The reason why metal has blossomed out the way it has is because of Slipknot. From the grotesque masks that they don whenever they take the stage to the feral attack of every song they write, the band were always much more than great your typical nu metal act.
Though the band only seem to give us one album every 5 years, there are still plenty of hidden gems to comb through.
For as much as a song like "Spit It Out" can set a mosh pit going today, there are always a handful of Slipknot tunes that deserve to be headbanged to in equal measure.
While a few of the band's classic albums can feel a bit lopsided at times, there are always a few songs across every record that are well above your average thrillfest. Some of the band's experimental works have led them towards more questionable territory, but when it works, it shines brighter than anything else in music.
You typically know what you're getting when you have a band as visceral as Slipknot in your playlist, but every now and again you'll be treated to something that will warp your brain and stimulate your senses. Here are just a small helping of the overlooked hellrides the 9 have given us over the years.
10. All Hope Is Gone
For many faithful Slipknot fans, there's not all that much to say about 2008's All Hope is Gone.
While certain tracks like "Psychosocial" and "Dead Memories" did fairly well upon release, the record as a whole felt like the band on autopilot rather than breaking any new ground. That lukewarm reception is actually a shame considering the power behind the title track.
Arriving at the very end of the record, this tune takes all the dark energy that the band is known for and pushes it to the absolute brink, with every instrument trying to smack you down to the ground. By the time Corey Taylor finally reaches the line "We'll end the world when all hope is gone," it's like listening to the rapture being played out in real time.
Though this song has the sonic power of a wrecking ball, it almost didn't make the record due to its title. Inspired by a message painted on the inside of an abandoned school, percussionist Clown originally balked at the idea of using it, thinking it was too pessimistic for the band.
The subject matter may seem pretty dour, but if you found something that can unsettle someone as maniacal as Clown, you know you have something good on your hands.