I've promised to write a Disasterpieces review (look to IOWA for that sentence), so here it is.
Disasterpieces is a DVD containing the most popular songs on their S/T album and their IOWA.
The members of Slipknot:
#0: Sid Wilson: Turntables
#1: Joey Jordison: Drums
#2: Paul Gray: Bass
#3: Chris Fehn: Custom Percussion
#4: James Root: Guitar
#5: Craig Jones: Samples and Media
#6: Shawn Crahan: Custom Percussion
#7: Mick Thompson: Guitar
#8: Corey Taylor: Vocals
When I borrowed this DVD from a friend (I couldn't find it in the record store) he gave a few days later an almost entire black DVD. On the front the logo of Slipknot can be seen (You know, the name but with a capital S and K). On the bottom of the cover the name Disasterpieces stands, but in the middle, the famous devil/metal sign with a tribal S in middle stands. Perfect cover, it makes little childs stay away from it while older people are attracted to it.
The concert itself is very good, with the energetic knots, and even more energetic crowd, all the songs are well done. There is also lots of special effects used trhough the concert: fire, lights, fake snow, lights over the crowd, it all fits perfectly into the songs and doesn't get annoying. The percussionists and DJ, who aren't bizzy the whole time, just go jumping on their toms, crowdsurfing or other things who don't relate to making music.
All of the songs are done with high energy, but besides the songs there are some extra's between most tracks. There is a movie how they've set up the stage between Eeyore
, or a scene with the guitarists and Joey practising between Disasterpiece
. Also what is done great is switching between the songs itself. Sometimes Corey tells the listeners which song comes next while sometimes first some noise is done by the guitar or DJ followed with the song itself. Whatever happens, it sounds great.
Besides the concert there is also some other stuff, like video's. Now I have to say that however the first 2 video's sucks (Spit It Out
and Wait and Bleed
) but the I love the videoclip of My Plague
. For the rest it is mainly some settings, nothing to worry about.
What was good about the DVD:
- Their perfomance kicks almost all the other @$$es from other bands. They have lots of energy on stage, with their mindless running and raising toms of the 2 percussionists. The crowd sometimes has to "help" like they did in Spit It Out
, and the best thing is that they do it on the right time. The effects used trough the whole concert is also very good. Some fire, special light effects or even fake-snow (Gently
). Their concert seems to be almost perfect.
- The drumming of Joey is insane. From his great double-base to technical rifs, everything is perfect. He uses his sticks very well and is not afraid to do special tricks with it, like an acrobat (you know, throwing sticks or circling them in his hands). His riffs are insane fast and very technical like in Purity
- Corey's voice is very good, he has great energy and really needs that, because he's screaming and singing like crazy. The crowd is sometimes reacting on his shouts and the best of his voice is that it seems that his mask doesn't bother him while singing his rhymes.
- The DVD contains some extra's like videoclips.
What was not good about the DVD
- The shouts and screams from the two percussionists are too soft and it seems that their mask affect their voices. A bit disappointing, but not very bad as they don't scream much.
- No songs of Volume 3., that album wasn't out yet at that time but I'd love to hear some songs of that album. (this won't affect the grade obviously)
- Songs like People Equal Sh*t
don't sounds very good live (except one time with People Equal Sh*t
, but that wasn't on this DVD).
Best top 3:
1. Spit It Out
3. Purity (because of the awesome ending sentence of Corey: "Have you ever seen god")
Worst top 3:
1. People Equal Sh*t
2. Sid's solo
This DVD is awesome in every word, it has a few negative points, but that doesn't take away how much I love it. Besides the concert there is also videoclips to listen to/watch, and the whole presentation (cover, menu) of the DVD gives you the real Slipknot feeling. Between the concert there are some other scenes, like one where they practised, or just before they came on stage.
Disasterpieces is of course meant for the Slipknot fans who wanted to see those 9 creeps live, but anyone who likes the heavier part of metal (or even the softer part) might enjoy this very much.