Not since the days of Kiss have any rockers completely hidden their faces as thoroughly from the public as Slipknot has. Formed in 1996, each member of this nine-man Iowa group hides behind a mask … la Insane Clown Posse. Appealing to the Korn/Limp Bizkit axis, the group churns out some of the most brutal, agitated, noisy rock ever made.
Japanese edition of self titled debut with 3 bonus tracks ''Get This'', ''Interloper'' (Demo) and ''Despise'' (Demo) plus a special booklet and sticker. Limited edition. 2000 release. Standard jewel case.
The album cover of this self-titled release depicts the members of Slipknot in creepy masks, the dark image confirmed by the presence of a parental advisory sticker. Inside, foul language and subversive lyrics complete the picture. Yet Slipknot are no Insane Clown Posse, using hyperbole to mask a lack of talent. Slipknot''s sound, while indebted to the likes of Korn, is more aggressive and creative. Indeed, it''s a closer kin to Slayer and death metal, yet listenable and surprisingly melodic. The common denominator among Slipknot and the late ''90s crop of neo-metal-rap bands is producer Ross Robinson (Korn, Limp Bizkit), who discovered the Iowa-bred Slipknot and signed them to his label, I Am Records. His stellar production, melded with wonderfully creepy percussive elements, a sampler, a DJ, metallic-grind guitars, and singer Corey Taylor''s immense passion and wide melodic range, makes Slipknot immensely listenable. Slipknot isn''t for everyone, but they provide a visceral and satisfying ride for fans of the hard stuff. --Katherine Turman
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