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Album Review

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

Other Negative Elements

Conclusion

Pro-social Content

Lines throughout profess brokenness and try to make sense of pain. “Circle” values contentment and patience. The singer on “Pulse of the Maggots” defends truth, refuses to be “wasted potential” and claims to fight for people who can’t fight for themselves.

Objectionable Content

Hopelessness courses through this hour-long CD. A victimized guy rails against systems and circumstances he can’t control (“The Blister Exists”) and lashes out at authority figures who’ve hurt him (“Welcome”). “Three Nil” seems to scoff at a Christian view of salvation and ends with a bitter farewell that could be interpreted as suicide. “Vermillion” obsesses over an unhealthy romance. “Opium of the People” has no use for religion. Revealing remarks include “I wanna burn your soul” (“The Virus of Life”), “My end/It justifies my means” (“Before I Forget”) and “All I’ve got is insane” (“Duality”). A man angrily insists that he be worshiped and screams, “The only thing I ever really loved was hurting you” (“The Nameless”). There are also profanities and grotesque liner photos.

Summary Advisory

Lots of nihilistic growling makes this project an obvious no-go for families. The masked members of Slipknot now seem to know they’re lost, yet hold in contempt the faith capable of saving them.

Plot Summary

Christian Beliefs

Other Belief Systems

Authority Roles

Profanity/Violence

Kissing/Sex/Homosexuality

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Performance

Came in at No. 2, the band’s highest debut to date

Record Label

Roadrunner

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On Video

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Awards

Reviewer

Bob Waliszewski Bob Smithouser

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