Slipknot unleash bloody music video for 'All Out Life', their first new song in 4 years
The surprise release comes as a Halloween treat and the first sneak peek at their yet-to-be titled 2019 album
Halloween just got way spookier thanks to heavy metal legends Slipknot. Although the band confirmed a new album would be arriving in 2019, surely nobody expected the first sneak peek to arrive this early, but hey, we're not complaining!
The masked metal marauders just released a new song called 'All Out Life', their first new song in four years. The track, which has all the trademarks that one would associate with Slipknot, premiered Wednesday on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show on Apple Music and even came with its own haunting music video.
The five-and-a-half minute visual opens with a slowly building riff over a steadily rising snare beat, as we see glimpses of faceless masked prisoners clad in white, packed into a bus heading to an abandoned warehouse. The building crescendo suddenly explodes into an all-out heavy metal assault as the prisoners storm out of the bus and soon form a huge mosh pit in the warehouse (it wouldn't be a Slipknot video without one!).
We also get glimpses of authoritative figures clad in black robes, bizarrely circling around a disco ball as frontman Corey Taylor barks out the lyrics in choppy growls. Midway through the song, in an interlude just before the glorious breakdown, as the prisoners pull out of the mosh pit and raise their hands in unison almost in a spiritual trance, Taylor takes the pulpit to deliver a spoken-word sermon about disillusionment in the digital age. "Repeat after me," he commands. "I will not celebrate mediocrity/ I will not worship empty shells/ I will not listen to worthless noises/ I will not subject myself to selected, predictable choices," he admonishes.
A bloodbath ensues as the breakdown kicks in, with the dark hooded figures hosing the prisoners with gallons full of blood while Taylor growls: "We are not your kind" over and over again. It all culminates in a big explosion as the school bus is blown to smithereens by a rogue prisoner. Basically, fans could not have asked for a better Halloween present! Check out the music video below:
Discussing the song with Lowe, Taylor said: “Everybody talks about toxic masculinity and toxic fandom these days. For me, it’s more about this toxic idea that unless something came out 10 minutes ago, it’s not any good, and that bothers me. It’s like, I love new music, but at the same time, don’t turn your back on the music that’s been. Don’t turn your back on the people that worked to make a platform for you to have a platform in the first place, so for me, it’s really about … It’s a rallying cry for everyone.”
He added: “It’s about all of us getting together and saying, ‘You know what. Let’s not talk about old. Let’s not talk about new. Let’s talk about what is. Let’s talk about what’s good, what’s real, and get behind that and start embracing things that matter because there’s history there and not just because it’s the next best thing’.”
Talking about what to expect from the new album, Taylor said it would be "one of the darkest chapters in Slipknot’s history," and added that "it’s complicated, it’s dark, it’s heavy, it’s melodic, it’s fierce, it’s angry and it’s real, it’s raw as hell and it’s gonna be talking about a lot of things that people are going to need in their life right now.”
Along with the new album, Slipknot have also promised new masks for their live shows and have already started mapping out their 2019 tour, announcing a European trek as well as a headlining gig at the Iowa State Fair. For schedules, tickets and more information, visit the band's official website.