In the year of 2010, the Iowa based, heavy metal band, Slipknot lost their brother, bandmate, friend, and fellow musician, #2 Paul Grey. After the unfortunate passing, the band took some time away from the music and continued to work on other projects. But in late 2013, the band got back into the studio to record their fifth studio album, .5: The Grey Chapter. The album was fully released on October 17, 2014, as well as a special deluxe edition. The fifth track and single, “Killpop” received critical acclaim, and fan admiration, and on June, 8, 2015, the official video was released. The music video was directed by Slipknot’s very own #6 M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan.
The video starts with the image of a girl, her face painted and wearing a black leather leotard laying on a bed of lilac flowers. The scene changes to show the same girl, her face painted half white and half black, as she slowly crawls against the wall in what appears to be an abandoned building. As the next scenes play, we see #3 Chris Fehn, #6, and two versions of the same girl. Both have their faces painted with black & white, only the halves are switched. Following them is the iconic Slipknot logo featuring the goat. As more scenes play, #3, #8 Corey Taylor, #7 Mick Thompson, #4 Jim Root, Alessandro Venturella (bass), the girls, and a live goat all make appearances. As the lyrics begin, The girls seem to be either playing an interesting game or they are fighting. It seems that one girl may be more towards the ‘light’ side, while the other is more towards the ‘dark’ side of themselves. As short shots of #8, #5 Craig Jones, Jay Weinberg (drums), are played, we see the drummer do something that he continuously does throughout the video; dragging his drum sticks against the walls that are filled with peeling paint. The next few scenes feature the girls together doing a little ‘dance’ or movement with one another. In the scenes that follow, #0 Sid Wilson climbs on old piping and does jerking movements, and the girls doing random things together in the abandoned place. They often go back to the first scene where #6 is on the bed of lilacs with her, making musical noises. At 1:19, where the song becomes heavier, the one girl has the other pinned to the wall as the girl on the wall almost teases her by moving her head side to side. Other scenes that play are mostly of the girls moving in sync and trying to push the other further. Many scenes during the chorus are of the band members in places playing their instruments or making some type of musical noise. As the second verse begins, the whole band is finally seen together, as the girls are seen with #5 (who has metal spikes attached to his mask). The one girl seems to be fascinated with the points on the spikes and at one point tries to press her hand down, while the other girl pulls her hand away. They then hug, as scenes of the goat wondering around are shown, as well as the band. As the music begins to get heavier again at 2:32, the girls both stand under what seems to be a tower with a metal ringed ladder to the sky. The scenes flip between the girls doing more isync movements, to the band members, alone or all together. The scenes flip back to both of the girls with #6 out in the field, almost having a stand off. Another scene begins where the one girl was pinned against the wall, now moves out from under the others arms and travels outside of the room, to a hallway where ghost video shots are used as she moves down the hallway moving her arms above her head. The girl who was left by herself bangs against the wall where the other stood, in what seems to be an act of desperation. Both girls are now seen climbing up the metal ladder. At 3:28, we see one of the girls holding the other in her arms, crying out to show the other had somehow died. Even at 3:43, #6 prays beside her dead body on the lilac flowers. As the music ends and the last few scenes are played, we see the infamous goat, and the one girl left by herself, against the same wall as before, but as the video ends just her face is flashed into the camera.
Like many of Slipknot’s videos, the meaning may not always be right out in front of the viewers eyes. You most often will have to look a little deeper into the meaning and the scenes. The video for “Killpop,” is more associated with the idea of someone who is battling their inner devil and angel; the battle between being good to yourself and harming yourself.
Alyssa (Rolling Music Reviews)