Sound — 8
first thing I would like to say is that I love slipknot they are one of my favorite bands, and I would listen to them all day non stop. IOWA is most likely my favorite album. This album is a must if you call your self a maggot. Compaired to there self titled album this album is heavier and darker. Slipkot is well known for there heavy guitars and insane drums. Many of the songs are tuned to Drop B, this time around about half the album is on drop A. Mick Thomson and Jim Root's guitar work on this album is amazing. The two work together perfectly when playing songs like the heretic anthem and disasterpeice.
Lyrics — 9
Corey Taylor lets it all loose on this album. Using every word in the book to describe personal struggles, depression, and everything in between. Many of these themes you can relate to in some way. Though my favorite song has to be the heretic anthem, just because of how well its screamed and lyricly it gives one the sense of impending doom. Corey has laid down some sic lyrics on this album and holds nothing back.
Overall Impression — 10
This album is a great buy and is a must for any Maggot, saying you like slipknot and not having this album is hypocritcal. Though if you new to slipknot I wouldn't recomend starting here. Start out on volume 3 and work your way back. Some of the bands most memorable songs come off this album, imagine a whole crowd of maggots screaming at the top of there lungs, "IF YOUR 555 THEN I'M 666" after hearing the heretic anthem you will find yourself singing or screaming that everywhere you go. Though I did not like the last song IOWA due to it being about 15 minutes long. Other then that one song the rest of the album is a great listen, especially before church on sundays.