Slipknot Unleash First New Single in Six Years, 'The Negative One'

Was it worth the wait?

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Following a six-year break, Slipknot have finally unveiled a brand new single, set to be a part of the band's upcoming album.

Titled "The Negative One," the tune brings staple 'Knot aggressiveness, featuring a hectic drum beat and Corey Taylor's in-your-face vocal parts.

The single will be accompanied with a video tomorrow (August 5). You can check out the track on the band's official website (repeated listens require registration) or in the embedded player below.

As for the full album, no fresh info has been unveiled as of yet, hence the effort is still tentatively due sometime this fall.

When it comes to fan reactions, the majority has approved the song. Some have pointed at an interesting similarity with Metallica's "St. Anger" and we can definitely see where their stance is coming from. So check this one out and share your thoughts below.

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    Still it did sound like Slipknot rather than Metallica.
    If this sounds like St. Anger then Meshuggah is a St. Anger tribute band.
    Hey, look who's late to the party again!
    To be fair UG don't do weekend articles and this song was released at the weekend. But then was this article really necessary in that case?
    Who plays the drums in this song?
    Rumour has it to be Jay Weinberg of Springsteen and E Street Band fame. Heard a lot of people complaining that the drums were too Lars-y and simplistic on this track but I really don't see it. It has a real Iowa vibe to it, and that album didn't have the frantic speedball drumming of the s/t album. While I hope there are stronger songs on the album, I'm definitely not disappointed. Glad to hear Sid up in the mix again
    Jay Weinberg of Against Me and Madball*****. His dad Max Weinberg was in the E Street band.
    matteo cubano
    until his dad retired and he took hi place
    Ummm, everything I can find (including Bruce Springsteen's site) says Max Weinberg is still in the E Street Band. Jay replaced him for some E Street shows while Max was on the Tonight Show.
    matteo cubano
    however my i add i'm aware max is back full time and it was only a temporary replacement but all the same, Jay was definitely considered a member of E street.
    I'm wondering who plays Bass on this song. Hopefully Donnie, they'll be major *******s if one of the guitarists recorded the bass after Donnie filling in for nearly 4 years and having to play backstage.
    I think Donnie will still be onboard, and onstage as well. I'm quite interested on what the new members' masks will be, and how will they integrate to the 'bestiary'.
    I think Donnie will still be onboard, and onstage as well. I'm quite interested on what the new members' masks will be, and how will they integrate to the 'bestiary'.
    For all we know, those drums could be part of the material Joey recorded prior to his departure. There's something that bothers me, though. Those drums are poorly mixed, especially the bass drum(s). They're so weak, in comparison to that signature 'thump' they had in previous albums.
    Similarity with St Anger? How? 2 completely different bands, different sounds, no similar riffs... I am lost on that comment.
    Yeah, I don't get it either. In no way is it as disappointing as St. Anger was...or even the Black Album in my opinion.
    And it doesn't seem such a mad leap from their last album (not like Reload>St Anger anyway)
    The similarity comes from all the internal conflicts inside the band during the whole process.
    I think its ****ing great! Definitely sounds like IOWA. Corey sounds awesome!
    matteo cubano
    yeah people are saying his voice is going out but it just sounds different now, not bad at all.
    Sounds good. Im sure new album will be great one
    We hope, this is after all one song from the album. Don't get me wrong, I love this single that they've released, but I don't want to find out that this is the song which sounds like Iowa/Vol 3 (though that is highly unlikely).
    The chorus is lacking if you ask me. Not that anyone did, but that's the internet for you.
    I think Jim Root needs to use his guitar expertise to add a more complex layer over the one-string notes that Mick is playing. Honestly, that would make the chorus a thousand times better for me. But then again, that's just my opinion...
    Corey's voice has clearly worn out over the years, but at least the vocals are not Stone-Sour-esque, as they were on AHIG. Worn and all, the sound like SLipknot, all right. Samples and scratches that were actually audible are a refreshing thing to hear. Drums are poorly mixed, bass was hard to discern, other than that, it's pure, classic Slipknot goodiness.
    Dude, that's the idea. They purposely made it sound sample and percussion heavy
    Don't forget Corey is over 40 years old, and he's been singing/screaming for over a decade (that we know of). I don't mind the voice, of course it's not like it used to be, but it's great that he's still able to scream like in AHIG and sing (in Stone Sour).
    He's said that he started doing the heavy vocals when he got into slipknot so it's been almost 20 years
    I said over a decade because I wasn't too sure myself (didn't want to exaggerate his career). But wow, that's even more of a milestone for Corey. Thanks for that, and well done to Corey :p
    This sounds so damn beast. I think this album is gonna be great if the other songs sound as aggressive as this one
    Or as awesome as Vermillion part 2, etc. I don't mind a bit of variety in albums (as long as there are really good heavy tunes with some good acoustic pieces)
    It takes some time to get catchy (from the first refrain on), BUT the vocals are very intense. Seems like corey was really motivated again. Hope the rest of the album is like that.
    Awesome new single. Unlike others, I enjoyed the chorus because it's different. I wonder if the band used the EZDrummer program like Fear Factory did for Mechanize? I'm also curious as to whom is producing the new album. Looking forward to hearing more details!
    the unbeatable gene hoglan did the drums on "mechanize". the following album "the industrialist" was the one featuring a drum-computer.
    My mistake. The Industrialist album is what I meant. Thank you for the correction!
    Hiring Gene Hoglan is like hiring a machine to do the drums. That's why his nickname is "The Machine." Dudes a freakin' beast.
    Nero Galon
    Maybe i've grown out of the genre a bit, so this isn't something i'd really choose to listen to these days however this is very reminding of early Slipknot. Probably one best heard live rather than recorded.
    I think this sounds amazing. I was very very surprised. I didn't have very high hopes, but i'm ****ing loving it.
    The only thing I don't like about this song is the production of it. What happened to the bass? even if they'd added a little touch of the low end this song I think would've sounded a lot better. Listening to this through a good set of studio monitors doesn't sound right
    Yeah I was thinking the same thing! You can't hear the bass at all! Sounds like classic Slipknot to me though!
    "Ultimate-Guitar Publishes Last Article on Slipknot's New Single Four Days After Release"
    Much better than the last set of 'Knot songs. I can dig a record like this. I still listen to their first two records weekly.
    Well I can't say I've been listening to a lot of Slipknot lately but I'll be damned if this doesn't sound heavy.
    Never been a super slipknot fan but this sure sounds better than most of the stuff from the latest album.
    Recently started listening to them. I love this song. Creative and powerful as usual.
    I wouldn't say that this song is creative... They could have written it in 2001... Sounds like Slipknot
    I would argue it's creative in the sense that no one else in music sounds like them; their signature sound in and of itself is creative.
    Sammy Mantis
    Meh. It's a weak song, lets be honest. This could have been one of those so-so tracks buried somewhere in the middle or towards the end in one of their old albums. It definitely doesn't sound like the lead off single from a band who's been away for six years and has something to prove having lost two key members.
    It's a shame to see so many people 'disappointed' with this and claiming the band hasn't 'grown' or done anything different. Slipknot doesn't care. They've always written music they wanted to write, they've always done things the way they've done them. They don't write their songs for you, me, or anyone else. It's pretty stupid to expect Slipknot to cater to the audience after four albums of doing things their way. And for the record, this song is outstanding. I already like it better than anything on All Hope is Gone, and I loved that album. The drums sound like IOWA, the rest sounds like Self-Titled. Can't wait for the rest.
    I'm gonna get hate but this is a massive disappointment. They hyped it up to be something really different and innovative and yet it just sounds like a forced copy of their earlier songs. Hopefully this is just a filler track
    If you expect too much it's your own fault that you get disappointed.
    I expected as much as I expected from a Lorde album. I'm not a huge fan, but I still listen to some of their stuff now and then. They stated that they were going into 'uncharted territory'
    They stated they were going into uncharted territory? I missed that. The thing I remember them saying was it sounds like Iowa/ Vol.3 which it certainly does. It doesn't even sound that forced to me.
    Maybe i understood it wrong. But i got it in way that they are in 'uncharted territory' because they are missing 2 important members from band and they are making new music without them, which maybe was strange and new to them.
    Tbh this is just how I feel about this new song... They 'tried' to make it sound like the 'older' slipknot, but this one just isn't very good IMO.
    Well, they can't just copy and paste Iowa riffs, beats etc. into a song and call it 'new'. It's what many bands do; they use all their experience and integrate it into an album, whether or not they wanted it to sound like an older album that they have released.
    They said it's going to sound like a mix between Iowa and Vol. 3...and that's pretty much what it is
    They still got it.sounds as knot as ever as it brings back memories of the older material.good stuff!
    I personally enjoyed this more than anything on AHIG. Good album, but don't find myself listening to it much.
    Mix is awful but the song's not bad. I find the single is generally one of the weaker songs, so I/m curious to hear the full album. Production is terrible though, absolutely no low end, the drums are all tick with absolutely no thump.
    I wonder if it was Krimh... KRIMH - Slipknot - People=Shit
    Has a nice Iowa sound, like it.
    This was pretty sick. Look forward to the rest of the album. Good to see they are actually putting an album out. Can't wait.
    Didn't care for it at first, but it actually grew on me quite a bit. If the other songs are all of similar quality I can be pretty happy with this album.
    I'm pleasantly surprised, I thought this was just going to be a continuation of AHIG, an album that I pretty much overall disliked. It has an Iowa/Self-titled feel to it and I can dig that.
    I guess it's similar because it starts with a boring guitar riff all by itself? Well, at least it doesn't last 7+ minutes using only 2-3 riffs.....just 5+ minutes
    It's a step towards their self titled album but there's distinct elements of vol 3 in there, but the not the good aspects. Honestly it's not a bad song but the tone isn't quite right, guitars and particularly drums need to have more meat, they sound a bit weak, and vocals aren't quite how they used to be. It's just a bit of a generic slipknot song. 5/10 could do better.
    I'm loving it. The intro riff confuses me a lot though. What time signature is it?
    It's just 4/4. The accents feel like they move when the drums come in but the time sig stays the same.
    its definitly going to be different without joey or paul. it sounds good though.
    It's growing on me
    The song is ok. Those whiney things are annoying though
    Decent tune but it literally has that same vocal pattern that every knot song does. I was even just scatting in my head a vocal pattern in the slipknot style with Cory as the singer and then this song started playing and it was the exact vocal pattern I made up.
    jpnyc · Aug 04, 2014 12:19 PM
    Missing Joey on this track. Drumming is pretty meh. Love the intensity Corey brings though. Still excited to listen to the whole thing.
    Completely agree, - the purcusion is spot on, but it might be missing a few tight fills and rolls here and there... Will be very fun to 'dance' to when they next come to town,..
    If we can keep to just one "soppy" song, I'll be happy, - I really hope they don't bitch out and make lots of ballads and crooning choruses like AHIG... The first two albums didn't have any "sad" songs and were all the better for them... This track gets a great big thumbs up