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Slipknot Posts Video Premiere Of Music Video "Sulfur"; Comments From The Band On The New Release

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SLIPKNOT has posted a new video for the song "Sulfur" online for streaming. Percussionist Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. Clown) had the following to say about the release:

"This is the third video I’ve done with Paul Brown and with each video we learn more about each other and the art of Slipknot, and we build on that knowledge with each new project. It’s great to jump around and try new people, but sometimes it’s better to stay with a winning team.

When I write a treatment, I always think, “What has Slipknot not done? What can we embark upon that will be fun and knowledge-enhancing instead of the same old song and dance?” Our business can be routine, so I need the band to be able to do something brand new so we can look back at it later and say, “God, this was different and fun and really artistic.”

This one was based on a visual art piece called “Ascension” by Bill Viola that’s at the Des Moines Arts Center. You go down in this room and it’s solid black and it’s basically this gentleman jumping into a body of water. It’s shot in a high frame rate and it happens over 30 minutes and the sound’s slowed down, and it’s just scary.

So for this video, we are the treatment. We like to give our fans as much of us as we can, and even though we’re tired of live performance, we’re always trying to take it to the furthest realm. So I figured this time we’d change up the live performance by shooting groups of three instead of putting the whole band up in a scenario and then the camera rolls by and misses what I’m doing because it’s focusing on Joey. The first group was Corey, Mick and Craig. And then the second group was Joey, Sid and Paul. And the third group was Chris, Myself and Jim.

When I think of sulfur I go blindly into the smell and it’s something people either love or hate, and if you hate it, then it can be suffocating. So, I went to a parallel universe and incorporated water as something that suffocates you instead of being derivative and contrived and just showing the yellow smoke of sulfur or something. We got an 11-foot water tank and we all jumped in it, and we all had our issues. It was the first time I saw everybody very concerned with something we had to do for our art. You had to go up this really weird ladder and the water was dirty and it was a five-foot by five-foot tank and it looked like when you stepped into it you were gonna hit your head on the frame that holds the glass and it would just rip your nose off.

And we were even more freaked out because they had to have a paramedic there that could swim and save you if you were drowning. I look at the video as a testimony to being able to believe in what you had to do. It was dangerous. If you just did it a little bit wrong you were going to hurt yourself. And it happens to be my favorite video ever because it involved that fear. We used a 45 lens like they used in “Gladiator,” which makes everything super-sharp, so the motion is really in your face and you really feel what every member is doing and we just had a fantastic time. It’s probably the best we’ve ever looked and I think it reveals more of how we see ourselves."

"Sulfur":

Source: Headbanger's Blog

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1. undertaker writes:

slipknot sucks d***

# Apr 17, 2009 @ 8:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. spiral_architect writes:

i like slipknot, and like this video, but i don't understand what people being immersed in water has to do with breathing in sulfur. i think this is something chuck klosterman will have to ponder and write about.

now listening to: heaven and hell "bible black"

# Apr 17, 2009 @ 8:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. pinto_beans writes:

Not bad. I like it.

# Apr 18, 2009 @ 12:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. brettTHEjett writes:

For mainstream rock, you need to admit this is the coolest sh** being played on f***ing MTV and sh** like that. Let's be honest.... Slipknot provide the closest thing to metal that will be full mainstream.

IMO this is so much cooler than Metallica's latest music videos. Metallica being the only other "METAL" mainstream act.

This video is creative, dark, high-budget, and f***in bad ass. I love it

# Apr 18, 2009 @ 3:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Diamond Oz writes:

This is... good! I'm surprised.

# Apr 18, 2009 @ 8:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. abstractlegend writes:

Very nice!!! I just wish they wold use the album version of the song.

# Apr 18, 2009 @ 9:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Zero 54 writes:

I like what brettTHEjett said, bands like Slipknot, Metallica, Disturbed, System Of A Down, Korn really are a stepping stone into metal. At one time those where my top five bands, but listening to them really opened me up to a lot of metal bands. The video was quite decent aswell

Who Doesn't want to have swimming lessons with slipknot anyway

Np Lamb Of God "Dead Seeds"

# Apr 18, 2009 @ 1:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. DeathInEye writes:

I think they went with water because of the immediate fear of drowning (suffocation), and total emersion experience, 'like breathing in sulfur.' I'm only speculating though. Looks nifty too!

# Apr 18, 2009 @ 2:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Guttersniper writes:

I like this video, and this may be my favorite song off of the album
Im suprised there hasnt been very many bashers yet... i also agree 100% with brett the jet

# Apr 18, 2009 @ 6:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Skylark writes:

I agree with Zero 54, who agrees with Jett lol.... it's band's like them and ESPECIALLY Linkin Park that hook metal heads. I emphasize Linkin Park because they are more a rap core band, and a lot of people who don't listen to rock and metal listen to rap and hip hop and pop... stuff with a steady, pulsing beat. Linkin Park provides that, as well as some really heavy guitar and metal. That's kind of what the rest of the bands mentioned do as well... it's all really the same idea.

On a separate note.... the video's not bad, not a bad song either. I'm with the majority, though, in saying what the hell does drowning have to do with "Sulfur"? haha

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# Apr 18, 2009 @ 8:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. TorriderGore writes:

Im guessing the idea is more about being immersed in something so much that you cant even breathe...

Personally I dont consider slipknot "mainstream" I just think that they now have so many fans that music channels like MTV are starting to take notice of them more.

Also, Did anybody notice that Joey Jordison is wearing a different mask to the ones that were shown before the album was released... It looks more white and like his old ones...

# Apr 18, 2009 @ 9:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. metalheaddrummer101 writes:

I don't exactly like Slipknot very much, but this video was pretty interesting. I don't like the new stuff very much, but yeah. the vid was a bit thought provoking, better tha most of the sh** on MTV...

# Apr 18, 2009 @ 9:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. b.bristowe writes:

f*** you MTV and your copyright bullsh**. Oh well I was probably better off not hearing this again. This band would be cooler if they weren't so gay in real life. 9 people, masks, wanna-be lyrics. These guys are clearly in it for the money.

# Apr 18, 2009 @ 10:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. pinto_beans writes:

"These guys are clearly in it for the money."

Damn straight. Since everyone knows that all the bands that are out there right now should rely on doing their jobs for free. /sarcasm

# Apr 18, 2009 @ 10:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. dimentian writes:

You watched it, didn't you? Didn't you??? DIDN'T YOU????????????????

# Apr 19, 2009 @ 12:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. That_One_Guy writes:

I've seen the art display that Shawn was talking about and it really is kind of creepy! Video's not bad either.

# Apr 19, 2009 @ 1:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. brettTHEjett writes:

Keep in mind metal heads.... no one works for free. If any of you take great pride in your job no matter who you try to impress i.s. colleges or higher management, you expect to make as much money as possible. i related slipknot making catchy pop-metal with a dash of brutality comparable to that worker who is amazing at his job, but some times tends to lick his bosses a$$hole.... point being they are getting ahead while everyone at the bottom is saying... who he actually licks management a$$hole - but he's the one with the promotion!!!

linkinpark is the highest selling new band of this millennium.. think about that for a second.
yes they are f***ing homo as hell now with that hands held high gospel bull sh**, but as an adolscnet hearing 'one step closer' actually got me into anything hard..that and limp bizkuit hahaha

# Apr 19, 2009 @ 4:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. undertaker writes:

slipknot fans are sheep

# Apr 19, 2009 @ 9:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. pinto_beans writes:

^ Oh your back.

# Apr 19, 2009 @ 12:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. maggot_in_va writes:

slipknot is one of the best bands in the world

# Apr 19, 2009 @ 1:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. b.bristowe writes:

Yeah ok well listen to Iowa then listen to the new album and tell me you can't tell the difference. Iowa was awesome because they actually wanted to write good hooks to get people into it. Now it's just the same formulaic bullsh**.

# Apr 19, 2009 @ 10:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. pinto_beans writes:

^ So bands aren't allowed to experiment from time to time? Ex: Pantera first tried out Glam now look where they turned to.

# Apr 19, 2009 @ 11:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. That_One_Guy writes:

pinto -- Well said.

# Apr 20, 2009 @ 12:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. americanpatriot1 writes:

DIE: great analogy, I hadn't thought of it that way.

People are dividied into two camps nowadays as far as the Knot is concerned. What we have here is a classic case of love 'em or hate 'em. I personally think they are getting better with each album, simply because they are sounding more metal to me. On these last 2 albums, you're getting more structure and solos. I like everything Slipknot has released, but for me Vol. 3 was just more massive in composition and feel than anything else they have released. Everyone touts Iowa as their Sgt. Pepper album, but that is simply in the eye of the beholder. While an extremely hooky and catchy album, I just don't like it as much as the 2 newest ones.

Also, Pinto Beans, if noone has done it yet, let me officially welcome you to the mighty MU, the coolest metal site on the net.

# Apr 20, 2009 @ 7:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Fuck_A_Name writes:

^lol pinto's been here a while, just under a different name.

ahhhh...slipknot...where do I begin?

oh, right, f*** this band, that's a good start.

I liked this band alot back when I was a wee lad..so much so, that I still pay attention to them and their music from time to time. I need to stop, I know its bad for me, but then again,I'm a suffering alcoholic who isnt even 21 yet...how am i supposed to stand a chance against the mass marketing machine that is SLIPKNOT?

I love the song Germatria, and a few others from the past couple albums catch my ear, but overall, as a heavily pricipled person, i hate this band.

I liked Iowa, self-titled, and MFKR, because I was looking for a sound I didnt know existed yet. I had to tread through Korn, Manson, and Godsmack to finally realize that there was an entire music genre that didnt play on the radio I deperately listened to, in hope of finding music better than the last bit I had heard.

If I hadnt been exposed to Otep and As I lay Dying by a girl I was boinging, i might never have found my way to Deicide, Opeth, Blotted Science and Lamb of God. I would still be mucking through this garbage called slipknot looking for good music.

All I'm trying to say, through my massive, nearly-pointless ranting, is that people need to stop listening to slipknot, and find better music, because trust me, it's out there. I undestand that there are some people who have already fully actualized their musical tastes alreasy, and still include slipknot in that list of bands they enjoy, I'm just making a generalization.

9 times out of ten, the people that are responsible for Slipknot's current stand in the musical scene, dont know sh** about metal, or music in general. Sure, ignorance is bliss, but at the end of the day, youre still stupid. i just want to rectify that. The one in ten that's left over, just ignore my rambling, this doesnt apply to you(a decent amount of the regulars on here)

and in conclusion, f*** this band again. :)

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# Apr 20, 2009 @ 2:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Blindgreed1 writes:

AP1: Pinto = Johnny Boy

Pinto: Nice to see you took the plunge and became a member buddy. Is your avatar you? My avatars don't update often so you may have a different one by now but the one i'm looking at has a hilarious sh!t eating grin. Cheers!

# Apr 20, 2009 @ 3:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. DeathInEye writes:

My progression through Slipknot is pretty much...I discovered the Self-Titled while scouring for a new, angsty, p***ed off sound to settle my adolescent addiction to profanity...Found it...bought Iowa to requench that thirst, with several other numetal bands...Bought Vol. 3 though I'd moved on, I hadn't been let down yet...was disappointed but willing to forgive, I mean bands should be allowed one flop...Listened to this, it was ok but I'm not buying it...I can't stand their aßhole attitudes.

And ty AP1 for acknowledging that I tried answering why water....=)

# Apr 20, 2009 @ 5:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. weasel321 writes:

FAN: "...people need to stop listening to slipknot, and find better music, because trust me, it's out there." Perfectly said. People just have to dig around and they will find that there are better things out there.

Blindgreed1: long time no talk! What's kickin'?

# Apr 20, 2009 @ 5:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. Blindgreed1 writes:

weasel: Same old buddy. How you doin?

# Apr 20, 2009 @ 6:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. weasel321 writes:

Blindgreed1: work, work and more work and I try to sleep every now and then.

# Apr 20, 2009 @ 7:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. cdub writes:

honestly slipknot is a great band one of the best and deffinitly the most energy filled bands ive ever seen i agree with skylark also

# Apr 20, 2009 @ 9:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. Blindgreed1 writes:

weasel: I know the feeling brother. You can meet me in the A7X chat room to shoot the sh!t. DB get's a little perterbed when we chat in non A7X threads.

# Apr 21, 2009 @ 10:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. pinto_beans writes:

I know this response is a little late but yeah I have been here for quite awhile lol, thanks though for the welcoming lol.

Btw Bg1, no your not seeing things that is my avatar, but its not me lol!

# Apr 21, 2009 @ 12:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. Blindgreed1 writes:

It's a funny one. Not as funny as Analguest's, but definately a close second.

# Apr 21, 2009 @ 1:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. Catharsis writes:

I just dont like slipknot at all.

# Apr 22, 2009 @ 7:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. theblood writes:

GOOD FOR YOU!!! now go away.

# Apr 22, 2009 @ 8:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. theblood writes:

P.s. f*** a name u are a fukking hypocrite. You say u hate SK then u come out and say you still follow them from time to time and that you LOVE some of their songsWTF??? Sounds to me like you should be thanking them for getting you into metal.

# Apr 22, 2009 @ 8:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. weasel321 writes:

BlindGreed1 or anybody else: "A7X threads" ??? enlighten me. Honestly have never heard of "A7X"

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39. BoltThrower writes:

Dude, really? I think you're pulling my leg but anyway, A7X is Avenged Sevenfold. They're a boyband that Deathbringer, founder of the site, lets us hijack for chat. All other threads are supposed to be for the topic at hand.

# Apr 22, 2009 @ 6:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. BoltThrower writes:

Oh, yeah. I meant to say that for some reason I like the new Slipknot album. This is the third time I tried Slipknot and it guess it was a charm. I'm not sure why I gave them a third chance. Probably drunk since a stack of BMG CD's showed up and I don't remember ordering them. Anyway, I liked it.

# Apr 22, 2009 @ 6:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. Fuck_A_Name writes:

p.s. theblood, ur a fukking idiot.

I thought they taught people how to read these days. silly me.

I said, that I had previously been SOOO much a fan of Slipknot, that even now, I find myself keeping tabs on them, like a crack addict that hates his condition, but cant help himself anymore.

I hate the BAND. the music, is up for debate. I'm not going to sit there and deny that ONE song on the album caught my attention, but I'm also not going to say that song was good enough in any way to actually make me like the band. A broken clock is right twice a day. Even a sh**ty band can have a few good songs.

not to mention the fact, that I DO thank them, and in my post, pointed out specifically, that they helped get me into metal. But I also mentioned that I hated having to travel that road to get to metal. I would have rather found it by way of Metallica or Black Sabbath, not this faux-metal band that named itself after a boy scout knot.

Learn to f***in read. If you payed any attention, I already expressed all those points in the post you criticized me for. I'm not typing this sh** again.

# Apr 22, 2009 @ 7:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. Cynic writes:

FAN if you ever stop posting your heinously logical rants I will hunt you down and do things to you that will give Alex Webster lyrical inspiration :P

# Apr 22, 2009 @ 8:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. weasel321 writes:

Boltthrower: Nope wasn't joking. It's a case of NFC on my part.

# Apr 22, 2009 @ 9:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. From Darkness came Light writes:

I have to say I don't write much on this site but I did notice a few things. First if one would journey to the Band link you would see Slipknot is the band that gets visited the most. Which surprised me because peeps come out of the woodwork to bash and ostracize them. Most people into metal music have stopped, listen, and bought a SK album. If I could relate it to Rolling Stone mag and Zep. Hatred breeds strange bed follows. I personally don't care if you like such and such band. I don't care if you think that my music selection sucks. I think it is 'small minded' of anyone to like a certain genre and criticize others for their own opinion. There is an exception to the rule which is counrty music and teen pop. I digress.
My music taste runs in cycles. I could be mad about the band 3. Next week it's first three albums of Radiohead. Then all I want to listen to for a month is Mudvayne. The Beatles are next in this man's rotation. Wait I changed my mind I want Queens of the Stone Age, Byzantine, Bad Brains, Buckethead, Sage Francis, Witch Hunt, Portishead, Megadeth, and finally Morcheeba.
With that said we come to the one thing about this site that makes me think it is the younger generation that drives it. The fact that they are all elitist. How smug of you to think that if one is not into Black Metal one has no clue. Really? I am hesitant to assume but I am willing to guess you've been put down on almost everything you've done all your life and since the thing that you feel loves you back and is the very thing you get all passionate about you become part of it’s own little mainstream movement. Thou doth cut thyself short.
Slipknot is a sick a$$ band, period. Yes I absolutely love the evolution the band took in the first three albums and don't mind the last CD at all. Is it played in my ever changing rotation all the time. Ahhh no. But musicianship to me is the key. If you have it and you can relay to something that makes me want to listen more good for you.
One more thought who cares what I say and your response I will never look at this page again so save yourselves the time and the angst for the Jonas Brothers.

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45. Blindgreed1 writes:

Sorry Weasel, I wasn't paying attention. See you in the Avenged Sevenfold thread brother.

# May 1, 2009 @ 4:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. MetabolicxHeretic writes:

Pretty sweet video if I do say so.
Off topic, did anyone else notice that in the Dead Memories video they make Mick look HUGE. I mean, he is a big guy, but not that big.

# May 1, 2009 @ 5:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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47. bananaterracottapie1 writes:

^That's because Corey's a midget.

# May 1, 2009 @ 9:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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48. Blindgreed1 writes:

^^He's also somewhat of a cretin. How is it that you get taught from the best (Elizabeth Cross) and still go out and sound like complete sh!t live? I just don't get it.

# May 1, 2009 @ 9:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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49. Kalis_wrath writes:

This entire album fvcking puts the f in fag!

# May 2, 2009 @ 3:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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50. Kalis_wrath writes:

I do not need to explain why this album sucks. It speaks for it's self.

# May 2, 2009 @ 4:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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51. pinto_beans writes:

Why is this topic even back?

# May 2, 2009 @ 5:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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52. bbristowe writes:

The album doesn't suck, it's just repetitive and lacks musical creativity for the most part. There are a few songs that stray away from the formulaic(ness?) of the album, but they're few and far between.

# May 2, 2009 @ 6:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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53. DeathInEye writes:

^"it's just repetitive and lacks musical creativity for the most part." most would state these as reasons why an album sucks.

# May 2, 2009 @ 6:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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54. Kalis_wrath writes:

Death, you stole the words right out of my mouth. Well said!

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