Top critical review
on 3 August 2007
I can't believe I was ever a fan of this band. This album is the worst of their albums, with badly done screaming that hurts the ears and just annoys me. And no, I'm not a wimp who hates loud music, I like the loudest band ever... ManOwaR!
Of all the tracks, Tattered and Torn is the worst of the lot, followed by No Life. I cannot begin to say how awful those two tracks are. If anything, No Life is heavy rap and Tattered and Torn is not even music at all. It sounds so random it's stupid. Me Inside follows the same plague as No Life and Eyeless has some repetitive screaming "You can't see California without Marlon Brando's eyes". And apparantly the song is all about a madman who the band saw running and shouting that same line I just mentioned above. What a pathetic theme to base a song on.
My most recent listen:
742617000027 is just stupid sampling, pointless. Then (Sic) follows which I don't care for, but it's definitely one of the better tracks.
Eyeless was a track that I always hated, I never understood why it got so much praise and I still hate it just as much as I always did.
Wait and Bleed is not as awful as Eyeless but it's still a badly done song, lacking any sort of musical talent one of the best metal songs should have (On VH1 it was considered one of the best metal songs ever, and its not even metal). Way overrated. The amount of chorus repetition gets annoying after a while.
Surfacing is the album's strongest track. The guitaring at the start is actually good but once the vocals break in you realize its just another average Slipknot song.
Spit it Out is part OK and part horrible. The chorus is one of the few bits of this album that I don't dislike, but the rap verses really wreck the song. Still one of the better tracks though.
Tattered and Torn is AWFULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL. I could write an essay about how bad it is. If you can call it a song you clearly need a hearing test. It's horrible. Just listen to the intro and Corey's repetitive whispering screaming. Noise.
Me Inside is also terrible. Loads of screaming, and when he does sing, it sounds really bad.
Liberate is still rubbish, but it's far from the previous two tracks. At least it leaves a bit of hope.
Prosthetics is totally primitive. It sounds horrible, very badly made. A failed attempt at being original.
No Life is the second worst song on the album. The rap vocals really don't do anything for me and there's hardly any music in there.
Diluted is one that I can put up with, just. It's not bad at all, and is way better than Prosthetics, both of which are original. It does get annoying if you keep it on for too long though.
Only One is one of the better songs. The screaming actually sounds alright but the rap verses really ruin it.
Scissors may be 8 minutes long but it's pointless. Slipknot should learn what talent is before writing 8 minute songs. Their next album had a 15-minute song that wasn't much better than this.
Eeyore is the average song on here. Repetitive screaming, I don't know why I don't think it's one of the worst on here. Not really worth being a hidden track though. And by the way, do not listen to anyone that recommends Metallica over this. Metallica is just as bad.
Tracklisting (best to worst):
Spit it Out
Wait and Bleed
Tattered and Torn
Wait and Bleed 2:27
Spit it Out 2:39
Tattered and Torn 2:53
Me Inside 2:39
No Life 2:47
Only One 2:26
Luckily the tracks are not too long. Anyway, don't buy it. If you have £10 to spend get one of these:
3 Inches of Blood - Fire up the Blades
Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle-Earth
Edguy - Hellfire Club
Epica - The Divine Conspiracy
Iron Maiden - Powerslave
Iron Maiden - Somewhere in Time
Judas Priest - Painkiller
ManOwaR - Into Glory Ride
Turisas - Battle Metal
Your money is much better spent on those.