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SLIPKNOT “Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)” /CD/

SLIPKNOT “Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)” /CD/
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SLIPKNOT “Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)” /CD/ SLIPKNOT “Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)” /CD/

The fourth full-length album by American Nu Metal band.
It is the band’s only album produced by Rick Rubin and also the only one not to feature harsh profanity. Following the band’s tour to promote its second album in 2002, speculation regarding the future began. Some band members had already been involved in side projects including Murderdolls, To My Surprise and the reformation of Stone Sour. However, in 2003, Slipknot moved into The Mansion to work on the album. Initially, the band was unproductive; lead vocalist Corey Taylor was drinking heavily. Nevertheless, they wrote more than enough material for a new album - the band’s first to incorporate more traditional, melodic song structures, guitar solos and acoustic guitars.
"Vol. 3" shares its lyrical themes of anger, disaffection, and psychosis with most of Slipknot's Nu-Metal peers. Lines like "I've screamed until my veins collapsed" and "Push my fingers into my eyes/It's the only thing that slowly stops the ache" (from the otherwise strong "Duality") aren't unique to this cult. But unlike so many, the band's sound rarely disassembles into genre building blocks: riff + glowering vocal + throaty chorus = Ozzfest acceptance. What makes "Vol. 3" tick is the dedication to making it a Slipknot album, and not just another flashy Alt-Metal billboard. The seething anger and preoccupation with pain is valid because it's componential to the band's uniquely branded havoc. "Blister Exists", "Three Nil" and "Opium of the People" are all standouts, strafing soft underbellies with rhythmic (occasionally melodic) vocals, stuttering, quadruple-helix percussion and muted grindcore guitar. Rubin is integral to the album's power, his cataclysmic vocal filters and arrays of unidentifiable squiggle and squelch unite "Vol. 3"'s various portions in wildly different ways. Just when the meditative "Circles" threatens to keel over from melodrama, in sputters strings of damaged electronics and percussion to lead it into "Welcome," which sounds like Helmet covering Relapse Records' entire catalog at once. Later, another counterpoint is offered, when the swift boot kicks of "Pulse of the Maggots" and "Before I Forget" separate "Vermilion"'s Gothic and acoustic parts. "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)" doesn't feel like Slipknot's final statement. It's a satisfying, carefully crafted representation of their career to date. But there's a sense that whatever Slipknot do next might be their ultimate broadcast to the faithful.
The album peaked within the top ten in album sales across eleven countries, and went Platinum in the United States. The band also received the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance for the song "Before I Forget". At the end of 2009, "Before I Forget" was listed as "AOL’s Top Metal Song of the Decade". Roadrunner Records have listed the music video for "Duality" as the best video in Roadrunner history.
Limited Edition enhanced CD includes "Duality" video, as well as link to exclusive music, video, downloads, access to the band and more.
Roadrunner Records, 2004 (RR 8388-8). Made in Germany. First press.

1. Prelude 3.0     3:57
2. The Blister Exists     5:19
3. Three Nil     4:48
4. Duality     4:13
5. Opium Of The People     3:13
6. Circle     4:23
7. Welcome     3:15
8. Vermilion     5:17
9. Pulse Of The Maggots     4:20
10. Before I Forget     4:39
11. Vermilion Pt. 2     3:44
12. The Nameless     4:28
13. The Virus Of Life     5:25
14. Danger - Keep Away     5:46
Total playing time: 62:47


Price: 8.90 €
Weight: 0.15 Kg
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