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on October 1, 2001
Straight from Des Moines, Iowa, the next big thing in metal is angry young Midwesterners Slipnot. Their stage show may not be anything new--Gwar was decked out in superior versions of their Halloween costumes as far back as the late 80s. . .and Gwar, at least, had a sense of humor about there stage show--but their sound is truly an original.
Slipknot's sound, though not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach, is rather eclectic for a metal act: a profanity-laced and often maddening hodge podge of vintage Black Sabbath and AC/DC, thrash, death metal, doom metal, goth, industrial, progressive rock, rap, and hip hop. In it's own (dark, angry, loud, obscene) way, Slipknot blends together a wide variety of musical styles into an ambitious, if somewhat jarring, cacaphony. Nearly every track is on IOWA is memorable and worth a listen, even the ones that aren't totally successful, like the 15 minutes plus of the title track.
Nowhere will you find samples better used on a metal album than on IOWA. Metal guru producer Ross Robinson, who co-produced the album with the 9-man band, has a knack for blending incredibly dense, drum-based live instrumentation-- screaming and growling, power chords, slashing lead guitar,heart attack bass, huge-sounding drums and percussion--with the electronic squeals, scratches, and beats. "Left Behind" is the most radio-friendly track on the album. Other highlights include "Disasterpiece," "The Heretic Anthem," and "The Shape."