Volume 93, Issue 100
Thursday, April 6, 2000
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Slipknot hope to put new face on metal
Gazette file photo
CALM DOWN LADIES THEY'RE ALL TAKEN. Metal punks Slipknot are in town make up for a missed engagement. Catch them April 10 at the Drink.
By Myles DeRosse
"Slipknot is your best friend and your worst enemy. It's your dream and your death," philosophizes Slipknot's percussionist, Shawn Crahan.
He's right Slipknot is more than just a well thought out metaphor. They're also one of the latest bands to become a force in the heavy metal world. Their self-titled major label debut, released last summer, is already widely considered a stepping stone for heavy metal's new direction. Crahan seems to understand why his band is being treated with such relevance.
"It's today's fucking metal, it's not in any genre but its own. It's Slipknot, it's real," he explains. "There is not a boring moment musically or lyrically on the album it's cathartic and insane. It's our whole lives on tape."
That's a whole lot of lives to be contained on one CD. Slipknot is comprised of nine band members, each of whom rocks out on individual instruments. "We just know how to work it," Crahan says. "I listen to bands with three or four members and they're bellyachers. It's like, 'You guys don't know shit. I'm twice the band you are.'"
The proliferation of members also makes the band's live show a unique experience. "Having nine band members absolutely creates more insanity," Crahan contends. "For someone like me [it means] there are more people to light on fire during a stage show."
Slipknot's live show is widely regarded as being a crazy and mental experience. Each band member dresses up in prison garb and dons a mask fit for a low budget horror flick. "The masks equal the downfall of the rock 'n' roll cliché that's why we wear them," Crahan explains. "But I also want to tell you that my mask is nothing without me."
Although the masks and costumes add to the visual effect, the concert truly comes to life with the band members' energy. "It's a war," Crahan says. "It's brutal truth and no one knows what's gonna happen including us. I mean, people can die.
"When the nine of us are on stage there's this ball of energy rolling around and it's up to the fans to decide whether it's positive or negative. I'm not certain I hate either I love them both because you gotta have it, the balance of life," Crahan continues. "We respect our dream so much and the fans respect their lives and their dreams so much so when we come together and collaborate, worlds collide. It's a beautiful thing."
Slipknot were supposed to showcase this live performance to Londoners in January, but due to uncontrollable circumstances they were forced to cancel. "Let everybody up there in the Canadian world know that from the bottom of our hearts we are deeply sorry," Crahan testifies. "There is nothing that the Knot hates more than cancelling shows."
Crahan can, however, make London a promise for Slipknot's make-up engagement. "When we do come, it will be like time never existed," he assures. "The fact of the matter is that we're gonna come and kill everyone."
Slipknot play at the Drink on April 10 with special guests Kittie.
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