Slipknot is like no other band the rock scene has ever encountered and to celebrate two decades of game-changing existence, the band will release Antennas to Hell, a “best of” collection documenting its inimitable career, on July 24. The album is scheduled to be released via Roadrunner Records while the band is spending its summer as the main attraction of the 2012 edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, as well as curating and headlining the inaugural year of their very own festival, Knotfest.
Alright cool, the Knot will be releasing an album that chronicles their entire career until this point, have their own Festival, release some remixes, and a live album to accompany it. Big deal, it will sell a million copies because Maggots, or morons, will buy anything with the Knot on it. BUT WAIT:
Furthering the immersion in the band’s culture, this summer will see the release of the band’s first ever mobile application, Wear the Mask. Part mask builder, part social connector for fans, and 100% Slipknot in its look and execution, the app brings the Slipknot mindset into previously uncharted territory – the mobile devices of fans worldwide. Wear the Mask will be released simultaneously with Antennas to Hell.
There own APP? Oh my, what can I say about that, i’m sure I can think of something to piss off the Maggots:
WE GET TO DESIGN OUR OWN MASKS AND EXPERIENCE WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE SLIPKNOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ok but now onto my major gripe; I can let the Festival go, I can let the app go, but not the following statement:
Today, Slipknot stand alongside institutions like Metallica and Iron Maiden, as one of a select few bands whose legacy is assured within the pantheon of elite heavy metal bands.
I will never recognize that statement to be true. Sure they have sold a lot of albums but they have been playing some pretty generic metal while doing it. They really are the Nickleback of metal. They play horrible generic music with lyrics blatantly aimed at emo, depressed, and angry youth and they gobble that shit up. Where as Maiden and Metallica essentially created seperate genres on music that are not laughed at and will be around for a long time to come. Slipknot are trendsetters, yes, icons? No.