Games Meet Metal: Slipknot's (sic)nesses: The Riff DVD Review

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Slipknot's (sic)nesses: The Riff DVD Review


So, another break for Slipknot, another dvd release to mend the time. Unfortunately, this is also the last time that anyone will hear Paul Grey with the band, who passed away earlier this year. Containing footage of Paul's last ever performance with the band on a headlining set at Download, as well as a new behind-the-scenes documentary directed by Shawn Crahan, and a collection of videos from "All Hope Is Gone", this is quite the posthumous release for someone very key to the band sine it's inception. Can it hold up to all of Slipknot's previous dvd releases?


The first disc contains the touring documentary. If you've watched any of Clown's directorial work, then you generally know is style: very schizophrenic. This one is no different, as the cuts come quick and fast. This is probably the most personal doc the band has released, as it generally shows  most of the guys enjoying themselves and having a good time. The good times are interspersed with rough live concert clips and pre-show rituals. It's an enjoying watch, but the final cut feels too short, and you just simply didn't learn enough about the band.

The meat of the second disc is the Download performance, which consists of a greatest hits collection of the band's four records. The video is quite good, but someone went cheap on the audio side. Mainly, no 5.1 digital audio. Now this was a show practically screaming for surround sound. It sounds perfectly good in regular old stereo, but the ball was really dropped here. Then, the second disc ends a collection of videos from All Hope Is Gone and a "making-of" for the bizzare Snuff video.

(sic)nesses is a pretty decent look at the band, but previous Slipknot dvsd's just knock this one out of the park. Disaserpieces had  better  sound quality, while Volimnal shows a more  personal side via one-on-one interviews. If (sic)nesses is your first Slipknot dvd, then you're ready. But if it's your third of fourth dvd from the band, get ready to be slightly dissapointed.

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