The Negative One

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"The Negative One"
Slipknot - The Negative One single cover.jpg
Single by Slipknot
from the album .5: The Gray Chapter
ReleasedAugust 1, 2014
Format Digital download
Length5:27
Label Roadrunner
Songwriter(s) Slipknot
Producer(s)
Slipknot singles chronology
"Snuff"
(2009)
"The Negative One"
(2014)
"The Devil in I"
(2014)

"The Negative One" is a song by American heavy metal band Slipknot. Released on August 1, 2014, it was the band's first new song since the death of bassist Paul Gray 2010 and drummer Joey Jordison who was fired from the band in 2013. An accompanying music video premiered on Slipknot's official website on August 5, 2014; however, no band members were featured. [1] Vocalist Corey Taylor told BBC Radio 1 that he saw the song as more of a "gift to the fans" than a regular single though it was still released as a digital single on iTunes and many other digital music retailers. [2]

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Slipknot (band) American heavy metal band

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Reception

The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2015. [3]

Grammy Award Accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

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The Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance is an award presented at the Grammy Awards to recording artists for works containing quality performances in the heavy metal music genre. The Grammy Awards is an annual ceremony, where honors in several categories are presented by The Recording Academy of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position". The ceremony was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards.

Background

Before the release of this single, on February 27, 2014, all of the band's social media outlets were blacked out with no reason given. [4] Later on the band released small few second teasers for the new album each day which turned out to be clips from the official video along with samples from the song. [5]

Musical style

"The Negative One" returns to a more aggressive and chaotic sound, similar to the sound of Iowa and the self-titled debut album. Among others, it contains double-bass attacks and stomping percussion strikes combined with fast riffs, shrieking samples, and continuous aggressive shouting and screaming by Corey Taylor. The drumming was compared to the style of Lamb of God's Chris Adler, which led some to the question if he was the new drummer for Slipknot, but Adler said the rumor was incorrect. [6]

<i>Iowa</i> (album) 2001 studio album by Slipknot

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<i>Slipknot</i> (album) 1999 studio album by Slipknot

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Music video

The video was released on the band's official website via a private YouTube link after a countdown on their official site timed out on August 5. The next day, the video was made publicly available. Directed by Shawn Crahan, the music video features two women performing various acts along with props paying homage to some of Slipknot's earlier work. It does not feature any of the band members.

This was the band's first NSFW video on YouTube and must have an account with 18+ years of age to watch. The video was whitelisted when first released, but now the link is public. However, age verification is still required.[ citation needed ]

Track listing

Digital download
No.TitleLength
1."The Negative One"5:26
UK promotional single
No.TitleLength
1."The Negative One" (album version)5:27
2."The Negative One" (clean version)5:26

Charts

Chart (2014) [7] Peak
position
UK (Official Charts Company) [8] 71
UK Rock and Metal (Official Charts Company) [9] 1
US Rock Songs ( Billboard )21
US Mainstream Rock ( Billboard ) [10] 33

Personnel

Sid Wilson American musician

Sidney George Wilson, also known as TheDJ, DJ Starscream, #0, is an American DJ, keyboardist, rapper and pianist, best known as the turntablist of the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Slipknot. Wilson was the youngest member of the band until bassist Alessandro Venturella and drummer Jay Weinberg, who were born in 1984 and 1990 respectively, joined the band.

Turntablism the art of manipulating sounds and creating music using phonograph turntables and a DJ mixer

Turntablism is the art of manipulating sounds and creating new music, sound effects, mixes and other creative sounds and beats, typically by using two or more turntables and a cross fader-equipped DJ mixer. The mixer is plugged into a PA system for live events and/or broadcasting equipment so that a wider audience can hear the turntablist's music. Turntablists manipulate records on a turntable by moving the record with their hand to cue the stylus to exact points on a record, and by touching or moving the platter or record to stop, slow down, speed up or, spin the record backwards, or moving the turntable platter back and forth, all while using a DJ mixer's crossfader control and the mixer's gain and equalization controls to adjust the sound and level of each turntable. Turntablists typically use two or more turntables and headphones to cue up desired start points on different records.

Chris Fehn American musician

Christopher Michael "Chris" Fehn, or known by his number #3, is an American musician, best known as a former percussionist of the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Slipknot. He was also the bassist for Will Haven.

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