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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. 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. 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. 60
    The basic Slipknot sound has improved. [#27, p.147]
  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: 68 out of 80
  2. Negative: 9 out of 80
  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. GR
    Nov 29, 2004
    10
    This is by far their best album yet. As rolling stone said, they've finally married some beauty to their beast. The guitar is thrashing This is by far their best album yet. As rolling stone said, they've finally married some beauty to their beast. The guitar is thrashing as usual with complex riffs and solos, and Corey Taylor doesn't scream every lyric this time and he shows that yes, he CAN sing and he can sing very well. Great album Expand
  3. Corpus
    Nov 23, 2005
    10
    The best album ive heard, this album has hardcore headbanging songs and songs with acoustic melodies. it has everything, all you fuckers who The best album ive heard, this album has hardcore headbanging songs and songs with acoustic melodies. it has everything, all you fuckers who think this album sucks need to realise what a proper band sounds like, and it dosent get any better than this. Expand
  4. LiamQ
    Jul 30, 2004
    9
    People moaning about slow songs?? it cannot be thrash death metal all the way through, if it was all heavy it would be dull, I did not like People moaning about slow songs?? it cannot be thrash death metal all the way through, if it was all heavy it would be dull, I did not like Slipknot at all but this album shows so much maturity in their music, i think its superb Expand
  5. JustinB.
    Dec 2, 2007
    9
    This is a great album and hopefully a sign of things to come from Slipknot.
  6. joshd
    Aug 8, 2004
    8
    this cd is awesome. one of slipknots best 1s. listen 2 all the tracks and c wut the guys from iowa have.
  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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