Over the past week or so, I’ve gone through a deep dive of all the Slipknot albums. Throughout my listening extravaganza, I came to realize that if I had to pick a favorite Slipknot song it would most definitely be “Gently” from their second album, Iowa. This is one of those songs that packs so much into it yet, it’s a very minimalist song. It’s one of the songs in their catalog that is experimental yet totally makes sense. When put into the context of the sequence of the album on Iowa, “Gently” not only acts as a perfect transition piece of shifting the album into even darker territory. Something else that is quite interesting about this song is that it dates back to the very first Slipknot release, Mate Feed Kill Repeat. This is one song that I wish they would play more live. And now, “Gently.”
Perhaps the events in the world the last well, many years has made me more cynical but, anytime I see things in the news about ignorance, hatred, corruption or anything that fits that mold, I always find myself singing the chorus of Slipknot’s “People = Shit” to myself. It’s just a very fitting song when people start acting like utter morons. Also, it’s a great song when you just want to say F You to someone you just can’t stand or feel disgust towards. So, with that in mind, here’s another great F You song to add to the list!
Ever since Slipknot’s new album, We Are Not Your Kind came out, I’ve been hooked on it. We Are Not Your Kind is one hell of an album. In my opinion it’s the best album they’ve released since Volume 3: The Subliminal Verses. This new one has some of the darkest/heaviest lyrics since Iowa and musically it’s got a really interesting balance of Volume 3 and the self titled debut. With all that in mind, I thought a new ranking of Slipknot’s albums would be quite fitting.
I recently read Corey Taylor’s book about the supernatural he has experienced and it put me on a kick of listening to Slipknot. So with that in mind I thought I’d rank all of Slipknot’s albums from not their best to their best.