SLIPKNOT sent two singles to radio last week, "Vermilion" and "Vermilion Pt. 2", both off the band's current album, "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)". The songs feature elements like vocal harmonies and acoustic guitars, which have not been heard in SLIPKNOT tunes before. Guitarist James Root told Launch it was a necessary step forward for the group. "It's time for us to move on, and we choose to evolve. I think you kinda have to in music, otherwise you're just basically shooting yourself in the foot," he said. "And that's where 'Vermilion' comes in. And not just 'Vermilion Pt. 1', but 'Vermilion Pt. 2' especially. You know, I mean, that's a place that I never thought SLIPKNOT would be able to ever go, and we were able to go there."
SLIPKNOT have also shot two separate videos for the songs, with the clip for "Vermilion" co-directed by band percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan.
The band are currently touring Europe without programmer Craig Jones, who was forced to head home last weekend for emergency dental surgery.
SLIPKNOT's European tour runs through October 23. A North American trek is planned for early 2005, to be preceded by a possible appearance at Australia's Big Day Out festival in January/February.
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