August 25, 2016
Gexa Energy Pavilion
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Mike DiQuinzio
Photos by Rene Rivera
Slipknot - Slipknot, Marilyn Manson
Shock And Aww
After unexpectedly rescheduling their summer date in Dallas, the anticipation for Slipknot was at an all-time high. Their shows are always a unique experience, but the additional two-month wait made their stop at Gexa Energy Pavilion even greater than usual.
Opening with 2014's "The Negative One," the band was explosive right off the bat and never let the energy wane as video clips that ranged from calming to stomach-turning played behind them. Special praise goes to frontman Corey Taylor, who commanded the stage with his usual passion and charisma despite the recent spinal operation that caused the show's postponement.
Slipknot are one of the few bands whose old and new material gets an equally enthusiastic crowd response, so following "The Negative One" with the older favorites "Disasterpiece" and "Eyeless" could have drained the rabid crowd within only the first three songs, but Taylor's frequent banter provided short breaks to recharge. He genuinely thanked everyone as he explained the postponement and reminisced about their earliest shows in Deep Ellum, but then it was back to business with the Paul Gray tribute "Skeptic" and the excellent "Killpop." Of their newer songs, "Killpop" is a definite standout among the more established "Before I Forget" and "Dead Memories," but they raised the bar even higher with the show's second half.
After asking the crowd if they wanted to hear something from their Iowa album, the intro to "The Heretic Anthem" played and the place went insane. With its "666!" crowd participation chorus, "The Heretic Anthem" is an obvious highlight in Slipknot's live show and one of the best in their catalog. Few songs could maintain the energy that song demands, but "Psychosocial," "Pulse of the Maggots" and "Left Behind" did just that before Taylor asked the crowd to accompany him in singing "The Devil In I." Impressively, everyone knew every word and shouted along enthusiastically despite it being a newer song.
Taylor revisited his earlier comment about playing in Deep Ellum and asked if anyone wanted some old-school, 1999-Slipknot, to which he received an unsurprising, affirmative roar. The band then closed their set with crushing performances of "Wait and Bleed" and "(sic)" before leaving the stage briefly, returning moments later for an encore of "Surfacing" and "Spit it Out," complete with its infamous "Jump the fuck up!" breakdown. Having drained every ounce of energy from the audience, Slipknot left the stage to a mix of deafening screams of approval and desperate pleas for more.
It's no surprise why Slipknot are the attraction that they are. They deliver every single time and, unlike some of their peers, always exceed expectations. Which reminds me, some old guy posing as Marilyn Manson was there too.
The Negative One
Before I Forget
The Heretic Anthem
Pulse of the Maggots
The Devil in I
Wait and Bleed
Spit It Out