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The Day of the Gusanoi is almost upon us. This Friday, Oct. 20, the sun will rise on the day of the maggot when Eagle Rock Entertainment releases Slipknot’s new live recording Day of the GUsano in stores and online. This latest live offering from the nine-man metal machine from Des Moines, IA is arguably the band’s best live recording to date and a work that will impress every member of the maggot corps worldwide. Believe it or not that is due in large part not to the show’s set list, but to its very presentation, which will be discussed shortly. The set list does play its own integral part to the recording, though. It will be discussed later. The band’s collective performance rounds out the recording’s most important elements, and when coupled with the concert’s production values and the other noted elements, makes the recording, again, arguably the band’s best live recording to date.
Slipknot’s latest live recording Day of the Gusano is arguably the band’s best live recording to date. It is not just another live recording, but a recording that takes audiences to the band’s 2016 Knotfest performance in Mexico. What is truly special here is that audiences get more than just another run-of-the-mill concert here. Along with the concert, audiences get to see the band as it tours Mexico City, interacting with fans and even offering their own personal thoughts on the fans’ reaction to the band performing for the first time in Mexico City. The band members’ appreciation for the fans will put a smile on any viewer’s face as they take in the journey on and off the stage. Hearing front man Corey Taylor get choked up as he discusses his interaction with one fan who used Slipknot’s music to help him in his battle with cancer is one of the most moving of those offstage moments. What’s more, the dichotomy of the band’s collective fire on stage and its much more relaxed nature offstage makes for an interesting juxtaposition showing two totally different sides to the band. That fiery energy will be discussed later. With that in mind, the back and forth of the band’s on and offstage moments gives audiences plenty to enjoy in itself throughout this recording, serving as the recording’s cornerstone. It is of course just one of the recording’s key elements. The concert’s set list is just as important to discuss in examining the recording’s whole as its presentation.
The set list featured in Slipknot’s latest live recording is crucial to its whole because it represents such a large portion of the band’s current discography. The expansive set pulls from each of the band’s five current albums, with its self-titled 1999 debut album getting the most nods at eight songs. One of that group –‘Eeyore’ – is lifted from the album’s 10th anniversary re-issue. The band’s other four albums each get their own nods, with Iowa (2001), the band’s sophomore album, being represented here by three songs –
‘People = S***,’ ‘Metabolic’ and ‘The Heretic Anthem.’ Its third album, Vol. 3 The Subliminal Verses, is represented with three of its own songs – ‘Vermilion, ‘Before I Forget’ and ‘Duality.’ 2008’s All Hope Is Gone gets only two nods with ‘Psychosocial’ and ‘Til We Die’ while three songs from .5 The Gray Chapter – ‘Custer,’ ‘The Devil in I’ and ‘Sarcastrophe’ — make their way onto the set list, too. It should be noted that the set list, as presented in the recording’s DVD/CD and Blu-ray/CD combo pack platforms vary slightly. They are not in the same order, and the CD set list features 19 songs while the DVD and BD set list features 17 songs. The two songs featured on the recording’s CD but not on the DVD/BD are ‘People = S***’ and ‘742617000027.’ Why these two songs are included in one side but not the other, and why the set lists differ in their orders is anyone’s guess, but that aside, the set list on each side is still certain to keep audiences engaged and entertainment from start to finish since they give audiences such a full picture of the band’s body of work so far. Keeping this in mind, it should be clear now why the set list that makes up the concert’s body is so critical to this recording’s whole. It is not the last of the recording’s most important elements either. The band’s stage presence – and by relation the concert’s production values, which enhance the band’s stage presence even more – puts the finishing touch to the recording’s whole.
Throughout the course of its life, Slipknot has made most of its fame not through its music, but through its live performance of its music. The band’s stage show has been called “fiery,” “chaotic,” and so many other terms in the best ways possible. The performance here is absolutely nothing different. From start to finish, all nine members of Slipknot give the performance their all in order to entertain their fans. Taylor leads the way once again with his commanding presence while guitarists Mick Thompson and Jim Root work alongside bassist Alessandro Venturella to add even their own collective energy to the concert. The exact same can be said of the contributions of drummer Jay Weinberg, percussionists Shawn Crahan and Chris Fehn, DJ Sid Wilson and fellow electronics specialist Craig Jones. While the band’s performance is just as fiery, energetic and chaotic as ever, it only does so much. Thanks to the work of those who recorded the concert and those who edited it, that fire and energy is taken to a whole other level with shots that give fans who might not have been on site the best seat in the house and then some. Thanks to their work, audiences are taken high above the sea of fans, on-stage with the band and even into the midst of those fans throughout the show’s 91-minute run time. The work of those behind the cameras and the computers couples with the band’s own stage presence to make that run time feel like so much more in the best way possible, proving once and for all why both elements are so crucial to the recording’s whole. Both are equally important and in turn, must both be noted. When they are joined with the expansive set list that forms the recording’s body, and the very presentation of the concert, the end result is a recording that is arguably Slipknot’s best live recording to date and one more of this year’s top new live recordings.
Slipknot’s latest live recording Day of the Gusano is arguably the band’s best live effort to date. It is also easily one more of this year’s top new live recordings. That is due in part to a presentation that takes audiences on a journey with the band both on and off stage from beginning to end. The expansive set list gives audiences a vivid picture of the band’s body of work so far. The collective presence of the band throughout the concert and the production values that heighten the band’s presence even more put the finishing touch on the recording. Each element is important in its own right, as has been noted above. All things considered, they make Day of the Gusano, once more, arguably the band’s best live effort to date and one more of this year’s top new live recordings. It will be available Friday, Oct. 20 in stores and online. More information on Day of the Gusano is available online now along with all of Slipknot’s latest news and more at:
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