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I'm going to go against the grain here and say that this is one of the worst Slipknot albums to date. Saying that, there was a lot to live up to as the previous albums before this were both works of genius.
The third studio album of Slipknot, 'Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses' attempts to change the direction of the bands music, the painful and heavy sound of which they have become synonomous with, to a more musical and melodic based approach. Sometimes this works, other times it fails miserably. But backing up this new found sense of freedom in their music, is the Slipknot we know of old.
I would suggest that half the album cannot help but produce the bone smashing anger of their genuine music, and the other half is used to play around with, as though they have suddenly discovered they Corey Taylor can actually sing and guitar solos do have a part to play in their songs.
For the original sound of the previous albums, check out 'The Blister Exists' and 'Pulse of the Maggots'. To hear a song that gets stuck inbetween the old and new sound, listen to 'Duality' which bases round a singing chorus with a heavier verse. 'Verlimilion' is the best song on the album and gets the blend just right of the direction they seem to want to take the album. Although 'Vermilion Part 2' is a shambles, an acoustic version of 'Vermilion' that just doesn't suit the band or fit on the album.
Once again, the booklet and casing are noticably Slipknot, with an eye catching front cover (one of the band members masks close up?) and the inside artwork is something to keep you busy while the CD drags on.
Overall, I don't believe this album does Slipknot justice, and apart from a few songs which highlight the direction in which the music is heading, I wouldn't rush to put the CD in my CD player any time soon.
2. The Blister Exists
3. Three Nil
5. Opium of the People
9. Pulse of the Maggots
10. Before I Forget
11. Vermilion Part 2
12. The Nameless
13. The Virus of Life
14. Danger - Keep Away
Slipknot; Volume 3 The Subliminal Verses
I have been a fan of Slipknot for a few years now and after hearing them on the T.V the other day I decided to find the CD's I had bought so I could write some reviews.
The Band have 9 members from Des Moines, Iowa in America. They come under the Heavy Metal Genre. Each Member has their own Mask which changes every now and then. Shawn 'Clown' Crahan has just recently had one made to feature his feminine side...Never thought one of these boys would have much of a feminie side to be honest but anyway...
The Band formed in 1995 and released their Debut album Mate. Feed. Kill in 1996.The band came up with the nickname Maggots for their fans because when they perform live they believe that the fans are feeding off their music and they jump around alot and according to the nine(Slipknot guys) that makes them look like Maggots
1.0 Sid Wilson - turntables
2.1 Joey Jordison - drums
3.2 Paul Gray - bass, backing vocals
4.3 Chris Fehn - custom percussion, backing vocals
5.4 Jim Root - guitars
6.5 Craig "133" Jones - samples, media
7.6 Shawn "Clown" Crahan - custom percussion, backing vocals
8.7 Mick Thomson - guitars
9.8 Corey Taylor - lead vocals
Greg "Cuddles" Welts
Ok so now onto the main stuff...the album tracks
Prelude 3.0 4/5
This is a great track, Awesome little beat which makes you thirst for more in a way...and this band do not dissapoint with beats on this album. Vocals/Lyrics are great. This isn't a fast metal song like most of the stuff this band do, it is quite quiet but very good.
The Blister Exits 5/5
An awesome beat whch goes well with the guitar rhythm. Joey jordison exceeds himself in this track and so does Mick Thompson. Brilliant bass line. I think the vocals are amazing and the lyrics really give this track that edge it needs.
Three Nil 4/5
This is a brilliant track. I love the vocals Corey Taylor has an amazing talent and It improves from here onwards. The turntablist Sid Wilson gives this track an awesome feel to it. This track is deffinatley one you should listen to if you want to know what kind of band Slipknot are.
I love this track, it has an awesome video where Slipknot and their Maggots destroy a house in Iowa. This is one of my favourite songs by Slipknot...it is true Slipknot material and you can't get any better than that
Opium Of The People 4/5
I think the little riffs in between this track are superb and when the beat kicks in...you will have a hard time keeping still. Its the type of song if you go to one of slipknots gigs where EVERYONE gets moving and I mean Moving. The beat is awesome as they always are. I think its great where Corey goes from yelling to singing for the chorus because it kind of confuses the mind.
This one has a an awesome bass line presented by their Bassist Paul Gray, It also has a nice acoustic rhythm. It is really different from most of the Slipknot stuff you will hear and if you have heard Slipknots heavier stuff and then Listen to this you will understand what I mean.
The beat at the beginning is what caught my attention, it is fast and interesting.The rhythm fits nicely with it and when the vocals start the track really picks up.
This is a brilliant track. It has an interesting video. One of the best music videos I have seen in a long time. I love the percussions in this track Chris Fehn did a great job. The vocals are excellent too.
Pulse Of The Maggots 5/5
The siren at the start and the sort of army talk you get off corey fascinated me for some reason. When the track really begins...it really begins with the ususal awesome beat and rhythm guitar. It has some great lyrics. The meaning is that Slipknot are what creates the Maggots they are the Maggots lives, i read up on it and it is all really intruiging.
Before I Forget 5/5
This is an awesome track which is featured on Guitar Hero III. The video is good and a bit annoying. You get so close to seeing them with out the masks in it. I've seen pictures of them with out their masks on but I think seing it in a video would be different somehow better. I love the lyrics/Vocals to this track it is what draws me in because like I had said Corey's talent only improves. The turntables in the bridges of this track are excellent and give that song the extra kick.
Vermilion, Pt. 2 5/5
This is basically Vermilion carried on into a second part and it is totally amazing of course. There is a Bloodstone mix on the new album which I haven't actually given a try yet so I will have to. The chorus is the same as Vemilion and it is great. Like Circle this isn't exactly what you would call Slipknot you seem to think 'well where is all the awesome drumming and guitar riffs?' but this and vermilion are great tracks with out all that.
The Nameless 5/5
Getting back to Slipknot's known material here. This is a flawless track with some amazing back up vocals and a brilliant chorus that calms you down for a few seconds until the next verse where your adrenaline gets running again. Great turntables from Sid again in this track.
The Virus Of Life 4/5
This is an awesome track, The beat is the best I have heard and the bass line is great to learn. I love the vocals they give the track an eerie feel to it. The riffs in between are flawless and percussions are excellent.
Danger (Keep Away) 4/5
This is the last track on CD 1 And it is absoloutley brilliant, It starts off with some great vocals and a cool guitar picking, When the drums come in the vocals become alot clearer. Its quite a relaxing track in a certain way as it isn't heavy its not got a fast paced rhythm beat or riff, its simply amazing.
Dont Get Close 4/5
This is a great track it has an attention grabbing beginning with a mixture of the different instruments and around 0:50 into the track the vocals start and it just blows you away. Corey taylor really puts himself out there and proves that he is great at what he does.
Probably one of my favourite tracks I really love the line 'One life, Nine Hearts and Eighteen Hands To Rip You Apart' it doesnt mean anything to me but I just love it. The beat is friggin awesome and so difficult to learn! I tried and failed seriously bad, just proves Joey Jordison is one hell of a drummer. I totally reccomend this track if you want a taste of Slipknot.
Vermillion[Terry Date Mix] -/-
I honestly dont listen to this track, Its the same lyrics and rhythm and stuff but with a slight difference that not even I can tell what it is, so I just listen to the original, much easier.
Danger Keep Away 4/5
This is basically the same as the last track on CD 1 except longer, and alot clearer. I prefer this one to the short length version as you really feel that this is slipknot material, Brilliant track Dont see how anybody can dislike it.
The Blister Exists [Live] 4/5
This is live in london and I just wanna say that I REALLY want to see this band live and this track just gives me that little nudge to say 'Hey go on get tickets' of course my brother would have to go with me because their shows are wild! Even live they manage to blow you away! It is actually like they are in a studio when playing this track because it is that amazing it really is worth listening to.
Three Nil [Live] 4/5
Corey actually calls this one New Abortion when he introduces it, I mainly focus on the beat of this track because it always amazes me.
Disasterpiece [Live] 5/5
This track is another reason to want to go to one of their shows, I mean if you listen to it and listen to the crowd screaming it sounds immense. They perform this track tremendously I absoloutly love it an again its like they are in a studio when performing it.
I love this album, deffinatley one of my favourites out of all the slipknot albums.
At this point, Slipknot were non-existent to the world, No one knew what was to come. Volume 3 was difficult process, but it chronicles of the rebirth and re-imagining of slipknot. Unlike previous outings this album showed a brand new feature to slipknots arsenal, Guitar Solos, Ballads, Acoustic Guitars, Banjos, and eclectic sounds. The opener prelude 3.0, is far from slipknot. More pink floyd or king crimson. Notable tracks like Duality is a message to all who tried to finish slipknot simply spraying the message to there face, "you cannot kill what you did not create" Other songs like circle and Vermillion Parts 1 & 2 Display another side of slipknot that has not been seen. Of course the metal is still there, Uniting there fan base with Pulse of the maggots. and reaching a climactic mind-job with sordid nightmare "The Virus of Life".
Slipknot basically refreshed everyones memory with this album. reminding them whose in charge. This band seems to have more fire in them and i doubt it will fade anytime soon. Slipknot are here to stay. Remember that...
Slipknot are well known for being a dark and mysterious NU metal band but this album proberly highlights their more melodic and lighter side of music.
Vol.3; The Subliminal Verses, third album from the IOWA nine and proberly the most well known. The Album contains 5 singles including 'Duality''Vermillion' and the "Classic Slipknot Anthem" 'Before i Forget'.
Linking in different sounds including Rap metal, Acoustic guitars and Corey's emotional screaming and singing as well as their old heavyily toned guitars and percussion wall, this album has all the makings of a classic and anyone interested in the genre will find some songs they will enjoy.
'Before I Forget' was also nominated for a grammy and won it for 'Best Metal Performance'.
Songs to check out:
Before I Forget
Pulse Of The Maggot
Overall this album is proberly the most famous and a favourite for most slipknot fans. Still containing most of slipknots older sound but sees Slipknot developing new sounds and experimenting.
Firstly, without predecessing my opinion with any introduction, I'd just like to say I think this is an AWESOME ALBUM.
Not just an awesome metal album but this album has, in my mind, brought slipknot to a different level of musicality.
I use the word "different" because I don't think the album has heightened their ability as a band to produce cracking and crushing metal tunes but has more expanded the varitey in their sound.
This album is likely to silence any critics that claimed "Slipknot are just noise" (A statement which infuses me anger at the general ignorance of it) because the band seem to have deliberately made an effort to escape the possibility of being put under this kind of ignorant criticism yet have still maintained their brutality and trademark sound. In addition this album brings with it the grammy award winning single: "Before I forget" which showcases all the mentioned slipknot trademarks aswell as awesome lyric hooks from the man Corey taylor to create a catchy yet brilliantly heavy beast.
The album will also not disappoint fans of the previous album's tracks such as the groundbreaking "Wait and Bleed" with tunes such as "The Blister Exists" (probably my favourite track on the album with a ridiculously cool drum riff solo which to a freakin' sweet climax), "Duality (Which has a very similar feel to "Wait and Bleed" because of it's main open string muted chugged drum driven riffage) and "Pulse of the Maggots" (Boasting arguably the most catchy riff on the album with a philosophical vocal intro leading to the heavy climax).
Songs that showcase Slipknot's definite progression musically blatantly includes: "Vermillion" (A cleverly worked low tempo (by slipknot standards) atmospheric riff build up throughout which continues to lyrical melodic choruses aswell as heavy interludes edging more towards the "Doom Metal" genre and also a tasty wah drenched yet fitting solo which compliments the energy and passion within this powerful and by all means brave track), and "Circle" (Would you believe it a wholey Acoustic track which appears to step far away from the expected sound of trademark Slipknot yet this track most definitely suits the mood of this album. Corey's lyircs are melodic, catchy and memorable to create a dark atmospheric yet highly accessible song, even to likes of Jack Johnson listeners - yes seriously - and it's melancholy tone will leave the listener chilled yet bewildered lol)
Anyone who's criticised Slipnot's musicality beforehand should buy this album and I hope will have their eyes opened by Slipknot's change in approach to songwriting.
Yet all fans, be not worried by these words, all the brutality and slipknot trademarks are still there and at a new strength!
The Blister Exists, Duality, Vermilion, ,Before I Forget, The Nameless. This Album gave us these amazing singles.
I found this album more melodic than the previous albums (i am a great fan of melodic stuff in the metal genre), With amazing Riff's, vocals this is by far the best slipknot album to date.
There was a speical eddtion of this album which was released in 2005 with had a extra disk with songs not released on the main album.
This album went Platinum on February 21, 2005!
For anyone who has seen a slipknot video recently or just randomly picked up a interest in slipknot, i assure you, out of any of the albums this is the first one you should buy!
From the start of this 14 track album right to the end, you will enjoy it all if you have previously listened to slipknot or have recently liked a song of theres.
One of the best Slipknot albums, this CD has a great list of songs.
This is one of Slipknots finest records. It is the one that all their fans have been waiting for.
It features the song Duality, prefered by many. My personal favourite is The Blister Exists because of the strong drum beats and the fierce vocals. The track list is as follows:
1. Prelude 3.0
2. The Blister Exists
3. Three Nil
5. Opium Of The People
9. Pulse Of The Maggots
10. Before I Forget
11. Vermilion Pt. 2
12. The Nameless
13. The Virus Of Life
14. Danger, Keep Away
This album is loaded with brutal extreme metal songs that you just have to hear. The great list of tracks including those with catchy choruses like 'Duality'.
This is one of roadrunner records' best bands and best albums.