Released: Aug 2001
Label: Roadrunner Records
Overwrought, unsettling and apocalyptic, Slipknot's third album is a tour de force of the last circle of hell, and it looks suspiciously like the Hawkeye State, the place that disgorged these bitter masked men. But the bitterness of these Children of the Corn is high art, as they reconstruct some of the disturbing landmarks that made them who they are with a nefarious guitar crunch and a relentless bass menace. Self-castigating and anxious, Corey Taylor both fascinates and repels as he rips vocals out of his larynx until his throat bleeds, setting a new high and low for metal in this millennium.