What has 18 legs and is sure to rip your soul apart? Yep, the answer is
Slipknot. This masked, boiler suit wearing 9-man strong incognito powerhouse of pure Metal mayhem from Iowa finally released the follow up to their vehemently brilliantly first effort. Their apocalyptic vision of this decaying spinning rock called earth spurts forth from a brilliantly produced amalgamation of thundering drums, shredding & chopping guitars, blistering vocal intensity and an array of additional percussion and sampled bits & pieces. Slipknot doesn't hold back, not even when they slip into a temporary sense of calm. With of the planet labeling them "evil", what people fail to see is the fact that Slipknot reflects the calamity, which is all around and created by us, escalating to boiling point. The sleeve art is phenomenal with silver reflective print as well as printed trace paper inside. Absolutely beautiful. [Unfortunately its reflective surface doesn't get justified with this scanned image - the light bouncing back at the scanner, its silver mercury shine turning dull - so, go check it out in the shops ya punx!] Nothing is ever what it seems and the repulsive nature of Slipknot is one of those paradoxical bondage free musical expressions turned appealing via many factors like its addictive, tribal nature and fascinating flirtation with the dark side and similar attraction one has to art like horror films. The closing title track is a 14-minute trip of audio exploration, paranoia, crunch & passion. Enter their world if you dare and do yourself a favour and check out their first album (pictured below) - it is packed with a bunch of total Slipknot classics like Eyeless and Spit It Out. You can't have just one or the other - it's gotta be both.

5 / A
- PB




6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A - Multiple Listening Possibilities
B - Deserves Another Spin
C - Once Should Suffice