What does The Heretic Anthem mean?

Slipknot: The Heretic Anthem Meaning

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Song Released: 2001

The Heretic Anthem Lyrics

8 7 6(sic) 6 5 4 3 2 1 0


I'm a pop star threat and I'm not dead yet
got a super dread bet with an angel drug head
like a dead beat winner, I wanna be a sinner
an idolized bang for the industry killer
a hideous man that you don't...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jul 29th 2006 !⃝

    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.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Jun 3rd 2006 !⃝

    Once again I have to explain to everyone the heretic anthem does not make slipknot satanic. What the song is for is a big fuck you to the music industry and a ll their bullshit they pull.


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    Jul 2nd 2007 !⃝

    The Heretic Anthem is about standing you're ground and becoming the opposite of what people want you to be. It's about all those pussy ass bitch mother fuckers that wrote this band off.

    It is also about all those ignorant and stupid motherfucker's that judge SLIPKNOT like they know them. It's about the stupid motherfucker's that think SLIPKNOT are Santanists and Devil music, as in the line "If you're 555 then I'm 666". I mean, you can't judge a band because the way it sounds, looks or what they say because you don't know them in the first place.

    To the followers... How can you be so completely sure that they're Santanists or whatever? The line "EVERYBODY IS SO COMPLETELY SURE OF WHAT WE ARE" explains it all. To me, it's about people like us standing our ground against all those stupid and ignorant motherfuckers that judge us like they fuckin' know everything and if you're a maggot you're doin' the right thing by staying true to yourself and not listening to that POP and RAP bullshit.

  4. anonymous
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    Apr 27th 2022 !⃝

    555 is man and woman (being human) 666 means demon male female! sic means (possess) 33 is the age of Jesus when you add 555 and 666 together! there is no 111-444 angel numbers or satanic bible! hell is under some stones in iowa since 2001! Pentagram the witches way! it's like the angel Lucifer singing when Corey sings!

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  5. anonymous
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    Oct 18th 2021 !⃝

    it means no 111-444 (angel and LaVey BS) 555 man and 666 to follow the antichrist right at the trumpet call!

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  6. anonymous
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    Mar 14th 2021 !⃝

    If you are happy upbeat and going places.i with tear up and destroy your life and leave you in ruins.(Poor mental, financial, attitude, careless, disorganized)...Don't let me in. If your (living)555 then I'm (YOUR )666...

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  7. anonymous
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    Nov 2nd 2017 !⃝

    The whole song is straight up about the Record Labelists not signing their album, because it wasn’t “Radio Friendly.” Nobody wanted to give Slipknot a shot. And it was a really big laugh in the face when their album went platinum to all the businessmen who rejected them.

  8. anonymous
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    Mar 15th 2017 !⃝

    Almost like how the band is referencing how the media & paparazzi put their own spin on a subject or topic. Also Corey Taylor's personal experience with the downside of the music industry, the negativity that can be created by the industry. Heretic= the opposite of what's right & good.

  9. anonymous
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    Sep 1st 2016 !⃝

    In a heretical way you can say that this song is anti-religion by the numbers, but to me is also about the ''Authentic CHRISTian'' that rebels for wanting to hold on to his god given freedom. Where he just about had enough with the phonies of this world to be angered to the point of turning the tables on those money hungry slave drivers. In this time, not to turn the other cheek to them, fighting fire with fire with these ''people of the lie'' that's running a social and political music industry in today's day. With the help of their ''illuminated arched-negators'' trying always to instigate and manipulate THE ARTISTS musical ideas to go their way mainstream, getting to them as bad Negotiators to negotiate negatively like devilish perverts like to do. Which SLIPKNOT doesn't want to give into doing their dirty work for just making more money and obtaining more fame for oneself at the cost of their souls, this by NOT changing and compromising at any price to change their music style and the image SLIPKNOT represents.

  10. anonymous
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    Sep 7th 2015 !⃝

    Figured I would throw this in here since lots of people seem to be missing it.
    555 is the first 3 digits of every phone number in old movies. The phone numbers were fake. Maybe he's saying everyone is fake and he doesn't give a shit what people think about him.

  11. anonymous
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    Dec 9th 2014 !⃝

    Its a "Fuck You" to the music industry. Basically a label told them to make more appealing music for more radio play, but they said fuck that and made this song. The 555/666 thing is not satanic, it is basically saying that they are the opposite of what people want them to be.

  12. anonymous
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    Aug 6th 2012 !⃝

    Ok for those of you who don't know 666 is not the number of man. It says in the bible depending on which translation you are reading that 666 is the number of a man. This is from revelation 13:18 " 18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man.[e
    ] That number is 666". It say number of a man, not man. Meaning the antichrist. Other than that I totaly agree it is an obvious stab at the music industry for labeling them satanic and trying to make them conform to the normal. Among other underlying topics possibly associated with the song. Like slayer they are probably saying if you are going to call us satanists then we will give you a reason to! But they clearly aren't.

  13. anonymous
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    May 6th 2012 !⃝

    So if he's saying 6(sic) 6 what's the real meaning of this sic ?

  14. anonymous
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    Apr 23rd 2012 !⃝

    if u listen closely ull c hes saying 6(SIC)6 not 666

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  15. anonymous
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    Mar 7th 2012 !⃝

    Well in my eyes i see the Number 6 as the number of man because MAN was made on the 6th day of creation and we have a SPIRIT, SOUL, and BODY all made on the 6th day of creation. Hint's the 666. to me it's not a satanic song it's just about being diffent " If you're a 555 I'm a 666"!!!

  16. anonymous
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    Jun 18th 2011 !⃝

    Only Corey and the band Know the meaning why waste your time who cares what it means I'm an aspiring song writer Christian rock don't get your pantys in wad now I'm not gonna rant and say their satanic lol I used to listen them when I was in high-school lol I've grown up though I listen to em now and no affense but I laugh wondering why the hell I listened to a bunch freaks in masks who just screamed into a microphone and made me feel all bass inside Haha but hey their successful ill probly never because wish I knew why people were so repulsive to god and Christianity but they are o well ill prolly die trying I wish they'd do a Christian song ill bet youd all think being a Christian was cool if Slipknot all the sudden were believers and maybe they are... who knows just making it clear im not trying to judge

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  17. anonymous
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    Jun 6th 2011 !⃝

    It is simply that Corey is telling the music industry fuck you because all their doing is trying to make Corey one of them

  18. anonymous
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    May 4th 2011 !⃝

    I think they wrote this cus people were accusing the band of being satanists,and non of them are, it's like a joke they're just different not satanists.

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