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The Heretic Anthem
Released May 15th, 2001
Album Iowa (album)
Length 4:14
Writers Slipknot
Producers Slipknot, Ross Robinson
Single Chronology
Spit It Out The Heretic Anthem Left Behind
The Heretic Anthem has been released as a promotional single twice. One version of the promotional single was for Iowa, and included the rough mix of the song, called the "Heretic Song". The other version was a live single that was a promotional item for Disasterpieces. This version included the performance of "The Heretic Anthem" from Disasterpieces in both audio and visual. It also included a trailer for Disasterpieces. The Heretic Anthem was originally named "The Heretic Song" when it was first played live, The name was changed to The Heretic Anthem for the release of Iowa.

The first riff from the Heretic Anthem was taken from an unreleased track from the Crowz Era called "Nature".

Track Listing

Iowa Promo

  1. "Heretic Song" (Rough Mix)

Disasterpieces Promo

  1. "The Heretic Anthem" (Live)
    • "The Heretic Anthem" (Live Video)
    • Disasterpieces Trailer

Song Meaning

The Heretic Anthem is about Corey standing his ground of becoming the exact opposite of what people want him to be, to prove a point. The point of not selling out, not following people, not taking orders from people. With lyrics describing man as 555, Satan as 666, and God as 777, the theme of hate once again prevails. It is also a large 'Fuck You' to the music industry and bands that have sold out. It also states that now, Corey is teaching the young of our race (teenagers) which refers to showing them the truth of life. That it's not all pink and happy, that it can be a brutal and scary place at times. Here's some detailed info about the heritic anthem, Corey said this in Paris on May 29/2001 before Iowa was released. "A couple of months ago, some evil people, some money hungry, cocksucking, idiot motherfuckers came to us and said: "You know, if you want your next album to be huge, you gotta write a radio friendly fucking song"...Now being that we are Slipknot, we are 9 crazy people from the middle of nowhere, 9 people but do not give one rat fuck about what the fucking music industry fucking thinks, we stood there politely, we processed the information and we said: " Well, thank you Mr. Businessman, but if you'll excuse me...SUCK MY MOTHERFUCKIN' DICK!!!! And this next song is a result of that fuckin' conversation, if you're 555 I'm 666, THIS SONG IS CALLED HERETIC SONG!!!!"


The single was limited to only 666 copies of the non-live version sent to fans, not via music shops. The live version was available for purchase at live shows and on the internet etc.

Music Video

To date the Heretic Anthem, and All Hope Is Gone are the only 2 singles to not have a music video.


Slipknot - The Heretic Anthem (Audio)04:15

Slipknot - The Heretic Anthem (Audio)


I’m a pop star threat and I’m not dead yet

Got a super dred bet with an angel drug head

Like a dead beat winner. I want to be a sinner

An idolized bang for the industry killer.

A hideous man that you don’t understand

Throw a suicide party and I’m guaranteed to fucking snap.

It’s evilsonic, it’s pornoholic.

Breakdowns, obscenities, it’s all I wanna be.

If you’re 555 then I’m 666.

If you’re 555 I’m 666.

If you’re 555 then I’m 666 (what’s it like to be a heretic)

If you’re 555 I’m 666. (what’s it like to be a heretic) Everybody’s so infatuated Everybody’s so completely sure of what we are

Everybody defamates from miles away

But face to face, they haven’t got a thing to say

I bleed for this and I bleed for you

Still you look in my face like I’m sombody new

Toy - nobody wants anything I’ve got

Which is fine because you’re made of

Everything - I’m - not!

If you’re 555 then I’m 666.

If you’re 555 I’m 666.

If you’re 555 then I’m 666 (what’s it like to be a heretic)

If you’re 555 I’m 666. (what’s it like to be a heretic)

30 seconds, 16, 8, 4, lemme tell you why

I haven’t the slightest, I’m teaching your brightest

They’re listening, clamoring

All the money in the world can’t buy me.

Go ahead. lie to me.

Tell me again how you’re tortured

I wanna know how you followed your orders so well

You’re full of shit

You had a dream but this ain’t it.

If you’re 555 then I’m 666.

If you’re 555 I’m 666.

If you’re 555 then I’m 666 (what’s it like to be a heretic)

If you’re 555 I’m 666. (what’s it like to be a heretic)

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