Slipknot is currently taking a break between albums, but they released a new treat for fans. To celebrate their Youtube channel surpassing 1 billion views, the band posted a new 360-degree live video of “The Shape” from their 2001 LP, Iowa. The performance is from last year’s Knotfest and marks the first time the song has been played live. While watching the clip, you can drag the camera up and down, seeing the performance from various angles. You can watch Sid rocking out on the side of the stage or watch drummer Jay Weinberg pounding out the beat.
Talking about the video with Rolling Stone, percussionist M. Shawn Crahan says “From the beginning, Slipknot’s goal has always been world domination. That goal is still the same today. The video for ‘The Shape,’ filmed at our festival Knotfest with our ‘maggots,’ and over 1 billion views on our YouTube channel, proves it’s happening. Like it or not.”
The best way to view the video is through a VR headset. Whether you have a Samsung VR headset or even just the cheap View-Master VR Viewer, it puts you in the middle of the action. It feels like you’re on stage with the band, watching frontman Corey Taylor bounce around the stage. Even if you don’t have a VR headset, the video is still fun to watch.
Slipknot’s current album is .5: The Gray Chapter. It’s their first album since the death of bassist Paul Gray and their first without drummer Joey Jordison.