Who has never heard of SLIPKNOT? True, you either like 'em or you don't. Metalheads hate these guys, because they are anything but Metal, MTV-kids love these guys, because they are nothing BUT metal. It's all a matter of perspective, but either way, everybody has an opinion about these nine costumed clowns from Iowa. Some like the look, some like the music, some like the attitude, some like the originality.
It was the year 1995 when "Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat." and SLIPKNOT was now ready to TAKE ON THE F*CKING WORLD! Well not exactly since this album was only printed to a number of 1000 copies and was soon lost in the empty void of the past. Even now, SLIPKNOT-members don't talk much about their true first release.
The line-up was very different from their second CD "Slipknot" and consisted of only six members. Different guitars, different vocals [nope, Corey isn't cursing and swearing on this album!], different drums, different lyrics [where are all the "F" words?] everything on this CD is different from their self-titled record. Different for the better!
The sound on "Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat." is heavy and brutal. The guitars always attack with these crunching slow riffs, believe me, you won't be able to stop that head from banging! You can find several influences from other types of music than Metal, too. On "Do Nothing/Bitchslap" and "Confessions", you'll notice the jazzy tunes and on "Only One", you've got some hip hop-singing here and there, again with that Jazz-feeling.
Another interesting fact with this CD is that it contains songs that can be found on their self-titled CD ["Only One" and "Tattered & Torn" as well as other riffs here and there from the other songs] and also "Gently" which should appear on their 3rd release "Iowa".
I've got nothing but good comments about this CD and it is truly sad that this gem isn't available right now. All I can say is: SLIPKNOT has evolved after this record, for the worse.