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Old 09-02-2012, 12:14 PM   #21 (permalink)
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This was both hilarious and boring. I'm not quite sure how they accomplished that. The little interlude thing around 3:40 was so eccentrically random.
And that might be the most ridiculous promo pic for a band I've ever seen. I love the doofus in the back.
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Old 09-02-2012, 10:09 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Now, I'll make it known right now that I went to see Slipknot live a few years ago and to my complete surprise, I didn't totally hate it. It was fine. This came as a surprise cause it's not like I hadn't given them time before, or even seen them live before. I had previously seen them on at least two seperate occasions before this but at festivals, which may have just suited them very badly, but I strongly hated it. Basically, I don't hate their music. I just continue to struggle to even find the energy to properly form an opinion on it. I nothing their music. It has never left any kind of impression on me whatsoever.

What annoys me about Slipknot is everything about them that I find unnecessary and that I personally struggle to find the point or any benefit in at all.

Firstly, how many band members are crucial to their output? How many could easily be cut because their contributions to the band are so minimal?

Secondly, their status. Its not their fault but they became the poster boys of metal for a lot of people with little to no interest in the genre who, when they discovered I was a metal fan, made a judgement of me. "He likes Slipknot and all that kind of stuff." This is due to some peoples ignorance (not a criticism, just an observation) rather than for any fault of the band, I know.

And lastly what annoyed and continues to annoy me now is that literally everyone I know who likes Slipknot, every single one of them, tries to convert me to them with the words "but they put on a hell of a live show." All I saw when I went to see them was a few band members seemingly doing very, very little and periodically being launched into the air on podiums and turned upside down. They also left the stage and would reappear in various parts of the arena and amongst the crowd and all kinds of theatrics that were dragging peoples attention this way and that and ironically, away from the stage and the music.

There is sometimes a place for theatrics in rock and heavy metal. The likes of Alice Cooper and Iron Maiden have a long history of putting on what, in my opinion, are hugely theatrical, light-hearted live shows and connecting on a visual level rather than just an audible one. Sometimes metal should just be fun. Slipknot however, in my opinion, seem to be just as much of a travelling circus act as they do a band and almost qualify as a comedy act as far as a lot of their theatrical, colourful distractions go.

Everything aside from their music makes it impossible for me to relate to, connect with, enjoy or take Slipknot seriously, and as I said I'm not a big fan of their music either. Despite this I know that when some people hear that I enjoy heavy metal, this is their image of what this genre is and what it stands for.
I disagree with you on this one. I think their theatrics and "circus-act" appeal are what make this band so enjoyable to watch perform. I've never understood complaints about the extra members, either. When they aren't utilized they perform. When they are utilized they add to the music. I would rather have samples performed live than automated by a computer. They are a very fun band to watch, and they are consistently good performers.

From a musical perspective I can definitely see why you wouldn't like them. However, they are definitely a higher quality band than any other ultra mainstream group. I think they actually serve a purpose as a gateway band. They can get people into more extreme metal (unlike Disturbed and Linkin Park who have been mentioned already)
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Old 09-03-2012, 01:06 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Old 09-03-2012, 03:02 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Old 09-03-2012, 05:03 AM   #25 (permalink)
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I wouldn't but them on this list. LOG has some really killer tracks, and Chris Adler is one the best drummers out there.

Speaking of killer, Randy Blythe just got arrested for allegedly killing a fan.

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Old 09-03-2012, 06:26 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Fear Factory post-Demanufacture. Seriously, Gary Numan?
It's worth noting that their last few releases have moved back to the Demanufacture-era style quite a bit (Mechanize was solid, haven't checked out The Industrialist yet). Apparently there was a bunch of internal crap in the band and once that got address and certain people got their walking papers it resulted in a bit of a return to form. Still nothing that sounds like Soul of a New Machine but definitely better than Digimortal.

And if you think that Gary Numan cover is bad I'm assuming you haven't heard their cover of Nirvana's School
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:13 AM   #27 (permalink)
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The Gary Numan cover WITH Gary Numan made me lose respect for them.

I liked Industrialist aside from one part: Drum machines sound so cheap and fakey, but if you can get passed that, "New Messiah" sounds like something they left off of Demanufacture practically.
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:25 AM   #28 (permalink)
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personally, i think Manowar, Slipknot and Disturbed are all quite alright, musical-wise

it's more to do with their image rather than anything else

anything Manowar did rocks as hard, if not harder than Judas Priest
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Ugh, Slipknot just tries too hard to copy Sepultura/Soulfly. Disturbed is just "eh".
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I wouldn't but them on this list. LOG has some really killer tracks, and Chris Adler is one the best drummers out there.

Speaking of killer, Randy Blythe just got arrested for allegedly killing a fan.

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yeah i wouldnt put them on the list Slipknot has some really Killer tracks and Joey jordison is one of the best drummer out there



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