Slipknot (4 stars)

SECC, Mon 9 Dec



For any rock band worth their salt, it’s all about the guitars. BIG. HEAVY. GUITARS. Slipknot have their fair share of shredding riffs and six string belligerence, although the first thing that hits us tonight, aside from the explosions and flames from the stage, is the drums. The 7000 or so folks assembled for Slipknot’s first Scottish appearance in over three years cannot help but feel the sheer power of the Iowan nontet. And when it comes to keeping a beat, Joey Jordison is pretty much as good as it gets, battering into a humongous kit with black cymbals (yes, he’s that metal). Jordison is the driving force behind the band; his incessant, but dextrous playing underpins the fury unleashed by the rest of his squad, while vocalist Corey Taylor – showing up tonight up in a kilt – is always on hand to deliver a big, soaring chant-a-long chorus amid the melee.

It’s a fitting finale when during their closer ‘(SIC)’, Jordison’s entire drum kit rises 15 feet into the air before rotating on its side 360 degrees. He never misses a beat. Beneath the choreographed mayhem beats a lean metal machine that can crush all comers.


The controversial masked American heavy metal shock-rockers with a typically uncompromising live set of blood, snot and tears.


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