by Tim Birkbeck
In 1995 nine men from Iowa in red jumpsuits burst onto the music scene and changed the landscape of heavy music. Fast forward 20 years, and nine men, maybe a slightly different variation of the original nine, made history by playing their very first show in Mexico. In marking this historic moment the live experience was captured on film for a special documentary.
Slipknot: Day of the Gusano – Live In Mexico, directed by Slipknot’s own M. Shawn Crahan (aka Clown), chronicles the rabid devotion of the Mexican maggots and sees the band hearing personal, emotive stories from some of their fans, all interspersed with footage from Slipknot’s incendiary live show at the inaugural Knotfest, México.
The main focal point of the DVD is the live performance and one of the first things you see is the vast sea of ‘Maggots’ (or Gusanos in Spanish) and it really does hammer home the impact the band has had since they first stepped foot on stage all those years ago.
With Crahan already delving into the world of directing, you can tell he has a keen eye for it as some of the shots are incredible for a live show. Rather than the standard hard camera, with the odd cameraman in the camera pit, Day of the Gusano offers multiple angles from different perspectives.
The other thing that stands out is the quality of the sound. With absolute clarity you can hear every riff and pinch from Mick Thomson and Jim Root’s guitars, you can feel every double kick from Jay Weinberg and of course ever word that comes out of ring master Corey Taylor’s mouth.
Apart from the artistic element of the filming of the show, the set list is near perfection for a band with an extensive back catalogue.
Kicking right into ‘Sarcastrophe’ it shows the strength of Slipknot’s songs in they are afforded the ability to blast through ‘The Heretic Anthem’, ‘Psychosocial’ and ‘The Devil In I’ within the first five songs.
I have been privileged to see Slipknot three times in my life, but hearings that some of the individuals in the audience that night had waited their whole lives for a Slipknot show, and having the experience immortalised on film is pretty special.
If you are even the slightest bit a Maggot or just intrigued by the spectacle of a live Slipknot show, this is not a bad place to jump in.
Full set list:
The Heretic Anthem
The Devil In I
Wait And Bleed
Before I Forget
Spit It Out
Metabolic / 742617000027
People = Shit
Surfacing / Til We Die
Slipknot: Day of the Gusano – Live In Mexico is out on October 20th.