Slipknot
Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)


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by BenjoJames USER (18 Reviews)
February 17th, 2013 | 39 replies | 1,261 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A welcome return to form for the Iowa nine-piece, 'Vol 3…' explores new-found dimensions without compromising the primal aggression that the band have become so established for expressing. Certainly a worthy introduction to the band.

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Having already shocked and shattered music's collective consciousness with their extreme brand of nu-metal showcased on their first two albums, after a brief hiatus and a black clad generation's wide-eyed anticipation, come 2004 metal's nine masked men Slipknot release their 3rd album.

Introductory track 'Prelude 3.0' begins with dark electronics and eerie clean guitars, and whilst it's immediately evident Slipknot have matured in many ways, this haunting prelude lacks none of the indomitable spirit that defines Slipknot. Any doubts as to Slipknot's new musical direction are rectified as the heaviness hits you with the 'Blister Exists'; distinctly less adolescent in nature than their earlier material, the aggression is focused as opposed to chaotic, having shed nu-metal cliches in favour of crushing groove inflected metal, Slipknot now bearing more sonic similarities to Roadrunner label-mates Sepultura and Machine Head than to contemporaries Korn and Limp Bizkit. Whilst some may consider having two percussionists additional to a drummer superfluous, Slipknot make full use of Shawn 'Clown' Crahan and Chris Fehn's talents with the militaristic snares of the song's outro. Slipknot may have matured, but they are from tamed. 'Three Nil' continues in a similar vein, with resident sticksman Joey Jordison's blast beats and complex fills proving why he's the crème de la crème of heavy metal drummers. Slickly produced (Rick Rubin was behind the desk for this album) as it is mosh-pit friendly, 'Three Nil' exudes enough groove and melody amongst the frenzy to appeal to any modern metal fan.

The intro of 'Duality' allows for a quick breather before bursting back into the metal fray. An obvious single (the first released from the album) the sing-along chorus in no way negates the nine-piece's power with its radio-friendly brutality. The sweep-picking and elaborate solo-esque sections of guitarists Mick Thomson and Jim Root featured in 'Opium of the People' prove that Slipknot have more than a few tricks up their (boiler suit) sleeves; this combined with Corey Taylor's melodic vocals in the chorus remind one that Slipknot are far more than the sum of the masks and shock value that defined them previously, and this track is testament the band can really hold their own as musicians and writers. 'Circle' breaks away from the brutality, introducing solemn percussion and acoustic guitars. Backed by keys and samples, frontman Corey Taylor's heartfelt baritone is hard to attach to his masked and confrontational persona. Certainly a leap from the common man's image of what Slipknot represent, and they pull off this experimental number with unexpected ease.

'Welcome' kicks one back into more familiar heavy territory, but it is 'Vermillion' that serves as a truly provoking highlight. A chillingly twisted 'love' song, this number sees Slipknot take their metal formula to new dimensions, lyrically and musically, as they take a traditional song structure to sinister extremes, replete with a distinctly melodic sensibility previously lacking in Slipknot's musical vocabulary. 'Pulse of the Maggots', an anthemic riff-fest dedicated to Slipknot's disturbingly loyal and rabid fan base comes next, however this is topped in the crowd-pleasing stakes by 'Before I Forget', an unrelenting headbanger which is as suited for the radio as it is the mosh-pit. 'Vermillion Vol. 2' follows, an acoustic appropriation of its heavy counterpart, showcasing the masked outfit's dare I say…sensitive side. 'The Nameless' and 'The Virus of Life' are deserving of the album but hardly groundbreaking, whereas 'Danger (Keep Away)' brings the album full-circle, mirroring the LP's intro with its insular and electronic/ambient nature.

A welcome return to form for the Iowa nine-piece, 'Vol 3…' explores new-found dimensions without compromising the primal aggression that the band have become so established for expressing. Certainly a worthy introduction to the band if there ever was one, and a must for the modern metal fan.

Stand out tracks; 'Prelude 3.0', 'Duality', 'Vermillion', 'Before I Forget'



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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2013



3023 Comments


Decent review, have a pos. One piece of advice I'd give is stay away from the track-by-track style and talk about the album as a whole more. It's not your job to describe each individual track, it's your job to talk about the album itself, which you barely do.

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BenjoJames
February 17th 2013



178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you. Great advice, I'll definitely give that a go for my subsequent reviews.

BenjoJames
February 17th 2013



178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I wish people would comment why they've negged a review. I'm very happy to receive criticism.

EvoHavok
February 17th 2013



1223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This kind of track-by-track flows well, though, unlike the maligned song-per-paragraph style.
You missed 'far' from 'but they are from tamed'. I pos'd btw.

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NeoSpaz
February 17th 2013



4506 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You would benefit from a grammar/spell check

but apart from that I like it.

Rastapunk
February 17th 2013



661 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah the review flows alright. Pos'd. And +1 respect for reviewing this, I think this is the album where Slipknot matured.

Rastapunk
February 17th 2013



661 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm guessing you got neg'd because Slipknot is not what elitists listen to here...

BenjoJames
February 17th 2013



178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah one can never proof-read enough. Thanks for the feedback. I'll do a track-by-track if I have to, but in future I'm not going to rely on that writing style so much.

Rastapunk
February 17th 2013



661 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It all depends on how you do it. If you've got something different to say about every song it works, but if lots of songs have the same point, paragraphs are better. I, sometime, do that track by track.

ChopSuey
February 17th 2013



2383 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Slipknot is great. This gets extra points cause my copy of this album smells good

BenjoJames
February 17th 2013



178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haha fair enough, yeah I agree about the smell.

bloc
February 17th 2013



34499 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I am sure this album is the greatest thing the band will ever produce

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BenjoJames
February 17th 2013



178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't disagree Bloc. They hit a really good medium with this one.

The debut has a certain feel to it. Sometimes I can get into, other times it just sounds a little adolescent and outdated.

BassDemon333
February 17th 2013



3291 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules and its their most mature to date

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BenjoJames
February 17th 2013



178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Suprised so many people agree. Not based on how it sounds though, cos it sounds fantastic.

bloc
February 17th 2013



34499 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

A big part of the appeal is the production on this album. Very raw and unfinished sounding with a hard left/right pan between the guitars and stuff.

If this album had the same production as, say, All Hope Is Gone, perhaps I would not repsect this album as much.

BenjoJames
February 17th 2013



178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It doesn't sound too raw to me. Can you expand further on what you mean?

bloc
February 17th 2013



34499 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

The guitar tones in particular are sharp and dry sounding, you know? At times they sound like buzz saws and they don't really have any sound effects on them, like reverb and delay, which is what you tend to hear in modern metal mixes.

The entire album seems to lack this glossy finish you would hear on a modern, mainstream metal album.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
February 17th 2013



20230 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Was never a massive fan of the production

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FearOfTheDuck
February 17th 2013



206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Best Slipknot album, though I agree on the production. AHIG sounded better, though the songs weren't nearly as good..



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