Listen To New SLIPKNOT Single ‘The Chapeltown Rag’

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SLIPKNOT has just released a new single, “The Chapeltown Rag” and it can be listened below. The track was produced by Joe Baressi, who has previously worked with AVENGED SEVENFOLDQUEENS OF THE STONE AGE and CHEVELLE, among many others.

According to a lengthy piece with frontman Corey Taylor and percussionist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan at knotfest.com, the initial inspiration behind the track came about from Taylor watching a documentary on the infamous serial killer Jack The Ripper.

Taylor described the song 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 Taylor about the track, which is inspired by the West Yorkshire, United Kingdom suburb Chapeltown, best known for its connection to Peter Sutcliffe, a.k.a. the Yorkshire Ripper. “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.”

According to Knotfest.com 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 f*cking 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 f*cking rip the scab off and let the wound be what it is. Then obviously, the big breakdown at the end where it just f*cking goes off the rails is is so heavy, dude.”

SLIPKNOT released their latest album, We Are Not Your Kind, on August 9, 2019 via Roadrunner Records. Album was once again recorded at a Los Angeles studio with producer Greg Fidelman, who engineered and mixed SLIPKNOT‘s 2004 album Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) and helmed 2014’s .5: The Gray Chapter.