Love them or hate them, Slipknot is one of the only bands to really survive the nu-metal boom and continue to have a successful career. Their success really hasn’t waned in terms of popularity but if you ask some of their older fans, their last album, “.5: The Gray Chapter,” was disappointing and that a lot of it was uninteresting. While I don’t think that it’s one of their best albums, I did enjoy it quite a bit. However with this new single, “Solway Firth,” no one should be complaining about how they sound the same.
“Solway Firth” is a near six-minute monster of a track that shows the band’s new spark. If their last album was them still lamenting over the death of their longtime bassist Paul Gray, then this is them trying to prove themselves once again that they have authentic anger. It all starts with vocalist Corey Taylor. There’s something about the anger in his delivery that we haven’t heard in a few albums. Not only does he sound pissed off, he sounds infuriated. And it doesn’t really have anything to do with the lyrics, it’s just sheer attitude. Once the eerie intro is done and that riff kicks in, it’s a five minute nonstop ride. Sure, they still have their random industrial noises throughout, but there’s just something different about the music.
So if you can’t tell, I am extremely excited for the new album. August 9th can’t come soon enough. If you’re a Slipknot fan, you’ve probably already heard it and like it, and if you’re a metal fan who isn’t all that into the band, you should give this song a try. It’s an infuriated blast from start to finish.