Feature: 2014 Belongs To Slipknot
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:19:11
This is a crucial year for Slipknot.
It marks the turning of a page and something of a rebirth for the Iowa metal gods. Their fifth full-length album, due out soon, sees them reborn in the blood and brutality of Iowa with the focus, wisdom, savvy, and ethereal expanse of Vol 3: The Subliminal Verses. In that sense, it incorporates multiple facets of heavy music's finest outfit. At the same time, it builds a bridge to the future. Yes, this is the first piece without Paul Gray and Joey Jordison. However, the powerful heart of the band beats as quickly and strongly as it ever has.
This is all immediately apparent from the first glimpse of the album, "The Negative One". Ignited by an alarmingly jarring yet unforgettable guitar and squeals of electronics, it kicks into a scorching and sizzling slam propelled by Corey Taylor's viciously vibrant rapid fire delivery. He's uncaged, unrestrained, and undeniable as he screams, "You had to be set free". His poetry comes to life as the warped and wild percussion wraps around the six-string onslaught and bass wallop. The pristine recording only amplifies the track's intensity.
Slipknot strike an elusive and elegant balance between delivering a thought-provoking statement and conjuring a timeless mosh pit anthem. That's a skill that they've perfected on the new material. It's as if they returned to the ferocity that marked their debut without compromising all of the accrued skills and songwriting prowess of the last fifteen years. That's not an easy thing to do.
Face it. This album will revolutionize heavy music, and it needs that revolution. These are the only men to do it.
Speaking of revolutions, when KNOTFEST hits Southern California October 24-26 with all of the genre's leaders, festivals will never be the same either. KNOTFEST will change the game.
So, this is Slipknot's year. Realize that now and celebrate, because metal will be reborn with them.
What's your favorite Slipknot song?
See our review of "The Negative One" here!
See Corey Taylor reflect on Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses here!