Slipknot’s ‘Iowa’ named ‘greatest’ album of 21st century
Only one album can be named the ‘greatest’ of the 21st century by long-standing music magazine Metal Hammer. And that one album comes straight from the Midwest: Slipknot’s influential sophomore album “Iowa.”
The formula for this chart-topping honor comes from a poll of readers, bands and critics conducted by Metal Hammer, according to an article from the publication proclaiming “Iowa” the top album.
Before you get out your pitchforks and shout “what about the White Stripes?!” understand that Metal Hammer is a music magazine and website based around all things heavy metal (obviously … the word “metal” is in the name of the publication). Other acts to make the list include System of a Down, Marilyn Manson and Linkin Park.
Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor told Metal Hammer the record, which is certified platinum by the RIAA in the United States, was about "being rabid, being wasted, and still being young enough to back it up."
The 2001 release, which touts essential Slipknot numbers such as "Disasterpiece" and "The Heretic Anthem," celebrates its 15th anniversary in August.
“You can hear the bile in it, you can hear the frenetic passion for what we were trying to do,” Taylor told Metal Hammer. “I think we bypassed what we were trying to do and achieved something completely different, which was to create the heaviest album that would be picked up by a popular audience who didn’t really know what they were getting themselves into.”
The list of all 100 albums appears in the latest issue of Metal Hammer magazine. Slipknot invades Wells Fargo Arena — the group’s first hometown show in eight years — on Aug. 5 with Marilyn Manson and Of Mice and Men.