Earlier this week, nine-faced serpent of the apocalypse Slipknot began teasing some new music via a fresh website. Now, the band have officially announced the release of a new track, due out tomorrow, November 5th.
According to the band’s Instagram, Slipknot’s new song will be titled “The Chapeltown Rag,” and will see release tomorrow, with a live debut set to come during the band’s Knotfest LA livestream tomorrow night.
In a new interview on Knotfest.com, Corey Taylor describes the creation of the track, saying he was turned onto it by a documentary about the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe, who haunted a burg named Chapeltown in the ’70s. After watching the doc, Taylor went down a rabbit hole of recommended serial killer documentaries, and the concept for the song began to take root.
“At that moment, everything was just kind of steering towards violence, or a history of violence,” says Taylor. “And it was just such a weird echo of social media. And the fact that social media tries to steer you towards violence or steer you towards the most toxic thing – the most toxic moment. So I looked at it from that standpoint.
“It’s classic Slipknot,’ continues the frontman. “And it’s frenetic. But lyrically, it’s coming from a point of talking about the various manipulations that can happen when social media meets media itself. And the different ways that these manipulations can try to pull us in different directions, in the fact that we’re all becoming addicts to it, which is very, very dangerous.”
Obviously, fans will be able to hear for themselves tonight. In the meantime, tickets for Slipknot’s Knotfest LA livestream are available via the festival’s Veeps portal. Your average ticket is only fifteen bucks, but there are also pricier options with all sorts of perks — a hoodie, exclusive artwork to be revealed at the festival, and more
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Words by Chris Krovatin