I have been a musician for half of my life and in that time, I have listened and enjoyed damn near every genre of music imaginable. While my proclivities lean toward the heavier side of music, both hard rock and metal, I do thoroughly enjoy all music that is good. Lyrical content has always been a hugely important aspect of influence for me but, that being said, there is nothing quite like a ridiculously heavy breakdown to make the blood flood to my nether regions. In the end, I have been influenced by a wealth of music and I wanted to share my favorites of each genre with all of you lovely people.
The first genre I wanted to tackle is metal. There are an unbelievable amount of subgenres in Metal and I know both purists and elitists will inevitably have something to say about the choices I make. I understand completely but keep in mind that I am using Metal as overarching blanket statement and these albums aren’t necessarily the best ever; they are simply my favorite and/or most influential as a musician. Hopefully you will find something you like in all this and maybe, just maybe, you will discover a new artist or rediscover something great.
#10: Slipknot – Iowa
In the realm of modern metal, there are few names bigger than Slipknot. Hitting the scene in 1999 with their self-titled debut, Slipknot was one of the first heavy bands I had ever heard. I ran across them originally on the Scream 3 soundtrack but was shortly thereafter shown more of their music by a friend of mine. They were angry and aggressive, fast and brutal – they pulled no punches and were as raw as I had heard at the time. I was young and impressionable and so I took to Slipknot. It wasn’t until the release of their second studio album Iowa that I became a true fan though. This album is their masterpiece. It is as blistering a record as you will find, unrelenting and scorching in its intensity. It is easily their heaviest but it still continues Corey Taylor’s amazing singing vocals. The musicianship is on par with anything they have released but the song quality and the sheer power of this album is unmatched by everything else in their catalog. If you are a fan of Slipknot at all, you have probably listened to this album before. If you have only listened after All Hope is Gone, do yourself a favor and check out this amazing piece of metal nostalgia straight from my teen years.
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