipknot ##duality ##metal ##countrymusic ##southcarolina ##countryboy♬ original sound – melton.alexander
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Words by Chris Krovatin