Slipknot stand out as one of history's most impactful and culturally significant metal bands, and nothing will ever be the same again after they deliver this apocalyptic new album, The End, So Far.
The End, So Far is the first Slipknot album to feature new member Michael Pfaff while the rest of the lineup remain intact from We Are Not Your Kind: Corey Taylor (vocals), Shawn “Clown” Crahan (percussion), Jim Root and Mick Thomson (guitars), Alessandro “V-Man” Venturella (bass), Jay Weinberg (drums), Sid Wilson (turntables), and Craig Jones (keyboards and samples). In addition to marking the group’s third consecutive #1 debut on the Billboard Top 200, We Are Not Your Kind reached #1 in eleven countries worldwide in 2019.
An early hint that a new album was on the horizon was when Slipknot debuted “The Chapeltown Rag” live during their first-ever livestream from Knotfest Los Angeles at the Banc of California Stadium. Recorded during early sessions for the yet-to-be-announced new album, “The Chapeltown Rag” barrels forward with the speed of a derailed freight train and incisively eviscerates internet culture from the inside out with a scream, “WHEN EVERYTHING IS GOD ONLINE…NOTHING IS.”
Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor commented on “The Chapeltown Rag,” remarking “It’s a punisher man. It's classic Slipknot. 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.”
There was never a band like Slipknot before, and there likely never will be another. Like a spore out of the Midwest, they’ve quietly bloomed into one of the most uncompromising, undeniable, and unique bands on the planet whose influence infects as it inspires. Since sowing the seeds for revolution in Iowa circa 1999, these musical outliers have captured a Grammy Award, earned 15 platinum and gold certifications stateside, scored dozens of certifications worldwide, and generated north of 8.5 billion streams and 3.5 billion views – no small feat for a rock act of this generation or any other. Rolling Stone cited 2001’s Iowa among “The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time,” while The Ringer attested, “They’re the most important heavy band of their era.” But it’s on the live front where the band really made a name for themselves. They've decimated stages everywhere from Rock In Rio to Soundwave, sold out shows on multiple continents, and deliver an irreplicable multi-sensory experience via their own festival, Knotfest.