Slipknot - Antennas To Hell
Released July 23, 2012 via Roadrunner | Rating: 4/5 | By Paul Hagen
From their initial explosion onto the metal scene at the tail-end of the last century to 2008’s ‘All Hope Is Gone,’ Slipknot have been one of the few bands initially considered to be nu-metal to demonstrate genuine eclecticism, growth, and maturity over the course of their career. ‘Antennas To Hell’ serves as a reminder to this fact and the 19 tracks on this record show how far the band have travelled in a relatively short period of time. With the songs on the album coming in chronological order, ‘Antennas To Hell’ illustrates just how sophisticated the band have become. From the intense physical rush of their first, self-titled album and the pure hatred of ‘Iowa,’ to the more subtle and cinematic tracks displayed on ‘Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses)’ and ‘All Hope Is Gone,’ this is a great overview of the band’s career to date. This collection comes in two formats; a CD featuring the band’s greatest hits or a DVD that includes all of Slipknot’s promo videos and 10 movie vignettes directed by Shawn Crahan, a CD of the band’s 2009 Download Festival headline set, and the greatest hits CD. Watching the promo videos further underlines the progress Slipknot have made with their music, from the raw energy shown in the festival footage for ‘Wait And Bleed’ to the emotion and style displayed on ‘Snuff,’ a short film featuring Malcolm McDowell.