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Slipknot – Duality

Duality is a song and the sixth single by Slipknot, the song was released as the first single from their third album Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), released on June 15, 2004.

The song is featured in ATV Offroad Fury 3, The Rosie and Jim Movie, Scott Dunne Sports, Scott Dunne Kart and Madden NFL 10.

The music video, directed by Tony Petrossian, was produced at a cost between $300,000 and $500,000 and was recorded on March 27, 2004. It was shot on location at a fan’s house in West Des Moines, Iowa, the aftermath of which resulted in the family asking the band to replace an extensive list of objects and fittings which were damaged or destroyed during the video shoot. Roadrunner Records provided the family with roughly $50,000 as compensation.

The video is available on the CD single and the DVD; Voliminal: Inside The Nine, which was released in 2006. Midway through shooting the video, the band and fans were asked to avoid jumping around too much, as it would have resulted in either the floor caving in or the entire house collapsing.

The video starts with a large crowd of fans running towards the camera which is clearly behind a window. As the song switches in intensity, the video cuts to shots inside the house of the band performing in very close quarters with the fans. The video constantly switches between clips of the band performing and fans destroying the house and the surrounding environment. At one point in the video, when lead singer Corey Taylor sings the lyrics, “You cannot kill what you did not create”, the words are seen painted on the garage door behind the crowd of fans.

Near the end of the song, there is a code section where the music and singing build up to a highly energetic section. Before this Corey seemingly calms the crowd with an outstretched arm, which is followed with Corey pacing through the crowd repeating the lyrics “All I’ve got… All I’ve got is insane”. Then the scene cuts and an even larger crowd is situated outside watching the performance. Once the chorus begins the crowd again immediately continues to destroy their surroundings, and the song suddenly ends.

Song Meaning

Taylor explained the story behind the album’s first single, “Duality,” which features the repeated line “I push my fingers into my eyes.” “Did you ever get that headache that is just not going to go away, and you end up sticking your thumb and middle finger so far into your eyes, just to stop the pain?” he explained.

“It usually has to do with making a choice. You get to that point in everyday life when you have to make a decision that you may not want to, but you’re kind of pushed into that position.

” ‘Duality’ is about standing at the crossroads of your life, looking down both paths, and going, ‘Now what am I going to do?’ ”

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