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Slipknot Talk Forthcoming Single, Joey Jordison in New Interview

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Rejoice, for it is officially official: Slipknot will release a new song, “The Chapeltown Rag,” tomorrow, Friday, November 5. The track was produced by Joe Barresi (Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, Pallbearer, etc.).

Additionally, the band will give the track its live debut during their headlining set at Knotfest Los Angeles, which will also take place tomorrow.

Frontman Corey Taylor and keggist Shawn “Clown” Crahan have given a lengthy interview regarding the song to the hard-hitting investigative journalists at Knotfest.com. Here some highlights…

Taylor says the song was inspired by his experience watching a Jack the Ripper documentary on Netflix. When the doc ended, the streaming service’s algorithm, naturally, recommended other, similar content:

“At that moment, everything was just kind of steering towards violence, or a history of violence. 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.”

Taylor continues:

“[L]yrically, 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.”

Musically, Taylor describes “Chapeltown” as “frenetic” and “a punisher.” For his part, Clown re-emphasizes that the band’s next album will be “god music.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the duo address former drummer Joey Jordison, who died earlier this year. Clown, for his part, says that he’s “been hallucinating Joey’s image onstage.”

Taylor adds:

“It’s been tough. You know, with Joey there was so much… you know, he was such a complicated guy. Probably one of the most talented people I’ve ever met. Maybe one of the most tortured. When I think about the good things, the tough things get in, and it’s still taking me time to process. But the things I do remember, there were so many good times, so many great fucking shows with him and just so many good memories of creating music with him. That’s the stuff that I’m really trying to focus on.”

You can read the entire interview here.

Can’t make it to Knotfest L.A.? Fret not! The band will livestream their entire headlining set, as well as “select appearances” from other acts on the bill, including Killswitch Engage, Code Orange, Fever 333, Cherry Bombs (featuring Corey Taylor’s wife, Alicia Dove), and Vended (featuring the sons of Corey Taylor and Shawn “Clown” Crahan). Tickets for the livestream are available here for a base price of $15; there are also more expensive packages with various goodies and add-ons, including a hoodie with secret artwork that won’t be unveiled until the day of the show.

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