Before the Mayhem festival in Indianapolis in August, I have never had the opportunity to see Slipknot live. I knew they had a pretty awesome fan base, but I had no idea what to expect from their live show.
The Verizon Wireless Center was packed to the gills, after Disturbed got everyone charged up with their live show, a short 30 minutes later Slipknot took the stage. The show opened in complete darkness. Not a light to be seen on the stage. Everyone with a lighter or cell phone had this venue illuminated. The stands and lawn were packed with bodies every where you could see. It had to look pretty awesome from the stage, as it was very cool from where I was standing.
Slipknot’s set was a heavy as hell, high energy, but extremely entertaining set.
The set list was as follows:Danger- Keep Away, Surfacing, The Blister Exists, Get This, Spit It Out, Before I Forget, Disasterpiece, Pychosocial, The Heretic’s Anthem, Prosthetics, Duality, All Hope Is Gone, People = Shit, and an encore with (Sic).
(#8) Corey Taylor can go from a normal melodic vocal to a heavy death metal scream in the blink of an eye, and he does it well.
Slipknot is the only band I have ever seen to use three drummers. (#1) Joey Jordinson crushes on his traditional drum kit, while (#6) Shawn “The Clown” Crahan and (#3) Chris Fehn both play their own custom percussion, as well as marching band style drums during some songs.
(#5) Craig Jones new mask kind of cracked me up. For whatever reason, he reminded me of a muppet when he was headbanging back from his sampler.
The encore with (Sic) was extremely cool as (#1) Joey Jordinson’s drums kits came up on a riser and moved around. The last time I saw anything remotely like this, it was during Motley Crue’s Girls, Girls, Girls tour from 1987.
This video isn’t mine, but it was too cool not to show you.
The lights, the stage, the masks and the metal all added to the show that Slipknot put on. I must admit that I have never seen a metal show like this one, and I absolutely loved it. I am not the biggest Slipknot fan, but I would definitely go see these guys again if they came near me. No metalhead should miss Slipknot’s live show. Even if you aren’t a fan of the music, you should go for the experience. Slipknot puts on one hell of a great concert.
I hope you enjoy the videos below!
According to Billboard.com, Slipknot’s “All Hope Is Gone” barely wins out over the Game’s “LAX” in the race for No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week. The Roadrunner set moved 239,516 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, only 1,134 more than the rapper’s Geffen album at 238,382.
This marks the first No. 1 for the masked hard rockers, who scored a No. 2 with 2004’s “Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses” and a No. 3 with 2001’s “Iowa” (named for the group’s home state). The Game’s last two efforts, 2006’s “Doctor’s Advocate” and 2005’s “The Documentary,” both debuted at No. 1.
Kid Rock’s “Rock N Roll Jesus” (Atlantic) takes an 11% sales hit to 89,000, falling 2-3. After two weeks at No. 1, the Jonas’ Brothers’ Hollywood set “A Little Bit Longer” slides to No. 4 with 80,000 (-45%).
The “Mamma Mia!” soundtrack (Decca) slips 4-5 on an 11% decrease to 78,000. With only a 5% loss in sales, Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III” (Cash Money/Universal) climbs a slot 7-6 with 54,000.
The multi-label compilation “Now That’s What I Call Country,” the latest version of the successful “Now” series, debuts at No. 7 with 50,000. Other spin-offs of the hits-based collections include Christmas tunes, Latin music, No. 1s, ’80s hits and classic rock. Of these offshoots, only the “Now No. 1s” set boasted a bigger opening week, when it started at No. 6 with 90,000.
Sugarland’s “Love on the Inside” (Mercury Nashville) holds tight at No. 8 for a second week with 47,000 (-17%). At No. 9 with 46,000, Solange, who also happens to be Beyonce’s younger sister, sets some personal bests with sophomore album “Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams.”
Her first album, 2003’s “Solo Star,” peaked in its debut week at No. 49 with 19,000. The new Music World/Geffen album is led by the single “I Decided,” which recently hit No. 1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. Capping off the top tier, Coldplay’s Capitol album “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends” rises 11-10 with 44,000 (-5%).
Luis Fonsi lands his best sales week ever as “Palabras Del Silencio” (Universal Latino) starts at No. 15 on The Billboard 200 with 30,000. That also gives him the highest charting album of his career, easily beating the No. 62 peak of 2005’s “Paso a Paso.” Additionally, this entry is the second biggest sales week of the year for a Latin act. Only Luis Miguel came in higher, when his “Complices” started with 32,000 in May.
British metal act Dragonforce, of “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock” fame, also earns its best sales week ever as “Ultra Beatdown” (Roadrunner) charges in at No. 18 with 24,000. The use of the band’s song “Through the Fire and Flames” in the “Guitar” game helped the band move more than 312,000 units of its 2006 parent album “Inhuman Rampage.”
The reunited Verve debuts at No. 23 after selling 21,000 copies of its first album in 11 years, “Forth” (On Your Own/Megaforce). Other debuts this week include Alacranes Musical’s “Tu Inspiracion” (Fonovisa, No. 26, 20,000), Jimmy Wayne’s “Do You Believe Me” (Valory, No. 27, 20,000), the Lost Trailers’ “Holler Back” (BNA, No. 32, 13,000) and B.B. King’s “One Kind Favor” (Geffen, No. 37, 12,000).
At 7.15 million units, sales this week are up 2.3% from last week’s sum but down 6.5% from the same week last year.
It has been 4 long years since Slipknot’s last studio album. “All Hope is Gone” is rumored to be (say it isn’t so!) their last album. Slipknot’s fan base has swelled to massive proportions over the years, and judging from the live show that I saw by them recently, this is a band that needs to continue.
“All Hope is Gone” pushes Slipknot further away from the Nu metal genre, and more towards the heavy and thrash metal side. This album is extremely heavy. With that being said, most hard rock fans may dislike this, but metal heads will rejoice when they play this.
There are moments where this album is heavy as hell, and there are a couple of songs that seem to fall closer to Corey Taylor’s other band Stone Sour. In fact, the song “Snuff” is an acoustic based song, that is probably the least heavy song Slipknot has ever done. This tune seems to fall much closer to Stone Sour than anything Slipknot has done. I like this tune a lot, but the maggots (Slipknot fans) are going to flip out when they hear this.
One listen to “Sulfer” and I thought wow to myself. What an incredible feast of metal this is. “Psychosocial” might be one of the coolest Slipknot tunes ever. The awesome groove on this tune had me hooked immediately.
Is it just me or do I hear “Metallica’s Enter Sandman” creeping its way into “Dead Memories”? This song sounds like a blend of Metallica and Tool. This song is more of a mainstream metal tune. Some songs on this disc such as “Gehenna”, “Dead Memories”, “Snuff” and “All Hope Is Gone” will get a ton of radio air play. The rest may be far too heavy for terrestrial radio formats.
Is “All Hope is Gone” Slipknot’s best work? While it has some great moments, I don’t think this disc stands up to their album Iowa. While Iowa is still my favorite, I think Slipknot fans will like this. The band hasn’t put out an album this brutal since their 1999 debut.
The sound on All Hope is Gone falls some where in between Iowa and Vol. 3. There are things missing on All Hope is Gone that disappoints me. The cool percussion and drums of Chris Fehn and Shawn Crahan are back on the song “Psychosocial”, but seem to be missing elsewhere. I didn’t hear a lot of samples or use of the turntables on this record either. There are a lot more guitar solos on this record than on past releases which is a nice addition. As a whole, this is Slipknot’s sound moving in a slightly new direction. “All Hope is Gone” is another solid effort and is worth picking up.
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Rating:Out of 10
- Dead Memories
- Butcher’s Hook
- This Cold Black
- Wherein Lies Continue
- All Hope Is Gone
Sid Wilson – Turntables
Joey Jordison – Drums
Paul Gray – Bass
Chris Fehn – Percussion
Jim Root – Guitars
Craig “133” Jones – Keyboards/samples
Shawn “Clown” Crahan – Percussion
Mick Thomson – Guitars
Corey Taylor – Vocals