Psychosocial (song)

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Slipknot Psychosocial.jpg
Single by Slipknot
from the album All Hope Is Gone
B-side "All Hope Is Gone"
ReleasedJuly 7, 2008 (2008-07-07)
RecordedFebruary 2008 (2008-02) June 2008 (2008-06)(at Sound Farm, in Jamaica, Iowa)
Genre Alternative metal [1]
  • 4:44(album version)
  • 3:57(radio edit)
Label Roadrunner
Producer(s) Dave Fortman
Slipknot singles chronology
"All Hope Is Gone"
"Dead Memories"
Alternative cover
Slipknot Psychosocial vinyl.png
7" vinyl cover

"Psychosocial" is a song by American heavy metal band Slipknot. It was released as the second single and fourth track from their fourth studio album, All Hope Is Gone . The song entered airplay on June 26, 2008 and was originally planned for release as a digital single on July 1 but was delayed and released on July 8. [2] [3] Slipknot performed "Psychosocial" live for the first time on July 9, 2008, at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, Washington. [4] In 2008 the song was featured on the soundtrack to Marvel's Punisher: War Zone . [5] The song was also nominated for 'Best Metal Performance' for the 51st Grammy Awards, [6] but lost to Metallica's "My Apocalypse", and was nominated for the Kerrang! Award for Best Single. [7]

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Slipknot (band) American heavy metal band

Slipknot is an American heavy metal band from Des Moines, Iowa. The band was founded in 1995 by percussionist Shawn Crahan, drummer Joey Jordison and bassist Paul Gray. After several lineup changes in its early years, the band settled on nine members for more than a decade: Crahan, Jordison, Gray, Craig Jones, Mick Thomson, Corey Taylor, Sid Wilson, Chris Fehn, and Jim Root. Gray died on May 24, 2010, and was replaced during 2011–2014 by guitarist Donnie Steele. Jordison left the band due to illness on December 12, 2013. Steele left during the recording sessions for .5: The Gray Chapter. The band found replacements in Alessandro Venturella on bass and Jay Weinberg on drums. After the departure of Jordison, as of December 2013 the only founding member in the current lineup is percussionist Crahan. Fehn left the band due to lawsuit on March 18, 2019.

Single (music) Type of music release usually containing one or two tracks

In the music industry, a single is a type of release, typically a song recording of fewer tracks than an LP record or an album. This can be released for sale to the public in a variety of different formats. In most cases, a single is a song that is released separately from an album, although it usually also appears on an album. Typically, these are the songs from albums that are released separately for promotional uses such as digital download or commercial radio airplay and are expected to be the most popular. In other cases a recording released as a single may not appear on an album.


"Psychosocial", along with two other Slipknot songs, "Duality" and "Sulfur," was released as downloadable content for Rock Band and Rock Band 2 on December 8, 2009. [8] It is also featured as a playable track in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock .

Duality (song) song by Slipknot

"Duality" is a song by American heavy metal band Slipknot, the song was released as the first single from their third studio album Vol. 3: , released in 2004. The music video was listed as Roadrunner Records' greatest video of all-time.

Sulfur (song) song of Slipknot

"Sulfur" was the fourth single from American heavy metal band Slipknot's fourth album All Hope Is Gone. The single was released on June 15, 2009, after a video was released on April 18, 2009. This was the last Slipknot video to feature their full original lineup with bassist Paul Gray, who died the next year, and also the final music video with drummer Joey Jordison who was fired from the band four years later.

Downloadable content (DLC) is additional content created for an already released video game, distributed through the Internet by the game's publisher. It can either be added for no extra cost or it can be a form of video game monetization, enabling the publisher to gain additional revenue from a title after it has been purchased, often using some type of microtransaction system.


"That song has got a lot of, I would say, social anxiety. It's got a real good tempo. It's really fun and it's different… Most of the stuff that we have is different." – Shawn Crahan, The Pulse of Radio [9]

Social anxiety is nervousness in social situations. Some disorders associated with the social anxiety spectrum include anxiety disorders, mood disorders, autism, eating disorders, and substance use disorders. Individuals higher in social anxiety avert their gazes, show fewer facial expressions, and show difficulty with initiating and maintaining conversation. Trait social anxiety, the stable tendency to experience this nervousness, can be distinguished from state anxiety, the momentary response to a particular social stimulus. Nearly 90% of individuals report feeling symptoms of social anxiety at some point in their lives. Half of the individuals with any social fears meet criteria for social anxiety disorder. The function of social anxiety is to increase arousal and attention to social interactions, inhibit unwanted social behavior, and motivate preparation for future social situations.

In musical terminology, tempo is the speed or pace of a given piece. In classical music, tempo is typically indicated with an instruction at the start of a piece and is usually measured in beats per minute. In modern classical compositions, a "metronome mark" in beats per minute may supplement or replace the normal tempo marking, while in modern genres like electronic dance music, tempo will typically simply be stated in bpm.

Shawn Crahan American musician

Michael Shawn Crahan, more commonly known by his stage persona "Clown", is an American musician who is one of the two percussionists and co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Slipknot. When performing with Slipknot, he is also known as #6. As of 2013, Crahan is the last remaining original member in Slipknot.

"This is another me-and-Paul [Gray, bassist] creation. It was similar to 'Duality', in that I had mixed feelings about whether it was a good song… Then we got together and started working on it as a team and it just came together. A lot of bands, who I won't name, have ripped this song off. I guess you know you've done something good if everyone rips you off." – Joey Jordison [10]

Paul Gray (American musician) American nu metal bass guitarist (Slipknot)

Paul Dedrick Gray also known as the Pig or by his number #2, was an American musician best known as the former bassist, backing vocalist, songwriter and one of the founding members of the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Slipknot.

Joey Jordison American musician

Nathan Jonas "Joey" Jordison, is an American musician, songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his work as the former drummer and co-songwriter for the American heavy metal band Slipknot as well as guitarist in the American horror punk band Murderdolls. Jordison played in Slipknot since their formation in 1995 until his departure from the band in December 2013. He was the drummer and founder of the American heavy metal band Scar the Martyr, which formed in 2013 and disbanded in 2016. He grew up in Waukee, Iowa with his parents and two sisters, and was given his first drum kit at the age of 8. He performed in several bands until joining in the summer of 1995 with the group The Pale Ones, which would later change their name to Slipknot. Of Slipknot's nine-member lineup, which lasted from 1999–2010, Joey was the third to join the band.

"I was writing lyrics when Paul and Joey played this to me. I looked at the sheet I'd been working on and at the bottom was the chorus for 'Psychosocial' already… This song was meant to be." – Corey Taylor [11]

Corey Taylor American heavy metal singer

Corey Todd Taylor is an American singer, songwriter, actor and author. He is known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the bands Slipknot and Stone Sour.

"I had to ask Corey what 'Psychosocial' meant. He wouldn't tell me." – Shawn Crahan [12]

The psychosocial approach looks at individuals in the context of the combined influence that psychological factors and the surrounding social environment have on their physical and mental wellness and their ability to function. This approach is used in a broad range of helping professions in health and social care settings as well as by medical and social science researchers.

Rolling Stone praised the song, saying it "slows down the tempo to bludgeon with a steady, pounding groove instead of all-out thrash in a manner reminiscent of the band's more slow-burning but still malicious second album, Iowa ." They explained, "That track is capped off with a time-signature shattering guitar/drum breakdown that will leave the best air-instrumentalists stumped". [13]

Music video

The music video for "Psychosocial" was shot at Sound Farm studios in Jamaica, Iowa on June 30, 2008. [14] The shoot was delayed due to an unrelated head injury sustained by turntablist Sid Wilson before the shoot, who was subsequently hospitalized. [15] On July 18, 2008 the video premiered on MTV's FNMTV show, [16] hosted by Pete Wentz. The video, which was directed by Paul Brown, [17] was shot using high-end cameras which shoot 1,000 frames per second and are contrasted with traditional 35 mm hand crank camera equipment. [14] Percussionist Shawn Crahan explains; "we have the most extreme on both ends, with nothing in the middle. That's what the video is, and nobody does that. There's an art form behind it." [14]

During an interview with Kerrang! , guitarist Jim Root revealed that the video features the burning of the purgatory masks adorned by the band members in the splash teaser photos shown on Slipknot's website, reportedly because the masks represent the band's ego. [18]

There are two versions of the video. One uses the album version of the song, whilst the other uses a much shorter version of the song; excluding the "Limits of the Dead!" lines. The video was nominated to Best Rock Video at the VMA's 2008. [19] On YouTube the video of the song had gained over 22 million views, before it was removed in December due to a dispute between Roadrunner Records' distributor, Warner Music Group, and YouTube. [20] The video has since been reuploaded and has more than 300 million views.

Chart positions

Chart (2008)Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks [21] 7
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks [22] 20
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles [23] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Digital Songs [24] 66
Canadian Hot 100 [25] 75
Austrian Singles Chart [26] 65
France Singles Top 100 [27] 100
German Singles Chart [28] 31
Swedish Singles Chart [29] 28
UK Singles Chart [30] 67
New Zealand RIANZ Top 40 Music Chart [31] 35


RegionCertification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI) [32] Gold100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Track listing

All lyrics and music composed by Slipknot.

Promo CD
  1. "Psychosocial" (edit) – 3:57
  2. "Psychosocial" (album version) – 4:42
7" vinyl
  1. "Psychosocial" – 4:43
  2. "All Hope Is Gone" – 4:44
Digital download
  1. "Psychosocial" (radio edit) – 3:58
Limited edition CD
  1. "Psychosocial" – 4:43
  2. "All Hope Is Gone" – 4:44


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