Slipknot Unleash New Single ‘The Chapeltown Rag’

After launching a mysterious new website teasing new music, Slipknot have released their new single “The Chapteltown Rag.”

Speaking about the new track frontman Corey Taylor calls it “classic Slipknot.”

“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.”

The song is inspired by UK town Chapeltown, a suburb of Leeds, home of serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, known the Yorkshire Ripper, in the 1970s. After watching a documentary about the Yorkshire Ripper on Netflix, he noticed how the algorithm recommended more serial documentaries.

“At that moment, everything was just kind of steering towards violence, or a history of violence,” explained Taylor. “And it was just such a weird echo of social media. And the fact that social media tries to steer you towards violence or steer you towards the most toxic thing – the most toxic moment. So I looked at it from that standpoint.”

Taylor also talked about Slipknot’s prolific creative process as of late. “I don’t know if it’s because we felt like we were taking everything for granted,” he said. ​“And getting it back has made us come together even stronger as a band, or whatever. But we’re all getting along so well. It feels like it did when we first started touring. When we first started touring, we were really tight and we all did everything together. Then obviously, as time went on, our personalities got bigger and our addictions got bigger. We all pulled apart in a lot of different ways and it was hard to get back to that. But now, it almost feels like it’s come full circle.”

Listen to the song below.

“The Chapteltown Rag” will make its live debut during the band’s Los Angeles Knotfest Roadshow stop.

Read the full Knotfest interview here.

Slipknot is currently on their KNOTFEST Roadshow tour with FEVER 333Code Orange, and Killswitch Engage. You can watch the band’s Los Angeles show this weekend during their “KNOTFEST: Live from Banc of California Stadium” on Friday, November 5th. Get tickets here.


Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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