Sound — 10
After listening to all 3 CDs, Vol. 3 is easily Slipknot's greatest achievement thusfar. This CD showed the maturing of 9 guys that have grown together musically as well as emotionally. Although the other two cds were great, Subliminal Verses portrayed various sides to the singer that is Cory Taylor. All the songs have their own atmosphere, and the mood of the entire CD evolves as it goes on, and finally ends on a darker note, that is more like the older Slipknot. Some people may say that the CD sucks because they do 2 acoustic songs, and actually show the bands vocal abilities, but this CD has what the other two did not balance. That is what makes this CD great. It's like the previous 2 CDs plus a very special blend to end on a final note (Slipknot may never make another CD).
Lyrics — 10
Compared to the other CDs, Vol. 3 contains words that are more than junior high level vocabulary. There is a set of lyrics on this CD for everyone, no matter what fan of music you are. This ability to connect with various people, and yet still maintain an independent and strong connection with its hardcore listeners is why I rate the lyrics so high.
Overall Impression — 10
This CD is the greatest Slipknot has created to date. The CD has various sounding songs, cool and creepy art, kick-ass masks, and a bunch of great songs. If this CD was lost or stolen, I'd definitely get it again, without even thinking.