by Devin Muffley
Slipknot is the self titled debut studio album by Iowa heavy metal natives, Slipknot. Released in 1999 through Roadrunner Records and produced by Ross Robinson, this album dominated the scene with it’s commodious percussion and gravid, powerful overall sound.16 years later this killer album has cemented it’s self in my permanent rotation.
Though this album is generally considered nu metal, you couldn’t possibly write it off as just that. Corey Taylor’s raw, aggressive vocals, Jim Root’s ample, fleshy guitar riffs combined with Joey Jordison’s impeccable, proficient drumming makes up the riveting memorable style that is Slipknot. With tracks like Wait and Bleed, Eyeless, and Spit It Out there’s no disputing this album’s inevitable influence on heavy metal to come. And the album art is certainly worth mentioning. Nine guys in jumpsuits with demented, deranged masks. It looked like I was in for some unhinged madness.
The album opens with a voice sped up and slowed down saying “The whole thing I think, It’s sick!” layered over creepy effects and music. Even though the intro only lasts 36 seconds, It leads you to the next track with a compelling, eerie feeling.
The next track sic came in with a forcible wrath catapulting me into a slew of emotions. From the lyrical content to the boisterous emphatic drumming, I was hooked like a music junkie. The seemingly abysmal energy really took root in me as I immersed myself in the chaotic and grim anatomy of the track.
As the album progressed I realized the unrefined yet finely tuned dynamic this band so accurately conveyed to the listeners capturing ones complete abiding attention. Some highlight tracks were Eyeless with it’s constant intensity, instrumental potency, and remarkable vocal delivery .Notably, Wait and Bleed as it was an album single ; brought the band into the spotlight with it’s provocative melody and compelling build up initiating the process of mainstream success. And Spit It Out ,though the track toes the line of rap rock the memorable chorus and conducive instruments would blow away any other rap rock styled track. Though Slipknot’s lineup has changed over the years, these guys consistently push the envelope every release remaining true to themselves impressing the casual listener and die hard maggots alike.
Photos by Jeramy Spivey from Carolina Rebellion 2015