After the tragic news of Joey Jordison’s passing, it seemed fitting to dedicate our next Classic Album podcast to the band that made him a superstar and put the virtuoso drummer on the map … ladies and gents, Riot Act’s first deep dive into the biggest metal band of the 21st century … Slipknot.
But rather than dive head-first into the oft-told-tales behind Slipknot’s 1999 self-titled debut and their no-holds-barred follow up Iowa, Remfry plumps for his favourite record Vol.3: The Subliminal Verses.
With Iowa, Slipknot had been deigned Metal’s crown but with Vol.3 The Subliminal Verses, they had the far trickier task of retaining that crown. Slipknot did so by expanding their sound into far wider-reaching sonic territory, by attempting things that even the most clairvoyant maggot would never have been able to predict.
Vol.3: The Subliminal Verses was the first (and arguably last) time Slipknot sounded like a nontet. All 9 band members got time to shine on the album but they managed to marry this abundance of voices and ideas with intricate song-writing and a sense of craft that was previously lacking. Some fans grumbled at the changes, but 6 albums deep, Vol.3 The Subliminal Verses may not be the album most go to as the ‘classic’, but itfeels like the most complete, cohesive and filler-free album of their career to date.
Iowa is the album that made Slipknot colossal but Vol.3 The Subliminal Verses is the album that kept Slipknot colossal.