The first headliner of Download Festival 2013 is Slipknot. They’re playing on the Friday night and they’ve got a bunch of great albums. Everyone’s got a different idea but TH editor, Raz has a story filled with multi-layered nostalgia about his favourite Slippers record. Have a read and then you can vote for your favourite Slipknot release. Fun, eh?
Here’s what Raz has to say about his favourite Slipknot album:
“I remember picking the bonus digipak up in Virgin Megastore on Tottenham Court Road because I’d heard ‘Eyeless’ on a free CD I’d got with a magazine. I don’t remember if it was a Kerrang! or a Rock Sound but those free CDs meant everything to me back then, in terms of finding new music. I just remember thinking that it was the heaviest shit I’d ever heard, and that made me happy. Happy enough to spend £13 or whatever the hellish amount of money we used to get rinsed for back then.”
“It was worth it, though. All the way from the unnerving ‘742617000027’ into the tribal drumming of ‘(Sic)’ pounding through my head. ‘Wait And Bleed’ was a slow jam (relatively) and I took great joy in learning those words.”
“Forget about anyone claiming that Mate. Feed. Kill Repeat was actually their first album, so this doesn’t count as their debut. This was my entry point into Slipknot’s music and I haven’t exited yet. Iowa was a surprisingly heavy follow up and Vol. 3 has some great moments, but you never forget your first.”
“I didn’t get over to LA until I was 25 – just five years ago – but I took a step outside the airport onto Californian soil and that immortal line flickered through my mind. You can’t see California without Marlon Brando’s eyes.”
Now it’s your turn to tell us what you think. Vote for your favourite Slipknot album in the poll below and tell us your own Slipknot stories in a comment below.