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On the title track, the singer murders his girlfriend in a demented act of affection ("I will kill you to love you"). The band screams countless obscenities (the f-word is a favorite) in violent, hate-filled tirades such as "My Plague," "Metabolic," "I Am Hated" and "Disasterpiece" (which alludes to an act of sexualized homicide too heinous to describe here). "Left Behind" contains blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Diseased stuff. Nasty threats are joined by a pervasive self-loathing. These guys moan about their pain and invite others to put them out of their misery ("Disasterpiece" says, "Feel like I’m erased, so kill me just in case"). To escape this hellish existence, "Gently" suggests escaping into a drug-induced euphoria. The dark, morbid "New Abortion" paints a bleak picture that invites an entire "exploited" generation to join in the pity party. Why so much despair and a hair-trigger desire to lash out in gruesome ways? Clues can be found on "People=S---" ("I got changed and I’m sittin’ on the side of Satan"), "The Heretic Anthem" ("If you’re 555, then I’m 666") and "I Am Hated" ("We will not repent—this is our religion"). Clearly motivated by an unholy alliance.
One song states, "I’m teaching your brightest/They’re listening." Sad, but true. Focus on the Family gets letters from Christian Slipknot fans asking if it’s okay to tune in. The fact that they have to ask is troubling. Even Entertainment Weekly called Slipknot "the sickest of the sick."