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Monday, September 12, 2011

"Surfacing"

Slipknot - Surfacing (1999)




So what separates this from all the other angry Nu Metal songs out there? For one thing the vocals, while challenging, are actually intelligible if you put your mind to it. It's angry, and bitter, as you would expect, and as the book points out, it's very nihilistic. Musically you have some of the most technically proficient Nu Metal out there. The double bass pedal and in fact all of the percussion is super tight, but you know it's real and not a drum machine. The scratching on the turntable is creative and not repetitive, and the big guitar sounds in the break aren't muddled or too loud to make out the fact that they are playing very well. I'm not a fan of the squealing guitar you hear throughout the song, but that's just my opinion, it's not overused to the point of madness, so I'm willing to let bygones be on that one. This is definitely not my kind of Metal, but I can see the appeal, and you can't deny the talent.

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