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Album · 1999

Filed under Nu Metal


1. 742617000027 (0:37)
2. (Sic) (3:21)
3. Eyeless (3:58)
4. Wait and Bleed (2:29)
5. Surfacing (3:40)
6. Spit It Out (2:41)
7. Tattered & Torn (2:55)
8. Frail Limb Nursery (0:47)
9. Purity (4:16)
10. Liberate (3:08)
11. Prosthetics (5:00)
12. No Life (2:49)
13. Diluted (3:25)
14. Only One (2:28)
15. Scissors (19:17)
- Scissors
- [silence]
- [dialogue]
- Eeyore

Total time 60:51


- Corey Taylor / vocals
- Mick Thomson / guitar
- Shawn "Clown" Crahan / custom percussions, backing vocals
- Craig "133" Jones / samples, media
- Jim Root / guitar (on "Purity" and "Me Inside")
- Chris Fehn / custom percussion, backing vocals
- Paul Gray / bass guitar, backing vocals
- Joey Jordison / drums, mixing
- Sid Wilson / turntables
- Josh Brainard – guitar (all tracks except "Purity" and "Me Inside")(uncredited)

About this release

Roadrunner, June 29, 1999.

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A lot changed after Slipknot's debut Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat., some possibly questionable lineup changes and change in sound. It doesn't sacrifice many of the experimental qualities of the debut though, rather switches things up. It's not as raw, and some of the influences are different, but it all works out. There's more electronic influences, not as many funk influences, the death metal elements pronounced in more specific ways like with the drumming and a few riffs here and there, as opposed to the more overall rawness and groove of death metal on the debut.

Some of the songs are reworked from songs on the debut, such as (Sic) being somewhat of a reworking of the song Slipknot, but instead of a noisy death metal track, it becomes a busy nu metal banger with blastbeats. Tattered and Torn and Only One were both on the debut, and honestly haven't been changed too much. They were screeching noise metal on the debut and they sound like that here as well.

The highlight of the album is easily Eyeless, intense nu metal blends with drum and bass perfectly, even before Psiheya did it more within a whole album context a few years later. Spit It Out is another electronic influenced song, with a mix of nu metal grooves, alt metal melodies, a short rap section, and short but effective breakbeats. Diluted, rap-heavy No Life, and the screeching Surfacing are other highlights.

If more funky and jazzy bass sounds better, go for the debut, if more noisy guitars and electronics does, go here.

Members reviews

Slipknot's self-titled album was one of my most-listened to albums in 7th grade, and to this day, I enjoy revisiting it. I'm no nu-metal fan, but this band has enough of a raw edge to avoid sounding derivative and overly predictable. The band's percussion-driven sound and Corey Taylor's vocals are what make this a good metal album. The band has a drummer along with two custom percussionists that have a distinctive voice with their rolling, overlapping playing. As far as this type of music goes, Corey Taylor is one of the best vocalists around. He rages from energetic growl-yells to solid clean vocals back and forth, and he comes across as really passionate and genuinely pissed off. Slipknot's debut is my favorite nu-metal album, and many music fans will likely miss out on a nu-metal album done right.

Rating: 7/10
Slipknot is a nu metal band from Iowa and this is their popular debut album from 1999.

I have never understood why this band is so popular. Their sound is very generic nu metal, that fails to distinguish itself in a crowded genre. Even other maligned nu metal band's like Korn and Mushroomhead at least manage to distinguish themselves from the rest by experimenting with other sounds/genres etc. This is the only Slipknot album i've heard and i was not impressed, all the songs here have the same sounding riffs, same boring shouted/rapped vocals and idiotic lyrics that sound directly aimed at angsty teenagers.

I know the nu metal fans eat this sort of stuff up, but fans of other genres should steer clear.

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