Iowa

Iowa

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by Slipknot
     
 

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To paraphrase an adage from the last century, out of the mouths of rubber-masked, livestock-threatening chaos-mongers often come gems -- especially if you're among those who share Slipknot's overriding philosophy that "People = Shit." The thrashing, gurgling nine-piece doesn't have much use for subtlety (or, truth be told, for melody or songcraft), but as this album

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To paraphrase an adage from the last century, out of the mouths of rubber-masked, livestock-threatening chaos-mongers often come gems -- especially if you're among those who share Slipknot's overriding philosophy that "People = Shit." The thrashing, gurgling nine-piece doesn't have much use for subtlety (or, truth be told, for melody or songcraft), but as this album proves, there's more to Slipknot than meets the eye. Death rattles and gnashing wails are the order of the day on most of the tracks, notably "Disasterpiece" and "Left Behind," but once you get beyond the clichéd raving, there's some interesting stuff going on here. Torrents of percussion, which rage on the brief intro "515" and "Metabolic," border on the avant-garde, and subtle interludes like the Goth-tinged "My Plague" and the moody, epic title track seem to give a peek behind the mask. And while the over-the-top scatology and blind hatred that permeate the lyrics run the gamut from the ridiculous to the inane, it's virtually impossible to discern what exactly this band is about -- white-hot suburban rage, or high-concept artistic critique? You be the judge. Iowa's top-notch packaging may give the nod; the fold-out lyric sheet is printed on art-festooned parchment. But unlike their closest competitors, the special-effects shop-cum-rock band GWAR, Slipknot betray no discernable sense of humor to leaven this ear-shredding spectacle.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
After a couple years of relentless touring in support of their self-titled breakthrough album, Slipknot regrouped to record Iowa, an ode to their home state that consolidates and punctuates everything that had garnered the band its cultish following. The monstrous guitar crunch, the concrete-dense rhythmic foundation, the frenzied singing, and the overall madcap fashion of it all -- Slipknot's trademark sound is very much at the forefront of this dark, dark album and is presented in epic form on the extended, album-closing title track, which brings to mind Children of the Corn-type terrors. Though not quite as commercially viable as the more straightforward Slipknot album, Iowa is a more interesting listen, one that envelopes you in its American Gothic shadow and leaves you feeling unsettled afterward. It's really all you could ask for in a Slipknot album, and then some -- perhaps some more than you'd like, in fact, if you're not part of the cult.
Rolling Stone - David Fricke
[four stars]... Iowa is not just the first great record of the nu-metal era -- it's better than that. In fact, Slipknot's second album may be the only platter of its day and subgenre that, in five or ten years, we call "classic," with the same awed breath we reserve for Black Sabbath's early monsters, Metallica's Master of Puppets and Rage Against the Machine.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2001
Label:
Roadrunner Records
UPC:
0016861856427
catalogNumber:
618564
Rank:
513

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Iowa 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
TheHalfBloodPrinceRises More than 1 year ago
another awesome album by slipknot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this album is the best slipknot album to date. every song is absolutely awesome. any time i find myself in a bad mood i just blast this f666a and bang my head. the lyrics are so dark and twisted, but thats what makes it soooo goooood. a definate buy for any metal fan.
DarthTyranus More than 1 year ago
a awesome second studio album by slipknot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is the worst metal band on earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've heard their new songs and i've seen ''The Heretic Anthem'' performed on Conan O'Brien...all I can say is wow! Their new album will blow not only your ears, but your mind. These 9 guys from IOWA have really outdone themselves.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had never before hear SLIPKNOT.I was thinking about their music that is the kind of stupid stuff.But when I saw the new album I want to listen it. It was so COOL,so impressive.I have never hear before so COOL music.I'm just falling in love with''IOWA''. SLIPKNOT,IF YOU HEAR ME YOU'RE THE BEST IN THE UNIVERSE.take care yourselves,& sorry about my English.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Slipknot knows 1000 different to rock us and this album uses everyone of them. This album is absolutely incredible and every hevy metal fan should own it. I saw these guys at the ozzfest and they were crazy. SLIPKOT RULES!!!!! BLINK182 SUCKS!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Album is like BAM and it leaves you pondering ''WTF just hit me!?!?'' Its in your face metal, but it does have a few slow creepy songs ''Gently'' and ''Iowa'' VERY Good Album all together!
Guest More than 1 year ago
these are some intensely angry mother f#*kers. and they're scary too. a little on the heavy side. stole the concept from mushroomhead.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw Slipknot on Conan O'brien. THey performed Heretic anthem and it blew me away it was amazing. They put on a good show and the cd is even better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is freakin mad!! these guys are really pi$$ed off and it sounds great.people really do = sh#t!! throw this cd in your player and scamble your brains.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Slipknot Album is the best one yet...they make their music in this so mysterious and dark, it just blows me away
Guest More than 1 year ago
Iowa is the best cd I ever heard
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love slipknot and everything theyve done. I even went to germany to get the german import cd. But i still say selftitled slipknot cd is alot better than iowa but thats my opinon
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first I really did not like the album but it eventually grew on me till I thought it was way better than the first. Iowa was definitly worth the wait. I saw them in concert in San Jose and I thought they were excellant. Every song on Iowa has a incredible beat with dope lyrics. Great album
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Love Slipknot there lyrics actually mean something and Corey has a great voice I Loved this Albums My personal favs are Disasterpiece, and Left Behind! I wanna Slit you Throat and F8ck the wound, I wanna push my face in and feel the swoon, I wanna dig inside find a little bit of me, Cause the line gets crossed when You dont come clean.My wormwood meets your pesticide, you can never get out cuz you were never alive!Thats just a sample of Disasterpiece off of Slipknots Iowa I love Slipknot and I hope you do too If u feel the same way or have any questions about slipknot feel free to drop me by an email or Im me! I love ya Bye My maggots!Blessed be
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is terrible their first album wasn't that good but better than this, all they are is a sepultura rip off band and they need a new gimic because the masks just aren't shocking anymore.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Slipknot are back for revenge,And god help anyone that gets in their way."Iowa" is filled with aggression like only slipknot can bring.Songs such as "Disasterpiece","Left Behind" and "My Plague" are prime examples of that aggression.While songs like "The Shape" and "Iowa" bring to light something new and exiting."Iowa" picks up right where the self titled debut left off,kicking a** like only slipknot can.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Slipknot rocks, but they do sound an aweful lot like Sepultura. Mostly it's the voice that's similar. The music and songwriting just isn't as good artistically. There's also a lot to be said for attempting to appeal to certain age groups. Some artists really know how to go with a certain type of image, Rob Zombie being a perfect example. Others more or less try to invent something for the sake of sales, and are only in it for the money. That's what I get from Slipknot. Spewing out f**k amd s**t in every other line of a song is something anybody can do. It lends a rebel appeal to the younger crowd, and I'm sure it sells, but if you're looking for quality metal, you might want to look somewhere else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Really Angry Album. I love it! Especially tracks "My Plague", "People = ...", "I Am Hated", "Disasterpiece", "The Heretic Anthem" and "Left Behind" touch me. They remind me of my own life situation. The vocalist has a good, strong voice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"If you're 555, then I'm 666!" How lame is that? Slipknot seriously needs to find Jesus. Or a decent song writer anyway.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The most anticipated metal release of 2001, Iowa is one of the best metal albums ive ever heard. Heres a song by song review: 1-(515)-3 stars- a weird screaming track that only lasts for about a minute, but it starts off the album well. 2-People=S**t-5 stars-screaming intro and goes into avery headbanging metal riff. Chorus is the only letdown of this song. 3-Disasterpiece-4 stars-a good song but the bridge is repetitive 4-My Plague-5 stars-the second single off the album great verse and a singing chorus-great song 5-Everything Ends-4 stars-slow opening of the chorus but gets better until the bridge which is a letdown 6-Heretic anthem-3 stars-the most overrated song on the album that is pretty botring 7-Gently-4 stars-haunting track that slows down the pace after the other songs 8-Left Behind-5 stars-the least heaviest track on the album is also the first single. Does get boring after a while however. 9-The Shape-5 stars- has an excellent chorus riff and a haunting verse. Great headbanging track 10-I Am Hated-5 stars-There's rap all through the verse but the chorus is very heavy and another good headbanging track 11-Skin Ticket-3 stars-A bit like Gently but not as good 12-New Abortion-4 stars-A good song but people say it's a lot better than it actually is. The bridge is a bit boring. 13-Metabolic-5 stars-The chorus is a bit boring but the verses and th bridge are inspired with some of the best riffs on the album. 14-Iowa-3 stars-15 minutes of haunting music and screaming that makes you wait for the climax to come but it never does. I would recommend this to fans of all metal genres but be warned-its not for everyone. Sample the tracks before you buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Slipknot-Iowa is one of my personal favorite albums. The songs are very touching, and the music is really great. Slipknot is one of my favorite bands, Iowa is a very impressing album without a doubt. Some songs I like are "My Plague", "Skin Ticket", and "People = S***"
Guest More than 1 year ago
I tried to listen with an open mind, but there isn't very much plain good music here. In fact, most of the songs are indistinguishable from one another. First the redeeming qualities of this album: the drummer is pretty good; at least he seems talented. Some of the songs are really catchy. My favorite is people People=..., which is a so-so song. Now on to the bad: the song structures are very primitive. The lyrics are laughable. The vocalist isn't very good. Musically there isn't much groundbreaking going on here. The masks are a gimmick; I know they insist that they are not but it certainly is the only thing that seperates them from the other rap/metal acts out there right now. Its a shame that bands like this all cite Mike Patton as a huge influence, because he is just ungodly talented, and, well, Slipknot isn't.