There’s always something a bit hit or miss about bands releasing DVDs of live performances. Especially when it’s a band like Slipknot. For some gigs the DVD release can be pretty much like being there, but Slipknot live is a 360 degree, multi-sensory experience that leaves you both exhilarated and rattled at the same time.
The first thing to notice, is that Day Of The Gusano (it’s Spanish for worm, or more likely maggot, in case you were wondering. We STRONGLY recommend against googling it, ewww) documents the Mexican maggot’s first encounter with their idols, at 2015’s Mexico City Knotfest. Quite how it’s taken the band this long to visit their nearest neighbours is a matter for discussion, and discussed it indeed is.
Take the biggest metal band on the planed (arguably) and throw in 100,000 frankly lunatic fans and you have the ingredients for what must have been an absolutely amazing gig and the good news is that Shawn “clown” Crahan’s opus gives you a bloody good idea of how the day unfolded.
With a picture being worth a thousand words, a video must be a lot more. Check this trailer out for a taste, of a taste, of.. well. you get the idea.
If you’re a maggot wanting to see the masked ones blast out some of their greatest hits then you won’t be disappointed. The performances are, as you’d expect, top notch. If there are any overdubs and re-recorded bits here you’re hard pushed to spot them. Thankfully this is a live album that’s definitely live with Cory in “Live” and not “Studio” mode. You could say Warts And All but Slipknot are too damn good at what they do for there to be many warts.
Another bonus is that the setlist is all you could ask for and more with all the iconic moments that are the hallmark of a Slipknot gig are captured in glorious HD.
Jump. The. Fuck. Up !!!!
Right, damn fine live music video then. Job Done.
Well, no, not exactly. Although the live stuff gets you up close and personal with the band on stage, it’s the “documentary” aspect that really grabbed me about this video. You get to know (some) of the fans, and you get to follow the band around on what must have been, even for them, a fairly momentous jaunt. As Shawn puts it “Slipknot still has dreams for itself. Finally playing Mexico was one of them. It’s been a surreal life of rock and roll for Slipknot and the fact that the dreams still go on for us is simply incredible. Thank you.”
So the question remains, apart from the interesting documentary-drama, if turn the telly up ear bleeding volume does Day Of The Gusano capture the essence of a Slipknot gig minus the singing your eyebrows and ducking bottles of piss?
Hell yes. Just check this out…