Voliminal: Inside The Nine [DVD] review by Slipknot

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  • Released: Dec 5, 2006
  • Sound: 8
  • Content: 8
  • Production Quality: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.3 (90 votes)
Slipknot: Voliminal: Inside The Nine [DVD]
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Sound — 8
You've got a backstage pass for the Slipknot show, so be prepared for plenty of up-close-and-personal rehearsals, crying fans, and drinking-induced vomit. The latest 2-disc DVD package by Slipknot Voliminal: Inside The Nine is definitely a gift to fans that might be curious as to know what exactly goes on when the masked band isn't taking the stage. The first disc shows all the behind-the-scene action in an unorthodox format, complete with choppy editing and absolutely no specific chronology. While this unique approach might have some a bit antsy, Slipknot fans will likely find it a fascinating peek into the day-to-day antics of the band. If you're looking for a live concert performance shown in full and without any random clips edited in, go directly to disc 2. The first disc is collection of video snippets that includes more than 80 minutes of footage taken by percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan. And while it's definitely exploring one side to Slipknot, it only gives partial attention to the music. You're more likely to find one of the road crew chugging a bottle of hard liquor after a bet from the band, then periodically vomiting throughout the rest of the DVD. This is not to say disc 1 doesn't give you moments of live footage here and there. In one scene you see a fantastic practice (unmasked) done in some general rehearsal space. Even though the bandmembers' faces are blurred out to keep the masked show fresh, it's a great peek at the band's performance skills without thousands of screaming fans. Another extremely cool moment comes with a video taken from the audience, showing drummer Joey Jordison and his kit being turned on its side and Jordison playing on unfazed like old school Tommy Lee. While the artistic approach to disc 1 can be appreciated, it's disc 2 that will give viewers a bit more of Slipknot's music. The disc includes concert footage from all over the world, featuring The Blister Exists, Eyeless, Duality, and Vermillion. The first disc teases you a lot by showing you tiny segments of Vermillion being practiced at rehearsal and then played briefly onstage, so it's great to finally see it done in full.

Content — 8
You'll be thrown off a bit by the first disc, which is more dedicated to the band and their handheld cameras. It's an interesting view, but you may find it hard to sit through all that disc in one sitting. There are so many little editing cuts along the way, that you'll definitely be giving your mind an exercise if anything. Disc 2 is the must-see in terms of the content, particularly due to the interview feature. The best moment in the 2-disc collection comes during a chat with Corey Taylor, who shares his feelings about everything from his less-than-perfect relationship with his father to the obstacles that the band faced in its early days. I believe Taylor says, Being in Slipknot is like having cysts removed from your body -- basically meaning that while the band has been through hell, it's well worth it at the end of the day. Well said, Mr. Taylor. Slipknot also provides 5 music videos and a series of bonus footage to accompany the DVD. All in all, the band definitely thought outside of the box on Voliminal, and that is respectable. While the first disc might be lost on those who aren't diehard fans, most will still be entertained at the misadventures that go on backstage.

Production Quality — 8
The production style covers the gamut in Voliminal. There is more of an artistic approach to the first disc, which includes un obscene amount scenes that had to be edited in (hats off to that editor all the way). Primus also opted for a more avant garde look to its latest DVD, and it's great to see other bands also thinking in new ways. Although the overall look of disc 1 won't appeal to everyone, it's a novel approach. Fans are treated to a more traditional look with the interview section on disc 2. While there are some interesting angles used during the interview, you're still able to focus in on the expressions that each band member conveys. The live footage is a bit more chaotic in terms of camera use, but there is obviously a huge difference between the sedate interviews and the adrenaline-injected performances. In each case, there was plenty of thought that went behind the setup.

Overall Impression — 8
It's hard to get a full read on Voliminal when you first pop in disc 1, which is all over the place at times. There are quite a few mini-stories that you'll see maybe 5 seconds of on the DVD, and you kind of wish you knew just a bit more about each scene. Fans will definitely be satisfied with the variety of footage that is used in the first disc, however, and it's the kind of DVD that you'll be able to discover new things with each viewing. The highlights come in the interviews, where you're able to see the real people behind the masks. As behind-the-scenes as the first disc may seem to be, it's the interviews that take place in the bandmates' real-life settings that give you the best insight into the emotions that drive Slipknot's music.

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    rkbmsdmf
    im gonna check it out!! Was always skeptical towards slipknot until i saw them live!! Corey Taylor is one of the best Metal vocalists of all time IMO. Defintitely a huge influence in my vocals!
    ChaosEnsues
    Hey voliminal was a great dvd. disc one was like a horror movie haha. loved the random toilet blocking and plunging lol. now as for the people dissing slipknot, why the **** are you on here if you hate the band? dicks. if you new anything about slipknot you wouldn't be complaining about a "pointless" three drummers. wen slipknot began they wanted to play brutal metal and so they got three drummers to make a "wall" of sound. the dj and the keyboarder/sampler are two different people. ****tards. and for those that say they have no talent are dumb asses. the band isn't one of those try hard bands that rip a guitar solo for half of every song. they all make an equal contribution to the sound tto help towards that "wall" of sound. so till you know all the facts shut the **** up. dicks...
    tilinmyowngrave
    haha the only thing craig has ever said to an interviewer is "if i wasn't in slipknot right now, id be out killing people" as for people saying about their talent and stuff... i think they are extremely talented... as for wether they use it... joey obviously does... corey, well vermillion part 2 is f***ing awesome, and his normal slipknot style vocals are immense. the thing with petrucci is, he is good, so has to show it. i think james and mick are bloody good, but they are reserved, they use their instruments to add to the sound. as for people saying about the 2 dj/keyboard players... one of them is a dj, the other does keyboards and samples. personally, i think slipknot are talented, and do show off their talent in slipknot. just because they dont show off all the time like all these shitty metal bands like trivium have to do, some people seem to think they cant do anything spectacular.
    Kiotaka
    hailthrashmetal wrote: all they do is make new DVDs, ****! make another CD already! personally, i hate their music but even excluding that they are sooooo gay for thinking that they've accomplished so much when they really haven't
    Congrats, you just earned the most ****ing retarded person award. Dude why the hell you even on here if you don't like the music? And secondly, WHY do you want them to have a CD out? Besides if you havn't noticed, a lot of the band members are doing side projects. Dumbass
    bluesblaster
    Pinto12 wrote: cannot believe u just compared thompson to petrucci. 2 completely different types of bands, like...on the other end of the scale from one another, u cannot say musicially different = worse. n fyi, i love dream theater aswell, but mick is vgood. its like, comparing every guitarist to satch...they are good, but nowhere near as good as him.
    wow forgive the guy already
    jap_kamikaze
    i_eat_souls wrote:
    i really cant stand slipknot, everyone here is talkin about how talented the guitarists are, but they just tune down to drop b or some shit and play like three chords, the vocalist can sing, but most of the times it sounds like hes vomiting, the drummer is awesome, anyone that can play drums upside down definitely has talent another thing i dont like about slipknot are the fans, every slipknot fan i know is a total dick or retarded, they skip school to skateboard in the parking lot and scratch everyones cars up, slipknot is basically just a more intense version of korn, three band members are completely useless, and the masks dont make them cool, they just make them mushroomhead copies
    You make me sad, I listen to Slipknot and really love them, but I also love bands like Iron Maiden, Van Halen etc. hell, even some Beethoven and Mozart, so no, not all of us are ducks, and no, not all of us go around scratching cars up etc. And enouhg with the Slipknot/Mushroomhead thing, it's dead, over, the bands settled it themselves. The End.
    ANSHUETZ
    Ya know the bassist isn't that bad either. There is just too much shit going on at any one time for him to really shine. Imagine trying to work with all of that shit going on as a bassist and doing a job that would make someone say "Wow look at the guy playing bass" I mean theres clowns beating the shit out of Pinochio and 6 other dudes all making noise at the same time. Its hard enough for bassists to get noticed half of the time.
    hailthrashmetal
    all they do is make new DVDs, ****! make another CD already! personally, i hate their music but even excluding that they are sooooo gay for thinking that they've accomplished so much when they really haven't
    wolferine45
    Hailthrashmetal wrote: all they do is make new DVDs, ****! make another CD already! personally, i hate their music but even excluding that they are sooooo gay for thinking that they've accomplished so much when they really haven't.
    .....dude ur first impression on us was a pissed off guy who thought he knew what he was talking about. know we see ur an imature **** that doesnt know a legendary band when it comes up and gets a platnum album, a triple platnum dvd and a double platnum live show/album. and last i ****ing recall slipknot have only made 2 official dvds (excluding "wecome to our nabourhood" being an unofficial dvd) and 3 cds what is with you?? do u want them to make 10 albums and 1 dvd aye?? they understand people want to get to know the real slipknot under the masks so therefore they must make dvds??? comprendei??? and dont come back because we will "SLIT YOUR THROAT AND **** THE WOUND!!"
    vamprocker
    i just got voluminaL AS A PRESENT AND IT KICKS a#@ the interviews and music videos are awesome slipknot rules
    jeowy
    with 2 guitarists playing power chords, a bassist playing the root note 1 octave lower, 3 drummers (wtf? retarded, especially considering 1 of them is actually really good), a singer who has proved he is absoloutely amazing but sings like a 10-year-old mallgoth anyway, and 2 DJ/keyboardists (again... what the hell is the point?), and of course not forgetting the childish, image-based theme, slipknot are SURE to attract 1000's of pathetic wannabe metalheads. dont bother with the "zomfgz wtf why u postin if u dnt lik da band u gay" routine.
    pariah452
    I hate how everyone acts like mick thompson is so good though. He isnt that good. No where near john petrucci. Im not a huge dream theater fan but i can see that plainly.
    Y-y-yeah
    the rabbit holes are awesome, if you can find them all. but they did have better music this last cycle. like Opium of the People had a really good intro and some songs had solos. lyrics were a little more complex on the part of Corey Taylor im guessing since he can't scream like before, he had to step up something else.
    ducky!!
    cant wait too see it, im not a diehard fan, but i still love em, one of the best fans ever, cant wait till their new cd comes out, btw hottopic has this dvd for $20
    plectrum911
    i understnd where your coming from joewy but the band has more talent than just a singer, most of them have side projects and in some ways joey jordison is most of their talent the guy puts the song structure together and helps with their lyrics and i dont think anyone is gay for not liking them
    Metallifanatic
    i got it the day it came out and loved it. Sure disc one was strange, but the interviews on disc two were awesome.
    punkMETALskater
    i want to get it,slipknot are my favorite band,but the only place i can get it,FYE,sells music dvds for like 30 bux,im more for the 15-20 dollar range...but ill need to get it...
    A-G-guitarist
    My mate told me there's this funny random bit on disc 1 where Craig randomly says to the camera "How many people are buried in your back garden?" i can soooo imagine him saying something like that lmao.
    Shabalaba
    Oh ye im also a massive slipknot fan i have loads of t shirts n posters, i also have all of their albums (excluding MFKR cos i cant find it anywhere since they stoped makin it)
    BlindedAngel
    They have extremely talented guitarists, only they're not allowed to shine in Slipknot, which to me is really sad.
    Pinto12
    cannot believe u just compared thompson to petrucci. 2 completely different types of bands, like...on the other end of the scale from one another, u cannot say musicially different = worse. n fyi, i love dream theater aswell, but mick is vgood. its like, comparing every guitarist to satch...they are good, but nowhere near as good as him.
    Maggot66
    Slipknot is amazing, go this when it first came out, and jeowy, your just like the other dicks at my school that think they are cool metalheads, but really they are messed up potheads.
    jeowy
    no-one who tries to be a metalhead is cool. its cool to like a certain genre of music and not go around bragging about it. and yeah, i appreciate that maybe some of them have talent. why the bloody hell do none of them ever use it in this band? and whats the point in the 3 drummers and 2 DJ/keyboardists? to me its so pointless and dumb. everyone knows how amazing joey jordison is, from his days in ministry, and "through the glass" by stone sour proves that corey can sing really well. the only explanation is that theyre all sell-outs, dont give a crap about the music and base everything on image.
    azaam86
    jeowy wrote: with 2 guitarists playing power chords, a bassist playing the root note 1 octave lower, 3 drummers (wtf? retarded, especially considering 1 of them is actually really good), a singer who has proved he is absoloutely amazing but sings like a 10-year-old mallgoth anyway, and 2 DJ/keyboardists (again... what the hell is the point?), and of course not forgetting the childish, image-based theme, slipknot are SURE to attract 1000's of pathetic wannabe metalheads. dont bother with the "zomfgz wtf why u postin if u dnt lik da band u gay" routine.
    I'm a Slipknot fan sure, but I still agree with this. Slipknot has much more potential that they refuse to untap.
    gary666
    My mate told me there's this funny random bit on disc 1 where Craig randomly says to the camera "How many people are buried in your back garden?" i can soooo imagine him saying something like that lmao.
    actually, this is disc 2, and craig does not talk talk during his interviews. The interviewer asks that question an craig jus stands at a distance n smokes. theres also more of an interview if u can find the 'rabbit holes' where the interviewer asks why hes known as the silent member, and asks how his spoken project is coming along... craig says nothing at all through both dvds!! Pretty funny!
    TheGuitaristMan
    I don't understand why they don't actually work on some more complex basslines and keyboard riffs, drum beats, guitar riffs, with that many people in a band you could make some amazing stuff but it's like they just don't want to.
    pariah452
    I do agree they dont utilize the fact that they have so many things. They could make so much more complex songs. But they dont well not anymore. Iowa had a few songs that were really really good i must admitt. They need to get rid of there bassist though he is absolutely the worst bassist i have seen ever.
    666Sabbath666
    pariah452 : I hate how everyone acts like mick thompson is so good though. He isnt that good. No where near john petrucci. Im not a huge dream theater fan but i can see that plainly.
    It's not like anybody was comparing John Petrucci to Mick Thompson. You can't really compare the two as they are completely different styles. Both are awesome at what they do though
    i_eat_souls
    i really cant stand slipknot, everyone here is talkin about how talented the guitarists are, but they just tune down to drop b or some shit and play like three chords, the vocalist can sing, but most of the times it sounds like hes vomiting, the drummer is awesome, anyone that can play drums upside down definitely has talent another thing i dont like about slipknot are the fans, every slipknot fan i know is a total dick or retarded, they skip school to skateboard in the parking lot and scratch everyones cars up, slipknot is basically just a more intense version of korn, three band members are completely useless, and the masks dont make them cool, they just make them mushroomhead copies