Song of the Week: Slipknot – "The Negative One"
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:44:18
The world is about to witness a landmark moment for Slipknot. The clock started clicking with the release of "The Negative One" today. It’s the first glimpse of what’s to come from the 21st century juggernaut’s forthcoming fifth full-length album due out later this year. Most importantly, it’s a look directly into the face of the same kind of majestic musical hell that the world experienced during Iowa. However, it’s evolved. This is the band at their most vibrantly vicious and distinctly devout. They’re devout on a mission to honor Paul Gray’s legacy and the maggots who have stuck by them for over 15 years. They’re succeeding in that mission here.
Frontman Corey Taylor vitriolically rails, "With a target on my back, at least I’m ready for another attack". There’s an urgency in his voice predicated on raw cathartic and kinetic energy, meanwhile he delivers every word with unmatched intensity. The percussive assault never lets up as the track oscillates between deadly drum battery and bludgeoning, never repeating itself. Mick Thomson and Jim Root trade polyrhythmic thrash riffs like gunfire, unrelentingly obliterating everything in their path.
Lyrics cut like daggers with Taylor screaming, "And as you die see my face, you’re the only one to bleed" and "You had to be set free". Fans globally will be screaming "The Negative One in me" back to him for years to come.
Make no mistake about it. Slipknot are back to change the world again.
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See Corey Taylor reflect on Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses here!