Slipknot: High-gain monsters
Slipknot became synonymous with the nu metal trend in the late ’90s and early noughties, spitting out expressive, sometimes grotesque lyrics, accompanied by crushing guitar riffs and powerful percussion. But it would be unfair to categorise them so narrowly when their back catalogue displays moments far more intense than their counterparts, through both sheer heaviness and raw emotion. It certainly caught the attention of million globally. Eventually the original nine-piece rose to an unforgettable status, becoming the poster boys of 21st century metal. They’ve enjoyed continual mainstream success thanks to their ear for a big melody – despite the taboo first impressions.
The arrival of Slipknot’s first self-titled album set the record straight. It was a monster on all fronts. Layers upon layers of tracks, walls of metallic-sounding guitars, industrial drumming clangs mixed in with the technicality of the late, great drummer Joey Jordison. It isn’t a surprise that six albums later they’ve achieved legendary status.