NEW SLIPKNOT MASKS LOOK MORE OR LESS LIKE THE OLD SLIPKNOT MASKS
Hey, did you know that there’s a Slipknot cover band called “Tonkpils” (which is just “Slipknot” spelled backwards)? It’s weird, but true. Go figure.
ANYWAY, Slipknot unveiled their new masks at 12:01 am last night (actually, that’s bullshit – it was more like 1 a.m. EST). Now, a pattern has emerged over the years with regards to these dudes and their masks: some of them do major variations on a theme from mask to mask, and some just pretty much stick to the same thing every time. The differences between incarnations of Jim Root and Mick Thompson’s masks, for example, are negligible, while Corey Taylor and Shawn “Clown” Crahan obviously like to get jiggy wit it.
These new masks are no different. Some of them feel legitimately new while some just feel like retreads (my personal favorites are Clown’s bondage mask and Joey Jordison’s Jesus Christ pose). Whether that speaks to the lack of creativity of certain band members or is just a sad fact of the type of mask each musician wears (I mean, how many different ways are there to have spikes coming out of your head?), I dunno.
So… I’ve now spent more time talking about Slipknot masks (or really any masks) than I ever wanted to. Check out the group photo above or head over to Slipknot fan site Slipknot Metal for high res photos of each individual mask.
P.S. Oh yeah, the band also officially released their new single “Psychosocial,” which you can stream here. It’s longer than the previously-leaked radio edit, and that monstrous breakdown after the guitar solo makes all the difference in the world. In the words of a man much wiser than myself, “Me likey.”