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Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses [Bonus Disc]
     

Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses [Bonus Disc]

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by Slipknot
 

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Slipknot set out to construct the ultimate metal music flamethrower, ever since their genesis in a Des Moines, IA, basement. But they also deployed an agitprop campaign of masks, smocks, and bar codes that helped scare parents (like good metal should) and transform Slipknot fans into faithful "maggots." The Midwestern origin of all this craziness is genius, as the

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Slipknot set out to construct the ultimate metal music flamethrower, ever since their genesis in a Des Moines, IA, basement. But they also deployed an agitprop campaign of masks, smocks, and bar codes that helped scare parents (like good metal should) and transform Slipknot fans into faithful "maggots." The Midwestern origin of all this craziness is genius, as the band's marrow-draining metal and twisted, fibrous mythology is antithetical to the region's milquetoast rep. Still, after the gothic nausea of 2001's Iowa, Slipknot's vitality dissipated in clouds of gaseous hype and individual indulgence. Had they grown fat on their thrones? Probably. But the layoff only makes Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses scream louder. Working with famously bearded helmer Rick Rubin -- aka He Who Smites Bullsh*t -- Slipknot pour the shrill accessibility of their self-titled debut down Iowa's dark sieve, and the result is flinty, angry, and rewardingly restless. 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 group'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. [In May 2005 Roadrunner issued Vol. 3 in a deluxe two-disc edition complete with a newly designed slipcase. Its extra disc includes three tracks from the Vol. 3 sessions, as well as live material recorded between 2001 and 2004 in Illinois, England, and Sweden. Highlights include the rawness and splutter of studio track "Don't Get Close" and a blistering live take on the Iowa standout "Disasterpiece."]

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Release Date:
04/12/2005
Label:
Roadrunner Records
UPC:
0016861815820
catalogNumber:
618158
Rank:
32917

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Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this album is just awesome how can anybody not like slipknot they are one very perfect metal band corey taylor has a differnt vocal style on this album he changes some things around tweaks things up and still he and the rest of slipknot still know how to entertain us slipknot fans this album is one of their best yet vermilion part 2 is one very cool song if you are not a fan of slipknot or not a fan of metal music what so ever pick up this album beileve me slipknot had to change and this album is just as heavy as slipknots first studio album slipknot still manages the music corey taylr still is being as melodic as he use to be im just curious why didnt volume 3 get the dvd treatment like all hope is gone did but still this album kicks ass
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truly their best album yet. Ripping vocals, thrashing drums, screeching guitars. this band is sure to last awhile. Duality a great mix of rage and emotions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great album, but it lacks the profanity and raw rage of "Iowa" and their self-titled album. Expect to see a bunch of poseurs jump on the Slipknot bandwagon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the new album is hardcore, and hardass. even the accoustic track "Circle" is good. the best, heaviest song on it has to be, "Pulse of the Maggots". "duality" tests the vocal range of Corey Taylor using the Whisper to a Scream method. I give it 5 stars. Steve-O
Guest More than 1 year ago
These guys are so awesum! My fave HAS to be duality
Guest More than 1 year ago
i really like this album even though it's somewhat different from their other cds. i think that the instrumentals are all slipknot based but the singing is more like stone sour than what were used to hearing from this band, but overall i liked the change
Guest More than 1 year ago
Slipknot is one of the best bands out there today, and this CD really shows what they are capable of. My favorite songs on this album are 'Before I Forget' and 'Duality'. Some bands are very heavy and all they can do is scream but Slipknot stands above them in this aspect (in my opinion). Sure, Corey does scream his lungs out on this album (It wouldn't be Slipknot without it ;) ) but he also proves to be a very talented singer. Vol 3 is an excellent piece of work and if this is Slipknot's final album, they are going out guns blazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'am not into Nu-Metal (Only Band) but this band is pretty good! I don't know what it is about them but I like them! Down at the buttom are some really great bands that you should check out if your into real metal like me!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The years that These 9 Crazys from Iowa have shown us, have to be the ones to see thru, and find the truth. For the fans, the haters, and yes, the "God lovers", slipknot is many things. But i for 1 have seen there work, the ever so loved "Wait and Bleed" on the self titled album, or the controversal "Heritic Anthem" on the Iowa Album. These songs have moved Millons of Slipknot fans to the edge of insanity, and let them see the world of the Living Fire. one -to-nine are the masked beast of the earth-bond maggot train. Slipknot has yet for the 3rd time amazed the people of this planet. I for one am ELMO, and this group will prevail all others. Stay Sic, take care.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let me just say, that Slipknot is one of the most creative bands out there! They are a fusion of so many kinds of alternative metal, which makes them an amazing band! This album just emphasizes their talent...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let me tell you right now, I'm no Maggott. I despise Slipknot's first two albums, save a couple songs from each. Unlike the first two albums, however, I like more songs on "Subliminal Verses" than I hate. All the Maggotts I know hate this album, but I don't know why. I think it's a killer CD, 'Duality' and 'Vermilion, Pt.2' being my favorite songs. The last three songs just flat-out suck, but the rest of the album kicks butt.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of the first of slipknot ablums that i bought and i thought it was great. it wasn't as angry as i exepected but it was really good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, I bought this and I was hoping for it to be like the first CD, Slipknot or at least Iowa, but it dosn't have the flare that the other two albums do. I mean, what happened to lyrics like people=s*it and fu*k the world? It just isn't as angry as I hoped. And I must say, sure this band kicks a*s, but lets try to tone down the stupidity while writing a reveiw, lets avoid making Slipknot look like their followers are nothing more but wannabe mask wearers. I mean, lets at LEAST try to spell correctly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
slipknot still has it. This is a less heavy album but is an album that I will cherish forever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this album is just as awesome as their first 2 studio albums this band is just awesome one very awesome metal band praise both slipknot and dark lotus this album effing rocks oh its true its frikin true oh by the way slipknot rocks my socks off
Guest More than 1 year ago
Slipknot is a good band, but Vol.3 doesnt quite stack up to the harsh and absolute brutality of their first two albums. This is a softer, slightly more mature slipknot, however i think this sells the band a bit short.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the latest from Slipknot that will blow you away. With all the different sounds this cd gives you it's amazing. While listening to some of songs you will ask yourself is this Slipknot. Heavy yet But tons of new samples and sounds. The second song on cd; The Blister Exists Is great with the drums solo it will have you thrash your head. The song ;Before I Forget is got the Slipknot catch and you will be singing it to yourself after you heard it once or twice. Circle the sixth song is great acoustic song and once again gives you an inside look at some of the guys lives. And at some parts has a pink Floyd type sound. Now with song eight Vermilion you have deep dark sound in beginning and then towards end Corey will have you screaming with emotion. I will tell you one thing if you want to hear something so diverse and deep pick this cd up. And if you’re a die hard Slipknot fan you will not be disappointed. And Pulse of the Maggots has same great heavy riffing guitars you come to love about Slipknot. Vermilion Part two is a song with strong emotions of frustration and pain that has great melody. For the rest of songs you will have to buy the cd to find out about. I have told you too much already.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album is awsome. my favorite is the pulse of the maggots.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album will blow your mind away. There is noone like Slipknot when it comes to Heavy Metal. Definitely recommend Duality to all you maggots out there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of their best albums yet! id say it ties with the self titled cd. make sure to listen to the blister exists, duality, opium of the people, circle, vermillion, and pulse of the maggots!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know what the hell is wrong with you people who hate this album, I personally love it almost as much as the album slipknot. It was also definitely better than Iowa, I couldn't believe some of the riffs were even guitar, they were that good. In the song Duality, I've literally heard that song 50 times over again, and the guitar riff about 30 seconds into it still sends chills down my back. The drummer is simply insane, check out the Duality music video. I've never seen anyone play drums as psycho-crazy as that. This is without a doubt an outstanding album. If you enjoy listening to Slipknot's other albums, you will definitely love this album (no cussing, but who cares, the amazing guitar and drums make up for it).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good album with plenty of eye openers such as Duality, Opium of the People, Pulse of the Maggots, and such forth. Really what I'm trying to say is that SlipKnot is a religious cult designed to take over the world. You may laugh but we will rise from the ashes and annihilate humanity one step at a time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Slipknot is the best of the best! they came back even better than before. There is more metal and erotic beats than ever before. personally, this is their best album yet. their new masks are awesome, but similar to when iowa first came out. long live slipknot!!!!!!!!
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
I finally just finished downloading this whole album onto my iPod today and listened through it, and though I don't quite like this one as much as the follow up album, All Hope Is Gone, it is still a great album by the group, and definitely worth the purchase. A great quality, calming album when driving through traffic full of idiotic motorists. Ha! If you like heavier music with the occasional lighter track thrown in the mix & have never heard this one before, then this album is definitely for you friends. Go pick it up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wept when I first heard him say she is'nt real but was still able to dance to there funky beats.