Before I Forget (song)

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"Before I Forget"
Single by Slipknot
from the album Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)
Released June 13, 2005
Format CD single
Recorded The Mansion
Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, California, U.S. United States
Akademie Mathematique of Philosophical Sound Research
Los Angeles, California, U.S. United States
Genre Heavy metal
Length 4:38 (Album version)
4:20 (Radio edit)
Label Roadrunner
Writer(s) Corey Taylor, Paul Gray
Slipknot singles chronology
"Vermilion, Pt. 2"
(2004)
"Before I Forget"
(2005)
"The Nameless"
(2005)
Alternative Cover

"Before I Forget" is a Grammy Award winning song by Slipknot and the third single from their 2004 album Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses). It was listed as AOL's top metal song of the decade.

"Before I Forget" borrows certain elements from a much older Slipknot song "Carve", which was recorded before their self-titled album.

Singer Corey Taylor stated that he fought with producer Rick Rubin over the chorus. Rubin wanted Taylor to change the chorus vocal melody because he felt it wasn't catchy, however Taylor stood his ground and the chorus stayed unchanged.[1]

Within the last 18 seconds of the full-length song, Morse Code can be heard in the left channel, along with Corey muttering 'You're wasting it', however, reversed.

The earliest version of this song was in 1996 with Anders Colsefni on vocals. The song was called Carve and was for the SR Demo 1997. Fans refer to the demo as Crowz.

The song was used by the WWE as the theme song for the 2005 edition of WWE Judgment Day

Grammy Win[edit]

After being nominated 6 times previous, the band won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance. It was the second track from the album that was nominated for a Grammy Award. "Vermilion" was nominated 2005 for the same award.

Music video[edit]

The video for "Before I Forget" shows Slipknot performing the song unmasked and in casual clothes (all with black shirts), as opposed to their usual cover-alls. The video makes use of strategic camera techniques in which the members' faces are never totally shown, thus keeping with the band's running theme of anonymity. Their masks are shown next to them as they perform.

The music video for "Before I Forget" was directed by Tony Petrossian and was voted as the "Most Rocking Video" by the Scuzz audience in the Top 100 Most Rocking Videos 2007.[2] This video also helped to garner the band its first and only Grammy win for "Best Metal Performance" in 2006.

Track listing[edit]

7" Vinyl part 1
No. Title Length
1. "Before I Forget" (Single Mix) 3:37
2. "The Blister Exists" (Live) 5:19
7" Vinyl part 2
No. Title Length
1. "Before I Forget" (Full-Length Single Mix) 4:23
2. "Three Nil" (Live) 4:55
US Promo CD
No. Title Length
1. "Before I Forget" (Single Mix) 3:37
2. "Before I Forget" (Full-Length Single Mix) 4:23
EU Promo CD
No. Title Length
1. "Before I Forget" (Single Mix) 3:37

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Corey Taylor Interview at 98 KUPD". YouTube. 2009-03-05. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  2. ^ Scuzz. "Top 100 Most Rocking Videos 2007". Archived from the original on 5 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-11.