Slipknot's new album .5: The Gray Chapter is less than a week away, and the band has been generously sharing songs recently. Fans can stream the record's second track, "Sarcastrophe," on the band's website, Blabbermouth notes.
The brutal song is one more piece of evidence that Slipknot's fifth studio album is going to be one thrashing affair. Corey Taylor growls unmercifully as the rest of the band follows. Like Revolver points out in its review of the album, the material, as unrelenting as ever, is a fitting tribute to bassist Paul Gray, who died in 2010.
"It is to Slipknot's great credit that they acknowledge Gray's memory on .5: The Gray Chapter, but it's also to their credit that they don't try to sugarcoat their loss, anger or grief anywhere on the album," the review reads. "For all their masks and uniforms, the emotions at the heart of Slipknot's music have always been real and raw, and as they — and the audience that's grown up with them — have no doubt discovered, the youthful angst that fired their early records has nothing on the grim realities of adulthood. From that deep well of pain, another great Slipknot record has emerged."
In a recent interview with Zane Lowe of BBC Radio 1, Taylor says everyone in the band talked about the emotional weight of Gray's death before writing material for the album.
"We started to figure out that we were all on the same page, emotionally, and dealing with guilt and dealing with anger," he says. "That led the discussion on the album."
"People can say whatever they want, it felt like Paul's spirit was there because it was a very enjoyable situation," he added.
The band put out their third single "Custer" Friday, Oct. 10. The tune followed singles "The Negative One" and "The Devil in I," which were released in August.