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Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses

Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses

by Slipknot Slipknot
Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses

Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses

by Slipknot Slipknot


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Having spent the past few years engaged in a constant battle to push the envelope of perversity and musical extremity to the limits, these Iowans looked ready to paint themselves into a stylistic corner. On this surprisingly craft-conscious set of actual songs, however, the nine-piece outfit hop deftly into the mainstream -- or some offshoot thereof. The Subliminal Verses finds the masked men delving into verse-chorus-verse structures (on the seething "Duality") and even immersing themselves in strings -- cello and violin -- on the lulling "Vermillion Part 2." Sure, there are plenty of nods to their netherworld origins ("Pulse of the Maggots," in particular, sounds like it could've appeared on Iowa), but even the heavier stuff has a decidedly more polished tenor. That might have something to do with the production of Rick Rubin, who's always had a flair for putting brutal sounds in precise order, but there's a freshness in approach that's attributable to the band alone. As such, "The Virus of Life" brings in tribal drumming reminiscent of Neurosis, while the sharp, skittering "Three Nil" makes whiplash seem worthwhile. The masks are still in place, but The Subliminal Verses proves that Slipknot are steadily emerging from the shadows.

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Release Date: 05/25/2004
Label: Roadrunner Records
UPC: 0016861838829
catalogNumber: 618388
Rank: 853


  1. Prelude 3.0
  2. The Blister Exists
  3. Three Nil
  4. Duality
  5. Opium of the People
  6. Circle
  7. Welcome
  8. Vermilion
  9. Pulse of the Maggots
  10. Before I Forget
  11. Vermilion, Pt. 2
  12. The Nameless
  13. The Virus of Life
  14. Danger, Keep Away

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