SLIPKNOT's music video for the band's new single, "The Devil In I", can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's fifth studio album, ".5: The Gray Chapter", which arrives on October 21. Singer Corey Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio about the clip: "[SLIPKNOT percussionist] Clown directed it and we were able to put something really, really cool together. I've seen the early cut — it looks really, really awesome. I mean, Clown did a hell of a job, he's got such a great eye for everything and is really just getting better and better at everything he does. I'm stoked for everybody to see it."
"The Devil In I" is more melodic than the first song released from the new album, "The Negative One", which came out earlier this summer, and features cleaner vocals from Taylor, who told The Pulse Of Radio what the track is about. "'The Devil In I' is really about the war inside yourself," he said. "Trying not to give into defeatism, trying not to give into negativity, trying not to give up basically. It's a struggle. It's one of the hardest thing you can do, is to give in to that side of yourself."
SLIPKNOT issued and quickly fulfilled a casting call on August 17 for fans — also known as "maggots" — to appear in the video for "The Devil In I". The call for extras to appear as "human maggots," requiring that applicants be between 20 and 35 years old and "comfortable to be shooting in barefoot," was issued that weekend and was no longer accepting submissions by August 18.
The shoot was scheduled to take place on either August 22 or August 23 in the Los Angeles area.
".5: The Gray Chapter" is the first SLIPKNOT album without bassist Paul Gray, who died in May 2010, and drummer Joey Jordison, who was dismissed in 2013.
The identity of SLIPKNOT's new drummer is still a secret, although it is widely believed to be Jay Weinberg, son of longtime Bruce Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg.
It is also rumored that SLIPKNOT is no longer working with Donnie Steele, the group's original guitar player who has been playing bass since they resumed touring in 2011.
Taylor confirmed earlier this week that the new SLIPKNOT drummer and bassist will both wear the same generic mask onstage.
Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio that he's relieved the long wait for a new SLIPKNOT record is about to end. "You know, we're really excited about new music," he said. "We're excited about the next chapter, you know. Obviously it's a bit subdued, but at the same time, you know, it's still very much in the spirit of what we want and it's time for the next chapter."
Tickets for the SLIPKNOT's "Prepare For Hell" tour, which will also feature KORN and KING 810, went on sale Friday (September 5). The trek kicks off on October 29 in El Paso, Texas, just a few days after the group's two-day Knotfest event is held in San Bernardino, California.