Sound — 10
When Slipknot's first album came out, it sounded very unique and made Slipknot a special band. People say their masks were stupid and childish, but I believe they are extremely clever to have used that Idea to promote themselves and get more noticed. Now more bands are starting to wear masks (Mushroomhead, The Locus), and experimental rock is coming from all over the place. Their second album was completely different from its first; hardcore metal with deep screaming vocals. For me, it was a disappointment after 'Slipknot', as it was too heavy, but Iowa is one of the best heavy metal albums around, which showed Slipknot was an amazing band to have pulled off such a range of music. Then, there were rumours of them splitting, which then made their third album even more special. Produced by the legendary Rick Rubin (Slayer, Red Hot Chilis), recorded in his mansion, Vol 3 (The Subliminal Verses) is an absolute masterpiece. This album is obviously the best produced out of the three. This album again has a completely new sound, with a few songs sounding like songs on Iowa, a couple sounding experimental again, but some of the songs sound nothing like slipknot at all, and you have to praise them for that.
Lyrics — 10
From just the lyrics, you can tell that the nine men have matured in music and as people. No longer is Corey screaming 'Fuck you all, fuck this world, fuck everything you stand for'- lyrics full of swearing and ranting on about hate. This album doesn't even have any swearing in it, apart from 'Bastard' on 'Pulse Of The Maggots', but that isn't that offensive. But then again, their new acoustic songs wouldn't be right with Corey chanting 'People = Shit' over and over. Slipknot have also used more backing vocals in this album; not just shouting, but soft singing as well. It is possible to hear that Corey, and the others who sing have improved their singing skills, and made the 18 legged band a more melodic band.
Overall Impression — 10
My overall Impression of this album is one of the best albums around. Slipknot have returned with probably their strongest album yet. There are a few parts of 'the subliminal verses' that are a bit shabby, but most of the music is the dogs bollocks. The best part of the album is that the guitarists are finally allowed to do solos, and they are kick ass! This album has proved to the public the good guitarist Mick Thompson has always wanted to be shown as, and what a great guitarist he is. The guitar riffs are even better, and the melody lines are really catchy. My favourite songs are: Opium For The people - the guitar intro is amazing; double guitar playing really fast harmonizing each other sounds really impressive, and the chorus is really catchy; Pulse Of The Maggots - another hardcore anthem from the masked men, with a strong chorus and amazing solo; Before I Forget - this song has a punky feel to it, and sounds like a perfect single for Slipknot to release. The chorus is amazingly catchy, and the guitar riffs are really cool. The only song I really despise is 'Welcome'; it is too heavy and their doesn't seem to have anything special about it unlike the other songs. Volume 3 The Subliminal Verses is a must gets album, even if you don't like their original sound; it's catchy, it's different, it's amazing. Lots of people say slipknot is a band of just noise, but with this new album, they can final prove those idiots wrong, and let Slipknot live up to their full potential.