Slipknot
Iowa


3.0
good

Review

by Alex J. Carter USER (5 Reviews)
October 6th, 2013 | 32 replies | 1,284 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I'm treading in deep water with this one.....

2 of 10 thought this review was well written

During the mid 90's to early 00's, a term that seemed like a plague to all bands hoping to one day be recognized as actual good musicians was spreading like wild fire. This term: Nu-Metal. Hate it for whatever reason, weather it be because it's whiny, it's been done to death, or you think it's laughable, you're not alone. In fact, it's a trend I'm seeing. Every where I go on some music blogs, some way this genre becomes the spotlight of one of the post.

Now I'm very indifferent on this genre. Tons of the bands in this genre have lyrics talking about their personal trials or hating people, which is MEANT to make these bands seem "dark" or "heavy". It certainly fails, and it's generally just laughable. It's so laughable that I generally dub nu-metal bands as the "middle school savior bands". BUT: this is not the only "metal" sub-genre that is guilty of what was mentioned. I see it happen in almost all genres, so in fact metal as a whole is not the only guilty one in music.

SO WHY DOES EVERYONE THROW A FIT ABOUT NU-METAL?

I mean, I don't think it's the best by the way, most of it is awful (lookin' at you, Limp Bizkit), but some is good, like Slipknot's first two albums.

Slipknot's second album is a solid follow up to their earlier 99' self-titled release, the term nu-metal aside. While I do still think this album tries a little too hard to be dark, I will say it actually succeeds in it's task. The riffs in this album are apparently "Br00tal" according to most people, and while I wouldn't use such phrasing, I do agree that the riffs are pretty awesome. The drumming's pretty awesome, and the singing from Cory Taylor on this album sounds very angry and stressed.

While they still used "dark" lyrics to try to be "dark", the album actually presents a dark atmosphere, not through the lyrics, but the presents of anger in Cory's voice, pretty great riffs, and some ambient electronic stuff by the DJ and turntable guys in the band and really fit together and present an undeniable foreboding atmosphere. The album certainly didn't TRY to make this statement, but the album kind of proves that you don't need dark lyrics to make dark music.

The music it's self is certainly not for everyone, but I personally think that it is very solid. Not many albums have actually made me feel the atmosphere through the music, another being The Downward Spiral (better than this album, but that's another time).

I just never understood everyone's hate for this band, their not bad, if you can look past their ridiculous stage appearance, and their overall want to be dark, which I will say has died down slowly over the years. And it's kind of ironic, because my like for their work died down over their later releases. Possibly the reason behind this is because I liked that they had some groove back in the day,

Pros:
-> Pretty great atmosphere
-> pretty good riffs, drumming and singing
-> proves that a nu-metal band CAN make decent music

Cons:
-> tries a little to hard to be dark
-> generic in some parts.

If you like this album, you almost certainly will like their first album, so check that out if you like this one.

-Alex


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Rastapunk
October 6th 2013



735 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Waaay too much spelling errors :O

Even I make less errors and English is my second language...

EvoHavok
October 6th 2013



1353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Could use a better language and details. On top of that, how many reviews does this still need?

Sapient.
October 6th 2013



1109 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I wish I still liked this album like I used to, since it was the one that inspired me to search for more extreme music. listening now though, some of the songs here are just god-awful

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
October 6th 2013



5390 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I just never understood everyone's hate for this band, their not bad

While they still used "dark" lyrics to try to be "dark", the album actually presents a dark atmosphere

Also, learn how to use commas correctly.

Digging: Jimmy Eat World - Clarity

rockandmetaljunkie
October 6th 2013



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

amazingly average

Mort.
October 6th 2013



3405 Comments


"While they still used "dark" lyrics to try to be "dark", the album actually presents a dark atmosphere"

that's one awkward sentence

Digging: Code Orange - I Am King

EvoHavok
October 6th 2013



1353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'Awkward' is a tame term.

Mort.
October 6th 2013



3405 Comments


"'Awkward' is a tame term."

sorry, I meant fucking shit

demigod!
October 6th 2013



44142 Comments


Don't agree with your opinion, BUT BECAUSE ITS A BAD REVIEW I'M GONNA NEG!
See how i negd because its a bad review and not negged because i dislike the album!

Digging: Failure - Magnified

Mort.
October 6th 2013



3405 Comments


"Don't agree with your opinion, BUT BECAUSE ITS A GOOD REVIEW IM GOING TO POS!
See how i posd because its a good review and not negged because i dislike the album! "

see decay, you thinking this is a good review is probably what makes yours so shit. this is not a good review at all



DrMaximus
October 6th 2013



9143 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

How can you possibly think this is a good review, Decaying? No offence to the writer, but damn, dude? How fucked up is you?

ChopSuey
October 6th 2013



2392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"I just never understood everyone's hate for this band"

neither do I

Sapient.
October 6th 2013



1109 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I don't understand the overall hate, vol. 3 and s/t are really good records. it's just this and AHIG that are pretty sub par

demigod!
October 6th 2013



44142 Comments


How fucked up is you?


so is this your catch phrase now maxi?

Gwyn.
October 6th 2013



15007 Comments


I thought it was "Yeah, --- is sweet"

Digging: diSEMBOWELMENT - Transcendence into the Peripheral

DrHouseSchuldiner
October 6th 2013



5643 Comments


lol

FiveLeavesLeft
October 6th 2013



9838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

sup skele

demigod!
October 6th 2013



44142 Comments


skele can write better than this


Gwyn.
October 6th 2013



15007 Comments


Everyone is skele

Mort.
October 6th 2013



3405 Comments


the concept of skele is a confusing one........



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