Slipknot "Antennas to Hell" Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Fri, 20 Jul 2012 09:33:12
Slipknot unequivocally remains the most important hard rock and heavy metal band of the 21st century.
Their output is consistently invigorating, infallible, and immortal—from 1999's revolutionary self-titled debut, to 2001's death metal-infused middle finger to the world Iowa, to 2004's timeless epic Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses, and finally to 2008's brilliant war on everyone All Hope Is Gone.
Their track record continues to be flawless and, unlike many of their contemporaries, they've outlasted nu metal, metalcore, and any other trends imaginable. They're rock's proverbial last men standing, and Antennas to Hell perfectly covers their now legendary career with highlights from each release and some mind-blowing bonuses.
First of all, "(sic)", "Eyeless", "Wait and Bleed", "Spit It Out", and "Surfacing" remind listeners just how downright dangerous they were from the moment they burst on the scene. There's a skittering psychosis to the early material that's held together by their impressive musicianship, searing hooks, and inimitable chaos. It's still unsettling, unnerving, and unique to this day—if not more so. "People = Shit", "Disasterpiece", "Left Behind", and "My Plague" (New Abuse Mix) simply slay, illuminating how uncompromisingly heavy Slipknot can be, while stay maintaining a groove.
Then, there are highlights from the live release Disasterpieces including "The Heretic Anthem" and "Purity", which provide a glimpse into the on stage madness nightly. From Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses, "Pulse of the Maggots" practically burns through the speakers with its airtight lead, "Duality" proves rapturous, "Vermilion" stay creepy and heartbreaking, and "Before I Forget" is like their "Enter Sandman" or "Walk". All Hope Is Gone glides to hell and back from "Sulfur" and "Psychosocial" to the dreamy darkness of "Dead Memories" and the acoustic unrequited love letter "Snuff". If you aren't familiar with Slipknot, this is an incredible foundation. If you're long-time, the sequencing creates a truly unforgettable and unique journey.
The live recordings of the band's triumphant headline set at Download 2009 captured on the (sic)nesses: Live At The Download Festival, 2009 DVD round out the collection with another integral element of the mythos, the live show. Ultimately, all of this rightfully celebrates the life and work of one of the nine—bassist Paul Gray. In many ways, the package stands out as the perfect tribute to his triumph as an artist.
It also lays the groundwork for the next monster to be born and Slipknot's reign to continue.
Will you be getting Antennas to Hell on Tuesday July 24? What's your favorite Slipknot song?
See our interview between Clown and The Devil's Carnival director Darren Lynn Bousman here!
Also, see our exclusive interview with Corey Taylor here and a list of his favorite concerts here!
Check out our "Five Reasons We Can't Wait for Slipknot's KNOTFEST here!
See exclusive photos from the amazing Scott Uchida of the band live here!
Be sure to get Slipknot's Antennas to Hell collection Tuesday July 24 and don't miss them on Mayhem or at KNOTFEST August 17 and 18!