Friday, November 18, 2011

Slipknot -- Musical Brilliance

    Ok, start throwing the stones now, I do listen to Slipknot. I'm not gothic, "emo," depressed, etc., I just know a ground breaking band when I hear it. Most bands these days are focused on self image and appearance, not the music they are creating, namely The Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, 'Nsync, Backstreet Boys, Etc. We have all seen their spooky music videos and the disturbing masks; well, they wear the masks to forget themselves and focus on the music. The ability to forget oneself and to focus on the musical aspects is brilliant. Think of bands that sound like Slipknot... Stone Sour doesn't count, thus there are no bands comparable.
      Now, you are probably saying, "Well, AC/DC was a great musical band and they didn't wear masks!" My answer is, AC/DC could care less about there self image, they were all about, sex, alcohol, and rock 'n roll. Now, think about Lady Gaga, you never see her dress in street clothes or normal everyday clothing, it's always some abstract dress or suit, she has been able to forget herself (Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta), and focusing on a new abstract identity, allowing her to focus on her music in a different way. This is very close to Slipknot's ideology, showing that music can be great if you forget yourself...

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