Slipknot Release New Song + Video “Solway Firth”

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Slipknot’s first album in five years will be unleashed in less than three weeks, and unlike Tool, who are giving us nothing more than a logo that looks like the word ‘Poops’, the Iowan freaks are whetting our appetite with another new song in the form of new single Solway Firth. And boy, it is one helluva ride. 

After the frenetic All Out Life and typical Knot anthem UnsaintedSolway Forthpresents an altogether different assault. After quiet glitches and Corey Taylor’s sober crooning in a folky cadence, the track kicks off with that unmistakable percussive clatter and pounding riffs. 

But it’s the brooding underbelly of the song that builds as the band race along, with those urgent melodic guitar lines that cue Taylor’s harsh yet catchy vocals, that really lure us in. Mournful piano is juxtaposed by stabbing electronics and even though they pause for breath the whole thing sounds like it’s going to come off the tracks. It’s dramatic, a little troubling and downright heavy – what more could you want from Slipknot? 

Solway Firth is actually that triangular bit of coast on the English-Scottish border. So whether the lyrics are about the history of the two counties or (most likely) something altogether more personal and ambiguous – with Corey ending the song with the chilling ‘I haven’t smiled in years‘ – only repeated listens and detailed examination of the album liner notes will ever tell for sure. After all, Taylor’s other band Stone Sour have a song called Cardiff, which seems to have nothing to do with the Welsh capital. 

It’ll be the last track on We Are Not Your Kind and is hopefully an indicator that Solway Firth will be an epic, emphatic exclamation point on a thrilling comeback. 

We Are Not Your Kind will be released on August 9.

Today, up on this hill, I’m counting all the killers
They sway as they swarm, a look of gluttons in their eyes
They mutter as the body loses warmth
They pick your bones like locks inside a tomb
And take great care to not take care of YOU
HERE’S AN UNEXPLAINABLE ONE

While I was learning to live, we all were living a lie- I guess you got what you wanted
So I will settle for a slaughterhouse soaked in blood and betrayal
It’s always somebody else… somebody else was me- you want the real smile?
Or the one I used to practice, not to feel like a failure?
I don’t need you to do it for me/I don’t need you to understand
I don’t need you to hide it from me/ I just want to feel like any other man
I won’t show you the whole story/I won’t show you the aftermath
I won’t show you my allegory
Don’t look away… HERE’S AN UNEXPLAINABLE ONE

I’m not ahead of my time- I just drew the first breath- If I’m alive tomorrow
I will alleviate the pressure… by cutting you out of me
I found my bottom line- dead on the front lines- I know I’ll never go home
So set fire to your ships and past regrets and be free
I don’t need you to do it for me/I don’t need you to understand
I don’t need you to hide it from me/ I just want to feel like any other man
I won’t show you the whole story/I won’t show you the aftermath
I won’t show you my allegory
Don’t look away… HERE’S AN UNEXPLAINABLE ONE
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?

While I was learning to live, you taught me how to die- I guess I got what I wanted
Another needle in the back through purified scarification
It wasn’t somebody else- you fucking did it to me.
You want a real smile?
I haven’t smiled in years.

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