Snuff: for you Paul


By Riasat Raihan


The track ‘Snuff’ is the fifth single from Slipknot’s fifth studio album called ‘All hope is Gone’. The people who are metal fans, they know Slipknot is a crazy heavy metal band. But their song Snuff is rather a melody than metal. It’s a very slow song with a wonderful and heartbreaking lyric. As a Slipknot fan, I would claim this song to be my favourite Slipknot song till date. The lead vocalist Corey Taylor with his melodious voice added so much depth that it has made this song one of the best sad songs of all time.

Taylor said about this song on July 19, 2008, ‘This is the slow one. It’s another personal one. Again, not naming names, it’s about someone who helped me through a lot and I thought she felt the same way that I did and then she really let me down. At the same time, it was good that she did, because it was that final push to me figuring out myself. The lyrics are pretty self-explanatory’.

Although after the tragic death of Slipknot’s bassist Paul Gary, Taylor dedicated this song to Paul and cried at every concert after performing this song.  This song is about how the protagonist’s soul is too dark to let love in, telling somebody to get away from them. It’s dark and brooding, representing the pits of depression or at least the bottom of the cycle in a manic-depressive. Slipknot being a particularly dark Nu-Metal band, it’s pretty typical. The word ‘snuff’ originally meant a tin of crushed tobacco leaves, meant to be nasally inhaled, which was a well-established practice across the globe not much before.

It topped place six in the Bill Board Chart in the US. Despite Slipknot having a somewhat stumbling chart record — doing far better on the UK singles’ charts than in their home country — their albums continued to sell gold and platinum worldwide. ‘Snuff’ comes from their 2008 album ’All Hope Is Gone’, which ranked a couple of fewer platinum stars than their previous albums but sold gold and platinum in more countries worldwide than ever before, also hitting #1 on album charts in five countries. This indicates that maybe Slipknot is headed for ‘cult’ status, dodging mainstream success but gaining loyal niche of popularity. Even in their home town of Des Moines, Iowa, they seldom make news.


Riasat Raihan is a member of the New Age Youth team.


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