Released, but getting pulled because of copyright
claims, it's of course the revised release that's reviewed
The masked nine-piece chaos orchestra Slipknot managed to create the exact kind of debut that Korn, Papa Roach and a bunch of other (so called) nu-metal acts succeeded with: getting devote fans with an album of rage, angst and a helluva force.
What sets this apart from most others (and Papa Roach
especially) is the complexity of it (and that their fans
seemed to grow into some sort of sect). While not being
as mathematically designed as The Mars Volta,
Slipknot's got a whole lot going on in the form of a
multi-rhythm section of bass, drums and percussion, a bit
of turntablism (sort of), guitars and samples.
They're clearly aiming for everyone getting tinnitus and at least one cracked rib.
The song that took them into the relative mainstream was Wait And Bleed, where singer #8 (yes, that's a pseudonym) smoothly goes from growls to singing. Nicely done!
Of course there's a "hidden" track, five minutes after the
ending notes of Scissors. Starting with a recording of "the
guys" hanging out and watching ...something [fact check:
apparently they're watching scat porn (if you don't know,
don't google it) - very "bro" behavior], before it
(after too many minutes) abruptly breaks into the the last
Doesn't really seem like a good finish of an otherwise great album.