Slipknot
Iowa


4.0
excellent

Review

by systemfreak79 USER (3 Reviews)
May 30th, 2006 | 20 replies | 5,759 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


This is my first experience of the nine headed monster effectionately known as slipknot. I was looking for a really heavy band that had screaming and just was loud. My friend came to me with a solution. His prescription, Slipknot. And so here I am, doing just the same for others like me.

(515)
this is just an intro pretty much, screaming and noise. not much to say here.

People = S***
This song is good. A nice starter. There is a little keyboard or sampler thing in there that is very catchy and caught my attention. I think it will do the same for any listener. This song is just what the name says. Corey Taylor is just preaching about how people are nothing and just bad news. The chant in the chorus is a very strong point in the song. A song to listen to if you share the same feeling.

Disasterpieces
Good and addicting intro riff. Very fast paced song and is a good one for some serious head banging. The "i wanna slit your throat and F*** the wound" line of lyric is a bit disoreinting, but you can get through it. That line threw me for a loop. To me, this song gives off a feeling of panic and choas, but it gets toned down a bit later on.

My Plague
In the beginning of the song you hear one of the few moments of Corey Taylor just singing clean. Amazing. And in the chorus (or something like it) there is some nice background singing. It is definately a good part of the song. This song is interesting because if you listen to the lyrics, Corey is singing (or screaming) about how he cant take it and just some definate insecurities. But, it works for them.

Everything Ends
Another clean singing Corey Taylor. Just for a little while though. Very fast and just plain loud. The drumming in this song is superb. My hat goes off to my Joey Jordison. Another good part of the song is the guitars. While the guitars are going with an awesome part in the chorus, there is a screeching in the background, perhaps the handy work of sid wilson? or mabey craig jones? I'm not sure.

The Heretic Anthem
This is one of my favorites on the album. The chorus is so catchy, I caught one of my friends singing it in school. (the thing is, he goes to a catholic school) The heretic anthem, to me, is just a crazy song. The bass drum of joey is just so fast, its mind bending. If you really want to see the magic of this song, just watch the live footage on yahoo or something. Honestly a great track.

Gently
Nice bass work by Mr. Paul Gray. Some good guitar parts as well. In one short part of this song you hear a little turntables. Which I think is nice because you don't really hear all that much from sid. This song reminds me of almost an indian ritual type thing. I know that that sounds completely out there and absurd, but thats what I think. Also another clean singing Corey Taylor. but, once again, not for long. This song speeds up as it goes too.

Left Behind
Good guitar in the beginning. The guitars are usually solid through the whole album. Which is a very good thing. If they weren't, the album wouldnt be the same. There is some clean singing in this song but im not sure if it's corey or someone else. The balance between clean and scream in this song is close to perfected in my eyes. And! You hear some bass! Which is also good.

The Shape
Cool song and caught my eye. Well, ear. but whatever. The verse is quiet and then leads to a loud chorus. Which is a formula that at every turn, proves succesful. There is a part in this song that I dont know what to call. It could possibly be a verse, but isn't like the other verses. I want to call it a bridge, but im not sure on it.

I Am Hated
Rap-ish song. As far as rap metal can go. The fast lyrics in the verse is a plus to the song. Hostility is easily heard and felt in this song. I felt that slipknot was going to come kill me in my sleep after I heard it. Then again, the album makes them sound like they are going to jump out of your speakers. Which, many bands can't do.

Skin Ticket
The lyric "come see my cage/built in my grave" is un-nerving to say the least. It honestly disturbed me just a bit. But I'm getting over it. Then again, I cant name one band that has done that to me. So, I applaude slipknot. If there was a song in hell, that was made to be played at all times, I believe this would be it. It is honestly that kind of song to me. So, if you think you aren't going in the right direction in your life, there's always something to look forward to when you die.

New Abortion
Cool little intro with a weird sound in the background that I can't really pinpoint. Another typical slipknot song. Towards the end, you can almost predict what most of the songs will sound like. All of these songs have intriguing lyrics that I think if you take the time to find out what they are, can give the song a new meaning to you. "You can't take my sun away from me" is one of those lyrics. It made me think, and I hope it will do the same for you.

Metabolic
I honestly at this point in the record am looking for something other than screaming. It's kind of hard to go through this whole record in one sitting with this continous on-slaught of scream. But, if you're into screaming, this is the record for you. Also some great drumming in this song. And! Turntables! Just for a while though. Or at least I think that's what it was.
"I'm always ready to die but you're killing me" is one of those simple but genious lyrics. I love it.

Iowa
Some noise starts us off here. But then I think there is a girl or something screaming in the beginning. Once again, a bit creepy. But that's what slipknot does. Creepy. The one thing that caught my eye is that the song "iowa" is 14 MINUTES LONG. That's pretty crazy. Too much detail in this song to tell you about. So, get the record and see for yourself.

Good songs: People = s***, everything ends, the heretic anthem, left behind

Weak songs: not really any weak ones here. Just depends on your tolerance for screaming.


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Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
May 30th 2006



16072 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The only word I can use to describe this review is "adequate"

Thor
May 30th 2006



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Agreed. It's nothing new or exciting and doesn't add much, seeing as how we already have plenty of reviews for this album anyways.

Digging: Cult Leader - Nothing For Us Here

altrockdude
May 30th 2006



150 Comments


one word: mediocre

The Jungler
May 30th 2006



4827 Comments


My Plague is kinda awesome. 123 to Iluvvatar.

EDIT: And Thor.This Message Edited On 05.30.06

south_of_heaven 11
May 30th 2006



5426 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Uh...I thinkm you forgot the last few tracks...

The Jungler
May 30th 2006



4827 Comments


Oh yeah, I just noticed that.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
May 30th 2006



16072 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

^^ He did, he probably did a shoddy copy/paste job upon submission.

Brain Dead
May 30th 2006



1150 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Okay review, but hey, it's only your third. But, I don't know how you could define People=S**t as "catchy."

wikuk
May 31st 2006



1110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

well, it's not a really bad review but i can't see anything new, and with an album that is already reviewed 3 times this review will be really fast considered as bad. (which isn't). just some things to help you understanding the songs more:

Heretic Anthem: The double bass isn't incredible fast it's just fast, nothing more.

Left Behind: Yes, it's Corey singing the chorus, who else?

My plague: There is no clean singing in the intro, it's a mix between spoken and rapping. And the chorus doesn't feature "Background Singing", cause it's not in the background.


[quote=Brain Dead]Well, People=Sh*t has a nice sing-along chorus screaming the song title over and over again, that's catchy[/quote]


Brain Dead
May 31st 2006



1150 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I never said that. I personally don't find somebody screaming "People=S**t!" over a heavy riff catchy.

SCREAM!
May 31st 2006



9608 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

PEOPLE=SH*T, PEOPLE=SH*T, PEOPLE=SH*T, PEOPLE=SH*T

PEOPLE=SH*T, WATCHA GONNA DO, PEOPLE=SH*T CAUSE IM NOT AFRAID OF YOU! PEOPLE=SH*T, IM EVERYTHING YOULL NEVER BE!PEOPLE=SH*T

This Message Edited On 05.31.06

metallicaman8
May 31st 2006



4677 Comments


I'll be frank. I don't like this album. The album art. Or the review. But hey, it's only your third I'm sure you'll improve

The Nu-Spawn
June 5th 2006



97 Comments


This is definetly not Slipknot at their best. Everything Ends, Skin Ticket, and Left Behind are the highlights... this is a OK review.

TacoBandito
June 5th 2006



3 Comments


Are we supposed to rate the review or the album? 'Cause, you know, I think the album's flippin' awesome. The review was okay, and the fact that it went into some depth about each song was kinda cool. Other than that it bored the hell outta me.

Brain Dead
June 5th 2006



1150 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

You are supposed to rate the album, hence the title "Album Rating."

Brain Dead
June 5th 2006



1150 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

You are supposed to rate the album, hence the title "Album Rating."

SCREAM!
June 5th 2006



9608 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

And at the bottom of the review theres this thing that says "Was this review well written... YES... NO"

Twisted_Writer
June 6th 2006



15 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Whereas it's a good review, I'm really not too "into" this album and not only is Slipknot my favorite band, but the only band I've ever claimed as "my favorite", so it's not like I'm being biased here.

The songs and lyrics are alright, some are even good! But it just didn't live up to their self titled album before it, nor did it do better than "Vol. 3", their album after it.

It's the weakest album they've made, IMO. Unless you compare it Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat, but that was done with a different singer, if I'm remembering correctly and really blowed, 'cepting for a few songs scattered throughout the album.

muchtallerthanu
February 24th 2007



648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Even though there are lots good songs on Iowa, i think this is my least favorite out of all of them.

P.S: Iowa is 15 minutes long..... just so you know.

CheckersOnMyShoesYo
February 24th 2007



215 Comments


I really believe that this album is the downfall of modern music.

Adequate review.



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