What better way to wrap up the spooky season by kicking off a new era of Slipknot? Yesterday, the nu metal band dropped “All Out Life,” their first piece of new music in four years.
The target of Corey Taylor’s ire on the nearly six-minute-long cut is the ardent, almost automatic worship of anything new, and the corresponding erasure or forgetting of what’s come before. As the powerful, chugging chorus goes, “Old does not mean dead / New does not mean best.”
But the track isn’t an empty endorsement of nostalgia. Instead, it calls for listeners to question what’s being marketed to them and to dig deeper to seek art they love. On the bridge, Taylor encourages a series of pledges: “I will not celebrate mediocrity / I will not worship empty shells / I will not listen to worthless noises / I will not subject myself to selected predictable choices.”
“People are so eager to find the Next Big Thing sometimes that they shit all over the bands and artists that have come before, thus making the past feel disposable, like a dirty thing. Fuck that: Why should we pay attention to your mediocre future when you can’t be bothered to celebrate an amazing past?” Taylor commented in a statement. “I’d rather listen to a guaranteed hit than a forced miss. ‘All Out Life’ is the anthem that reminds people that it’s not the date on the music—it’s the staying power.”
Accompanying the track is a bloody, chaotic video, directed by the band’s percussionist Shawn Crahan. Check it out below: