Yesterday (November 4th), the band announced the song via an interview with Knotfest.com in which Corey Taylor explained the meaning behind its lyrics and described how he approached it from a musical standpoint. Crank "The Chapeltown Rag" above via YouTube, and you read on to learn more.
Inspired by a Netflix documentary Taylor watched, the song is about the 1970s Yorkshire Ripper who murdered multiple women in the Leeds, England, suburb of Chapeltown. The case was famously botched by investigators who became wrongly convinced that the serial killer was exclusively targeting prostitutes, and Taylor says he was moved by the moral failings brought to light by the film — which he sees echoed in our current age of social media pervasiveness.
"It's a punisher, man," Taylor said of the song, which takes its title from a made-up Chapeltown newspaper.
"It's classic Slipknot," the frontman continued. "And 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."
In September, Taylor debuted a freaky new mask during the band's first post-quarantine performance, at the Rocklahoma festival. As anticipation continued to build throughout the fall, Slipknot teased snippets of the track earlier this week on a cryptic NFT website.
Now, we have an idea of what the next Slipknot album will sound like, but still no idea when it's coming. Keep your eyes peeled, and also check out "The Chapeltown Rag"'s creepy-ass single artwork below.