It’s been 8 long years since the music world has been gifted with the beautiful insanity that is a Slipknot record, but the wait is soon over. Set to release on October 21st, this will be the band’s first release since June 2008, and since then, things have changed quite a bit for the band. The loss of Paul Gray, Joey Jordison, and Donnie Steele have caused a drastic change in the band’s nine (now eight) person lineup. New members have taken their places, and the new music video to promote the record, “The Devil in I”, has been released. This being the first new thing people have seen or heard from Slipknot in a very long time, it may be a bit nostalgic to see them again in full swing.
The video features only the most brutal images: human maggots, crows resting on percussionist Chris Fehn, the eating of limbs, and guitarist Mick Thomson ripping off both of his faces. It’s very reminiscent of the band’s work during Vol 3. (The Subliminal Verses), which seems to be exactly what frontman Corey Taylor was aiming for. According to Blabbermouth, he described the new material as
“a great mesh of [2001's] 'Iowa' and [2004's] 'Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)'."
"You've got the gorgeous melodies and the artistic direction of 'Vol. 3' and then you've got the absolute brutality of 'Iowa'. And I think people are gonna lose their minds when they hear it."
So, with Slipknot trying to take all of the good elements of their older albums, while also incorporating new artists that will honor the ones who are gone.
With all the hype surrounding the new album, the internet has done a lot of research on this new music video, and has potentially discovered the identities of the new bassist and drummer. The magic of the internet has speculated the new bassist to be Alessandro Venturella, member of Krokodil and former member of Cry for Silence, as well as a guitar tech for Mastodon. How do you ask did the come to this conclusion? Well, someone screencapped a picture of the new bassists hand tattoos from the new music video, and matched them to Venturella’s. What a wonderful age we live in... Although it may seem like a long shot, the Megadeth tattoos on his fingers are quite distinguished, and it is very likely that he could be the new bassist. As for the new drummer, internet speculation has lined up Jay Weinberg, son of Max Weinberg, and former member of Against Me! to replace Joey Jordison. Weinberg was outed as potentially being the new drummer by the lead vocalist of Against Me!, Laura Jane Grace when she tweeted “Dear Slipknot, good luck with that #sh*tbag”. Although it’s still all just speculation, the cases for Weinberg and Venturella being the newest members are pretty conclusive.
So, what we have here is a band attempting to create something that honors their older material, their old members, and their old fans. It is quite the position to be in, and the internet has truly helped to keep the hype train rolling. It will be very exciting to see how the new record pans out for the band, as well as the tour to come afterwards.