Slipknot - _Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses_
(Roadrunner, 2004)
by: Xander Hoose (9 out of 10)
There's no doubt that Slipknot has been heavily overhyped. Their second album _Iowa_ was one of the most anticipated releases of that year, sold exceptionally well, but couldn't deliver all the promises that Slipknot had made to their loyal following. What happened after _Iowa_ was unclear to most; some said Slipknot disbanded, others just assumed the band was on hiatus. Secretly, the third album was being assembled.

_Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses_ is the most mature Slipknot album to date. More than before we find Slipknot exploring the extremes of the nu-metal realm by incorporating influences from a wide variety of musical styles. The military percussion on "The Blister Exists", the catchy groove of "Duality", melodic SOAD-influences on "Opium of the People", a bit of gothic in "Vermillion"... borrowing heavily on different styles is something Slipknot gets away with with ease. The binding factors are easy to point out: aggro-tense vocals, stuttering percussion and grinding guitars provide the backdrop to the Slipknot sound. The lyrics still boil with rage and aggression, but they drip with genuineness -- which is highly appreciated in a world where bands are just trying to be as extreme possible for the sake of extremity.

With all the obvious flirts with hardcore and death metal, calling Slipknot a typical nu-metal band would definitely do them injustice. _Vol 3_ has definitely grown into an extreme album and Slipknot has proven to be more than a overhyped pack of musicians.


(article published 16/6/2004)

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