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Slipknot 'Sulfur' Free Music Video

Originally formed in 1995, Slipknot is a 9-piece nu-metal band hailing from Iowa, in the United States of America. Although initially made up of an amalgamation of other bands such as 'Painface' and 'The Pale Ones', Slipknot first performed under the name of 'Meld'. They soon renamed themselves 'Slipknot,' however, and under this name have gone on to achieve a staggering amount of success and recognition. Influenced by a wide variation of music ranging from Slayer to Roni Size, Slipknot are understood by many as being the pioneers of a new wave of heavy metal in the United States, producing a constantly evolving heavy metal sound. Notably however, the band are also well known for the unusual way in which they present themselves. Aside from wearing matching boiler-suit uniforms at their performances and being referred to by numbers as well as their names, Slipknot are also notorious for the fact that all of the band members also wear individually designed masks. With the release of each new album comes a new set of masks, and their latest album, 'All Hope Is Gone', is no exception.

The cheerily titled 'All Hope Is Gone' was released by Roadrunner Records in the band's native America in August 2008, following in the footsteps of their previous three albums – 'Slipknot', 'Iowa' and 'Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)'. This was the first Slipknot album to chart at number 1 in the American Billboard 200, and indeed went on to chart in first place in 8 other countries around the world. Upon its release in the United Kingdom 'All Hope Is Gone' charted at number 2 and has been certified as 'gold' in both the UK and the US. Unsurprisingly then, the album has received a positive response from critics and fans alike, and has been nominated for a number of prizes – for example 'Best Metal Performance' at the Grammys – as well as being named one of the 50 best guitar albums of 2008 by Total Guitar. The album itself lives up to the band's previous promises that this would be their heaviest and most aggressive work to date. Taking no prisoners, this album is a thrashing, raucous attack on all that is wrong with modern America in the eyes of Slipknot, and the band pulls no punches in criticising everything from American foreign policy and pretentious world leaders, to teenagers who all look the same in their apparent quest to assert their individualism. Notably, however, the album does also contain a number of subtler, even melodic tracks, such as 'Snuff' or 'Dead Memories'.

Free Music Video - Slipknot 'Sulfur'

'Sulfur' is the fourth single from Slipknot's 'All Hope It Gone' and was released in the UK in June 2009. Being the third track on this album, 'Sulfur' offers a more calming influence following the high-octane opening offered by '.execute.' and then 'Gematria (The Killing Name)' although is nevertheless still urgent and storming in its own right. 'Sulfur' is a juxtaposition of explosive drumming and pulsating, undulating melodies, taking a successful and well-mastered step away from the abrasive, unsubtle 'noise' that appeared on previous albums, though still maintaining the true essence of Slipknot's sound. This is a truly great single - an excellent addition to an impressive album.

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