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, crushing guitar riffs and powerful percussion. It certainly caught the attention of million globally. There were a lot of bands of similar ilk at the time, but none were as prominent as the original nine-piece. They’ve enjoyed continual success thanks to their ear for a big melody and general accessibility, despite the taboo first appearances.
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 thumps mixed the with the technicality of main drummer Joey Jordison’s chops. It isn’t a surprise that five albums later they’ve achieved legendary status.