Entertainment WeeklyTheir most extreme CD to date. [4 June 2004, p.80]
Q MagazineA triumph. [Jul 2004, p.124]
BlenderThe basic Slipknot sound has improved. [#27, p.147]
Alternative PressPlays out like a tepid, second-rate version of Iowa, which pretty much makes it a third-rate anything else. [Jul 2004, p.142]
JayPAug 6, 2008Without 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
Opeth(wreath)Jan 26, 2005Great album, really good metal in it mixing in with melody i think its there best album. Im hoping for more like this.
JonathanGDec 28, 2005Slipknot is one of my favorite bands. i think that this is truly ther best album ever.YOU GUYS KICK ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ChrisMOct 15, 2004This 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
Aug 24, 2014A 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.… Expand
Jan 23, 2016The 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
bhalSep 4, 2004this cd was not slipknot they sold out, once one of my favorite bands is now a band i loathe!
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