Who Hijacked Our Country

Monday, May 24, 2010


Slipknot bass player Paul Gray was found dead today in a motel room near Des Moines, Iowa. He was 38.

According to the article, the band has been on hiatus for a year. I thought they had split up before that, at least unofficially. I have their 2008 CD, “All Hope Is Gone.” But I thought they were pretty much not working together for the last few years, aside from making that CD — egos, personality clashes, etc.

Not that I’d know. I haven’t really been following news about the band. But they rock. I never cared one way or the other about their masks or stage antics or whatever. Their music rocks. Kills!

Phil Spector coined the term “wall of sound” in the 1960s. But that’s how Slipknot sounds to me. Nine band members, eight instrumentalists — I assume their vocalist, Cory Taylor, doesn’t play an instrument. A Wall of Metal. They're fuckin’ riveting!

When it comes to power and adrenaline and euphoria being channeled into music, Slipknot Rules! Pantera — whose last CD was in 2000 — is the only other band that rivals their power and drive and fury. IMHO.

Paul Gray — R.I.P.

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Blogger Randal Graves said...

I'm not a big fan of this band - and I'll quibble with your whole rivals riff, sorry, man, heh - always sad to see an artist go so young. Dude's only a year older than I.

May 25, 2010 at 7:42 AM  
Blogger Holte Ender said...

Shockingly sad about Gray, hate to see youngsters go early. No doubt his lifestyle had something to do with his early demise.

May 25, 2010 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Randal: They aren't everybody's cup of tea, that's for sure. I don't listen to them very often, but when I'm in that occasional mood for the musical equivalent of power and adrenaline, Slipknot is what the doctor ordered.

Holte: It's true, these young 'uns are dropping like flies. Brittany Murphy (and now her husband too), the drummer for Avenged Sevenfold -- that's too young to go.

May 25, 2010 at 1:41 PM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

Des Moines Iowa? Isn't that where Korn comes from?

May 25, 2010 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Lew: Yup, that whole area is full of Korn :)

The group, though, is from Southern California. (Couldn't tell if you were making puns or not.)

May 25, 2010 at 8:40 PM  

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