SLIPKNOT – Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)

With their original line-up (and masks) still intact, SLIPKNOT finally emerged from a three-year hiatus with the release of Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), a tasty 14-track album that combines the same intensity and musicianship the band is already known for, with a newfound sense of polished songwriting. Master producer Rick Rubin has captured a sound that manages to transcend all of the band’s previous work, and actually quite a bit of other modern metal offerings as well. The often complicated song structures can be accredited to SLIPKNOT‘s acute sense of musicianship, which is driven by unexpectedly progressive time signatures and rythymic drumlines. Those intricate moments found on Vol. 3 are a pleasant surprise and may even appease the technical affinities that fans of progressive metal might have. Moments in “Welcome” and “Opium of the People” hint at that, as well as the final 30 seconds of “Three Nil,” blending a brutally fast black metal-style blast beat on top of dizzying drum fills and sporadic starts and stops. The pinnacle moment in progression found here, however, would be “The Nameless,” a maddeningly intense track that fades from an all-cylinders-blasting rage into a soft, serene chorus at the drop of a hat. Speaking of choruses, vocalist Corey Taylor‘s vocal melodies are much improved (thanks to “the bearded one”), proving more memorable and sing-able but no less angry. The biggest surprise is that the aggression is balanced by the presence of three acoustic tracks — “Circle,” “Danger – Keep Away” and “Vermillion Pt. 2” — the latter of which Taylor describes as a “stalker’s love song…left open for you to decide.” It goes without question that these songs won’t be welcomed by all Maggots, but it provides a winning touch of diversity. Unfortunately, the band fails to finish on a strong note, tapering off at the last two songs with the weaker “Virus of Life” and mundane closer “Danger – Keep Away.” Regardless, SLIPKNOT‘s return marks them as a band that has grown musically and personally over their career, and this record is the perfect testament to exactly that. (Roadrunner Records)

3 thoughts on “SLIPKNOT – Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)

  1. i have to say that this cd is a lot different from their other cds. some people may argue that they are going soft or others may not like the change but i think that this cd shows that they can change when/if metal changes. i think this is a great start even though this is not their first cd but i believe they are starting something new and great and i cant wait till the next cd.

  2. well i ment to write back on this awhile back. i dont know what i was thinking writing what i did. this band gets too much publicity. if u want real music listen to bands like nile, lamb of god, and european metal groups. i usually dont change what i say but i have listend to real bands with talent since my mainstream days.

  3. Shut the fuck up! how dare you compliment a mallpopnumetal band?!? This band is overexxagurated by their costumes and behavior, but they’re worse than any popmetal on tv…they bring an unwanted society of rapmetal punks (limp bizkit) into the metal genre! You want your music to be defined by a majority of noobs?

    Nothing is good about this album-i know because i listened to it for a month, before returning to the library(its pop metal!). The lyrics are absolutely fake-a metal scream with a numetal attitude. Guitars and bass are just THROWN into this mix, which dilutes the sound into pure shit. Any sucky guitarist can learn a slipknot song on a few hours,

    NO SKILL REQUIRED!!

    The drumming has to be the only good part of this band. It still sucks, because the drummer cannot control his sounds, so he’s just all over the place!!
    The songwriting is also like any other mallmetal/numetal/britney spears song: intro/melody/chorus/melody/chorus. This is not productive in any way!
    The reason there are so many band members is because the real band members wanted to teat their friends to numetal stardom (all 4 of them).

    Don’t listen to them. This is a gateway band that brings al forms of people that will ruim the metal scene. I can imagine avril lavigne punks at their fucking concerts.

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