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Cathartic is often the best adjective one can use to describe Slipknot’s music, besides nihilistic, aggressive, rebellious, angry and hostile. Their third release, Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses) thumps up to a new altitude with regards to music, vocals and lyrics; sending out a hard-hitting message: Slipknot is far from backing off.

Masked Fury: The nu-metal flurry of the 90’s brought with it the rage of bands that surfaced. System Of A Down, Limp Bizkit, Korn are a few to name. Yet, Slipknot emerged as the radicals in their music and, more importantly, in their appearance. Each of the nine Slipknot members wears a mask, which they believe show what they really are and what their music makes them from the inside. Yeah, back off Jim Carey. Their bright jumpsuits, when paired up with their masks, are more like an extension of their body. Although the jumpsuits are coloured Blue, Red, Black, Grey and Green, the black, grey and green ones look almost identical. Sometimes they wear another set of blue ones with silver embroidery on it.
Now, we’ve seen artists like Kiss, King Diamond, Mushroomhead or even Mudvayne of Slipknot’s genre, wear make-up, but anyone’s hardly come close to the revolution that Slipknot has sprouted through masks. The Slipknot fans (or “Maggots” as drummer Joey refers to them) prefer to call the band members with the numbers allotted to them (0-8). Anyone who has even heard about the nu-metal genre should grab Slipknot’s latest outbreak: Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses)

The Third Outbreak: The album is a result joined efforts of Slipknot and Rick Rubin, co-founder of the legendary Def Jam Records, founder of the American Recordings label and the producer who brought the best out in artists like Slayer, Beastie Boys and more. And the band members owe a lot to Rick and his reputedly haunted mansion for the levels of creativity that they’ve reached. "You can really feel it on the album,” Corey Taylor (8) mentioned, “there were ghosts in the machine, in the equipment. Things would freeze, things would loop for no reason at all.” With a band of nine temperamental members, open-mindedness is often an issue, but Rick got the band to chuck all preconceived notions to bring the different pieces together. Vol.3 debuted at No.2 on the Billboard charts and the first hit off the album, ‘Duality’, is climbing steadily. Lyrics like “I've wished for this, I've bitched at that, I've left behind this little fact: You cannot kill what you did not create” leave more to read between the lines. Musically, Duality lives up to the “brutal, yet beautiful” identity of the album. Ditto with songs like "Before I Forget" and "Vermillion". You cannot help but hear a lot of Pantera or Slayer while listening to Slipknot, yet the band has an identity to behold.

Fused in Iowa: Slipknot kicked the dirt in 1995 from a quiet little town of Des Moines, Iowa, which is not really known for anything in rock & roll besides Buddy Holly. Incidentally, Des Moines also happens to be the place where Ozzy had that whole bat-biting incident. Anyways, Slipknot went through a lot of changes to get where they are today. At Slipknot's first ever UK show, Sid Wilson (0), dived from a 40-foot balcony into the crowd, knocking a female fan unconscious. Everyone must’ve realized then that this band is sure to gain new heights.

In her interview, guitarist Jim Roots’ mother, Kathy Root said that she enjoys Slipknot’s music with a few exceptions, “well, there are a few words sometimes that I don’t like.” To beat that, here is a little something: frontman Corey Taylor has stayed sober for more than ten months now, post a severe argument with his wife. So, here we have a band that’s so rebellious in their music, so hard hitting in their releases, but deep down they are just like everyone who is reading this article.


You can read the rest of our feature on Slipknot in the August 2004 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.
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