Slipknot - _Slipknot_
(Roadrunner, 1999)
by: Adrian Bromley (8 out of 10)
I was a little skeptical about this masked nine-piece (yes! nine-piece) noise/terrorist outfit from Des Moines, Iowa when I first started getting word of them. I didn't think such a big outfit could pull it off. I mean, look at groups like Gwar and Bile, they're jokes to me and it just seems so silly to have so many people in a band. But you know what? By the grace of God and some weird alignment with the Earth and the Sun or something fucked-up like that, this works. Get drawn in by maniacal numbers like "Spit it Out", "Purity" and opener "426100027". With producer Ross Robinson (Korn/Soulfly) at the helm, the nine-piece of freaks sporting surrealistic self-made masks lash out at us with a bombastic meshing of industrial, death metal and hip-hop music, a concoction that leaves us with truly horrific sounds and images to digest. It's not pretty, but when was music supposed to be pretty? This is reality and no matter how far from it do members 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 (yes! they go by numerical digits as names) stray, it still kicks and screams all the way till the bitter and gruesome end. Fans of Korn, Hanzel Und Gretyl and Bile (yech!) will surely dig this. I heard this band's live shows kicks ass too. Check out their awesome website, too.

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(article published 7/7/1999)

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