This Slipknot article was written by Viktor Balchikliev, a GIGsoup contributor.
Slipknot have released a brand new video for the opening track ‘XIX’ from their last album .5: The Grey Chapter. It is the fourth music clip directed by percussionist Shawn Craham himself, and along with the live footage for ‘Custer’ marks the fifth of the record. The critically acclaimed The Grey Chapter was released in November 2014 and topped the album charts in the United States (selling 132,000 copies in opening week), Canada, Australia, Japan and Switzerland, and also peaked at #2 in the United Kingdom, Germany and Austria.
The opening track ‘XIX’ carries the heavy atmospheric sound of the record. Although a generally unconventional choice for an intro to have a music video, it fits stylistically and symbolically with the other three directed by Shawn Craham – ‘The Devil In I’, ‘The Negative One’, and ‘Killpop’. With lyrics “This song is not for the living/This song is for the dead”, the track also follows the main inspiration behind the album – the tragic loss of Slipknot’s ex-bass player Paul Grey.
Similar to the other videos, ‘XIX’ revolves around controversial images of naked women, cultist rituals, and pagan burials. The song itself is of the more slower and down-beat tracks and gradually builds momentum and develops towards a heavier dramatic ending. The haunting bag-pipes along with Slipknot’s frontman Corey Taylor’s emotional singing adds to the predominant creepy atmospheric feel of the album.