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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.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Their most extreme CD to date. [4 June 2004, p.80]
  2. They’ve now released their best album and the best pop inflected metal album since System of a Down's Toxicity.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. A triumph. [Jul 2004, p.124]
  6. OK, so it’s not Norah Jones dinner party territory and there’s enough torturous mayhem to gratify their faithful ‘maggots’ but there’s equally a contrived nature underlying the habitual havoc.
  7. 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: 67 out of 79
  2. Negative: 9 out of 79
  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 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. Tyler
    Dec 5, 2005
    10
    This album fucking roxors. This is some of the best musical talent out there in the rock/metal world, no matter what those soft-ass pop folk will say. Dynamic contrasts in some of the songs are awesome. Expand
  4. DD
    Jun 1, 2004
    9
    awesome cd. theyve grown up without losing the balls
  5. NickT
    May 25, 2009
    9
    When I first listened to slipknot, I started with Iowa like most. I liked the album very much; more than any of the other nu-metal at the time. The album was intense, raw, and powerful. I then heard their self titled album, but I did not enjoy it as much as Iowa. I suspect that this is because the two sounded familiar. This third album, however, is a horse of a different color. Now, i know most fans will label this as a sell out. But in my opinion, this album is a breath of fresh air and really is a step up. It shows that this group is very talented, and not a one trick pony. I was also impressed with its variety, with very dark and heavy songs like "the virus of life" and others which are more soft such as "danger - keep away". I enjoyed it very much, my favorite so far. Expand
  6. MattW
    Nov 7, 2004
    9
    the Self Titled and Iowa kick the shit outta this CD in terms of heavines and brutal lyrics but its not at all a bad cd its just different, so if you couldnt take slipknot before because its so hard and harsh then you might wanna take a look at this, but if you liked ur slipknot the way it was and arnt apt to change 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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