SLIPKNOT drummer Jay Weinberg has shared a POV video of him performing the song “The Chapeltown Rag” from the band’s June 13 performance at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, Washington. You can check it out below.
“The Chapeltown Rag” was released on November 5, 2021 as a taste of what we can possibly expect on the new SLIPKNOT studio album. The track was produced by Joe Barresi, known for his work with such bands as AVENGED SEVENFOLD, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE and CHEVELLE, among others.
“It’s classic SLIPKNOT,” said SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor about the track, which is inspired by a Netflix documentary he watched about late-70’s serial killer 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.”
Recorded during the sessions for SLIPKNOT‘s new studio album, “The Chapeltown Rag” barrels forward with the speed of a freight train derailing and incisively eviscerates Internet culture from the inside out with the scream, “When everything is god online…nothing is.”
“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 fucking 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 fucking rip the scab off and let the wound be what it is. Then obviously, the big breakdown at the end where it just fucking goes off the rails is is so heavy, dude.”
Earlier this week, SLIPKNOT announced the fall leg of the “Knotfest Roadshow 2022” tour. The Live Nation produced trek will feature ICE NINE KILLS and CROWN THE EMPIRE in the support roles.