Disasterpiece confirms that the Des Moines boys are set to the first band to take death metal to multi-platinum status. One of the album’s weirder musical moments, it features a Morbid Angel-esque crunching mid-section, with intricate twin guitar work from Mick Thomson and Jim Root. It also sees the album’s first melodic vocal lines in ‘I feel like I’m erased, so kill me just in case.’
More melody infests the chorus of My Plague, which this time sees Corey adopting a reverb-drenched style akin to Fear Factory mainman Burton C. Bell. Again, Mick and Jim let loose – the latter clearly relishing being able to contribute mental riffs to this album, having arrived after the completion of Slipknot.
The most powerful hook, however, comes courtesy of Everything Ends. This one combines more bizarre arrangements with a stomping Cannibal Corpse-like section and a downright brilliant chorus, seemingly about the demise of a relationship.
As you’ll know, if you were one of the thousands who downloaded The Heretic Anthem as a free MP3, it’s a tour de force of hard-hitting evil. Along with People = Shit, it’s the finest heavyweight track on the album, with some mind-blowing moments of chuggery which fans of thrash metal will undoubtedly lap up like cream-faced moggies.
Iowa’s frenetic pace first takes a slight breather with Gently – a track originally featured on the aforementioned Mate… disc, with old singer Anders Colsefni on vocals. Unsurprisingly, this version is far better, building up like some broody film soundtrack and bringing Slipknot’s percussive ‘power triangle’ back to the forefront. Corey sounds particularly impassioned here, possibly because he knew comparisons would be made with Anders.
Left Behind is destined to be the first single from the album and you can understand the choice. Very broadly speaking, this is the album’s Wait And Bleed, with a great, memorable chorus (‘As I close my eyes, I feel it all slipping away’) and some joyously warped riffing once again.