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.”
Yesterday the music world lost a force of nature behind the kit as well as a great songwriter in Joey Jordison. He was only 46 but left quite a legacy on the 4 Slipknot albums he was on as well as the plethora of other bands he played with like Rob Zombie, Korn and Ministry. While on a deep dive through their albums, I totally forgot about the secret song at the end of their debut self titled album. “Eyeore” is the track found at the end of the song “Scissors” and it’s a banger!! I will never forget the first time I heard them play it live. Holy Hell did it go HARD as Jamey Jasta would say. RIP Joey. Thank you for all the years of great tunes and performances.