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Slipknot - Slipknot (A throwback review)

 


This throwback review centers on Slipknot's debut album, released in 1999, which has proven to be a timeless classic even 25 years later. The album still stands strong for its heavy sound, with brutal, uncompromising, and hard-hitting songs. The tracks on this full-length incorporate elements of various genres, such as hardcore punk, industrial, metal, and nu-metal, thanks to the clever use of sampling and electronics to augment the soundscape of the band.

One of the defining songs of the album, "Eyeless," features breakbeat sampling within the context of a hard-hitting metal song, and the combination of different elements still sounds fresh and innovative to this day.
 

The band's trademark sound is characterized by furious down-tuned guitars, fuzzy bass, driving percussion, and Corey Taylor's unhinged vocals. Already on the band's debut, the lead singer's vocal style showcases versatility, blending intense screams with melodic clean tones and showcasing excellent quiet-to-loud dynamics, which help drive the songs.

The album also includes elements of rap-rock, which has slowly worked its way out of the band's sound as they progressed to incorporate different influences into their formula. The lyrics are equally angsty as the music, with the band positioning itself as a voice for the disenfranchised. This album spoke to a generation of kids who felt like they didn't belong and wanted to react against the stagnation of societal norms.
With a signature mix of brutality and catharsis, this album has spoken to many people and set strong foundations for the band's identity and career. Slipknot is not the same band, and the group managed to introduce new ideas with every release continually. Still, their 1999 debut has allowed them to maintain their core identity as a great platform to build upon.

For more musical recommendations, check out our Spotify playlist too! Home to many alternative, post-punk, and shoegaze songs. Hey, it's not as heavy as Slipknot, but if you're into some of the most textural stuff as well, it might be right up your alley.


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