Sound — 10
This is a very good album. Slipknot has thier own unique sound that will never be duplicated. It's got that alt-metal sound that is fresh and will remain that way for years to come. Vol 3 The Subliminal Verses was totally different than thier past albums. That is mainly why I loved it. Now I don't nessesarily dislike everything in the past. The self titled album was good. Iowa I personally didn't care for but a few songs. As for Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat: never heard it; turned off by title. But this album is simply brilliant. It has the heavy stuff all maggots love, acoustic stuff to show thier other talents, and stuff that sounds a little more mainstream that is a little disliked by the heavier audienced, yet it caught the eye of a new audience to become maggots and still managed to keep most of the older fans.
Lyrics — 9
Great lyrics on every song. The verses match the chorus well, and Slipknot has a knack for great choruses. The only thing hurting this is they are at times pretty dang wierd. The lyrics blend perfect with the guitars and drums. Corey has a talent most singers anymore don't: singing. He screams and sings, showing his potential and power.
Overall Impression — 9
This really goes up there with the great modern metal albums. I gotta admit, before I didn't like Slipknot. But being with my friends a year and a half, I asked one of them for this record and had a change of heart upon hear it. I see that one guy rating Vol. 3 rated the songs as well, so I'll try that to give a second opinion just in case. There you go, there are the songs. As you can see, I love giutar solos. The only problem is there are only three songs with 'em. The only thing that I disliked was the few guitar solos, and the bass could have been more noticeable. After all, bass is most important. If I lost it, I would pull a burned copy I was storing previously (I burn all my CDs more than once).