Sound — 9
Definatley a younger Slipknot. This is easily way before they seemed to calm down music-wise and wrote Vol. 3: Subliminal Verses. This album cross over not only nu-metal, but rap/grind/heavy metal. This album is the musical equivalent to a nuclear bomb. The Drumming on this album is mind-blowing. Never have I heard something so heavy, so angry. Not is it there to keep the beat, it, in my opinion, is there to remind the listener what the hell they are listening to. Had it been fast, talentless it would not be Slipknot. Jim Root and Mick Thompson are fantastic guitarists. The work is heavy, fast, intimidating, and angry. The effects pedals are pushed almost over the limit where no effect pedal should. The Heretic Anthem is a good example of the ability of the guitars. The bassist, Paul, is finely tuned to his maximum potiental. The bass riffs are deep, angry, and set a good amount of the angrieness in SlipKnot. In fact, so deep that they must be sent to a factory to be tuned (I think). Though less than the self-titled album, the tables are used in the right moments, and when used, are spun into full potiental.
Lyrics — 10
Meaningful and amazing. Just two words that describe Corey's abilities. This is one of the things that makes them Slipknot. They cover many topics, from girlfriends, to self-destruction, none of which are happy. Though the F-bomb is dropped several times in several songs, it is worth listening to. Corey also has some of the widest vocabulary I've seen yet, and he oncorporates that into many of his songs. I'd goves examples, but that would mean listing lyrics to every song, and straying off topic. Corey is one of the most talented singers today, and he will forever remain in years to come.
Overall Impression — 10
It can't compare to any other artist, simply because Slipknot is Slipknot. They don't follow any trends. They stand alone when it comes to nu-metal. There is no other band heavier and more musically talented at they same time. The most impressive songs on the album are My Plauge, People=Shit, Diasterpiece, Heretic Anthem, Gently and Iowa, the 15-minute showstopper. This album is for metalheads everywhere. And if your no become one and buy this album