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Song Released: 2001


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

YEAH

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...

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    metabolic_666
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    Jun 3rd, 2006 6:29am report


    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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    anonymous
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    Jul 29th, 2006 7:13am report


    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.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 2nd, 2007 7:09am report


    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.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 2nd, 2017 11:24pm report


    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.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 15th, 2017 3:26pm report


    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.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 1st, 2016 9:45pm report


    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.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 7th, 2015 9:45am report


    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.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 9th, 2014 12:11pm report


    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.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 6th, 2012 8:14am report


    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.



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    anonymous
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    May 6th, 2012 5:58am report


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



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    anonymous
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    Apr 23rd, 2012 4:08pm report


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

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    anonymous
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    Mar 7th, 2012 3:40am report


    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"!!!



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    anonymous
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    Jun 18th, 2011 6:30am report


    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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    anonymous
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    Jun 6th, 2011 6:03pm report


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



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    anonymous
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    May 4th, 2011 5:24am report


    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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    anonymous
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    Jan 2nd, 2011 1:17am report


    i think that this song is about Corey. In previous interpretations we have heard that 555 is human, 666 is satan. He is not saying he is satan. he is saying if you're human then I'm a piece of shit.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 26th, 2010 1:42am report


    Yeah thats the main point, be yourself and don't be a poser and be different to the others that are faggots. Oh and just to point one thing out to the first person who put the interpretation in, God is 888.



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    DarknessRend
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    Nov 10th, 2009 11:08pm report


    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 Heretic 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!!"

    -Corey Taylor



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