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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:
Prelude
The Blister Exists
(Sic)
Gently
Disasterpieces
Vermilion
Three Nil
People = Shit
Left Behind
The Heretic Athem
Spit It Out
Duality
Wait and Bleed
Surfacing

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1. BlackGoat13 writes:

haha. I guess Slipknot Does appeal to all ages. Though it's still hard to believe that people actually boo'ed when Unearth opened up. Piss on those people. Unearth is a good band, with an awesome drummer.

For Killswitch Engage, I have mix feelings for. I do believe Howard has a great voice and it's very powerful at reaching people at live shows. Ah, I would have loved to see them play My Last Serenade. Such a good song.

Too many people poop on Slipknot for wearing the mask and for having so many members in the band. Either way, I love this band. I'm glad to see them still around, especially having 3,424 people in the band... haha But being a drummer and singer myself. Corey does have an amazing voice in my opinion and Joey is definitely one bad mother on the drums. One of the best. And it's cool to see that their still doing that with the whole, making the crowd get down and then jump up right in the middle of Spit It Out... What I remember seeing of them, he did the whole.... "jump the f*** up..." right in the middle of his little rap. haha

# Jan 19, 2005 @ 6:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. skribb writes:

Unearth rocks, why the f*** would anyone boo them out?

# Jan 19, 2005 @ 7:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. deathbringer writes:

I agree, Unearth rocks. A few of their songs on the new album remind me of KSE as well, so it seems like an odd audience to boo them.

# Jan 19, 2005 @ 12:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. SlipKornTallicaprieststatictera writes:

I think slipknot is very overrated but,I still love the songs they do off the self titled album and I think It would be really cool to see them do some tracks off of the debut album "Mate,Feed,Kill,Repeat" which I liked because it had a totally different singer,I love coreys voice but this dude was real death metal material,I just got a special bonus track verson of "MFKR" which features a never before released song with Korns Johnathan Davis

# Jan 19, 2005 @ 6:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. NFA writes:

anyone have any pics from this show, i was there in the pit the whole time and would love to see pics from above, on the whole pit just going off

# Jan 21, 2005 @ 1:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. a writes:

Slipknot is not my fav band anymore but Joey is still my favorite drummer. I like
Unearth and KsE more than Slipknot.

# Jan 21, 2005 @ 7:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. antichrist writes:

when i first heard slipknot i thought that they were pretty good, but they didnt appeal to me as much as unearth. they have always been my fave band. slipknot's music does actually vary some times it can be pretty good. but the subliminal verses is prehaps the sh**tiest album i have ever come across. Joey has always been my favourite and as will Joey. Corey's voice is extrodinary and should not be wasted with slipknot!!!!!!!!!! but other band members such as the stupid weirdo clown Shawn should be dumped asap but he is an aspect to the band there being not alot of point to him

# Jan 21, 2005 @ 8:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. ur mom writes:

slipknot is ok but if u want real music u should listen to the insane clown posse b****es

# Jan 21, 2005 @ 12:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. bcmetal writes:

another negative, poorly analyzed concert review by darkstar, what a suprise. falling asleep during a metal show? Complaining because their live antics are disorganized? Perhaps if more choreography is desired I could recommend a band called the backstreet boys. Unearth rips, behind the head solos dueling solos, jumping off the monitor towers? Come on...Howard's voice is the only one that makes Corey's look bad, and Slipknot tore it up like usual. How many other bands have you seen that are able to make 5000 people site down on the floor in the middle of a concert and riot on command? Thats called crowd control and if you ask me that makes for an excellent show with three great bands. Also, the sign read: I told a lie, Nervous?, Drunk? I love Howard.

see ya darkstar : )

# Jan 21, 2005 @ 5:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. darkstar writes:

I always feel love for me on this site.

Boybands still exist? Hot damn, I need to go see them.

Just kidding.

There's this non-metal band called Ozomatli that comes down from the stage into the middle of the crowd and gets everyone to get down. But instead of rioting, they do that hokey pokey. Hehe.

So THAT's what the sign read. I only saw the first part and couldn't make out the last. Thanks.

# Jan 22, 2005 @ 3:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Big_Dan writes:

has anyone ever heard of Anal Blast?

# Jan 24, 2005 @ 3:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Kral writes:

The show was great. Even though I am a 14 year old, I still love Slipknot and KSE. I did not have much fun watching Unearth though, they didn't seem to appeal to me. However, they are still a great band, and they deserved to tour with another great band, Slipknot.

Killswitch Engage put on a ****ing great show. Just screaming at the crowd to put their fists in the air and start moving, I mean, really. Their songs kick it. End of Heartache, in my opinion, was the best of them.

Slipknot. Slipknot put on a god damn GREAT show. That's all I really have to say. :)

- Kral.

# Jan 25, 2005 @ 12:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. :0-->E writes:

man there were alot of hot little goth/metal girls there who here like em? yaa i know i got to cop a feel a lil bit too in the pit :)

# Feb 2, 2005 @ 2:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. max writes:

i have a question for ken of unearth....what happend to the beautiful girl you were with in nashville....

# Feb 2, 2005 @ 9:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Codysims writes:

Yea i went to that concert coreys sign said "if you didnt think i would f*** around i lied"
I lasted 10 minutes in the front tho sum threw me and my head got stomped on

# Feb 12, 2005 @ 2:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Codysims writes:

I was the blonde hair kid in the black hoodie and big a$$ shoes

# Feb 12, 2005 @ 2:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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