Vermilion (song)

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Slipknot Vermilion.jpg
Single by Slipknot
from the album Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)
A-side "Vermilion"
  • "Vermilion Pt. 2"
  • "Scream"
Released October 5, 2004
Format CD single[1]
Recorded The Mansion in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, California; Akademie Mathematique of Philosophical Sound Research and Sound City in Los Angeles, California[2]
Genre Alternative metal
  • 5:16 (album version)
  • 4:17 (single mix)
Label Roadrunner[1]
Producer(s) Rick Rubin[4]
Slipknot singles chronology
"Vermilion Pt. 2"
Audio sample

"Vermilion" was the second single from American heavy metal band Slipknot's third album, Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses). When the band plays the song live, they switch from their ordinary masks to "death masks"; each an actual cast of each member's face.[5] However, during the All Hope Is Gone tour, all members except Craig and Paul did not wear the death masks for the song.[6] "Vermilion Pt. 2" is a continuation of the first part.

The time signature in Pt. 1 starts off as 4/4, but features a switch to 5/4 before the second verse. From the third verse onwards, the song is in 3/4 time.


"That song was on a demo that Paul [Gray, bassist] and Joey [Jordison, drummer] put together. For some reason, as soon as I heard it, all I could see was the colour red. I love the idea of creating a world from the standpoint of a stalker. I was trying to recreate that dark urgency and desperate need. Anyone who's ever had that jealous rage knows what that feeling is." – Corey Taylor[7]

"I wrote most of this, then Paul put the middle section together. When I write, I'm always thinking of [singer] Corey's place in the song. That chemistry between me, Paul and Corey has always been interesting." – Joey Jordison[7]

"Vermilion Pt. 2"

"Vermilion Pt. 2"
Vermilion Pt 2 single.JPG
Single by Slipknot
from the album Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)
Released October 5, 2004
Recorded 2003–2004
Length 3:44
Label Roadrunner
Producer(s) Rick Rubin
Slipknot singles chronology
"Vermilion Pt. 2"
"Before I Forget"

"Vermilion Pt. 2" is the continuation of the story in Part 1. It features two acoustic guitars, a cello, a piano and Corey Taylor's baritone-styled vocals. The melody and the overriding theme run through both versions, making them integral to each other. It features on the Slipknot DVD, Voliminal: Inside the Nine[8] and was performed by Taylor and Jim Root on radio station KISS-FM.[9][10] The cover for "Pt. 2" consists of the "Vermilion" single cover, with a red and yellow tint, as opposed to the pink and gray tint of Pt. 1. A remix – "Vermilion Pt. 2 (Bloodstone mix)" – appears on the Underworld: Evolution soundtrack and the special edition of All Hope Is Gone.

"The differences (between the two tracks) are subtle — 'Vermilion Pt. 1' is about the enrapturing, the buildup, the anticipation and the neurosis," says Taylor.[11] "'Part 2' is the aftermath, the pieces that have to be picked up later, and maybe the guilt of having lived through it".[11]

Music videos

Both songs have music videos. "Pt. 1" was directed by Tony Petrossian and percussionist Shawn Crahan and "Pt. 2" was directed by Marc Klasfeld.[12] Both videos were shot in Los Angeles in late–August 2004.[12] The actress is Janna Bossier.[13] There is speculation over whether or not she was directly related to the band.

"Pt. 1" shows a girl living a tortured life in a crowded city. She walks in contortions and twists as people walk by in a blur, not noticing her pain. The only time she gets noticed is when she wears a Maggot Mask (specially designed for fans of the band) that makes the members of the band appear and dance with the girl. The first time she puts on the mask, the members appear in front of her and put on a white mask that enables their true faces to be seen for a couple of seconds. Then the band dance with her. A caterpillar is seen growing in the video; at the end scene it turns into a butterfly. The video ends with the girl screaming and tearing her hair out in misery.

"Pt. 2" shows the same girl; this time in a field peacefully sleeping. The wind begins to lift her and sway her back and forth. Eventually, the viewer realizes the girl is dead; however, she appears more peaceful than in the first video.

The music video is available on the CD single, and the DVD Voliminal: Inside the Nine, released in 2006.

Track listing

"Vermilion Pt. 1"
  1. "Vermilion" (single mix) – 4:17
  2. "Scream" – 4:32
  3. "Danger – Keep Away" – 7:56
  4. "Vermilion" (video) – 4:17
"Vermilion Pt. 2"
  1. "Vermilion Pt. 2" – 3:42

Appearances in other media

Release history

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Worldwide release October 16, 2004 Roadrunner CD single RR 2907-3
RR 3977-0
June 4, 2005 RR 2906-3
RR 3977-3


  1. ^ a b "Slipknot - Vermilion". Discogs.
  2. ^ "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) (EXPLICIT) (CD)". Tower Records. Archived from the original on 2009-02-04. Retrieved 2008-07-15.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "COREY TAYLOR HEARTS RICK RUBIN - MetalSucks". 28 November 2011.
  5. ^ Slipknot - Vermillion (live) on YouTube
  6. ^ Slipknot - Vermilion (Live @ Download 2009) on YouTube
  7. ^ a b Bryant, Tom (14 July 2012). "Hell unleashed". Kerrang #1423. p. 25.
  8. ^ "SLIPKNOT: 'Voliminal: Inside The Nine' DVD To Arrive In December". BlabberMouth.
  9. ^ "".
  10. ^ "Bebo All-In-One Streaming". Bebo.
  11. ^ a b "Slipknot Song Meanings". Retrieved 2011-02-25.
  12. ^ a b "Report: Slipknot To Launch Two-Pronged Radio Campaign". 2004-09-15. Archived from the original on 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2008-03-19.
  13. ^ "Janna Bossier - Other works". Retrieved 2008-03-19.
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