Slipknot Tease "The Chapeltown Rag," Remember Joey Jordison in New Interview

The band's "punisher" of a new single arrives tomorrow, marking their first new music since 2019
Slipknot Tease 'The Chapeltown Rag,' Remember Joey Jordison in New Interview
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Tomorrow, Slipknot will release new song "The Chapeltown Rag," and ahead of sharing their first new music since 2019, the group have teased what fans can expect from their latest in a new interview.

Speaking with Knotfest.com, the website of Slipknot's own music festival, frontman Corey Taylor revealed that Shawn "Clown" Crahan and the band were at work on material for a follow-up to 2019's We Are Not Your Kind while he was plugging away at his debut solo album, last year's CMFT.

The first taste of the album will come with "The Chapeltown Rag," which Taylor calls "a punisher" that was first inspired by a viewing of a documentary about the Yorkshire Ripper on Netflix. He was further inspired by the serial killer-centric suggestions the streaming service's algorithm recommended afterwards.

"At that moment, everything was just kind of steering towards violence, or a history of violence," he explained. "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."

"It's classic Slipknot," Taylor continued. "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."

Crahan shares that with producer Joe Barresi at the helm, the band aimed to "exploit 'the Slipknot gene'" on their seventh studio effort, adding of their forthcoming album, "It's way beyond Slipknot, it's more like god music."

Taylor and Crahan also spoke about late bandmate Joey Jordison, Slipknot's co-founder and longtime drummer who passed away in July. The latter shared that he has seen hallucinations of Jordison behind the drumkit onstage in between songs.

"It's been tough," Taylor shared. "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."

Ahead of "The Chapeltown Rag" arriving, Slipknot's crowd turned up the heat with a moshpit bonfire earlier this week (yes, really).