Recorded in California, the debut album from the heaviest thing to come out of Iwoa, Slipknot reveals several tracks which culminate years of grind and polish. With many line-up changes under their belts, the band now known as Slipknot even changed a guitarist during the recording of this first album. Stating that he was unhappy with a few decisions, it's possible he wonders about their own now that the band have reared five studio albums, a best of, and a live DVD.
What opens with a strange sounding crumble of noise, and a sampled voice over mocking something intangible, a percussion and guitar surge rips open any sense of relaxation that may have been dwelling in the auditory zone. The raw and fresh mixing is thanks to the fact this album was mastered on analogue equipment by the band's drummer and producer. This took extra work and was hard to implement, but thanks to this patience and technical know-how the resulting album sounds crisp and raw, as if it could be a live performance with all the trimmings of studio clarity.
Smash songs such as Wait and Bleed, Spit it Out, and Surfacing grace this work, sandwiched between lesser known but equally as hardcore and heavy tracks such as Eyeless, Tattered and Torn, and No Life. The angry themes which run through the entire work are matched with the feral vocal delivery and frantic drumming. Guitar and bass work alongside each other to manifest a crunching and throbbing rhythm section which is decorated by the jamming style scratching of a DJ. With a full on sound with elements thrown in from all directions, the nine-piece outfit create a huge mountain of sonic mayhem.
This album was toured extensively and became Roadrunner's first platinum release. The consequential popularity of Slipknot cemented their place in the world of heavy metal, from playing in festivals such as Ozzfest to headlining their own huge events in later years, the band have gone from height to height with each new release. The fans have been instrumental in their success, with word of mouth and core family values between each other ensuring the Slipknot experience remains fun, heavy, and a bit scary.
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