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Slipknot Debut new Music Video 'XIX'

posted on 06 Oct 2015

SLIPKNOT's music video for "XIX", the opening track from the band's 2014 album, ".5: The Gray Chapter", can be seen below.

SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn Crahan constructed the song as a three-minute eulogy for the band's founding bassist Paul Gray, who died in May 2010 of an accidental overdose of morphine and the painkiller fentanyl. Crahan spoke the song's opening words, "This song is not for the living; this song is for the dead." But it's the lyrics that frontman Corey Taylor wrote that drove him to tears: "Walk with me, just like we should have done right from the start.... Walk with me, don't let this fucking world tear you apart."

"I don't usually let people see me cry," Crahan told Rolling Stone magazine. "It's too hard. But when I heard what Corey Taylor sang on the song 'XIX', I cried and cried and cried. It hurt so bad."

Taylor explained the song's title to Kerrang!: "It's pronounced 'XX', but it's supposed to represent a couple of different things," he said. "It's the 19th year of the band's existence, and it's also a metaphor for stage two, because track one on the 'Iowa' album was '515', and this is 'XIX', So in Roman numerals it's almost like a double of that. So it represents a new start, and seeing where the road leads to."

Taylor added: "Lyrically, it's really about getting back up on your feet after getting smashed in the mouth, basically. It's just kind of the start of, you know, what would become to me the second stage of the band's career."

Corey told Kerrang!: "What you hear on the record is what we did on the very first demo. It's all me, all raw, in one take, the first time we recorded it."

The last single released from "The Gray Chapter" was called "Killpop".

SLIPKNOT's "Summer's Last Stand" tour kicked off on July 24 in West Palm Beach, Florida, and wrapped on September 5 in Dallas.


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Update: Slipknot have issued an update on the health of bassist Alessandro “Alex” Venturella, who has been discharged from the hospital. It reads as follows:

After a medical emergency during last night’s show, we are relieved to let everyone know that our bass player, Alex ‘V-Man’ Venturella, is well on the road to recovery. Alex collapsed mid-set after feeling unwell and as a precautionary measure was taken to hospital where he was found to be suffering from severe dehydration. After recuperating overnight, he has now been discharged from hospital and is on his way back to his Slipknot family. All being well, Alex will be back onstage with us tomorrow in Mansfield, MA. We thank everyone who reached out with messages and well wishes for Alex and we look forward to be being back at full tilt for the rest of the Summer’s Last Stand tour.

Original Story Continues Below:
Slipknot‘s new bassist Alessandro “Alex” Venturella suffered an undisclosed medical emergency in the middle of Slipknot’s set in Hartford, Conn., last night (Aug. 2). The band stopped the set for 20 minutes, but returned to the stage to continue the show as an eight-piece band.

Upon resuming the show, frontman Corey Taylor addressed the crowd (watch above), saying, “I’m gonna let you know what’s going on right now. I’m sorry to say that our bass player, Alex, had… Something happened. I’m not sure what happened. He’s been put into an ambulance and he’s going to the hospital right now as we speak. But I want you all to make f—ing noise for him. Send him some f—ing love. Now, we had a choice to come back out here. We’ve had to modify some s–t, but we’re gonna keep on playing for you. It’s what we want, it’s what Alex would f—ing want.”

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Metal Hammer caught up with Slipknot's Jim Root at Rock On The Range to talk about the future of the band and what else he's got in the pipeline.

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posted on 23 Mar 2015

Clive Police have charged Mickael Thomson, the guitarist of Iowa heavy metal band Slipknot, after an arrest earlier this month involving a knife fight with his brother.

After an investigation police concluded that Mickael Thomson, 41, and his brother Andrew Thomson, 35, were both responsible for the March 11 assault, which hospitalized both of them.

Both have been charged with disorderly conduct by fighting. The brothers were booked and released on a promise they will appear in court March 30. Both parties declined to seek charges against each other.

Clive police were dispatched to the home of Mickael Thomson on March 11 after receiving reports that two brothers had been fighting. According to a news release, an altercation started inside the home, then moved outside where the brothers began physically fighting.

According to police, when they arrived on scene, both brothers seemed to be intoxicated and had sustained injuries from the fight, with Mickael Thomson receiving a stab wound to the back of the head.

Both were taken by ambulance to be treated for nonlife-threatening injuries.

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Slipknot - Knotfest Wrap Up

posted on 22 Nov 2014

Thank you for being a part of Knotfest & Knotfest Japan 2014

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Slipknot guitarist Jim Root continues to speak out against his former band, Stone Sour. Root was fired from the band back in May. Given his recent comments, many suspect his personal issues with the group are with guitarist Josh Rand. Talking with TeamRock Radio recently, Root stated:

“I spent 12 years helping that band, writing songs for that band and doing things for them. When people conspire and turn their back on you because you have a bigger obligation to get to, it’s a little bit like, ‘Well, I guess that’s that.’

But when people don’t give you any reasons then all you can do is speculate. If people are going to make decisions like that for their career, I honestly would rather get on the life raft and get away from that sinking ship.

Maybe there’s neurotic people who are nervous and don’t know what their future is – so they have to make rash decisions to try to make sure they have a future. But that’s short-sighted. I tend to look past the end of my nose for my future.

Hey, if that’s what they feel they needed to do so they could go play another month’s worth of shows and do a cover record, then more power to you, have fun with that. I know where my passion lies and where my brothers are.”

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