Slipknot
Iowa


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (196 Reviews)
May 10th, 2011 | 475 replies | 41,749 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The ‘nine’ continue to present musical havoc incorporating some matured elements to their second album.

Creative and angry shows Slipknot doing what they do best. The music is angry; even the song titles show it. There is not too much change from their previous release making the band’s sound immediately noticeable. This makes for a positive approach to the album and allows the fans “maggots” to receive a release that is not changed too much from the last release, yet matured in a way that creates a maintained and interesting listen.

Incorporating some well known metal features including the classic ‘stomp riff’ (this can be found in the track ‘People = ***’) and double kick sections (found over the length of the album) creates a steady listen over the length of the album. Also making a positive return to this release includes the eerie sampling and disc-jockey effects. This creates a diverse listen and adds to the overall texture of the album. The sampling effects are displayed in a more mature manner than that of the self titled effort; this gives a more enjoyable listen without taking too much away from the music. There is much to be found here especially on the colossus title track ‘Iowa’ shows Slipknot at their angry best. This track shows fury, progression and most importantly there are levels of contrast that maintain the listeners’ attention unlike some other groups of the nu-metal genre. ‘Iowa’ shows some light, some dark layered in between differing levels of intensity. In many ways it’s still the basic Slipknot formula that has been presented before but interestingly has the inclusion of darker themes and more aggressive/violent/dark lyrical context combined with a slightly more mature writing style which in turn lifts the quality of the album.

Further developing the bands image deep in the metal scene (using masks and a rather creative stage presence) allows some room for excitement. However what is absent is the noticeable lack of guitar lead work, including that of guitar solos. Positively there are some levels of experimentation used on certain tracks including the ambient/atmospheric-like bass work of Paul Grey that darkens the overall mood of the album and creates a horror felt theme over the length of the album. Instrumentally speaking the music is of the same old recipe that was used in the making of the self titled release. Joey like before is still pummelling away at his extended drum kit, Craig provides the eerie backdrop for the tracks, Shaun and Chris are thickening the texture with the use of their added percussion, Paul Grey provides a steady bass line that at times is at the forefront of the listeners notice, Jim and Mick propel heavy riffs over the length of the album without any let up, Sid adds his level of creative diversity and interest with his use of the disc table and as always listeners will find Corey Taylor screaming his way through tracks but with the added clean vocal linings that are making a more noticeable appearance through the length of the album. The combined levels of texture reinforce the bands thick style making it an enjoyable listen.

Not moving too far away from their previous effort Slipknot has created an album that has developed nicely on an already angry and heavy musical style. Whether loved or hated by the musical community Slipknot have created a quality follow up when compared to their past releases. Slipknot has produced an album that is dark and aggressive but tends to drag on towards the end before hitting the title track. An album that shows interest but an album that is not without its flaws when listened in its entity.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 10th 2011



6941 Comments


Here comes the 'hate' comments. Ra Ra Ra.
For those with interest in writing reviews, let me know how i have done.
This is second in my Slipknot album list, just after the self-titled.
Thanks.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 10th 2011



6941 Comments


Hey andcas, welcome to the thread b4 the hate comments start.
Where are you at with this?

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 10th 2011



6941 Comments


That's what im thinking too, but based on your rating, is it right to suggest that you have a diiferent opinion on the band as a whole?

And for those that have noticed that there is 6 other reviews for this, i'm fully aware also.

AfterTheBreakdown
May 10th 2011



7106 Comments


This is all i really enjoyed from this band. Good review too.

bloc
May 10th 2011



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Never quite enjoyed this band other than Vol.3, which I loved.

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
May 10th 2011



18066 Comments


Heroes of the 6th grade.

Digging: Huerco S - Colonial Patterns

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 10th 2011



6941 Comments


@AfterTheBreakdown, Thanks man, appreciate the confidence you portray on a review for a rather "lov em, hate em" band.

BassDemon333
May 10th 2011



3351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album rules, great review. The title track is highly underrated.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 10th 2011



6941 Comments


@Bass, thanks man. I'v noticed amongst friends though that it's a bit of a chore to listen to.

@andcas, that's fair enough. Some say the music got too 'clean'

AfterTheBreakdown
May 10th 2011



7106 Comments


No problem. The band is garbage now but they once were decent (this cd). They were one of those "gateway" bands to metal for me i guess

subliminalnirvanaist
May 10th 2011



82 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Enjoy the drumming but never was really able to get in to this band.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 10th 2011



6941 Comments


Welcome Subliminal, just didn't grab you? or
were you turned off by others?

subliminalnirvanaist
May 10th 2011



82 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Just didn't grab me. Idk why too. I like some of their stuff that ppl shit on like Snuff but this just never got me. Is it a acquired taste? Didn't start listening to metal till I was 14 but dig it now. m/

Zettel
May 10th 2011



582 Comments


Slipknot's only truly great album was Subliminal Verses.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 10th 2011



6941 Comments


Acquired taste? No not really. Most either click with it or throw it out the nearest open window. While other's jump on the 'hate' bandwagon. There are some that claim to hate Slipknot but on further enquiry hadn't actually listened to any songs. (That might just be Me)

subliminalnirvanaist
May 10th 2011



82 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I pos'd by the way. I agree with most of what you said. Nice observation on the weird sampling. I liked the song "Iowa" for that reason. Has a very post-apocalyptic feel to it.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 10th 2011



6941 Comments


Yep. Very horror-esque. I actually started with Disasterpiece and I Am Hated on this album.

subliminalnirvanaist
May 10th 2011



82 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I actually still have this CD so I might give it another chance. Iowa was a bright spot for me. Gonna see if I can get into the rest of this album

ShadowRemains
May 10th 2011



20252 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I actually still have this CD so I might give it another chance. Iowa was a bright spot for me. Gonna see if I can get into the rest of this album


Album Rating: 1.5


wtf

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 10th 2011



6941 Comments


Shadow is ever observant, hey man you have probably seen your fair share of reviews for this.



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