Psychosocial (song)

Psychosocial (song)

Infobox Single
Name = Psychosocial

Artist = Slipknot
Album = All Hope Is Gone
A-side = "Psychosocial"
Released = July 7, 2008
Format = CD 5", Digital single
Recorded = February 2008–June 2008 at Sound Farm in Jamaica, Iowa
Genre = Alternative metal, Groove metal
Length = 4:42
Label = Roadrunner, Nuclear Blast
Producer = Dave Fortman
Last single = "All Hope Is Gone"
This single = "Psychosocial"
Next single = Dead Memories
"Psychosocial" is the second single and fourth track from Slipknot's fourth studio album, "All Hope Is Gone" which was released August 26 2008. It 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 7. [cite web |title=Psychosocial single |publisher=Roadrunner records |date=2008-07-01 |url= |accessdate = 2008-07-01] cite web |url= |title=SLIPKNOT To Release Free Single On Friday|accessdate=2008-06-18 ||date=2008-06-18] Slipknot performed "Psychosocial" live for the first time on July 9, 2008, at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, Washington. [cite web |title=Slipknot Performs 'Psychosocial' Live |publisher=Ultimate Guitar Archive |url= |accessdate=2008-07-13]

Musical themes

Percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan told "The Pulse of Radio" what he could regarding "Psychosocial", saying, "One thing I can feel is like 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. I think most of the stuff that we have is different." [cite news |title=Slipknot Percussionist Talks About New Single 'Psychosocial' | |date = 2008-06-19 |url= |accessdate=2008-06-20]

"Rolling Stone" praised the song, saying that 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 went on to explain, "That track is capped off with a time-signature shattering guitar/drum breakdown that will leave the best air-instrumentalists stumped." [cite web |url=|title=New Slipknot Album: A First Listen to “All Hope Is Gone”|accessdate=2008-06-29 |author=Chris Steffen|date=2008-06-08 |publisher=Rolling Stone]

Music video

The music video for "Psychosocial" was shot at Sound Farm studios in Jamaica, Iowa on June 30, 2008.cite news |last=Harris |first=Chris |title=Slipknot's Clown On 'Psychosocial' Video: 'Our Goal Has Always Been To Infect' |publisher="MTV" |date=2008-07-17 |url= |accessdate=2008-07-18] The shoot was delayed due to an unrelated head injury sustained by turntablist Sid Wilson before the shoot, who was subsequently hospitalized. [cite news |title=Slipknot DJ injured! |publisher="Kerrang!" |date=2008-07-01 |url= |accessdate=2008-07-01] On July 18, 2008 the video premiered on MTV's "FNMTV" show [cite news |title=And the Slipknot news keeps coming |publisher=Roadrunner Records |date=2008-07-02 |url= |accessdate=2008-07-02] , hosted by Pete Wentz. The video, which was directed by Paul Brown,cite news |title=Slipknot shoot new video for Psychosocial |work=Kerrang! |pages=08 |publisher=Emap |date=2008-07-12] was shot using high-end cameras which shoot 1,000 frames per second and are contrasted with traditional 35 mm hand crank camera equipment. 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."

During an interview with "Kerrang!", guitarist James 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. [cite video |title= [ Slipknot video interview!] |publisher="Kerrang!' 2008-07-01]

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 "Limit of the Dead!" lines.This song was nominated to best rock video at the VMA´s 2008. [ [ Slipknot - Psychosocial (Album Edit Video)] ]

Chart positions

Track listing

Digital single

# "Psychosocial" (Radio edit) – 3:58
# "Psychosocial" (Album version) – 4:42


*(#0) Sid Wilson – Turntables
*(#1) Joey JordisonDrum kit
*(#2) Paul GrayBass guitar
*(#3) Chris FehnPercussion instrument, backing vocals
*(#4) Jim Root – Electric guitar
*(#5) Craig JonesSampler,
*(#6) Shawn CrahanPercussion instrument, backing vocals,
*(#7) Mick ThomsonElectric guitar
*(#8) Corey TaylorVocals

* Dave Fortman – producer
* Colin Richardson – mixer


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