Slipknot Report From Vancouver, BC
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In support of their new album "Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses," Slipknot did a trans-Canada tour, touching down some of the bigger Canadian cities. I attended the last date (January 16) of the tour at the PNE Forum in Vancouver, BC. I arrived an hour before the doors opened and there was already a long line up of dedicated Slipknot fans, a few of them with masks, waiting in the cold and rain. No offense to anyone under 19, but all-ages shows are annoying because they generally attract teenyboppers and angry kids out to prove how cool they think they are even though they came with their parents. But I was glad to see the crowd wasn't as bad as some other concerts I've been to. However, there was this little boy of about 2-3 years of age, who wore a mask and an oversized Slipknot shirt that went down to his knees. I guess Slipknot appeals to audiences of all ages.
The lights went out at 7:30 and Boston-based metalcore/hardcore band Unearth, who released "Oncoming Storm" in 2004, was greeted with some cheering and some booing. Never having heard of their music before, I was rather impressed with their set. Their Gothenburg-influenced metal is melodic, yet heavy enough to drive a decent-sized mosh pit. They reminded me of a darker As I Lay Dying. But as catchy as some of their riffs were, their songs grew old pretty quickly. Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz came out and sang a few lines of "Zombie Autopilot" and an almost-naked Corey Taylor crossed the stage with a sign, which I couldn't read from my distance. Unearth ended their set about a half hour later with, I think, "Black Hearts Now Reign" and there were no more boos from the crowd, only cheers.
Part of the reason why I went to the show was to see Killswitch Engage, who also released an album in 2004 entitled "The End of Heartache." Despite not being a fan of their music, I am a fan of their live shows. I didn't think their performance this time was as great as the time I saw them open up for In Flames last year, but the heavy crushing riffs from guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz was still energetic enough to fuel a big mosh pit. One of the guys from Unearth (the guitarist?) came out to sing for a bit. Adam seemed a bit too hyper because he ran laps and skipped across the stage, annoying a few audience members. Singer Howard Jones sounded great for a guy who had blown his throat out in Toronto the week before. However, he sounded too screechy at times. But with their singer back, KsE was able to play more than four songs like they did in Toronto and they closed their set with "My Last Serenade."
I have mixed feelings about Slipknot. To be honest, I almost fell asleep. Maybe I was tired, or maybe it's just me for I've done the same during Metallica before too. But prior to the show, my friends have been raving about how crazy the Iowa band would be, raising my expectations to levels that the band failed to meet. Don't get me wrong though. Slipknot delivered a stellar performance, which I'm sure the hundreds of fans who attended the sold-out concert would agree with, except it wasn't as crazy or brutal as people have said nor was it exceptionally different from other metal shows. I've always thought that Corey Taylor had a really great voice. And maybe it's because I'm not a drummer that it blows my mind seeing Joey Jordison drum at such rapid speeds. But with all nine members in the band simultaneously playing instruments fast and furiously, it's hard to hear one over another at earth-shattering volumes. Also, watching so many guys performing on stage gets confusing. Percussionists Shawn Crahan and Chris Fehn made the stage show look even more disorganized by jumping around the stage when they're not playing, like employees trying to look busy in front of their boss on a slow work day. I honestly don't understand how a band whose music sounds like a construction site could gain so much popularity. I'm not saying their music sucks because I do like some of their songs. I just think they're a bit overrated. But that's just my opinion. The highlight of the night would probably be during "Spit It Out," when Corey got the crowd on the floor, from the front to the back, to get down and stay down. Then, everyone jumped up and a mosh pit broke out the moment Corey yelled "Jump the fuck up" - a moment that Corey claimed will go down in history. Although Slipknot fell short of reaching my expectations, their show was still rather enjoyable.
This isn't an accurate setlist but it's the best I could gather:
The Blister Exists
People = Shit
The Heretic Athem
Spit It Out
Wait and Bleed
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