Slipknot – Duality
(Read All Slipknot Articles) – “I’m not that guy who’s going to tell you it’s harder,” he said. “Harder, to me, doesn’t mean anything. I could give a sh– about hard. Hard means nothing to the Clown. Slipknot is a phenomenon, it’s an enigma, selling loads of rap shirts and the enigma weighs on your emotions. And the emotions aren’t just heavy, they’re cerebral, they’re surreal and they’re on a whole other level. I just know that this album is different than anything we’ve done.”
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When asked to elaborate, Clown refused, saying that the music, once it’s released, would speak for itself. “Listen, we are the hardest ever,” he said. “We blow all bands away. I don’t give a f— who your band is. I’ve probably played with your band, and you don’t show me sh–. So, it’s like, is this band heavy? Oh, yeah, we’re the heaviest. We’re heavy thinkers, heavy hitters, heavy writers and heavy people, but it’s emotionally heavy. There’s a lot of emotion on this record, and we’re all on the same page with our own emotions, so you’re finally seeing the kings of all the courts bringing their kingdom’s jewels in for one gigantic war.”
But this my opinion why Slipknot band merchandise is such a hot seller & could be one of the best bands in their field and I don’t even think they know it.
But Clown did admit that the record sounds more mature than anything they’ve done previously, because, well, they’re all grown up.
“It’s a record made by a bunch of f—ing adults, and that’s why it’s different. Every record should be different,” Crahan said. “Our self-titled came out in ’98, and the second record, people were thinking maybe we’d give ‘em more commerciality, and give in like everybody else does. But instead, we go completely against that, and we made the anti-sophomore record, and we get all the respect for that.
“The third record, we start moving in directions we always wanted to. Basically, on the second record, it was like, ‘We’re the drug penetrating the vein, and we’re on our way to your brain and your heart,’ ” he continued. “The third record was, ‘Now, I’m in your brain. Check out this other sh–. No other band can handle this. No one can fathom what we do. This fourth record was done by a bunch of crazy guys in their 30s. That doesn’t mean we’re slowing down or not as intense — our brains are different, so we’re bringing different emotions, different feelings and different anxieties to the table now. This record is another diagnosis of our insanity.
“No one has done what we have done,” he added. “This is a war, man. The sh– that we do, nine guys trying to f—ing write together, and keep this insanity going? Does anybody take the time to realize that? For me, this is like going to Vietnam, serving your tour and then the government asking you to do another tour because you’re a badass. We’ve got 10 purple hearts, and we’re f—ing killers. This isn’t your rock and roll; this is our rock and roll.”
For Crahan, making the record hasn’t been a picnic. The music has taken an emotional toll on him (“This sh–’s real, it hurts, and I’ve cut myself open and given everything to this record,” he said), but he’s cool with that — so long as Slipknot’s allegiant fans, the Maggots, aren’t disappointed with it.
“The reason the fans love us is because they sense and feel something they’ve never gotten from anybody else — it’s loyalty, it’s respect and more importantly, they’ve finally found someone who feels like they feel,” he said. “We’re not your normal band. We represent something to kids they never gotten from school, or their parents, or other bands. We supply a feeling only Slipknot can supply. We have our own culture, because, we’ve done this 10 years for you, and 12 years for ourselves.
“We have nine guys, and all nine are different,” Crahan went on. “But we’re still doing this, so I’m amazed. That’s how f—ing badass we are. Some stupid band with three members or four members wants to bellyache to me? Come on, man — this is the ‘Knot. This is nine guys, an assault on the senses, a physical war through music, and it’s going to be force-fed down your throat, and it will turn your insides out. It’s been designed to destroy you.”
But I don’t think it was designed to destroy but to enlighten others to a hidden truth that needs to be told and it’s that truth that hurts that people just don’t want to hear.
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