The Heretic Anthem

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"The Heretic Anthem" / "Heretic Song"
Heretic Song (Rough Mix).jpg
Cover art for the "Heretic Song" single
Promotional single by Slipknot
from the album Iowa
A-side "Heretic Song"
Released May 15, 2001
Recorded 2001 at Sound City and Sound Image in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California
Genre Nu metal
Length 4:19
Label Roadrunner

"The Heretic Anthem" (released as "Heretic Song" as a single) is a song by American metal band Slipknot. The song was released as a promotional single from their second album Iowa.


Revolver described that "The Heretic Anthem" derived more from death metal than nu metal.[1]

Song meaning[edit]

The song was written about record labels who initially showed no interest in signing a recording contract with the band. The lyrics, "I bleed for this and I bleed for you/ Still you look in my face like I'm somebody new/ TOY – nobody wants anything I've got/ Which is fine, because you're made of/ Everything – I'm – NOT", reflect this attitude.

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: THE HERETIC ANTHEM!!!!

— Corey Taylor[2]

Track listing[edit]

Promo single
No. Title Length
1. "Heretic Song" (rough mix) 4:19
Live single
No. Title Length
1. "The Heretic Anthem" (live) 4:45
Enhanced content
No. Title Length
2. "The Heretic Anthem" (live video) 4:45
3. "Disasterpieces DVD Trailer" (enhanced video) 2:12


The American band Periphery covered the song in 2012.[3]