2.8 - If you’re 14 and hate your stepdad, this may be the album for you. Amazing drums, though.
Slipknot is the debut studio album by the American heavy metal band Slipknot. It was released on June 29, 1999 by Roadrunner Records, following a demo containing a few of the songs which had previously been released in 1998. Later, it was reissued in December 1999 with a slightly-altered track listing and mastering as the result of a lawsuit. It was the first release by the band to be produced by Ross Robinson, who sought to refine Slipknot's sound rather than alter the group's musical direction. This is the only album to feature original guitarist Josh Brainard who left at the end of recording in late 1998 while the band was taking a brief break. Jim Root, who recorded two tracks at this point, would appear full time on subsequent albums. The album spans several genres, but is generally noted for its extensive percussion and overall heavy sound. It was well received by fans and critics alike and was responsible for bringing Slipknot a large increase in popularity. The album peaked at number 51 on the Billboard 200, and has gone on to become certified double platinum in the United States, making it the band's best-selling album. In 2011, it was voted the best debut album of the last 25 years by readers of Metal Hammer magazine.
2.8 - If you’re 14 and hate your stepdad, this may be the album for you. Amazing drums, though.
You can't trust anything that comes out of Iowa.
This would be a thousand times better if it were mixed properly. Classic loudness wars ruining the fidelity. It's very good at what it is.
I try to approach each album with an open mind however this album has two things I absolutely detest: overly long 90s albums and nu-metal. I tried hard but this 100% is not music for me and is a complete struggle. The lyrics are just so pathetic and are meant for angsty teenagers. But I'm neither angsty or a teenager. I will never been listening to this again.
Proof all you need is a gimmick
Genuinely tough to listen to. Can’t imagine enjoying this. A few not-terrible choruses, but otherwise will always be the official music of middle school children of divorce.
2.5-3 stars. took a few songs to get into it and I had really never listened to metal before but it was honestly kinda enjoyable. Got a bit long at the end, couldn't really tell them apart
weak, edgy bullshit I kinda liked the rap rock but even that was mid as fuck, rage against the machine is way better 2/10
A++ This record was ferocious when it came out and it has continued to kick ass over the decades. In my opinion they never achieved this level of intensity again, but good lord is this album a fucking monster.
This was earth shatteringly ground breaking when it came out to my ears and I think it still holds up. It’s particularly unique sound - actually strong songs and atmosphere - I think it’s probably one of the few surviving good albums of its genre. I mean ridiculously over the top anger and silly clown costumes with an overly staffed band - but at the same time churning out a great record… can’t not love it. Maybe the white rapping is a bit naff at times but hey a Time Capsule of embarrassment never killed anyone.
My 15-year-old self was stoked to see this on the list. While many would argue SLipknot was just more of the same Nu-Metal the 90s were famous for puking out, I found this to be a perfect gateway drug into a world of more evolved Metal. I went from this to bands like (At The Gates, Origin, Sepultura, Dystopia)... which in turn led me to 1000 subgenres, and eventual love of (Metal, Crust, etc, etc) that has never wavered. If it wasn't for the commercial success of this album, it may be that the entirety of my vinyl collection would have been seriously altered. Also, after giving it a relisten, it had some seriously innovative stuff going on in the realm of percussion. so yeah.
I put this off for a whole day because I was dreading it so much. I cannot BELIEVE that there are MULTIPLE Slipknot albums on this list. Like what in the actual fuck. Slipknot? Just like "All Hope is Gone", this album is a lot better than I thought it was going to be. I actually really dug the opening track "(sic)". But, just like All Hope is Gone, this album is about 20 minutes too long. The monotony of the screaming and the noise wears out its welcome after 10 minutes, and becomes truly excruciating after 30.
All sounded the same.
I find metal to be hit or miss, but this album is definitely a hit. It's pure speed, music to bang your head to. The drums are the highlight of the album: they're crisp, loud, and powerful, a perfect compliment to the screamed vocals and heavy guitar.
I remember hearing Eyeless on the radio for the first time in the truck with my cousin and asking him if the drummer had 10 arms..close he said, six. My love affair with the band began that day and has continued since.
I enjoyed this album much more than I thought I would. I'm not going to listen to it all the time but it is definitely appropriate for certain moods. Honestly, it really slapped. I haven't listened to enough metal for me to have many specific positive things to say about it but I enjoyed the riffs and the drummer is badass. Also some of the choruses had some nice melodies and even the screaming was cool and not over the top. Also I'm not sure how I feel about the rapping. Maybe it's cringeworthy but I thought it was kind of cool. Some of the songs (like Scissors) were a little much but I can at least see their appeal. Favorite Songs: Wait and Bleed, Surfacing, Spit It Out, Me Inside, Liberate, Prosthetics Least Favorite Song: Scissors (I think it's mostly because I haven't listened to enough metal to appreciate it), Eeyore Decent 8/10
You know, fine. There's something to be said for this kind of music. If you want to just blast thinking out of your head for a while, it does the trick and, honestly, I kinda dig that.
I saw Slipknot live when this came out and it was one of the most fun gigs ever. At some point I got a foot long gash on my back in the pit, the decks were on fire and I had the best laugh ever - I came out a mess of sweat and beer. This album is great fun. I feel like they got more cohesive and better structured later on, but this is just all over the place and great fun. Eyeless, Spit It Out, Wait and Bleed. You cannot argue with that, can you?
Slipknot releases an anger-fueled album that justifies the existence of nu metal before the oversaturation that resulted in the genre becoming a joke. Their second album Iowa gears too far on the abrasiveness and groove while their later albums are too poppy and boring, whereas this one provides a good balance between the two styles, bringing in new audiences while providing something fresh for metal fans too. It's coherent too, keeping the mood and energy while still available to swap between the rough and catchy tracks. I like the fusion of genres too. It's mostly speed metal, but it incorporates industrial, hip hop, alt rock, and surprisingly breakbeat too, most prominently in "Eyeless." I do feel it goes too long. The most iconic tracks are in the first third, and there are plenty of highlights mixed later, but they tend to blur together unless you can pick out the ones that stand out. But even then can get tiresome for its 52ish minute length. Unfortunately, "Purity" is missing from some editions which is one of those highlights. I was a huge fan of the epic closer "Scissors" but I can see it's divisive among fans.
A sonic assault that embraces chaos and channels it into a potent force of metal music. The eerie samples, pounding drums, and distorted guitar riffs set the stage for the explosive onslaught that is Slipknot. The album's relentless energy and aggressive soundscapes showcase unparalleled ability to create a sonic landscape that reflects the chaos and intensity of the human psyche. Some highlights include, "Wait and Bleed" thag catapults you into a frenzy of piercing vocals, rapid-fire drumming, and sharp guitar work. The raw emotion and vulnerability in Corey Taylor's delivery make it a song worth listening to. "Surfacing" exemplifies the band's knack for crafting infectious, heavy-hitting hooks that leave an indelible mark on the listener's psyche. The combination of Sid Wilson's scratching and sampling with the pummeling percussion work of Joey Jordison creates an explosive and electrifying atmosphere. What sets "Slipknot" apart is the band's ability to seamlessly blend ferocious aggression with moments of melodic respite. "Scissors" stands out as a prime example, featuring haunting acoustic guitar passages that weave in and out of the brutal onslaught, displaying the band's musical versatility and depth. The atmospheric interludes, such as "Prosthetics" and "Eeyore," offer brief moments of reprieve amidst the chaos. This element works very well and makes the following drops hit even harder. Lyrically, "Slipknot" delves into themes of anger, frustration, and the darker aspects of the human psyche. Corey Taylor's raw and emotionally charged vocals bring these lyrics to life Production-wise, Ross Robinson's guidance ensured that each instrument had its place in the mix, creating a wall of sound that is simultaneously quite crushing and crystal clear. Slipknot's debut album solidified their position as pioneers and trailblazers with their raw energy, unflinching aggression, and fearless exploration of the human psyche.
Some good elements. But also a bit shouty and angry. Not the happiest bunch.
thanks I hate it
There’s an episode of ALF where ALF unscrambles the radio signal for Air Force One and talks to President Reagan to try and convince him not to use nuclear bombs. ALF tells him, “I want to talk to you about your bombs,” and Reagan responds “Oh, again with the Bonzo movie?!?” [chef’s kiss] Amazing joke.
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Gosh...so many great memories...just absolutely love this album! Can‘t wait seeing them perform live again!
Excellent album to run to! I loved it. It was also a nice change.
Fucking great album. I didn’t know Slipknot was that old of a band but man they started out with a bang!
Love this album. I have it on slime green vinyl. Was kinda surprised to see it on this list, but 🤷♂️
Probably i could hated it years ago, but now i loved it
I remember this being one of the first albums I ever got. And I was freaked the fuck out by it 😂 mental, scared me 😂. Prob influenced the metal and punk and garscore I got into in late teens. Listening back now its so good, prob gonna be a 5 for nostalgic value.
Surprisingly many fillers on the album. Still a staple on evolution of metal.
Громко, грязно, агрессивно. Род поездочку в метро самое оно
A masterpiece. One of my favorite albums from one of the best metal bands.
Im not trying to make it a theme (grading just things i already love a 5), but come on, this album is killer. I really do hope to find some hidden gems and things that inspire me, but this curb stomps the pixies. After listening again, still rocks but very glad Corey sang more on following albums. they improved with timd
One of my favourite metal albums
Ok this has already blown my mind. I'm not even 4 songs in. Why is this so much better than "All Hope Is Gone"?! 4 This is good noise :) Most unexpected 5 yet
Love this album. I sometimes go long times without hearing any songs from this album, but whenever I do I immediately turn the album on. I never get tired of it.
What a racket! I love it!
Didn’t really listen to these guys first time round, but loving the album. I like linkin park and some of the vibes are similar - particularly liked ‘surfacing’ a great one when working 😂 me inside and eyeless are another couple I liked
undeniably important album. You can love Slipknot or hate Slipknot or just be over their whole schtick, but they helped bring Nu-Metal to the mainstream. Huge percussion, bottled anger, cool sound, best thing to come out of Iowa. Slipknot was and remains a gateway band into other types of heavy music, and for that all metalheads should thank them, whether or not you enjoy it. For me, This album will always be a nostalgia hit. || I think this album is more important to the list than 'All Hope is Gone' by far. but I won't criticize Slipknot having 2 albums when so many others have 5+ that feel unnecessary.
Really good hard rock. This changed the game when it was released - I have grown to like it more since it’s original release. 4.5 and up!
Well well well. Can't wait to hear what Stevie thinks of this album. Deep in the heart of Iowa, 9 boys decided to shred and scream and wear insane masks. People were scared of these guys at the time, maybe some still are, as no one knows what they look like. Except that we do now, especially with lead singer Corey Taylor, who also did a stint with Stone Sour, and drummer Joey Jordison who is up there as one of the best drummers of all time. While this wasn't the first album of Slipknots I listened to, it is one of my favorites. A very interesting blend of thrash metal and rap, but more Limp Bizkit type beats. But that's what you get when you have 9 people playing different instruments including metal trash cans. Almost every single song as a unique as the members of the band and back in freshman year of high school this was one of my go to albums for pump up music while working out and running track. These songs will get you moving. Fav Songs: (Sic), Eyeless (the chorus of this song was a line one of the band members heard while they were in LA from a homeless person), Wait and Bleed, Surfacing (vivid memories of listening to this just before running the 100 yd dash), Spit It Out (metal rap, some wild lyrics), Me Inside, Liberate, No Life, Diluted Extra credit if you listen to the deluxe version there is a song called Purity that was about a serial killer who had buried a girl alive in a box, I believe that was in Iowa too but not sure. Also Snap (Demo).
Sorry haters. this still slaps
I lovveee theeem
Yeeah goed boos album. Maar heel goed gegroeid denk ik. Als ze dat nu zoduen uitbrengen zou het ook goed onthaalde worden denk ik
Spanning multiple metal genres, this album is heavily percussive and sample-filled, giving it a creepy, industrial sound. Joey Jordison's blast beats and Corey Taylor's vocal delivery give the album its chaotic, almost frenetic feel. The lyrics are sometimes morbid, often desperate, and generally misanthropic. This album is both incredibly heavy and melodic at the same time, and I struggle to sit still while listening to it. Although it's not my favorite Slipknot album, it's an obvious 5 from me and still gets regular play around here.
Absolutely brilliant, heavy as hell and twice as loud. They are also the loudest band I have ever seen live. Wait and Bleed woke me each morning for years, on a CD alarm clock, which fairly gets the day started right!
a true classic, a product of its time. 5.
Year 1999, Slipknot are ready to drop a bomb in the metal world, bringing an innovative, agressive, angry and energetic sound. Corey Taylor directly proves he was an incredible singer by sometimes blasting raw and growling vocals and other times super clean and emotive ones. Joey Jordison shows his machine skills and the adhesion of members like Shawn Crahan was putting on a hell of a show. It's not a perfect album, but it's certainly an important and outstanding one.
Outstanding album. Must have been quite the blast when it came out and the best was yet to come.
Slipknot is one of my favorite bands, and listening to this brought back a lot of great memories. I definitely can understand why this kind of music isn't for everyone, but I love it.
10/10 - Where has this been my whole life
Veel mensen hebben een hekel aan Slipknot, maar ik vind het geweldig. Slipknot (specifiek de track 'Wait and Bleed') was voor mij de gateway naar de wat hardere muziek. Snoeihard, toch nog muzikaal (Corey Taylor is een geweldige zanger, Joey Jordison was een geweldige drummer) en vreemd genoeg is het met vlagen nog catchy ook. Zoveel goede tracks.
PEOPLE EQUAL SHIT.
Sooo good. Such a fucking banger, the whole album
One of my all time favourites, such raw aggression
Best album they've ever made
Yes I was the child of a divorce. Yes I have a step-dad who was/is cool as hell but I was angsty when this came out. Yes I loved Korn at the time. And yes. I first heard this record at my job, and I am not kidding, at my job at Blockbuster Video the same year I graduated High School. And Yes. I FUCKING LOVE THIS RECORD.
heard this album countless times, was at exactly the right age when it came out to think it was cool. it still is tbh, full of energy and it's brutal as - I can see why people went "nah this is nu-metal shit ay", but I also think those people are fuckin idiots. 4/5.
Tbt to my childhood lmao! Didn’t realize these songs I’m familiar with were slipknot! Good shit
Power thrash from my childhood. I suppose this music is part of my DNA, so it's hard for me to not enjoy it.
Much more varied, and smarter than I'd expected. Metal mixed with random techno, d&b - will relisten
i liked this, especially the first couple songs! it's super intense/exciting but that makes it kind of a lot to listen to the full length of. i like that the songs are fairly distinct, and they do a good job with buildup and payoff. i don't know metal that well well but i can tell that this thing is dated/90s-y, particularly in the sections where the singer isn't screaming. also the heavy breathing/whisper singing part in scissors really got on my nerves.
My expectations for this one were rather low, as I had a low opinion of Slipknot back when I was still a metalhead (considered them a sellout, etc). Turns out, this album sounds a lot better than I expected. I particularly enjoyed the drumming and the variation in instrumentation and song structure. I'm not too big on growling anymore these days, so I liked the less-growly songs such as Wait And Bleed better. Also not too big on the rap in songs such as Spit It Out. All in all this was a positive surprise though.
Friends and sister always used to love Slipknot, but I had never listened to them. Pretty good fun to listen to. I guess a bit dated, but good energy.
Great album but not their best. I can understand why this album and style of music isn't for everyone.
some classic bangers
love it still sounds so hectic and heavy
Angry. Don't typically like this genre but this was enjoyable if you are in the mood. Raw energy.
Loud and rawcous, but unexpectedly eclectic and musical. Made me feel like a disaffected youth again. RAAAAAAAAGH!!!
I have only listened to "Duality" by these guys. No doubt they definitely have a LOT of musicality, particularly in the drums. This album solidifies it for me. But the amount of screaming and energy is... almost too much. I would have liked to have heard more guitar, solos and such. Have it brought more to the foreground, you know? I listened to the anniversary edition, which had some of their demos on it. Those are just a primal scream more than anything else. So the album itself is probably a 3.5 for me.
I love albums full of energy, and Slipknot definitely deliver. From the moment it began I had a huge grin on my face, which peaked around wait and bleed/ surfacing and stayed there for pretty much the entirety of the record. Why isn't this a 5 then? Unfortunately, it can't keep up the quality and starts to die off somewhere around the midpoint.
Holy shit I'm 16 again. The nostalgia hit for this album probably impairs my ability to judge if it's actually good or not, this was one of the gateway albums that got me into metal. Well, I say 'this album' the extra demo versions and remixes at the end of Spotify's offering of the '10th anniversary' certainly aren't needed. Original please! Slipknot still rips. (sic) is, well exactly as it declares itself, Wait and Bleed is a classic and the rest of the record maintains a consistent level of head banging goodness, though it is frontloaded with the latter parts (even discounting the extras on the Spotify version) are definitely weaker than the opening salvo.
So when I was around 13 I got a mix cd from my cousin. This mix cd was exclusively metal and there were 2 songs on that cd that hit me harder than any of the others. 2 songs that are the reason I got into metal. They were "Toxicity" by System of a Down and "Wait and Bleed" by Slipknot. I lost that cd in a move shortly after I got it and I didn't have a track list for it because what 13 year old keeps a track list? It took years for me to rediscover "Wait and Bleed" and when I did I think I listened to this album on repeat for like a month straight. Thank you random album generator for reminding me of this. I have so much love for Slipknot, both the band and the album, but I would argue that it's not their best. That's not to discount the album by any means, it's a fantastic album. Easy 4. Maybe a 4.5 but that's likely angsty teen Been talking.
Nice album here that’s hardcore and intense. Always felt slick or had a unique sound and was able to differentiate themselves from other metal groups. The double bass drums are great and the guitar riffs are solid. Pretty nice album but probably my second favorite of theirs. 7.7/10
A vocalist whose main objective is to destroy his throat. A drummer who probably wished he has four arms. And of course, everyone is very angry about everything. This album is basically one satan reference away from being the most stereotypically metal metal album. But it does rock. Those speedy drum fills, heavy riffs, and mad vocals hype me up. It's so energizing. I don't hate the world, but I gotta admit that this is a perfect work-out album. Another heavy metal album that I actually enjoy.
Sheeeit man. That dude said if your 14 and hate your stepdad this is for you. Well bro was right, when I was 14 this shit was untouchable. However, I am not fourteen anymore. But to a certain Degree I appreciate it for the Nostalgia, it's fun man.
Listen... I know that they're Slipknot but I can't help but think that this shit fucking rocks. It makes me want to punch boulders and chug mountain dew.
The nu-metal ages poorly but otherwise this is great
I wasn't really into this when it came out, despite probably being the target age. Lots of friends listened to it and "Wait and Bleed" was frequently played on music tv channels so I came to know the songs through osmosis. I have come to appreciate slipknot later in life. This album is exciting, it's full of interesting and head nodding rhythms layered with powerful and heavy and sometimes screaming guitar sounds. Standouts for me are the Jungle intno to "Eyeless", the classis "Wait and Bleed", the guitar & bass call and response on "Surfacing", the strange, haunting, screaching sounds that somehow are made by a guitar on "Tattered and Torn" There's also some industrial sounds and some walking Jazz bass here and there! If you can look past the Nu Metal rapping and dj scratching that was the style at the time it makes for a great listen.
Ihaj, ovo je odličan album. Znam mu se vratiti kad mi treba neki ispušni ventil.
Dugo dugo ga nisam slusala. Jos uvijek je dobar.
The whole thing, I think, is sick The first half of this still hits incredibly hard, Jordison's drumming is unmatched, and I have now had a flashback of singing Spit It Out at karaoke when I was about 15 so thanks for that Some of the soundscapes from the second half are eerie as hell and still leave a huge impression. The only real downside is that some of the rap-heavy stuff from the tail end seems quite derivative compared to the earlier songs, and some of the lyrics are quuuuite bad, but on the whole it is just a ferocious and unsettling sonic attack
Slipknot is boos en maakt deze parel. Valt op hoeveel heavier ze vroeger waren. Klassiekers: spit it out, wait & bleed. Surfacing, leuke ontdekking;
Nu metal elegante. Un 4.
Iowa better doe
I can see why people are into this.