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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: 65 out of 83
  2. Negative: 15 out of 83
  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. RafaelC.
    Oct 3, 2001
    10
    I like this nuclear-powered band, excellent sound and great vocals.
  4. Oct 2, 2018
    10
    Absolutely great hands down. Those critics... they don't know what they're talking about.
  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 27, 2016
    8
    If you liked the heaviest sides of Slipknot on their self-titled debut, Iowa will be your new favourite album.

    Like the 1999 debut, Iowa
    If you liked the heaviest sides of Slipknot on their self-titled debut, Iowa will be your new favourite album.

    Like the 1999 debut, Iowa opens in incredible fashion with People = **** one of the band's best songs to date. And, again like the self-titled album, it doesn't let up even slightly until halfway through the album: Disasterpiece, My Plague, Everything Ends, The Heretic Anthem and Left Behind are all stone cold classics in modern metal music.

    There are very few low points on this record, although you may find yourself forgetting a few of the later titles, but once you go back and listen to them you will remember how brilliant they are. If they were released on any other record, they would be the best songs on it.

    Iowa is one of the most important albums of the modern era. It blew a hole through metal and rock music which left a lasting impression on the mainstream, too. With this release, Slipknot cemented themselves as the most important band in the world at the time, and it still more than holds up today.
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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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