Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Having spent the past few years engaged in a constant battle to push the envelope of perversity and musical extremity to the limits, these Iowans looked ready to paint themselves into a stylistic corner. On this surprisingly craft-conscious set of actual songs, however, the nine-piece outfit hop deftly into the mainstream -- or some offshoot thereof. The Subliminal Verses finds the masked men delving into verse-chorus-verse structures on the seething "Duality" and even immersing themselves in strings -- cello and violin -- on the lulling "Vermillion Part 2." Sure, there are plenty of nods to their netherworld origins "Pulse of the Maggots," in particular, sounds like ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Having spent the past few years engaged in a constant battle to push the envelope of perversity and musical extremity to the limits, these Iowans looked ready to paint themselves into a stylistic corner. On this surprisingly craft-conscious set of actual songs, however, the nine-piece outfit hop deftly into the mainstream -- or some offshoot thereof. The Subliminal Verses finds the masked men delving into verse-chorus-verse structures on the seething "Duality" and even immersing themselves in strings -- cello and violin -- on the lulling "Vermillion Part 2." Sure, there are plenty of nods to their netherworld origins "Pulse of the Maggots," in particular, sounds like it could've appeared on Iowa, but even the heavier stuff has a decidedly more polished tenor. That might have something to do with the production of Rick Rubin, who's always had a flair for putting brutal sounds in precise order, but there's a freshness in approach that's attributable to the band alone. As such, "The Virus of Life" brings in tribal drumming reminiscent of Neurosis, while the sharp, skittering "Three Nil" makes whiplash seem worthwhile. The masks are still in place, but The Subliminal Verses proves that Slipknot are steadily emerging from the shadows.
All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
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 = Ozfest 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.
Entertainment Weekly - Sean Richardson
Comes across as a deranged hippie update of another Rubin masterpiece, Slayer's Reign in Blood. (A-)

Comes across as a deranged hippie update of another Rubin masterpiece, Slayer's Reign in Blood. (A-)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2004
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • UPC: 016861838829
  • Catalog Number: 618388
  • Sales rank: 20,896

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prelude 3.0 (3:57)
  2. 2 The Blister Exists (5:19)
  3. 3 Three Nil (4:48)
  4. 4 Duality (4:12)
  5. 5 Opium of the People (3:12)
  6. 6 Circle (4:22)
  7. 7 Welcome (3:15)
  8. 8 Vermilion (5:16)
  9. 9 Pulse of the Maggots (4:19)
  10. 10 Before I Forget (4:38)
  11. 11 Vermilion, Pt. 2 (3:44)
  12. 12 The Nameless (4:28)
  13. 13 The Virus of Life (5:25)
  14. 14 Danger, Keep Away (5:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Slipknot Primary Artist, Track Performer
Sid Group Member
Corey Group Member
133 Group Member
Clown Group Member
Technical Credits
Slipknot Arranger, Composer, Lyricist
Ted Jensen Mastering
Rick Rubin Producer, Audio Production
Greg Fidelman Engineer
Shawn Crahan Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It made me cry.

    I wept when I first heard him say she is'nt real but was still able to dance to there funky beats.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    a worthy thrid studio album by slipknot

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    a true masterpiece

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Deffinently different, not necessarily bad.

    I have all three Slipknot CD, and yeah, this one deffinently feels a bit different than the other two. It lost it's somewhat hectic metal aggression, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. There are still some real heavy, fast songs on this album (see Pulse of the Maggots), but they're not as chaotic as the used to be. I think this is a good thing. They're musicianship really benefited from having Rick Rubin as producer (I'm pretty sure that's who it was). They sound more mature and more together. I know a lot of fans hate the slower songs because they listen to Slipknot for their loud anger, but I think it showcases the musicians' talents in new ways plus they add a new emotional feel that you'd never expect from this genre. I knew this CD was truly different from the others when my mom loved pretty much every song from it (this isn't a bad thing though she listened to Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, and Led Zeppelin as an angsty teen, and she's been listening to Metallica for as long as I can remember).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SlipKnot (The religious view)

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    slipknot best Nu Metal band ever

    this is the best slipknot CD i have ever heard. it's heavy but isn't like SlipKnoT or Iowa, their previous albums. Slipknot gives Nu Metal a respectable name and makes the genre much better. Even though they put forth a softer album, they're still the harsh metal machine that they were when they started. You must buy this album. Songs like Duality, The Blister Exists, Vermillion Part 2, Before I Forget, Pulse of the Maggots, and Danger Keep Away are songs good enough to buy the CD for. You won't be disappointed at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses

    When I listend to nothing but anger metal I considered this the worst of Slipknot's trilogy of albums. A year later I have matured and opened my selections of metal to far more mature, melodic, and complex bands such as the godly Opeth and Nile. These have opened my eyes to the maturity and complexity of this album. Full of less pointlessly negative lyrics that crammed Slipknot and Iowa, the band gives us more human and mellowed but fresh lyrics as demonstrated in Before I Forget and Vermillion pt.1. A Slipknot first that reminds me favorably of Opeth is Vermillion pt.2s acoustic chelo duo and the emotional lyrics it dishes out. An album for more mature metalheads for sure or Slipknot fans in general.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWSOME!

    THis album rocks better then any other one ive ever listend to. Duality is the best song in the world!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WHOA!!!!!!!

    Slipknot is a kick a** band! The music is just ... amazing!!! (You'd figure since they have 9 members!) The drummer does this cool stuff with his feet that's really tight, and well, all in all, this CD kicks MAJOR a**. It is the only CD by them that I have, and I love it! If you like rock, or have an open-mind to music, then I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU GET THIS CD CUZ YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPPOINTED!!! (I sure wasn't)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    infectious!!!

    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...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'm Impressed

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not Great, but pretty good

    I enjoy the heavy double guitars and bombasticity of their percussion, but this one seemed to kill the bloodthirsty mood their music instills just when it's at its peak. The intro is classic obscure slipknot, not really sure what to expect, with a good feature of Corey's vocals. They waste no time and slam right into The Blister Exists, Three Nil, Duality, and Opium of the People, all great songs. But, for some reason, they decide to kill the mood with an accoustic. I never thought I'd see the day when Slipknot would put down the metal axes and pick up soft wooded accoustics. The rest of the cd suffers a bit after this. They try to pick up energy again in Pulse of the Maggots and Before I Forget, but our hopes of a kick-a** finish are dashed with another obscure accoustic song, this one even weaker than the previous, thus killing any hopes of the ending that Slipknot fans would expect and wish for. Overall it's worth a listen, but when compared to previous records, it just quite isn't up to par.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Millions of Maggots can't be wrong!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this is a really great ablum

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    YOU'RE ALL CRAZY THIS IS AN AMAZING ALBUM

    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).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    different..

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Back again, Even Better Than Before!

    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!!!!!!!!

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