Slipknot, Korn slam Madison with “Prepare for Hell” tour

The boys from Iowa made a deafening return to Wisconsin over the weekend, their latest visit since 2012’s Knotfest in Somerset, WI. Beginning the current tour with the second round of Knotfest, this time in San Bernardino, CA, Slipknot will complete a multi-leg tour spanning the globe until early March 2015.

Slipknot’s first studio album since 2008’s All Hope Is Gone, .5: The Gray Chapter closes a long hiatus of music making for the band troubled by traumatic events brought about in the past six years.

Co-headlined by nu-metal friends, Korn, the “Prepare for Hell” tour marks a touring return for the Slipknot short of the one off performances like Knotfest and Download. The multi-leg tour will span the globe and from late October to early March of next year.

Donning their signature disturbing attire and new masks for the “Prepare for Hell” tour, Slipknot is back rattling the metal world. Frontman Cory Taylor now sports something resembling a cross between a deformed human and the Prometheus humanoid. The scene was quite disturbing – demonic goat, pyro, chilling masks. Slipknot’s surprises and antics make the show what it is. The get up, the props, and even the seemingly meaningless percussionists slamming away at beer kegs are missed when they disappear from time to time. Everyone has a role and time after time it comes together flawlessly.

A ferocious Cory Taylor screamed vocals in ways we’ve never heard. At times, his vocals were a bit spotty, often being drowned out by the rest of the band, but we’ve come to expect that. Overall sound left something to be desired, lows often missing and highs rather harsh, but don’t take this as me writing off the show completely – the production value was priceless.

For Madison, this show was something special. “We’ve played this venue so many times and each time the crowd gets bigger and bigger!” Taylor shouted at the pit of screaming fans. The venue is rather small compared to a Knotfest size crowd, but they gave Slipknot a run for their money regardless.

Korn’s performance was nothing to glaze over. Jonathan Davis was spot on for the length of the set, moving around like you’d expect a younger Scott Weiland to do. Firing mostly through their hits, Korn snuck in a snipped of Metallica’s “One” to change things up. Having also released a new album in 2014, Korn sampled “Love & Meth” and “Hater” from The Paradigm Shift, a stark contras from their previous The Path Of Totality.

Sure, this one is a co-headline style tour, but lengthier setlists might be in order for Slipknot. 17 songs for the metal giant didn’t quite do it for the majority of fans, leaving out some key songs, while Korn’s hour long run was just right.

Slipknot Setlist:

XIX – Sarcastrophe – The Heretic Anthem – My Plague – The Devil in I – Psychosocial – The Negative One – Eeyore – Liberate – Purity – Before I Forget – Duality – Left Behind – Spit It Out – Custer – (sic) – People = Shit – Surfacing

Korn Setlist:

Twist – Here to Stay – Right Now – Love & Meth – Falling Away from Me – Good God – Hater – Shoots and Ladders (w/One) – Got the Life – Freak on a Leash – Blind

 

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