Ever wondered which Slipknot tracks are favoured by your favourite bands? Trivium’s Matt Heafy, Asking Alexandria’s Ben Bruce, Of Mice & Men’s Austin Carlile + many more reveal their picks below!
Matt Heafy of Trivium:
I recall being terrified, yet completely enthralled by this truly innovative amalgamation of styles both musical and visual—not yet heard or seen before. The mixture of brutality and melody, sheer psychotic rage and quiet pained anguish: Slipknot wasn’t afraid to pair extreme opposites. The unrestrained ferocity that is their self-titled album will never cease to amaze me.
Ben Bruce of Asking Alexandria:
I really love every record! The first time I heard Slipknot I must’ve been a bout 15-years-old. That was it for me. I was just absolutely floored by them. I feel in love with that band. I remember sitting in my class, doing my work, and scribbling their logo into my books. I’d write their lyrics down. I even graffiti-ed my mom’s sun visor in her car [Laughs]. She pulled it down and was like, “What the fuck is this?” I’d written “People=Shit” lyrics and stuff on there. I’m such a huge fan of that band. They changed metal. I love all of their records. Every album they’ve released is different. They didn’t let themselves stagnate or regurgitate ideas from previous records. They always evolved. To this day, their first record is one of the heaviest records I’ve ever heard.
David Gunn of KING 810:
My favorite Slipknot album would be the self-titled only because it came first and without it the other records couldn’t exist. Usually, answers to these questions are dictated by nostalgic value, but all of their records are equally good. I picked up on this early from a few friends in 1999. “The Box Music Network” played the “Wait and Bleed” video, and that was exciting to see the visual. The songs on the record that come to mind off hand are “Eyeless”, “Liberate”, and “No life”.
Austin Carlile of Of Mice & Men
I’d have to go with Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses). The last song “Danger – Keep Away ” is really sad, creepy, and eerie. That’s definitely my favorite Slipknot album. I remember the first time I heard Slipknot. I was a junior in high school. My friend was playing a song, and I asked her who it was. She was like, “You haven’t heard them?” She got me in to Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson. She was the gothic chick that wore all of those shirts [Laughs]. I was a normal guy, but she played all of this music I liked. She got me into Tool too. She played Slipknot, and I was like, “This is so heavy! There’s nothing that exists is heavier than them!” Slipknot is one of my favorite bands of all-time. Corey Taylor is a freaking legend. I respect the hell out of him. His writing, vocals, and live show are incredible. He’s a great frontman and dude. I definitely strive to be on his level of what a music machine he is.
Jeff Kendrick of DevilDriver:
My favorite Slipknot record would have to be Iowa. I think the “sophomore slump” was on the minds of everyone involved after having such a successful debut album. Iowa had no such problems as it boasted great songs that were extremely unforgettable but persevered a dark and heavy undertone that showed Slipknot had maintained its roots in the underground world.
Danny Leal of Upon A Burning Body:
The self-titled album came out and changed my life as far as music was concerned. I had no idea it could get that heavy or aggressive. It completely changed my perspective on everything I thought was heavy and pissed at the time. I grabbed on to it. That album is very special musically to me from a musician’s standpoint. Iowa was a great record as well. Growing up, I would say I appreciate Iowa a little bit more because I think they did the same thing, but the time was taken on the sound of the record. It sounded bigger, and it was more anthemic. They came out pissed when they came out, but you couldn’t touch any of it on Iowa. From a vocal standpoint, it’s ridiculous.
via Artist Direct