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  • Summary: Produced by Ross Robinson, 'Iowa' is the metal band's third album.

Top Track

People = Shit
Come on Here we go again, motherfucker Yeah Come on down, and see the idiot right here Too fucked to beg and not afraid to care What's the matter... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. 'Iowa' is a fantastic metal record, ferocious and inventive, but their rage is that of psychotic adolescents rather than reasoning adults. You'll love it!
  2. Every genre needs its defining record, its high watermark, and this 66-minute tantrum is nu-metal's gift to history. A classic, terrifyingly.
  3. Q Magazine
    80
    Slipknot make one hell of a racket, an abrasive amalgam of death metal blastbeats and bestial grunting. [Oct 2001, p.130]
  4. Alternative Press
    70
    Things reach such a fever pitch on this album that you can't help but laugh at times. [Sep 2001, p.75]
  5. 70
    Iowa boldly follows up, notching maximum body blows in its unyielding production, while maintaining an odd grandeur in its professed pain and anguish, its struggle for individualism.
  6. After too many calls for the end of humanity and playing the Satan card a few times, all the yelling becomes little more than a humorless joke.
  7. Those who've moved beyond efforts to scare mom and dad will do well to steer clear, though they've probably made that choice already.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 75
  2. Negative: 15 out of 75
  1. Dec 4, 2011
    10
    Slipknot's follow-up to their massively successful debut album does not disappoint. This is their darkest work, and it shows. Some say theSlipknot's follow-up to their massively successful debut album does not disappoint. This is their darkest work, and it shows. Some say the very numerous expletives are unneeded and lose effect, but they just can't see that the words help convey the dark and disturbing sound that Slipknot aims to bring to their sophomore effort. Expand
  2. CoreyT
    Apr 20, 2005
    10
    I Agree with Wahyu, Fuck the Critics, THey dont what the Hell they r talkin bout, except the ones that gave it a pretty good review, and I Agree with Wahyu, Fuck the Critics, THey dont what the Hell they r talkin bout, except the ones that gave it a pretty good review, and atelast said it was good...but all the others r a bunch of stupid shitheads Expand
  3. AnthonyC.
    Oct 8, 2001
    10
    This album is better than the first, it's faster, louder, and harder than their first.
  4. Mar 30, 2018
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. in my opinion,one of the most brutal albums of this **** time. absolutely to listen. Expand
  5. Mar 12, 2018
    9
    Easily Slipknot's best album. It is heavy and angry and in-your-face. If you don't love brutally heavy music, you won't think this is theirEasily Slipknot's best album. It is heavy and angry and in-your-face. If you don't love brutally heavy music, you won't think this is their best album. Expand
  6. Jul 19, 2016
    8
    Many people will often refer to the "sophomore slump"... when a band manages to release a stunning debut and ultimately has to follow itsMany people will often refer to the "sophomore slump"... when a band manages to release a stunning debut and ultimately has to follow its success. While I wouldn't consider Iowa a slump per se, it is not as good as the eponymous debut. Iowa is my third favorite record by Slipknot and I always felt that it lacked a certain energy and charisma that drenched the first album. I felt like Corey and the rest of the band were screaming for a reason as oppose to screaming simply for the sake of screaming. Some people may vehemently disagree with me but I still sense a lack of sincerity with Iowa while comparing it to their debut album. That has always been my biggest gripe, not onto what I enjoyed.

    The lyrics are fantastic, Corey may use a certain four letter word that we all know and love a few too many times; but he makes up for it with a plethora of words that I had to look up. Thanks to album I now know what progeny is. I would have thought that word would have shown up on the SAT, but no...it was in a Slipknot record. Corey's use of metaphors and analogies continue to paint a picture of a dark and tortured soul that was present in the first album. Few vocalist can rival the pure unadulterated rage that flows through his teeth. When you hear this record you can really understand how Slipknot was the poster child for every pissed off teen that was overlooked by everyone and everything.

    From a musical standpoint the band did get more technical, power cords and chugs are plentiful along with the signature percussive onslaught that helped to make Slipknots trademark sound. I enjoyed Jordisons double bass work though it seemed sluggish at times and not as creative as the work displayed in the first album. Jim Root and Mick Thomson continue to blend their sounds well and as I had mentioned earlier are able to create some memorable riffs that are indeed more technical. The tones are dark and eerie and will make the hair on the back of your neck stand straight. The album is taut from beginning to end and that can really be attributed to the guitar work of Jim and Mick.

    The album is riddled with scratching and sampling but you have to pay very close attention or you might miss it. These instances are subtle but they make for great ear candy. Clown and Chris continue to scream and destroy while adding to the overall cathartic tone of the record.

    Iowa still stands the test of time, it's more angry and brutal than the majority of the records being released today. Solid musicianship and excellent lyrics allow the band to pick up where they left off, but it still lacks the youthful spirit that made their debut a masterpiece.
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  7. AS
    Oct 22, 2001
    0
    just because this cheap excuse for a metal band put patheticly excessive blood and guts into a 66 minute album (all of which could have just because this cheap excuse for a metal band put patheticly excessive blood and guts into a 66 minute album (all of which could have easily fit into 45) doesn't mean that it makes up for the complete lack of musical talent, or horribly written lyrics. this album has broguht the title of being "metal" down to an ultimate low. Expand

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