SLIPKNOT DROPS NEW SONG Saturday November 6 2021, 3:52 PM

SLIPKNOT   has just released a new single,   "The Chapeltown Rag" . The track, which can be streamed below, was produced by   Joe Baressi , who has previously worked with   AVENGED SEVENFOLD ,   QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE   and   CHEVELLE , among many others.

SLIPKNOT   frontman   Corey Taylor   described the song to   as "a punisher," saying it documents what happens when the distortions of mass media circulate within the echo chambers of social media.

"It's classic   SLIPKNOT ," said   Corey   about the track, which is inspired by a   Netflix   documentary he watched about the   Yorkshire Ripper   serial killer who murdered multiple women in the West Yorkshire, United Kingdom suburb Chapeltown in the late 1970s. "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."

Recorded during recent sessions for a yet-to-be-announced new album,   "The Chapeltown Rag"   barrels forward with the speed of a freight train derailing and incisively eviscerates Internet culture from the inside out with the scream, "When everything is god online…nothing is."

M. Shawn Crahan , better known as   Clown   from   SLIPKNOT , added: " 'The Chapeltown Rag'   facilitates a sort of mindset that you're going to like: it's along the barnburner side of things."

"The Chapeltown Rag"   will be performed live for the first time ever tonight at   SLIPKNOT 's   Knotfest Los Angeles . The event will be livestreamed as it happens, giving fans access to both the studio version and   SLIPKNOT 's live performance of   "The Chapeltown Rag"   within only hours of its premiere.

SLIPKNOT   heralded   "The Chapeltown Rag"   with a unique and innovative rollout throughout this week. Unbeknownst to visitors, key lyrics from   "The Chapeltown Rag"   adorned   — the band's online hub for news, community, and their official fan club,   OT9 . When users clicked on the lyrics, they landed at Beckoning fans further down the rabbit hole, featured a series of nine eco-friendly NFTs minted under the user account "desmoines515" and hosted on the carbon neutral   WAX   Blockchain. New digital assets were revealed each day this week. When assembled, those assets granted the first look at the single artwork, as well as a part of   "The Chapeltown Rag" . Fans who collected all nine of the free-to-redeem tokens should stay tuned for various special redemption options and offerings throughout the next album cycle.

" SLIPKNOT   has been at the cutting edge, utilizing technology in new and creative ways to engage with their fans," said   Lee Jenkins , product manager for   WAX , "and we are very excited that they chose   WAX   for this initiative that showcases a new way to utilize blockchain technology."

According to   writer   Dan Franklin ,   "The Chapeltown Rag"   chorus sees   Corey   experimenting with vocal approaches he had never taken before.

"I wasn't even sure if that part was going to be the chorus, to be honest,"   Corey   said. "But I just love the way that the chord progression lent itself this weird, chromatic, minor vibe to it, which I had never really done before. I played with it on   'Vermilion'   years ago, but I had never really given it a little more aggression. The harmony that I created for it was just so fucking weird as well that it just gives it that slight dissonant vibe, but it's also very, very melodic and hummable. Writing and pulling yourself out of trying to keep it in some sort of structure allows you to just fucking rip the scab off and let the wound be what it is. Then obviously, the big breakdown at the end where it just fucking goes off the rails is is so heavy, dude."

SLIPKNOT 's last album,   "We Are Not Your Kind" , was released in August 2019. The LP sold 118,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in its first week of release to land at position No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Furthermore, the album made an impact worldwide with No. 1 debuts in the United Kingdom, Mexico, Australia, Canada, Japan, Ireland, Belgium, Portugal and Finland, as well as Top 5 debuts in Germany, France, Norway, Italy, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Poland, Spain and New Zealand.

SLIPKNOT   is currently headlining the   "Knotfest Roadshow"   tour, featuring support from   KILLSWITCH ENGAGE ,   FEVER 333   and   CODE ORANGE . The 29-date run, produced by   Live Nation , kicked off following the band's   Knotfest Iowa   hometown show in Des Moines on September 25, and will wrap up at the aforementioned   Knotfest Los Angeles . Via Blabbermouth

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