Review Summary: Slipknot may have fallen from grace, yet this album still stands as a gem among modern "rock" metal.
Possibly the most overrated band in history. A band with a ridiculously stupid fan base that makes me want to commit suicide.
A band with mediocre guitarists, but a good vocalist and writing talent.
A band with the most ***ing horrible stigma ever, doomed to walk the path of the 90's nu-metallers, hated by the typical elitist.
A band that was once, to me a meaningful aspect of my life growing up like 2 years ago.
Well that ***ing changed.
It almost depresses me to go back to listening to them, for whenever I hear Corey Taylor's screaming and growling, it reminds me of their rabid, uneducated, ill-mannered fan base. The absolute horrors associated bar even the Black Metal elitist crowd. Because Slipknot have such a negative metal stigma, I will address them as modern rock. Since, they aren't truly metal anymore according to the metal community.
Slipknot were a band that used to be taken seriously, when they didn't have a fan base like say Linkin Park, who I still am unsure whether I hate them because of their 12 year old frat-boy fan base. Or that I actually hate their music. I'm not sure, never will be at this rate.
This album though, is possibly the only album I can continue to enjoy. It had just that feeling to it, the anger, misanthropy and general hatred I loved at the age of 13, that said 2 years later and I still love to hate, but oh well that's not the point. The point is that the album gathers a fan base of angry teenagers yearning for acceptance, wanting to be as ***ing edgy as possible and likable.
The songs, do the same as the entire band. They are about anger, feelings of un-acceptance. Feelings of suicide, and depressive content. The lyrical talent in Slipknot is not bad, it's just wasted on this band because I cannot take them seriously anymore.
The good for this album still shines, it shows Corey Taylor's voice in it's prime. His unrelenting screams and growls are terrifyingly good and rarely ever let up. It shows the entire band's prime actually, but sadly it's almost unrecognizable. The title track is the band's best effort in my opinion, nothing they will ever do will top it, it is 15 minutes of pure chaos, and it is just beautifully made.
The bad parts, are the friendly tracks. Though I do like Left Behind, some have too much a radio friendly feeling. Which is where Slipknot fail in my estimation, a band that Slipknot tried to be don't make radio-***ing-friendly songs!
People = ***