Slipknot are a band with a big number of hits behind them; everyone knows 'Psychosocial', 'Duality' and 'Before I Forget' - and they're great songs - but we figured that with all the buzz of a new Slipknot record, a set of new masks and a world tour to follow, it would be a good time to take a look back at ten awesome Slipknot songs which never seemed to get the amount of attention they deserved!
Scroll on to see which underrated tracks made the list:
Skin Ticket (Iowa)
Slipknot's sophomore album Iowa had its fair share of hits like 'Left Behind' and 'The Heretic Anthem' which really pushed them onto the global stage in 2001, but the tail-end of this record is absolutely packed with bangers that don't get as much of a mention.
Take the eleventh track 'Skin Ticket' for example, which starts with a cracking drum beat from Joey and includes some absolutely classic nu-metal riffs in the chorus. Quiet and dark verses add some killer dynamics to the song and it's got one of the most memorable endings to a Slipknot song out there ("KEEPING MYSELF ALIVE!"). 2001 was around the time when nu-metal was peaking as a whole, and 'Skin Ticket' was a fine example of it.
It isn't the only song from Iowa to grace this list - read on to see what else we've included!
Circle (Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses)
Slipknot's third album Vol. 3 had some of the band's biggest heavy hits to date like 'Duality' and 'Before I Forget', but it also had its fair share of stripped-back moments like 'Vermillion Pt. 2' and 'Danger - Keep Away'.
The most underrated of those quieter tracks would have to be 'Circle', which uses acoustic guitar, strings and muted drums to create an almost folky atmosphere of barren hopelessness. The ending eventually devolves into a deranged dance-like beat, cementing it as one of the more unique songs to be found on the album.
It's a beautiful song which often gets looked over in favour of the much bigger acoustic hit 'Vermillion Pt. 2'.
.execute./Gematria (The Killing Name) (All Hope Is Gone)
Technically it's two songs, but All Hope Is Gone's opening track '.execute.' feeds into 'Gematria' perfectly, using terrifying noise and crazy soloing from Joey to make 'Gematria' hit so much harder when it drops.
'Gematria' is full of thrashy riffs, hardcore/punk influenced passages and even a breakdown at the end, serving as a perfect way to kick off their 2008 effort.
The massive success of 'Psychosocial' as a single took a lot of the focus off these two after the record's release and it's a darn shame. It's actually a little bit reminiscent of the self-titled album's openers '742617000027' into '(sic)', now that we think about it!
Anyone else remember having the shit scared out of them when this track came on the first time through listening to the self-titled debut?
'Eeyore' was a hidden track which suddenly came on after three minutes of conversation/vomiting between the band after the 'final' track 'Scissors', and it beats you over the head from the get-go with lightning speed and thunderous aggression.
Thanks to the modern wonders of Spotify, YouTube and iPods, you don't need to fumble through a cassette to find it anymore, and thank god for that.
This is the song that circle pits were made for!
We weren't kidding when we said the end of Iowa had some criminally underrated tracks, and the 15-minute long final/title track is some of Slipknot's most explorative work to date.
A desolate atmosphere is created by muted basslines, sparse drums and echoing samples of screams in the background, while Corey comes in with the rest of the band intermittently to provide some dynamics.
It acts as a dark come-down from 13 tracks of chaos before it, and it's especially good if you have a decent pair of headphones handy for it.
'Prosthetics' is a thinner-sounding song compared to others on the self-titled record like 'sic', 'Spit It Out' and 'Surfacing', but it stands on its own as a worthy addition to the record and one which deserves more recognition.
The song builds up by adding a new member into the mix every ten seconds or so, until Corey and Mick jump into the fray to bring the track to boiling point after 1:50. 'Prosthetics' continues on building a dark and unsettling vibe, characterised by Corey having a mental breakdown on record at the 3:10 mark.
The Burden (.5: The Gray Chapter)
'The Burden' was one of the stand-out tracks from the band's 2014 album .5: The Gray Chapter, but definitely seemed to fly under the radar upon its release. Its lack of love compared to singles like 'The Devil In I' can probably be chalked up to the fact that it was included as a bonus track rather than part of the original album, but it definitely deserves a shout-out!
This was the first album to feature Jay Weinberg behind the kit after Joey Jordison's departure in 2013, but Jay's tribal-esque drum work on 'The Burden' is one of the song's highlights, giving the song its dark, pounding feel which is impossible to not bang your head along with.
Another criminally underrated song from Iowa's last moments, 'Metabolic' is an extremely pissed off 'fuck you' track aimed at Corey's father who wasn't present throughout his upbringing, and you can feel every bit of rage through lines like 'The hardest part was knowing / That I could never be you / Now all I do is sit around / And wish I could forget you'.
It's the last heavy song on the record before the title track winds things down, but it goes out with a bang.
Also - if the riff at 2:38 doesn't make you want to pit on the spot, then nothing will!
All Hope Is Gone (All Hope Is Gone)
Unlike Iowa's title track which rounded out the album with a long, drawn-out soundscape, All Hope Is Gone finishes off the 2008 record with the equivalent of being thrown in a blender for four minutes. Blast beats, furious vocals from Corey and endless shredding result in a heavy ending track, and one that ultimately flew under the radar after the more accessible singles 'Psychosocial' and 'Sulfur' had made their impact.
'Purity' is a track that has an interesting backstory; originally included in the self-titled album's tracklisting, both it and 'Frail Limb Nursery' were removed following an impending copyright infringement lawsuit. The song is about a girl named Purity Knight that was apparently kidnapped and buried alive, but the story was fabricated by a website and found to be untrue. Corey found the story on the site and, not knowing it was untrue, wrote a song about it; transforming the demo "Despise" into the song "Purity".
The track was eventually included on the album's 10th anniversary re-issue in 2009 after the website allowed for it due to the increased number of hits it had received from the ordeal, and the band played the song live as recently as 2015.
So there you have it - our picks for 10 of the most underrated Slipknot songs over the years. Do you agree with our list? Tell us which songs you think just don't get the love they deserve!
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