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"Custer" is a Grammy Award-nominated single by American heavy metal band Slipknot. Released on October 10, 2014, it is the third single[1] from their fifth studio album .5: The Gray Chapter.

Custer cover.jpg
Single by Slipknot
from the album .5: The Gray Chapter
ReleasedOctober 10, 2014 (2014-10-10)
Producer(s)Greg Fidelman
Slipknot singles chronology
"The Devil in I"



The song begins with percussionist Shawn Crahan describing what the tempo of the song should be.[2] The track then quickly transgresses into one that is much more deep and forceful, opening the composition. The song contains lead vocalist Corey Taylor speaking in the manner of a radio announcer, and the line "Cut, cut, cut me up and fuck, fuck, fuck me up".[3] During concerts, percussionist Chris Fehn would usually sing the chorus with Corey.

Critical receptionEdit

Metal Hammer describes the work as having "an air of the self-titled about it with Sid's scratching in the background and almost poem-esque opening verse".[4] ArtistDirect describes the tune as "'Surfacing 2015' with a massive refrain and Faith No More-esque groove that burns and blazes with evil and engaging panache."[5] The Guardian praised "Custer" as well as "Sarcastrophe", noting "some huge choruses lurking within the repurposed death metal riffs and tribal clatter"[6]


Chart (2015)[7] Peak
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[8] 28


  1. ^ "Slipknot Unleash Live Video for New Single 'Custer'". Loudwire. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  2. ^ "Slipknot Stream Brutal New Album Track 'Custer'". Music Feeds. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Slipknot Unveil New Track 'Custer' Ahead of Album Release". Loudwire. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Listen to the new Slipknot track Custer". Metal Hammer. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Album Review: Slipknot ".5: The Gray Chapter" – 5 out of 5 stars". ARTISTdirect. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  6. ^ Lawson, Dom. "Slipknot: .5: The Gray Chapter review – Iowan rockers' suitably unhinged return". The Guardian. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  7. ^ "The Negative One-Slipknot". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-10-22. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ Slipknot Mainstream Rock Songs Chart History