Favorite Slipknot Album By Slayer, Duff McKagan, Of Mice & Men, Tech N9ne, and more
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:11:07
Metal wouldn't be the same without Slipknot right now. That's just a fact. They've indubitably influenced not only every single band to emerge in the genre in the past 15 years in the wake of their momentous self-titled debut, but they also impacted many of their inspirations. Very few artists can claim to even have influenced those who inspired them the way that Slipknot have. Moreover, everyone has a favorite Slipknot album. Each one of their records is a piece of art that touches the soul on a deep level and leaves a mark. Their upcoming fifth album, 5.: The Gray Chapter [pre-order here], proudly continues that tradition too. It's another masterpiece.
In honor of the album's release on October 21 and KNOTFEST October 26-27, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino spoke to everybody from Slayer and Duff MacKagan to Of Mice & Men and Tech N9ne about their favorite Slipknot album.
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What's your favorite Slipknot record or song?
Kerry King of Slayer
Kerry King: I'd have to say the first Slipknot record is my favorite. It had that feeling. Slipknot were really spooky at the beginning.
Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, Loaded, Walking Papers
Duff McKagan: Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) is my favorite Slipknot record. I heard that record at the right time in my life that I needed it. We all have those records. I'd work out to that record. I'd play it loud in my car. It's a very passionate and musically genius piece of work. It's an album as a whole.
Matt Heafy of Trivium
Matt Heafy: I recall being terrified, yet completely enthralled by this truly innovative amalgamation of styles both musical and visual—not yet heard or seen before. The mixture of brutality and melody, sheer psychotic rage and quiet pained anguish: Slipknot wasn't afraid to pair extreme opposites. The unrestrained ferocity that is their self-titled album will never cease to amaze me.
Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch
Ivan Moody: Corey Taylor understands music better than most people I've ever met. I love Disasterpieces. The band came together and made a statement on that live record. It's a staple. It was pure and unadulterated. They put their hearts into it, and I felt like they were there for themselves. Their first album is my favorite though. Sorry, but it fucking changed metal period. They took everything that had been done for the last twenty years, developed it, and threw it out there. They were fucking disgusting. It was like watching Nightbreed without the cheesy shit. They were fantastic, dude. I remember seeing them open for Coal Chamber and Machine Head. I went there to see Slipknot. I watched Clown and Jim Root and throw kegs in the audience and jump in. There's no way to explain it. They fucking annihilated everybody. It was disturbing how good they were. Their self-titled album was a life-changer and a game-changer for that matter.
Ben Bruce of Asking Alexandria
Ben Bruce: I really love every record! The first time I heard Slipknot I must've been a bout 15-years-old. That was it for me. I was just absolutely floored by them. I feel in love with that band. I remember sitting in my class, doing my work, and scribbling their logo into my books. I'd write their lyrics down. I even graffiti-ed my mom's sun visor in her car [Laughs]. She pulled it down and was like, "What the fuck is this?" I'd written "People=Shit" lyrics and stuff on there. I'm such a huge fan of that band. They changed metal. I love all of their records. Every album they've released is different. They didn't let themselves stagnate or regurgitate ideas from previous records. They always evolved. To this day, their first record is one of the heaviest records I've ever heard.
David Gunn of KING 810
David Gunn: My favorite Slipknot album would be the self-titled only because it came first and without it the other records couldn't exist. Usually, answers to these questions are dictated by nostalgic value, but all of their records are equally good. I picked up on this early from a few friends in 1999. "The Box Music Network" played the "Wait and Bleed" video, and that was exciting to see the visual. The songs on the record that come to mind off hand are "Eyeless", "Liberate", and "No life".
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Tech N9ne: I'm always listening to anything from Slipknot. To me, their best album is Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses. It's a masterpiece. I'm still listening to All Hope Is Gone, but I'm not listening to it as much as I listen to Vol. 3. The first album [Slipknot] and the album with "People=Shit" [Iowa] are amazing. I'm getting more into All Hope Is Gone every day though.
Malcolm Brickhouse of Unlocking The Truth
Malcolm Brickhouse: I like their first album Slipknot because it sounds very raw. It sounds like a demo, and that makes it cooler.
Austin Carlile of Of Mice & Men
Austin Carlile: I'd have to go with Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses). The last song "Danger – Keep Away " is really sad, creepy, and eerie. That's definitely my favorite Slipknot album. I remember the first time I heard Slipknot. I was a junior in high school. My friend was playing a song, and I asked her who it was. She was like, "You haven't heard them?" She got me in to Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson. She was the gothic chick that wore all of those shirts [Laughs]. I was a normal guy, but she played all of this music I liked. She got me into Tool too. She played Slipknot, and I was like, "This is so heavy! There's nothing that exists is heavier than them!" Slipknot is one of my favorite bands of all-time. Corey Taylor is a freaking legend. I respect the hell out of him. His writing, vocals, and live show are incredible. He's a great frontman and dude. I definitely strive to be on his level of what a music machine he is.
Jeff Kendrick of DevilDriver & Co-Founder AllAxess.com
My favorite Slipknot record would have to be Iowa. I think the "sophomore slump" was on the minds of everyone involved after having such a successful debut album. Iowa had no such problems as it boasted great songs that were extremely unforgettable but persevered a dark and heavy undertone that showed Slipknot had maintained its roots in the underground world.
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Rob Walden of Exotype
Rob Walden: Slipknot is one of my favorite bands. However, my favorite record has got to be Iowa for sure. I love it!
James "Munky" Shaffer of Korn
James "Munky" Shaffer: I still return to Iowa. That's my favorite Slipknot album. So many musicians could learn something from that record. It truly possesses all the components of a timeless metal album. It's really insane what those guys put themselves through. I genuinely can't believe it. However, it's worth it though because few records hit as hard as Iowa does.
Danny Leal of Upon A Burning Body
Danny Leal: The self-titled album came out and changed my life as far as music was concerned. I had no idea it could get that heavy or aggressive. It completely changed my perspective on everything I thought was heavy and pissed at the time. I grabbed on to it. That album is very special musically to me from a musician's standpoint. Iowa was a great record as well. Growing up, I would say I appreciate Iowa a little bit more because I think they did the same thing, but the time was taken on the sound of the record. It sounded bigger, and it was more anthemic. They came out pissed when they came out, but you couldn't touch any of it on Iowa. From a vocal standpoint, it's ridiculous.
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