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SLIPKNOT collaborates with ATLUS on 'Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance' masks

Photo credit: Jonathan Weiner


ATLUS today announced a mask collaboration between their upcoming RPG “Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance” and legendary heavy metal band SLIPKNOT in the first of two promotional videos for the title. The collaboration in these videos will explore the common themes, visuals, and mood that SLIPKNOT and “Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance” share, two iconic forces that are not just similar, but unapologetically metal.

In this first video, Jim Ojala from Ojala Productions, the group behind many of SLIPKNOT‘s masks, shows the process of creating three different masks based on the demons in the game. As defining visuals for both SLIPKNOT and “Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance”Jim demonstrates the design process as he and his team sculpt masks inspired by the demons Gurulu, Daemon, and Loup-Garou. Keep an eye on the ATLUS West socials and YouTube channel for the second “Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance” promotional video featuring band members of SLIPKNOT.

“Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance” delivers a full-fledged RPG that explores two narrative paths: the original game’s Canon of Creation, or the brand-new Canon of Vengeance. This dramatic new tale of revenge introduces brand-new characters, a new area to explore, a new dungeon, more accessible gameplay, an improved battle system, new demon experiences and greater field exploration in this latest entry in the series.

“Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance” will be available June 14 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Steam and Windows. Pre-order the title on all platforms at atlus.com/smt5v.

ATLUS delivers unforgettable, story-driven gameplay experiences to enthusiastic and dedicated fans around the globe. Established in 1986, ATLUS features a portfolio of beloved and long-running game series including “Persona”, which has sold over 22 million units worldwide, and the legendary “Shin Megami Tensei”ATLUS games are published in the west by SEGA Of America, Inc. with its principal office in Irvine, California.

SLIPKNOT made a festival appearance of 2024 on Saturday April 27,) as one of the headliners of Sick New World in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show marked SLIPKNOT‘s second performance with Casagrande.

Prior to Sick New WorldSLIPKNOT played an intimate show Thursday night, April 25 at Pappy + Harriet’s in Pioneertown, California.

For both the Pappy + Harriet’s and Sick New World gigs, SLIPKNOT adopted a classic look, bringing back the 1999 red jumpsuits and elements of their early masks into their modern versions, tying into the fact that SLIPKNOT is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

After parting ways with Jay Weinberg last November, SLIPKNOT teased fans with a hint about a new drummer nearly two months ago, posting a photo of a single broken drumstick online with the caption “Rehearsal.”

The band explained in a statement that the split with Weinberg was a creative decision. Jay followed up with a statement of his own, saying that he was “heartbroken and blindsided” by his dismissal.


Casagrande abruptly quit SEPULTURA three months ago, shortly before he was supposed to begin rehearsals for the band’s recently launched 40th-anniversary farewell tour.

“February 6th, a few days prior to the first rehearsal, drummer Eloy Casagrande informed the band that he was leaving SEPULTURA to pursue a career in another project,” the band said in a statement.

Casagrande joined SEPULTURA 13 years ago as the replacement for Jean Dolabella.

In February 2020, SEPULTURA singer Derrick Green told Australia’s Everblack Media that Casagrande had had “a tremendous impact” on the group since he joined in 2011. “It’s undeniable because he’s such a strong force,” he said. “He loves playing metal music. He’s one of the most talented drummers I’ve ever seen, honestly. That power is consistent from beginning to the end. It really has rubbed off on all of us to really push ourselves further. He’s such a perfect match for the band. He really is always influencing us in so many ways to really go beyond — above and beyond.”

SLIPKNOT‘s latest album “The End, So Far”, arrived in August 2022. It marked the band’s the last full-length LP before the departure of both keyboardist Craig Jones, who left the group in June 2023, and Weinberg.

Featured songs:

00:00 (515)
01:38 People=Shit
05:36 Eyeless
10:10 Disasterpiece
17:20 Before I Forget
22:17 Custer
27:55 Psychosocial
32:55 The Devil In I
39:56 The Heretic Anthem
45:24 Unsainted
50:05 Wait And Bleed
53:35 Prosthetics
58:46 Vermilion
1:06:59 Duality
1:11:28 Spit It Out
1:14:46 Surfacing

For the Pappy + Harriet’s gig, SLIPKNOT adopted a classic look, bringing back the 1999 red jumpsuits and elements of their early masks into their modern versions, tying into the fact that SLIPKNOT is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Singer Corey Taylor said onstage mid-performance: “Tonight it doesn’t matter where you came from, it doesn’t matter when you were born. This year is 19-fucking-99. We’re going to play you some songs from beyond that year, but goddamn it, it all started in ’99 and it is starting again here tonight.”

Tickets to the the Pappy + Harriet’s concert sold out in minutes. They were priced just $9, and fans were limited to two tickets each, with no refunds or transfers allowed. All ticket proceeds will go to Joshua Tree No Kill Shelter and Boys & Girls Club Of The Hi Desert.

SLIPKNOT has yet to officially reveal the identity of its new drummer after parting ways with Jay Weinberg last November.

Fans have speculated that Weinberg‘s replacement is Casagrande, who abruptly left that band in early February, just days before the start of the Brazilian/American outfit’s farewell tour.

A month and a half ago, SLIPKNOT teased fans with a hint about a new drummer, posting a photo of a single broken drumstick online with the caption “Rehearsal.”

SLIPKNOT‘s latest album “The End, So Far”, arrived in August 2022. It marked the band’s the last full-length LP before the departure of both keyboardist Craig Jones, who left the group in June 2023, and Weinberg.

Speaking to NME about what SLIPKNOT has planned for 2024, founding member Shawn “Clown” Crahan said: “I’m ready to move on from what has been and move on to a world that I know needs to be. For instance, normally we’d have about two years on and one and a half years off — we’re not doing that anymore.

“We’re going back to basics,” he added. “I’m ready to kick everybody in the face again. I’m ready to do a 100-person venue again. I’m ready to do a 500-person venue.”

SLIPKNOT has revealed tour dates for a massive 2024 European headline run. The band’s thrilling, multi-sensory live shows are legendary, and with SLIPKNOT celebrating 25 years on this upcoming run, these shows will be especially explosive and not to be missed.

SLIPKNOT co-founder and percussionist M. Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. Clown) states about the upcoming shows: “It has been 25 years since we first played on the continent, and we’ve been back ever since. The memories I have from all those times are life-changing, and we’re ready to make more.

“I’m so excited to bring our 25-year anniversary tour to Europe and the U.K. Be prepared for an energy you’ve never experienced before. It’s happening.”

Europe (with support from BLEED FROM WITHIN)
Dec. 05 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
Dec. 06 – Dortmund, Germany – Westfalenhalle
Dec. 08 – Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyerhalle
Dec. 09 – Leipzig, Germany – Quarterback Immobilien Arena
Dec. 11 – Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
Dec. 12 – Paris, France – Accorhotel Arena
Dec. 14 – Leeds, UK – First Direct Arena
Dec. 15 – Glasgow, UK – OVO Hydro
Dec. 17 – Manchester, UK – Co-op Live Arena
Dec. 18 – Birmingham, UK – Utilita Arena
Dec. 20 – London, UK – O2 Arena

Check out a tour trailer below.

The run kicks off at Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands on December 5, canvases continental Europe with arena dates in Germany, France and Switzerland, and concludes at the world-famous O2 Arena in London on December 20. This notably marks their first O2 Arena performance since 2020. Presale tickets will go live on December 13 at 9:00 a.m. U.K. time, with official Live Nation and venue presales launching on Thursday, December 14 at 9:00 a.m. U.K. time, and general on-sale following on December 15 at 9:00 a.m. U.K. time.

Photo credit: Jonathan Weiner

Slipknot released the official video for “Yen” earlier this year. The song is taken off their new album ‘The End So Far’, released on September 30 release on Roadrunner Records.

SLIPKNOT released their debut self-titled studio album on 29th June 1999, and with it, heralded a seismic shift in music, attitude and energy, and have since defined a culture that has only grown around the world. In the quarter century since, SLIPKNOT‘s unwavering dedication to their art, expression, and their fans remains at the core of their mission. The band has remained as creative and unapologetic as ever, both in their music and their live shows.

Slipknot has not released the name or identity of their new drummer, after the ungracious exit of drummer Jay Weinberg, earlier this year. 

“Yen” follows the forthcoming album’s lead single “The Dying Song (Time To Sing)” which arrived last month accompanied by an official music video directed by the band’s own M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan. The track garnered widespread acclaim upon its arrival with The Fader declaring “It absolutely rips,” and Rolling Stone praising it as a “punishing new elegy.”

A four-camera video of SLIPKNOT performing its previous single, “The Dying Song (Time To Sing)”, live for the first time on July 28 at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic is now available (courtesy of YouTube channel Bahomar).

Watch “The Dying Song (Time To Sing)” live and it official video directed by SLIPKNOT percussionist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan below.

Produced by SLIPKNOT and Joe Barresi“The End, So Far” includes the band’s 2021 surprise single “The Chapeltown Rag” and follows their widely celebrated 2019 album “We Are Not Your Kind”, which marked SLIPKNOT‘s third consecutive No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The release made a massive global impact with No. 1 debuts in the official album charts of twelve countries around the world, including the U.K., Australia, Canada and Mexico, with Top 5 debuts in an additional twelve countries including Germany, France and Sweden.

Regarding the lyrical inspiration for “The Dying Song (Time To Sing)”SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor told Kerrang! magazine: “To me, it just seems like it’s all the outrage and none of the punishment. For the last few years it’s been very trendy to be offended and outraged by everything, and yet nothing happens – especially in my country, which is just fucking ridiculous. It’s almost like the tables have turned, and the more angry people get, the more the people who they’re mad at just double-down on the shit. Instead of there being cause and effect, or crime and punishment, now it’s just like, ‘Fuck you, we don’t care.’ I can’t tell if that’s a reaction because of the almost nihilistic isolation of the cultures themselves, where neither side is acknowledging any of the good parts of each other – they’re just really honed in on the shit that they consider inflammatory. And it’s almost like people are ringing the doomsday bell. You’re sitting there going, ‘Well, it’s been fun! Everybody, pick up your trash when you’re leaving, and I’ll see you in Hell!’ That’s kind of what that song is. It’s just like, ‘If we don’t figure it out, I’ll see you when the meteor hits, basically.'”
As for SLIPKNOT‘s working relationship with BarresiTaylor said: “He’s one of those dudes who’s got great ideas, but he also allows you to do what is on your mind. If he has an idea, he lets you pursue yours, but then he’ll go, ‘You know, just for me, try this and see if these things can live together.’ He’s very unassuming, which is kind of rare these days. Sometimes you can get a producer who’s trying to enforce their will on it, but Joe just wants what’s best for the album, and what’s best for the song, and what’s best for the performance.”

“The End, So Far” track listing:

01. Adderall
02. The Dying Song (Time To Sing)
03. The Chapeltown Rag
04. Yen
05. Hivemind
06. Warranty
07. Medicine For The Dead
08. Acidic
09. Heirloom
10. H377
11. De Sade
12. Finale

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