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Slipknot – Duality

“Duality” is a song by American metal band Slipknot, the song was released as the first single from their third studio album Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), released in 2004.

The album version of “Duality” is four minutes and twelve seconds long, and the radio edited version is three minutes and thirty-three seconds long. The song opens with lead vocalist Corey Taylor softly saying “I push my fingers into my…”, leading up to lead guitarist Mick Thomson playing a riff accompanied by Craig Jones’ keyboards while Taylor finishes the sentence with “…eyes”, in a much more intense voice. The song is played in Drop B tuning (which most of Slipknot’s songs are tuned to) and features a nu metal style.

“Duality”, like all the songs on Vol. 3, does not have explicit content within the lyrics. Thomson explained in an 2008 interview that vocalist Taylor was relying on explicit content in the lyrics, and wanted to try something “different”. This was echoed by Jim Root in a 2011 interview. AllMusic said that “Duality”‘s lyrics “aren’t unique” to Slipknot but described it as “otherwise strong”. Stylus Magazine said “Duality” had a “grindcore riff”. Q wrote that the song “blow[s] the competition away”. The BBC declared it “a pop-metal classic”.


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