Watch Rick Astley Rock Out to Slipknot’s ‘Duality’

It’s never too late for a delayed Christmas present and thanks to Rick Astley‘s TikTok account, we’ve got the video you never knew you needed to see. Yes, that’s a trench coated Astley rocking guitar along to Slipknot‘s “Duality.”

Since launching his TikTok account in 2020, Astley has delivered a number of wonderfully bizarre clips playing along to well-known pop, rock and alternative songs, but to kick off 2021 in early January, the “Never Gonna Give You Up” singer and RickRoll king brought the heavy by rocking along to Slipknot’s Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses) classic. The clip also finds Astley sporting sunglasses and playing against a desert-themed backdrop. Watch and enjoy.

The deep-voiced red-headed vocalist ruled the pop world in the late ’80s and early ’90s with hits from four studio albums. But it was his breakout song “Never Gonna Give You Up” that has stood the test of time and kept Astley in the spotlight as social media grew and “Rickrolling” – the act of teasing a video online only to replace it with Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” clip – became a popular prank. After a lengthy layoff from recording, Astley returned with new music in 2001 and has recorded sporadically ever since.

Despite being known for his pop hits, the singer has shown his love for harder music over the years. He’s performed a live mashup with Foo Fighters and covered their music in the past and he’s also added a pretty killer cover of AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” into shows as well.

Astley’s TikTok account has gotten off to an entertaining start with the singer aping along to songs from Foo Fighters, MGMT, The Strokes and Pet Shop Boys and actually covering an R.E.M. favorite.

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Corey Taylor: Slipknot Have Something ‘Massive’ Brewing

We’re all twiddling our fingers here waiting for the return of live music. Slipknot does have a tour planned for later this year, but we can’t really say for sure whether it’ll be able to happen or not. Corey Taylor, however, mentioned that the band does have something “massive” brewing.

Taylor told Kerrang! Radio that the ‘Knot have a set of American dates plotted for September, and that they are in touch with Live Nation on a weekly basis to make sure nothing changes.

“We’re up to date on all of the different restrictions, not only in the States, but federally. We’re obviously keeping an eye on everything and kind of going from there,” he said. “Other than that, right now, there’s some stuff brewing that I can’t talk about, but it’s massive. I can say this — you will hear about it probably in the next month or so, let’s put it that way.”

Watch the full interview below.

Taylor did release his debut solo album CMFT this past October, but Shawn “Clown” Crahan did confirm in November that the band spent a bit of time working on new material during the lockdown. Later that month, Taylor said they were thinking about releasing the follow-up to 2019’s We Are Not Your Kind in 2021 during an interview with Good Company With Bowling.

While we’d obviously be ecstatic to learn a new album is underway, we’re still waiting for the All Hope Is Gone outtakes that were scheduled to be released as Look Outside Your WindowWhat ever happened to that?

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8-Year-Old Girl Covers Slipknot in Neighborhood-Wrecking Video

At Loudwire, nothing is more heartwarming than kids playing Slipknot‘s music — even if you’re a five-year-old seated on dad’s shoulders, air-drumming perfectly at a ‘Knot show. Today’s proof that maybe everything in this world is going to be okay is the latest video from the O’Keefe Music Foundation, where a group of kids, fronted by an eight-year-old girl, perform “Before I Forget” and get involved in some residential chaos.

No, the kids don’t throw an insane house part like Slipknot did in their music video for their Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) hit, “Duality,” but a chainsaw, battering ram and the destruction of a toilet, all of which are prominently featured here, should offer more than enough intrigue for those in pursuit of vicarious carnage.

One important note: this video was filmed in 2019, prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, which is why nobody is seen wearing a mask.

Watch the video toward the bottom of the page, scope out the lineup directly below and to learn more about the O’Keefe Music Foundation, head here. For another pummeling kid cover of Slipknot, watch this “Psychosocial” video also from the Foundation.

Slipknot, “Before I Forget” Cover Lineup

Taylor Jade Campbell, vocals — age 8
Natalie Vinnage, piano and chainsaw — age 11
Nate Tharp, drums — age 14
Connor Meintel, bass — age 14
Eli Dykstra, lead guitar — age 17
Alex Sutherland, rhythm guitar — age 17

O’Keefe Music Foundation Kids Cover Slipknot’s “Before I Forget”

The Evolution of Slipknot’s Masks

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Adorable Metal Baby Drums to Slipknot, Pantera, Metallica + More

TikTok gets more metal every day. Liz, also known as the heavy metal baby, has more followers on the app than most rock and metal musicians probably do, and that’s because she drums to bands like Slipknot, Pantera and Metallica. And she’s adorable.

Liz’s drumming debut was Slipknot’s one-off single “All Out Life,” and she has the biggest smile on her face as her arms beat along to the song. Since then, she’s also covered Metallica, Slayer, Korn, Pantera, Disturbed and more.

It’s pretty obvious that Liz’s dad is a big fan of the ‘Knot, because he even has a Corey Taylor mask on during the “Unsainted” clip. Heavy metal baby’s mom has made a few appearances too, but her biggest contribution to the videos seems to be picking out which bow Liz is going to sport during each performance.

Check out the clips below, and visit her profile for more.

The baby has also racked up over a million likes since she first premiered on TikTok in August of 2020. Power to the youth of America!

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Slipknot’s Jim Root Won’t Open Dimebag Darrell-Gifted Wah Pedal

Slipknot‘s Jim Root has been going through some of the gear in his home during his downtime. He recently posted a photo of a guitar he got over a decade ago but never opened the box. Now he’s sharing another long dormant piece of gear, but his Dimebag Darrell-gifted wah pedal has remained that way for sentimental reasons.

In a new Instagram post, Root spotlights a box that has a Jim Dunlop Cry Baby From Hell Dimebag Darrell signature model wah pedal inside. The Slipknot guitarist writes, “This is the most important pedal I have. We were on tour and played Dallas. Dime and Vinnie were there. The whole crew… and they had a crew. Tight bunch of dudes. Dime gave me this @jimdunlopusa cry baby from hell and he had written a note to me on it. To ME? From one of if not the most influential guitarists of all time.”

Continuing to praise Dime, Root continued, “His flow and style were and are undeniable. One of those dudes that inspired you to be better. Not just at guitar playing. But being cool… being happy… being present. I was and still am blown away by it. (And Tongs chimed in on the note as well!)”

Root confesses, “I didn’t know Dime well. I’d only met him a handful of times. But that he would think to gift me something like this… The note more so than the wah. I mean what can I say. A rare and missed human. He’d probably want me to bust that thing out and beat the shit out of it. I can’t bring myself to.”

The Instagram post also features a second slide with Dimebag’s note to Root on the cover. “Here’s some love Camo style,” wrote Dime, also adding, “I’ll be the cat that says go ‘Camo’ maskwise.” The Pantera guitarist also signed the note, “Kick ass forever” before dropping his signature. See the post in full below.

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Corey Taylor Has Written Five Film Scripts

Corey Taylor continues to be one of the hardest working musicians going. We’ve seen his prolific nature over the years balancing multiple bands and writing books, but it looks like Taylor has his sights set on yet another medium. According to the singer, he’s got five film scripts he’s completed writing.

While speaking with Terri Carr of New Jersey’s 105.5 WDHA, Taylor revealed that he’s continuing to take advantage of opportunities in the film world. In the past year alone, Taylor has been attached to the horror anthology Bad Candy, landed a role in the horror film Rucker and appeared in the ’80s sci-fi documentary In Search of Tomorrow. Taylor also recently revealed his interest in writing a musical about growing up with his hometown friends.

While Taylor has an interest in the film world, he admits its hard to delve into with his schedule as it is. “I’ve done some movies. I’ve done a handful of them. Honestly, it’s something that would probably make more sense after I’m off the road, which, ironically, here we are.”

He continued, “I’ve done a couple of things, and, obviously, with any script that I write, I’ll probably take a little, smaller role and kind of give it to myself. It’s definitely what I’m doing with the script that I’m shopping right now, which is called Zombie Versus Ninja, and it’s exactly what [the title] implies. And it’s rad. I’m shopping that right now with a group of people who have actually helped me kind of tighten the script up. They’ve got the contacts. We’re kind of doing that right now. But there’s a couple of roles in there that I’ll probably mess with. They’re not the main roles, but they’re just kind of tucked in the background, and people will go, ‘Oh. hey.’ So it’s stuff like that that interests me.”

Taylor adds, “Actually, I have no real interest in a big movie role. To me, the interesting part is writing the story. The interesting part, for me, is creating the world, and then watching people kind of make that world a reality. That’s what I wanna see. I always said one of my goals was to see a movie through soup to nuts — from script to pre-pro to post to the screen.”

In addition to writing for film, Taylor recently revealed he has another book that he’s working on and he’s been promoting his debut solo record CMFT as well. Plus, Taylor has also previously discussed his desire for Slipknot to complete their touring support for their last album once the pandemic allows for touring again.

Corey Taylor Speaks With New Jersey’s 105.5 WDHA

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The 25 Best Metal Albums of 2001

Looking back to the 25 Best Metal Albums of 2001, it has the making of one of the most unique years in the genre’s history, defined by comebacks, evolution and reinvention.

The rumblings of metalcore’s eventual breakout were felt through both landmark releases in the genre in addition to early, raw records by bands who would later help define what was branded as the New Wave of American Heavy Metal (caveat: Avenged Sevenfold and As I Lay Dying‘s debuts did not make this list).

Elsewhere, two German thrash juggernauts and an American staple (SLAAAAAYEERRRRR!!!) roared back with new millennium classics, black metal’s ambitions grew increasingly progressive and experimental and artsy prog was ballooning.

Oh, and then there’s Slipknot and System of a Down who each put out career bests and established themselves as the next gigantic forces in heavy metal.

But enough teasing, let’s get right to it!

The 25 Best Metal Albums of 2001

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