Well, it’s about damn time. After a slew of rather underwhelming teasers, Slipknot have finally released a new song from their yet-to-be-titled forthcoming album. The song is called “The Negative One”, and it’s actually pretty damn sick. Head over to the official Slipknot website to hear it.

After just one listen, it’s clear that this is already heavier than anything off of All Hope Is Gone. It is definitely reminiscent of the Slipknot’s first two albums, which are widely regarded as their best and heaviest, and this is not a bad thing. It has all the classic Slipknot staples: vicious riffs from Mick Thomson and Jim Root, intermittent DJ scratches from Sid, trash can percussion courtesy of Clown and Chris, and Corey Taylor’s signature maniacal scream. If you register for the band’s official community, Outside the Nine, it leads you to a countdown for the premiere of a music video for “The Negative One” on Aug. 5. It will be interesting to see if this video contains footage of the band, because they’re down two of their key members, what with the tragic passing of bassist Paul Gray in 2010 and the termination of drummer Joey Jordison late last year. There still hasn’t been any confirmation as to who is replacing Gray and Jordison. The new music video may also, in typical Slipknot fashion, reveal new masks to be worn by the band during this album cycle. This album has been shrouded in mystery for quite some time now, so it’s nice to finally have some details surrounding it.

No release date has been revealed for the 6th Slipknot studio album, but my guess is that it will coincide with the band’s inaugural launch of their very own music festival, Knotfest. Slipknot were one the bands that got me personally into metal, and I still listen to them from time to time, so naturally, I’m looking forward to this. Is 13-year old you stoked? Let us know what you think if the return of Slipknot in the comments below.

– AL


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