The mayor of Des Moines, Iowa, would have been forced to call an exterminator if any more maggots had flooded into his fair city last week.
On Wednesday, more than 350 Slipknot fans (lovingly called maggots) answered an open invite to appear in the video for "Duality," the first single from the band's third album, Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses). Three days after the casting call, maggots aged 16 and up spent all day destroying a small house in West Des Moines while the band performed the song over and over again.
The video was shot by Tony Petrossian and Marc Klasfeld, and began with tight shots of the bandmembers picking up their masks and maggots migrating down different streets to the house. Then, Slipknot plugged in and the kids went nuts. The treatment, written before the shoot, predicted, "It will be like nine sardines on PCP gnawing at each other as they bounce around their tiny tin can." In actuality, it was more like a demolition crew with no tools trying to obliterate everything as quickly as possible.
Before filming began, the crowd was told to "go crazy," but not to smash the place to bits. The advice went unheeded. The band's DJ, Sid Wilson, started the wrecking ball swinging by breaking the house's front window. Within minutes, maggots crashed their way through every window in the house. In their urgency to destroy, some fans forgot the motto "safety first." Two were slashed by shards of broken glass — one on the leg, one on the hand — and were treated by emergency medical personnel at the scene, a spokesperson for the band said.
The chaos wasn't limited to the video shoot area. Between takes, some of the maggots got bored and decided to destroy a rented Ford Taurus with a pair of baseball bats they snuck in. The car had been used to shuttle fans to the shoot's location. The two fans responsible for the acts of vandalism were removed by police. However, one returned later and was let back in. The house in which "Duality" was filmed was under renovation, and the band's label agreed in advance to repair any damage.
Amidst all the devastation, there were some heartwarming tales. One teenage boy from England borrowed money from his grandmother to fly in for the video, but since he's a minor, the local hotel wouldn't allow him to check in for the weekend. So Slipknot singer Corey Taylor, who found out about the stranded youth while cruising a local mall, decided to put the teen up at his place, the spokesperson said. Another kid recently had surgery, but showed up anyway with his leg in a cast. He hopped around with a pair of custom-made crutches with the "S" from the band's logo inlaid in the wood.
The "Duality" video shoot marked the biggest film event in Des Moines since the 1994 shooting of the flick "The Bridges of Madison County," the label spokesperson said.
"Duality" will be added to radio on April 19, and the vid will hit outlets toward the end of next month. Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses) will be released May 25 (see "Slipknot Ready To Unveil New Masks, Subliminal LP").