NON-BOOKISH ADVENTURES #3 | Slipknot Albums Ranked Less Good to Good

Hi, everyone! I’m back with another Non-Bookish Adventures post, and this time we’re getting into music! A lot of you may not know, but heavy metal and rock are my favorite genres, though I do dabble in others, too (hi, musicals!). My favorite band is Slipknot, and with their new album coming out in August, I figured now would be a great time to write a post attempting to rank their previous albums. I say attempt because I usually don’t review or rank the music I listen to, and also I already love 99% of their music, so uh. This is going to be fun. Also, the links in the post go to the YouTube videos for the song indicated, if you wanted to take a listen. Anyway, let’s get to it so my boyfriend can give me his judging stare once he reads this.

5. All Hope Is Gone

All Hope Is Gone album cover

It’s not that this album is bad — I honestly do enjoy all of Slipknot’s music — but it’s the one where I only really enjoy about half of the songs. “Gematria (A Killing Name” and “Psychosocial” I can listen to on repeat. “Snuff” and “‘Till We Die” have the slowness that I enjoy. But while I like the others, they don’t really do much for me when compared to other albums.

4. Slipknot

Slipknot album cover

Listening through this again, I actually do like most of the songs. “(sic)” is fun, “Spit It Out” makes me remember their concert I went to a few years ago with my boyfriend, and I like the sound of “Eyeless.” If I just wanted to spend an hour listening to the album in its entirety, I actually really enjoy it. But there aren’t a lot of songs on it that I usually listen to on their own.

3. Iowa

Iowa album cover

I’m gonna be honest, I kinda forgot what songs were on this album and which weren’t. I know “Heretic Anthem” and “People = Shit” were (yay!), but I forgot “Disasterpiece,” which…eh. It’s a good song, don’t get me wrong, but I can’t get over those first few lines. They make my skin crawl. But if you need music to be angry with, here ya go! It can be very therapuetic. Also, I don’t think I ever listened to the song “Iowa” in its 15 minute entirety more than once. Sue me. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

2. Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses

Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses album cover

Now I can hear my boyfriend internally screaming as I place Vol. 3 above Iowa. But!! Hear me out! Vol. 3 is the first Slipknot album (outside of the #1, which we’ll get to) where I really enjoy listening to each individual song on their own. I just like the whole album a lot. Annnd story time: my first year in college, I was a bit of an anxious mess. It’s a miracle I didn’t have a full-blown breakdown, to be honest. Part of what helped were two songs off this album: “Circle” and “Danger — Keep Away“. I listened to them both on repeat most of that academic year when I went to bed. They helped me calm down a lot when I was anxious or stressing out over something, and I’m glad I had them. Plus, “Pulse of the Maggots,” “Before I Forget,” and “Virus of Life” are on there, so I mean.

1. .5: The Gray Chapter

.5: The Gray Chapter album cover

This album also holds memories for me: the two singles “Devil In I” and “Negative One” were the first that my boyfriend showed me, right around when we first started dating. While they aren’t my favorites of the album (“Killpop” took that spot), it’s still a nice memory to have. ❤️ Also, this is the other album where I absolutely love every song with all my heart. I think it partially has to do with timing: I was getting into Slipknot around the time The Gray Chapter was coming out or a few months before it, so it might be a bit of the excitement of waiting for it. There’s also some good gems like “Custer,” “AOV,” and “Goodbye.” I dunno, it’s a great album, and I love it.

And there you have it! My ranking of Slipknot’s albums, from not-so-best to best. I’m not sure if many of y’all are also fans, but if you are, what’s your favorite album? If not, who’s your favorite artist? Do you have a favorite album or song?

Until next time~

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