Vol 3: (The Subliminal Verses)

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  • Summary: Rick Rubin produced this third LP for the popular mask-wearing Des Moines-based metal outfit, who are set to headline Ozzfest this summer.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    91
    Their most extreme CD to date. [4 June 2004, p.80]
  2. At least two thirds of it is still comprised of head-spinning speed metal, but there are signs of genuine progression -- not to mention progressive rock -- from the off.
  3. They’ve now released their best album and the best pop inflected metal album since System of a Down's Toxicity.
  4. Q Magazine
    70
    A triumph. [Jul 2004, p.124]
  5. 70
    A significant broadening of the tonal spectrum notwithstanding, the outfit manages to keep their ferocity intact, although the malevolence is structured with a shrewd infusion of melodic vocals, flourishing experimental dynamics and a motherlode of striking riffs.
  6. Blender
    60
    The basic Slipknot sound has improved. [#27, p.147]
  7. Alternative Press
    20
    Plays out like a tepid, second-rate version of Iowa, which pretty much makes it a third-rate anything else. [Jul 2004, p.142]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 89
  2. Negative: 9 out of 89
  1. JayP
    Aug 6, 2008
    10
    Without a doubt a staple in Metal and Music history, the best of the bands current Trilogy this album sets a new bar for the band. Merging Without a doubt a staple in Metal and Music history, the best of the bands current Trilogy this album sets a new bar for the band. Merging both a Dark heaviness with a even darker sense of melody this albums covers both the areas of heavy metal and of passionate expression. This album should not go unheard and for any serious fan of metal or hard rock should not go un-owned. Expand
  2. Opeth(wreath)
    Jan 26, 2005
    10
    Great album, really good metal in it mixing in with melody i think its there best album. Im hoping for more like this.
  3. JonathanG
    Dec 28, 2005
    10
    Slipknot is one of my favorite bands. i think that this is truly ther best album ever.YOU GUYS KICK ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. ChrisM
    Oct 15, 2004
    9
    This album is great. It's much better than their previous efforts. The Subliminal Verses shows a that Slipknot are more than capable of This album is great. It's much better than their previous efforts. The Subliminal Verses shows a that Slipknot are more than capable of structuring a song with more than just a mish mash of noise. People complain about the slower songs and say they suck yet they give no reason other than "thEy suK cOZ dEy r SloW!" These slower songs such as Circle and Vermillion Pt 2 and both haunting and beautiful at the same time. Duality and Vermillion demonstrate a blend between rock and metal and most of the others are fast paced and generally awesome songs such as Three Nil, The Nameless and Pulse of The Maggots. Expand
  5. Aug 24, 2014
    9
    A more melodic Slipknot album with a more harmonic sound. In it the sound no longer beats you over the head with loud anger and aggressionA more melodic Slipknot album with a more harmonic sound. In it the sound no longer beats you over the head with loud anger and aggression (not an insult). There are still plenty of heavy tracks, but no longer are they laced with excessive profanity or references to the devil that at times felt thrown in for shock value. It overall feels like a much more mature work from the band, so parents might not be so horrified with their out-of-place feeling teenagers listening to it.

    That's not to say they're Slipknot's only audience. In fact the band's work has always had the potential for a much wider audience than it already has, but that would require people to get over the stereotypes associated with this kind of music. This album does a lot to help that.

    Not only is the style and tone different than previous albums, but the lyrical themes are as well. The stuff can get pretty dark. Songs like The Nameless, The Virus of Life, and the Vermillion tracks focus on darker aspects of "love" such as obsession and worship. When the sound isn't heavy it can be creepy, but it all feels intelligent throughout.

    It really is one of the best nu-metal albums out there, and Slipknot shows that it can experiment with it's sound without sacrificing what so many fans love about them in the first place. It shows growth and a different maturity than the previous two albums. I give it a 9.2/10.
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  6. Jan 23, 2016
    8
    The feel of this album is so scratchy. I'm not if its Corey's vocals or the guitar tones or both, but the way it was mixed makes it sound likeThe feel of this album is so scratchy. I'm not if its Corey's vocals or the guitar tones or both, but the way it was mixed makes it sound like a constant raspy voice. I think it was a really nice touch. The Blister exists and Welcome are very heavy songs, but for completely different reason for why songs like (sic) and Disasterpiece were heavy. Slipknots previous work seemed like it was told from more of a certain perspective, while songs like the blister exists feel more cinematic and mature. Not to say the first two albums weren't filled with some cinematic exposition, Vol 3 just feels like it tells a bigger story. The Virus of life kind of deviates from the rest of the album and may be one of Slipknots most underrated tracks. It's extremely fleshed out and it has the visceral vibe that the previous albums wore like a tattoo across the forehead. The Nameless is one of my all time favourite slipknot tracks (just putting that out there). duality, before i forget and vermilion also star Expand
  7. bhal
    Sep 4, 2004
    0
    this cd was not slipknot they sold out, once one of my favorite bands is now a band i loathe!

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