Recently, I've had this influx to buy Slipknot lately. I don't know what it was, maybe it was because I was growing tired of hearing the same "All Hope Is Gone" CD for almost two years now, and probably because I had some intense anger to a fursuit company that told me a lie, but I really had to get some new material with Slipknot. Now, I know that Slipknot has released a bonus "All Hope Is Gone" album with three bonus tracks, those of which I've already heard, and for now, I'll turn down because that's just three tracks, and three tracks does not a re-released album make...for me anyway. That's more like a single album instead of an actual album.
So, a couple of weeks ago, I got Slipknot's Vol 3-The Subliminal Verses. To be honest, I found the title to be quite ironic, since I didn't really find anything "subliminal" about it. However, the sound of this album is sheer enjoyable. Really, the only reason why I bought that album a few weeks ago was because of the need to have the song "Before I Forget". The music video is a rare one, the band plays their song without the masks (but you don't see their full faces...quite honestly pretty cool). The album, like I've already mentioned, is a good one.
But, two weekends ago, upon a trip to FYE, I denied myself walking out empty handed. I really only went to look my first Moonspell CD and my Mortal Kombat: Songs Inspired By The Warriors CD, but both of them, the store lacked, so, I was one pretty pissed off wolf. A store does not a company make when you can't even keep up with your website! Please! So, while there, I browsed the Slipknot section (a hefty section, I must admit compiled with CDs and DVDs out the yin-yang), and found one colorful little cover to enlighten my senses just a bit. This CD called "Iowa". Never had I ever purchased an album with the name of a state! But, I'll give Corey Taylor props on that, so I assume the name came from where the band came from before hitting it big. I look to the back, and I find a glorious title that should have been moved to "Vol 3-The Subliminal Verses" called "People=Shit". Recently, this has been a song that I find quite unlike Slipknot's recent sound. It's really more hardcore than today! Quite honestly, could their past have been better than their present? I digress.
I purchased the album, and on the way home, I heard the album. The album starts out with a great introduction called "515" which I have to wonder where the number came from (area code...maybe), but the screaming, almost deep breathing voice in this song almost scares me if I should ever head to YouTube and look for a video with this song played backwards! Several of the songs on this album are like that. They have this mach-backwards style of vocals that sounds like breathing, and that, is just one thing I love about this album. Aside from the bright colorful album art, the mach-backwards vocals are sheer exciting.
Then you get into the hardcore part of the CD with songs like "People=Shit", "Disasterpiece" and on throughout the rest of the album. I don't know what happened to Corey Taylor's voice over the timeframe that this CD was released on up to today when "All Hope Is Gone" remains a top Slipknot CD, but I really loved Corey Taylor's screaming in this album. It really sounded more hardcore than all the other albums I've heard so far.
At the end of the album, what I call, a "Pink Floyd like" song is heard (a long track suffice to say), named "Iowa". It starts out quiet, but the song gets louder, faster, and Corey Taylor's vocal style of screaming comes back near the end. And, I say Pink Floyd like because the song lasts 15:00+ mins. However, I will say it is quite a good song and the fact that it's long, it makes the album just that more worth it.
So, I bought the Slipknot album entitled "Iowa" and I'm real fascinated with it. My needs for Slipknot have been appeased, my anger as well because I've changed companies with a look to my opened mind, but my need to get some other music was not. So, upon coming home from FYE two weeks ago, I was promised an online CD of my choice from Amazon. Look at it like revenge on my behalf towards FYE. Technically, there's so much out there for me at Amazon that I want, I've got some Dimmu Borgir I would absolutely love ("Death Cult Armageddon" being right up there), and Moonspell's "Wolfheart" is certainly another. My mentality thought "Okay, let's weed out those that are current, that we don't have to worry about, and that way, I can focus on the rare material or the older material". So, I scratched off the Mortal Kombat: Songs Inspired By The Warriors for now, and I also scratched off Moonspell's "Wolfheart" since it was only 4 years old. My next decision was "who really is more important to me?" Well, I know Dimmu Borgir is important to me, because I'm just now getting to know this band. "Abrahadabra" was a good way to go, since it was their newest, and "In Sorte Diaboli" was as well because I love the songs "The Serpentine Offering", "The Sacreligious Scorn", "The Heretic Hammer" and "The Invaluable Darkness". I can cross Dimmu Borgir off the list since I'm still listening to them, and I, for right now, only want "Death Cult Armageddon" for the song "Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse".
In the end, only one band stood out, and thus, my mind was sold. HIM. I was short one album that came out from under my nose a few months ago, that being "Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice", and another, a all remixed album called "SWRMXS". Well, the problem was, I already own "Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice". In fact, there was no problem. I was now sold on buying "SWRMXS".
Well, through a few days of trying times, I finally got my CD today. I went out to the mailbox and find a small box in the back. I came inside, sat at my mom's stereo system and enjoyed the sounds of HIM on a more remixed scale.
I'm going to say this once. This is a HIM CD not for the faint HIM fan. This is unlike HIM's music because while it does "acronym" out to "Screamworks: Remixes", this is just the previous Screamworks album just with all the songs being remixed.
So, my thoughts on this? Well, this is certainly not my first remixed CD. In fact, devoted fans to Linkin Park, you may know Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington did an album in their early years called "Reanimation". This was a remixed album of their previous work from "Hybrid Theory". "Reanimation" also had a few songs that weren't on "Hybrid Theory" songs like "My December", and "High Voltage". However, this CD is quite different. While the songs and the remixes can be compared to the likes of Linkin Park's "Reanimation" on the fact that it IS a remixed album, the sound is certainly different from the two. Popularity can be differed as well...in the sense that Linkin Park is more American and HIM is Finnish.
Upon playing this album, I will say I've already heard every remix possible from this CD, all 11 remixes, and I must say, this is truly quite different from HIM's music. I've heard differing opinions left and right about how it was a must have for every HIM fan, and how the sound just didn't quite match HIM's style of love metal. I must agree with those that hate this album because this is one album that just doesn't quite match its previous work. I'm used to Ville Valo pouring his heart out into every lyric he reads, not this, pardon the way I put this, but not this shit. Computers and technology take up nearly the entire album. What I would have expected from Skrillex! It's music, but there comes a time when every vocalist has to stop and ask the question "wait a minute, what am I doing? Is this a good idea? How will my fans react to this new sound since they're so used to hearing what I originally do?" However, am I going to say I completely hate the album? Not entirely. I've been wanting this CD to add to my collection, and I will admit, some of the remixes are quite catchy. "Ode To Solitude" is possibly one of my favorites, along with "In Venere Veritas", "Shatter Me With Hope", "The Foreboding Sense Of Impending Happiness", and "Disarm Me (With Your Loneliness)".
So, for now, I'll give the album two thumbs up, but with one thumb leaning towards being sliced off. It really is a good album SWRMXS is, but I don't know...it will be interesting to see just how Ville Valo creates his music after this. If he can create a good album that stems from his previous work, hell, maybe even fall in line with how dark "Venus Doom" was, I will certainly be very tempted to go up to him and give Valo a pat on the back. However, I am not tempted to give up in him yet. This was certainly effort on his part, and the album is an okay one, but be prepared if you want it. HIM fans will be surprised, if they haven't already.