With the hype train still rolling towards the release of Slipknot’s .5: The Gray Chapter, and the upcoming Knotfest, some interesting details about the “features” of the fest have been released. The features range from the relatively mild Slipknot museum, which will display old masks, suits, art, previously used equipment and other memorabilia, to things like “fire-belching tarot card readers” and a “junk car drum circle” were fest goers can beat on junkyard cars with metal pipes. One of the most bizarre features, however is that oil drums will be filled with camel crap and left to blaze for the entire festival. That’s right, like, crap. From camels. On fire. In an article with Rolling Stone, Shawn “Clown” Crahan described the process. To contrast rumors about the crap being mixed with oil before burning he said that it would be “au natural” and “heated with a slow burn over charcoal.” As for the source of all that crap, he said
“I don't want to get anybody in any sort of accusations of wrongdoing or whatever, but you have to get it from a zoo probably. How you get it from the zoo is not my origin of expertise. I just put out the order and the captains go out and get it done.”
As for the motivation behind this rather bizarre scent that the band has decided upon, he said
"We did the camel dung on the first Knotfest. It was awesome; it was beautiful,”
"[Fans] came into the museum and they had to be hit with camel shit. A very distinct smell. You can't huff it, but it's got this smell. And it's not necessarily the most comfortable thing, but its not necessarily the worst thing, it's just remembering thoughts — it's gonna be a reoccurring thing."
"I write down things in life that are special, that only living in this thought process can you ever obtain,”"Freshly mowed grass. How it smells when a nice spring rain hits. Because of Iowa, I like being in a different state that doesn't even have grass and think that I smell fresh-cut grass. It brings me home. Makes me feel safe… So, I figure, since we're not a band anymore — we're a culture, everybody needs to get used to that real quick — that the culture has to have a smell. You have to be able to be somewhere in the world, maybe be in a little pain, and then all of a sudden smell that and feel good again."
So, Slipknot wants us all to remember this show by scent, and with something so bizarre and unique, it can’t be forgotten easily. Truly a scent so unique, that as soon as it reaches your nostrils again, it can only bring back one memory…