USA Release Date: 9 August 2019 Label: Roadrunner Records
Produced: Greg Fidelman
.5: The Gray Chapter
USA Release Date: 21 October 2014 Label: Roadrunner Records
Produced: Greg Fidelman
All Hope Is Gone
USA Release Date: August 26, 2008 Label: Roadrunner Records Produced by: Dave Fortman
All Hope Is Gone Song Meanings
Execute came about 10 years ago. i was over at clowns old house and he pulled up this speech (by us former vice president)spiro agnew given in 1970. And when when we started putting this album together, that's what we wanted to use as an intro. So I took it and manipulated it and fucked it up. But then I played it for clown and he was like "that's cool, but wouldn't it be better if you took it and made your own deal about it?" So I did!
2. Gematria (The Killing Name)
"This song is not about my disgust of America, but more about its people. I love my country, I love the people that defend my country. I love the people that still exercise their right to disagree and voice their discontent, but there are a lot of people who are disguising politics as religion and dictating taste and turning it into policy, and that hurts me. Obviously you have to have both sides in a democracy, but it just seems like the scales have tipped so fucking far on the one side its untrue "
Its kind of a reflection of where i am at the moment, i probably feel the best i have in years, not only health-wise, but as a person. The last 3 years have been an awakening for me.Im standing up for my morals,standing up for myself, but the flip side to that coin is that there is always something inside of me that's going to make people feel like they're chewing on tin foil. for most of my life, i tended to base my opinion on myself by what people thought of me. As i got stronger, i learned to be happy in my own skin and accept that there are these fucked up things about me
Man, what a love song to the band! Its got that Rammstien/ministry mechanical edge to it, but my vocals add something very real and very human to it. The Juxtaposition works and i wanted to play in and out of that world. Lyrically its very much about us, and the fact that we can pull it off when were focused.
5. Dead Memories
"without naming names, its the story of my last 10 years. I've been holding onto these things for the last 10 years, I've decided its just time to let them go.... "
Vendetta's basically my way of introducing myself back to the world, and looking around and going "wow". I never really try to take credit for stuff but there are a lot people out there who have been inspired by what we do, so this is my way of going " fair enough, but if you're not going keep up, then don't even try to run with me
7. Butcher's Hook
It wouldn't be a slipknot album if i didn't rag on the recording industry. This time, its all about those little emo boys with their sweet haircuts and their girlfriends pants. people give us shit for wearing outfits, but all of those guys look the same !
It deals with obsession from the person with the obsession's point of view, and wanting to let go of the facade and being true to yourself, as monstrous as it may seem. Vocally, I'm doing some shit that i've never done before and its fucking disturbing, but very beautiful at the same time.
9. This Cold Black
It calls people to the carpet on all types of shit. And I don't think people are doing that anymore, and if they are, its in such a weak way. Its like "yeah we know that you're angry, but give me a fucking reason and you better make it interesting!"
10. Wherein Lies Continue
Its a Dressing down of the world as we know it. Not just about america, it kinda goes up against any civilization that takes themselves too seriously and where the "leaders" are so
pretentious that they think they are deemed to speak for the people, it all comes down to the fact that we have to save ourselves".
This is the slow one. Its another personal one. Again, not naming names its about someone who helped me through a lot and i thought she felt the same way that i did and she really let me down. at the same time, it was good that she did, because it was that final push to me figuring out myself. The lyrics are pretty self explanatory.
12. All Hope Is Gone
"A lot of people look at this in a very negative way, and in a lot of ways, it is if you continue to try and solve your problems the same way over and over again. That said, this track is also a reflection of what slipknot is. Just when you thought you had us all figured out, give up all hope because you're never, ever going to. Besides, we like it that way!!"
Vol 3: The Subliminal Verses
USA Release Date: May 24, 2004 Label: Roadrunner Records Produced by: Rick Rubin
Vol 3: The Subliminal Verses Song Meanings
1. Prelude 3.0
They are saying that this is the end of all the things to come. But it isn't, there is going to be more things as corey says at the end...NO NO NOOOO!..This is not the ending, This is just the beginning!
2. The Blister Exists
It's about how everything that they have said in their songs does exist and is part of the band's inner workings. kinda like.. I guess you could call it a song on how complacent (not caring at all) people are can be sometimes, and that as much as he tries to show himself..he still is called the same thing (chemical burns and the animalistic, i'm just another hard line pseudo-sadistic ...i'm just another blank face, pushing button pull the rage)
3. Three Nil
It's about how for the third time he's saying things he'll regret. And about how many people are looking harshly upon Corey for admitting he's wrong without being caught in the lie. This song pretty much... kinda almost like saying he wishes people would stop reaching their hands out like he owes them something, and that he can't fix things for them when it isn't his place to fix.
Taylor explained the story behind the album's first single, "Duality," which features the repeated line "I push my fingers into my eyes." "Did you ever get that headache that is just not going to go away, and you end up sticking your thumb and middle finger so far into your eyes, just to stop the pain?" he explained. "It usually has to do with making a choice. You get to that point in everyday life when you have to make a decision that you may not want to, but you're kind of pushed into that position.
" 'Duality' is about standing at the crossroads of your life, looking down both paths, and going, 'Now what am I going to do?' "
5. Opium Of The People
It's a message that all contained on the album is for the bands benefit only, therefore, don't expect all the songs to be relatable to your own life.
This one is tough. It could either be about something from Corey's past, or the band not wanting to repeat the mistakes they and other's like them have made. In the song he says razel..razel..razel is a story character where basically shit happens..his life passes him by before he even can blink and when he does he opens his eyes and finds himself back to square one left to figure things out after all that has happened...so in that context i think corey relates himself to that charecter...and how that as many questions that are asked...the answer is right in front of you..if you change the question mark to a period at the end you pretty much have your answer
The album's anthem against an outside source. Basically to all the people who tried to use the band for personal gain who left when the band talked of not reconvening for a third Roadrunner album, telling them that they were unable to do anything to seriously damage the band. I think this is kinda maybe a little along the same meaning as the heretic anthem...more industry bullshit...and that even though they are their own band the industry still sees them as ones before and now and no matter what they still will be basically another band...but they and corey is going to try their hardest to make sure you understand that they are still going to be there and they are sorry for the wait
I think it might be the way corey describes how he felt or feels for his wife (or you could just relate it as you like a chick and this is how you feel around her or about her) That he has finally found someone in his life...and really nothing can describe...it's just that special to him...but has a twist to it..that in the end as much as the obsession starts to build you start noticing little things about the person you haven't before... fights happen.. disagreements and the perfect person you thought you had before.. isn't so perfect anymore..and there is just something...he doesn't know what it is that just draws him to her. 'Vermilion Pt. 1' is about the enrapturing, the buildup, the anticipation and the neurosis," says Taylor.
9. Pulse Of The Maggots
The song for the fans, letting them know the band still cares and will never be so wrapped in themselves that they ignore the fans. Just basically the anthem for the third cd, a song dedicated to us once again basically saying even though they were gone for a while...they are still there and they are back and they are still pulling for all the fans out there, and no matter what they always will be there for us.
10. Before I Forget
The albums throwback to regrets. It's about in trying to make themselves known they lost a little of themselves in sheer professionalism. Also, I think is about how corey was still so young and confused when they and him where thrown into their own little spotlight...and he is saying that he never really had a chance to work things out with himself and he won't forget that...even though the face he wears onstage was spawned faster than he was inside..and that all the choices he makes determine how his life is and he tries to avoid the stopping point...he wants to keep on going.
11. Vermilion Pt. 2
Vermilion Pt. 2" is a haunting continuation of the "Vermilion" story, complete with acoustic guitar, violin and singer Corey Taylor's pained, vulnerable delivery. The melody and the overriding theme run through both versions, making them integral pieces to the same complex puzzle. "The differences (between the two tracks) are subtle — 'Vermilion Pt. 1' is about the enrapturing, the buildup, the anticipation and the neurosis," says Taylor. "'Part 2' is the aftermath, the pieces that have to be picked up later, and maybe the guilt of having lived through it."
12. The Nameless
It's about how for a long time Corey was in love with a positively loathsome creation. Possibly his previous image in the band. I read it somewhere corey himself said that this song was kinda a hint to all those people who fucked them over and really stirred up shit on the IOWA cycle
13. The Virus Of Life
It's about how Corey has touched people's lives without them knowing it. It also praises those he touched. or (and), I think this song is about how people disregard problems, or tend to not care...and all that, hate, spite, fear, want, greed...or..in short complacency can sneak into your life before you know it and when you do..it's too late everything is ruined by then...
14. Danger, Keep Away
It's about how the band wants to make sure they don't get to the point to where time is all that keeps them apart. Time for wounds to heal, etc. Basically telling them not to go there again.
My interpretation of the song "Scream" is just basically how they made it through all the bullshit in the world to become a well known band, how everything they sacrificed paid off, and that nothing will ever change the way they are
USA Release Date: August 28, 2001 Label: Roadrunner Records Produced by: Ross Robinson
Iowa Song Meanings
(515), is the spooky song intro with roars from the mighty Knot.The name was chosen because this is the area code for iowa. "515 is the area code of the capitol of Iowa, and repeated over and over in this 1:00 minute song is the word "death". this song is basically about the psychotic rage that is hidden within all of our minds, and after being pushed to a certain limit...we will eventually snap and let it all loose."
2. People = Shit
When asked why "People = Shit" Crahan says "We are what we are, we just waste and we ruin and we corrupt, and we destroy," so People=Shit basically because we are our own worst enemy, we are going to be the end of the earth and no one seems to give a shit. The message trying to get across is that of the human race is depleting itself of the simple pleasures in life and that everyone is now fake. Fake meaning people, society, everyone, is now pretending to be someone else. Not caring about others, and just themselves. In this act, they are a disease put on earth and we must show them the reality of life. They kill themselves, and or others, because they do not know what is going on in the real world because they are so wrapped up in the world politics and media, they hide reality from people because it will scare them. People need to know. People are the #1 cause of destruction on this earth and this needs to change, but the sad fact is, we can't. That is what they are trying to get across.
"Basically, this song is pointed at people who are bullies or judge mental to other people they don't understand them. It's about what the people who are picked on or judged by others feelings and what they want to do. The chorus is about people just talking and being irritating and who they talk to have nothing to do about it. When Corey says "I'm not supposed to be here, I'm not supposed to be!!", what he is really saying is he is somewhere he doesn't belong or want to be. He's also saying that he's just empty inside and has no point in life and can't stand it. So, to me, the song is talking to people both Corey and "reject" are judged by that they are really pissed off and about to snap on them so shut the fuck up before i kill you. Also that those who are judging them are not being their real selves, just what others want them to be.(I got that idea from "My wormwood meets your pesticide You'll never get out, because you were never alive") That's what Disasterpiece means to me, if it don't to any of you who read it, I don't give a fuck. "
4. My Plague
Corey is pissed and fed up from posers. The quote "Kill you fuck you I will never be you" is directed to followers. People who are not being themselves, and trying to fit in by acting like someone else. The quote “I know why you plague me” basically means that he knows why people are fucking with him and he is sick of it and of all the posers in this world; people doing things for popularity and so on. The quote “I'll reach in and take a bite out of that shit you call a heart,” is just warning everyone not to push him any further or else he will snap and kill him. The quote “I know why u plague (yourself)” is informing the person that he knows why he is messing around with him, and that he has had enough and he cannot be pushed around any longer.
5. Everything Ends
Corey Taylor: "It's about the last time I tried to commit suicide, and more to the point, the first day I figured out what life was all about. It's about the last day in a life I don't want to remember and about the first day in a life that I am living right now."
6. The Heretic Anthem
The Heretic Anthem is about Corey standing his ground of becoming the exact opposite of what people want him to be, to prove a point. The point of not selling out, not following people, not taking orders from people. With lyrics describing man as 555, Satan as 666, and God as 777, the theme of hate once again prevails. It is also a large 'Fuck You' to the music industry and bands that have sold out. It also states that now, Corey is teaching the young of our race (teenagers) which refers to showing them the truth of life. That it's not all pink and happy, that it can be a brutal and scary place at times.
Gently is a song that first appeared with Anders on Slipknot's debut outing, MFKR. This was Anders' interpretation of the song, using his lyrics, "Gently is about stepping into the "Umbra" or "Spirit World". It's accomplished with the help of any reflective surface.
8. Left Behind
The basis of the song is that a dear friend of Corey was never actually there. The person was always trying to be someone else, and never said what they wanted to, did what they wanted to, etc. Because of this, Corey cannot deal with it and is ending their relationship. He is extremely depressed and is not too stable of himself and is giving the statement that if the person tries to get close to him again, that he will take drastic actions. "I think it is about a guy who has seen his friend change but he hasn't changed with him. His friend got into drugs and became addicted. The more he got into drugs the more he left his friend behind. He left the guy for the people that they use to be against. Finally he could not take it ne more and he seeks revenge."
9. The Shape
"In The Shape, someone is experiencing a big problem. He is really confused and does not want to come out and say it, because he's not sure how to deal with it. He uses alot of metaphors trying to get out his feelings, but its so hard that he can only manage to "beat around the bush" for say."
10. I Am Hated
Well I think the whole point of this song is saying that slipknot is the cure for the human race. They are the "anti-cancer" of this planet. He is saying that all the people that hate slipknot don't understand them so they reject them, and think they are "two times the devil" meaning they think they are worse than the devil. He is also pissed off about all the complaining going on. Then he goes on to talk about how he doesn't care what everyone thinks he can be who he is and be happy, so fuck everyone that hates on him. We are not sorry for what we do, because we started this shit in the first place." Corey's basis is that he hates the people who jump from band to band, followers, teenyboppers, and they hate him. It's a tic for tac situation. He states that he will never become like them and try to become someone they are not, and that he is proud to be himself. Even if that means being fat, ugly, and not popular. He is proud even with all those things holding him back, and isn't going to let it hold him down and will fight it and become more popular as time goes on. He states that boy bands and such are just 'dragged and raped for the love of a mob' which means that they will become the fans play-thing as long as they keep buying their records. They only care about the money and not about the image they give out to their young fans about society and self esteem. They let themselves get pushed around, but no, Slipknot is showing them the exact opposite. They are showing themselves to stand their ground, to prove a point, to get a message across, to reach in to grab the souls of the festering society of today's world, and show them the true reality of their world.
11. Skin Ticket
The whole song is about Corey's life living in Iowa. Zero and zero nothing but zero means Iowa= the middle of nowhere. Running and running going on forever means there is nowhere to go, and he can't get out. When he says starving for zero, I think he means that he is STRIVING for nothing, and he wants something, and feeling, but there is nowhere to get it. When he says come see my cage built in my grain, I think he means the obvious... I am stuck here, and I have nowhere to go. But when he says come see my cage -built in migraine, I think he means See me, my cage, my creation. It makes him ache and hurt. He can't think. He has lost his mental picture of himself. This place he needs to escape. He needs life, and he needs to feel, but he can't He can't see the world through his eyes, because he is stuck in his cage. His home. And when he says keeping myself alive through your EMPATHY, I think he means that WE are keeping him alive by our understanding of his lyrics, and his life and feelings. I think this song and all the others were meant to be figured out by us. He wants us to understand him. He needs someone to understand him, because no one ever did. He is counting on us. He needs us. If there are people out there that understand what he is trying to say, I believe he escaped his cage.
12. New Abortion
The basic overlay of New Abortion is we maggots need to stick together to survive. We will not stand to be pushed around any longer. We will not be looked down upon anymore because there is so much more depth, so much more then what these assholes see. They look, they judge, and that's the end of it. They don't bother to wander beneath the surface of things. They think they're right and really they're so wrong it's pitiful they do not realize we maggots are done with the belittling. Time to take control.
"This song is basically 'Diluted' Part II that is about my dad. It is about being so enraged yet being so impotent because there is nothing you can do about it. "It is about that time of the morning when you are sitting in bed and you are crying uncontrollably, and you are trying not to feel but all you can do is feel because every time you shut your eyes it's there. It is probably one of the most personal songs I have ever written just for the fact that even though I never knew my father and even though I have never met him, I feel like I am turning into him. I have no mental picture of what he is supposed to be, but sometimes I wonder if I am doing the things he used to do. It's definitely a pissed off, heavy, fuck you, I don't give a shit because nobody told me who I was because I had to figure it out for myself song." In Metabolic, Corey is trying to get across that he isn't perfect. This song is a little psychotic because with the quote - "The hardest part was knowing that I could never be you" he is saying he knew he wanted to be like his father but he was to imperfect to fill his shoes.
This 15 minute mammoth is a reworking of the original, Killers are Quiet that can be found on MFKR. The meaning is basically the same as the one from MFKR. The song is about someone who kills women and recreates them in his own image, like a living doll type thing. There were rumors Corey was butt-naked and all cut up and bleeding during the recording of this song.
Release Date: June 29, 1999 Label: Roadrunner Records Produced by: Ross Robinson and Slipknot
Slipknot [Self-Titled] Song Meanings
In this track, the phrase "The whole thing I think is sick." is repeated many times. Most people think that it is the voice of number 8, however, it is a sample taken from a Charles Manson documentary. The name of the track was taken from the barcode of Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat.
This song is possibly the most chaotic, angry, fast and technical metal song ever made, only gods like slipknot could compose it. The song SIC, is based of the acronym S.I.C which stands for said in contexts,
which slipknot takes a twist on for scream in context. The entire song is an intro to how sick, twisted, angry and emotional the band is based on. Lyrics like "WHO THE FUCK AM I TO CRITICIZE YOUR SICK, TWISTED STATE OF MIND", and lyrics like "I'VE JUST BEGUN, ITS ABOUT TIME I GET MINE"
3. Wait And Bleed
Wait and Bleed is about a man who is dreaming that he is lying in a bath tub bleeding to death from his wrists. As the song progresses, the man realizes that he, in fact, isn't dreaming, and he just "waits and bleeds".
The whole basis behind the meaning of Surfacing is that they're trying to say that you really shouldn't give a fuck, or be judged by others. That you shouldn't have to answer to "anything or anyone." As part of their show, Slipknot dedicates the song to corrupt rock stars. The song is known as the "new national anthem." The lyrics "Fuck it all, fuck this world, fuck everything that you stand for, don't belong, don't exist, don't give a shit, don't ever judge me!" are the words of a generation.
5. Spit It Out
Spit it out is obviously an angry song, written in retaliation to a Des Moines, Iowa radio station who liked to bash Slipknot and not play their material. Two years later, Spit It Out was in that station's regular rotation.... go figure... Another side note to add about Spit it Out, it was the original single off the self titled album, it's video was based on "The Shining" and was then immediately banned from MTV due to it's violent undertones.
6. Tattered And Torn
Tattered and Torn is rather quite mysterious. Shawn Crahan said "If you understand Tattered and Torn, then you understand the clown. Shawn was the creator of Tattered and Torn.
7. Me Inside
This song is about psychosis, when everything and anything in your life decides to explode in your head at once and it drives you fucking insane... "Giving in to what has got me- feeling claustrophobic, scarred- sever me from all emotion- life is just to fucking hard". Basically just trying to cope with all this really fucked up corrupt shit in your life and having it make you crazy and sick at the thought of it; it becomes overbearing. Then the spanish at the end is a message to a spanish-speaking friend of the band. It translates to "WE ARE UGLY, WE ARE STINKY BUT WE RULE IN HERE FAGGOT MOTHERFUCKER!"
As the song kicks off, Corey talks about "sectioning off himself", "putting a wall up", he's trying to protect himself and "survive". He's very angry at what's going on in his life. He's being persecuted by the people around him and he doesn't like it one fucking bit. Towards the end, Corey seems to go completely insane.
The song's based loosely on a 1960's movie called The Collector. The Collector is about a guy who kidnaps this girl and basically adds her to his collection and keeps her. It's a weird kind of psychological thing, and Prosthetics takes it a little bit further - where he is put into a deep sick psychosis as he goes through the whole collecting thing, at the end of the song he ends up killing her and having sex with her.
10. No Life
I feel that No Life is saying that everyone is shit. All you have is yourself and your freedom. Everyone is going to turn around and stab you in the fucking back, you have no one to turn to and you can't depend on anyone but yourself. And it really is no kind of life to live on in constant fear, so you end up hiding behind a false "mask" so no one can see what is really inside. When you need someone the most, they will not be there because they're worried about themselves and themselves only and really don't give a fuck about you. And when you fall on your fucking face you better get the hell up fast.
Diluted is a song written (in my opinion) about a person who is incapable to continue living. They are haunted by others, and themselves, and may have to deal with emotional problems such as MPD, and Schizophrenia. Or maybe he's just extremely depressed. Either way, the lyrics are more than relatable.
The song is about a person peeling away his skin and cutting open his own body. Scissors is probably the most emotion-filled song anyone's ever heard. Close to the end of the song, there is a lot of dispute of what is happening with there is coughing, laughing and so on. In my point of view, I think there are all watching some sort of porno with some woman eating shit. The coughing is actually Chris Fehn, because he is about to puke while watching the video.
Eeyore is the hidden track. The spanish at the end of the song translates to "We're ugly and we smell, but we rule faggot mother fucker". Slipknot was based on the theory that they would never give up any style of music that we loved to play, for anyone, that they would get things together under the name Slipknot - it goes from all styles from beginning to end. Corey: "Eeyore" is just about this one fucking guy from Des Moines, Iowa - he has long blonde fucking hair and he is a prick to people in the fucking pit. He's a Thor looking jerk off - he loves our band but he's a dick to everyone in the pit - he likes to hit fucking chicks - the song is about me losing my mind and just tearing the shit out of him.
14. Frail Limb Nursery
It's basically a clip of Purity telling a story to the young boy who took care of her while she was buried. He would bring her food in exchange for her telling him extravagant stories.
15. Purity (Banned)
The song Purity was written when Corey came across a web site located at http://www.crimescene.com/purity/index.html. Adrianne Purity Knight was a 20 year old college student who was stalked by an obsessed ex-lover. Eventually, this man ended up burying young Purity in a homemade wooden box alive. She died. Shawn: It's like this - whether it's real or not, it affected Corey very much, the thought of it - so it was able to influence him - the song is not directly one hundred percent about it.
Release Date: October 31, 1996 Label: Pale One Produced by: Sean Mcmahon and Slipknot
Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. Song Meanings
Slipknot is about what parts of the dark world I particularly despise.
Gently is about stepping into the "Umbra" or "Spirit World". It's accomplished with the help of any reflective surface.
3. Do Nothing / Bitchslap
Do Nothing/Bitch Slap is about getting back at the Left-wing for trying to take away our guns, and other personal freedoms. The back sound "ooh-ooh" is done by Josh.
4. Only One
Only One is from the viewpoint of a Garou who plays the part of the peacekeeper most of the time, only to be laughed at by his peers. Finally, he steps up and shows them he means business.
5. Tattered And Torn
Tattered and Torn is rather quite mysterious. Shawn Crahan said "If you understand Tattered and Torn, then you understand the clown. Shawn was the creator of Tattered and Torn.
Confessions is a letter from a father to a son from whom he's been separated for about 17 years. It arrives about the time of the boy's first transformation. It was written by Donnie Steele. Only Paul likes this song.
7. Some Feel
Some Feel is basically the ranting of a "Leech", or vampire. I personally hate them.
8. Killers Are Quiet
Killers Are Quiet is about a "Pale One", which is a Garou that has been "embraced" by the Kindred.