By 2002, plenty of bands had released tapes of special filmed performances, but Slipknot was one of the few to make a large production out of a DVD. Disasterpieces was a surprisingly big deal for the band, becoming a must-see music movie within the metal community of the time; usually, filmed performances were seen as decent at best, but this one was a spectacle, drawing fans into this band’s insane live show. Now, you too can experience the madness, as Disasterpieces has been made available to watch online for free.
The full performance video featured in Disasterpieces has been uploaded to the Knotfest YouTube account in celebration of Iowa‘s 19th birthday (for which we here at The Pit went ahead and ranked every single Slipknot song). The show recorded took place at London’s Dockland Arena, and features a collection of tracks from both 1998’s self-titled album and 2001’s Iowa; it’s a riveting performance to watch by a band who are in the process of breaking through to something bigger and playing to electrified crowds who know they’re part of music history.
Check out Disasterpieces below:
This is, of course, only Disc 1 of the Disasterpieces set, though the other one was mostly comprised of music videos which are available online anyway.
Here’s the full setlist for the show:
1. People = Shit
3. Left Behind
9. My Plague
10. New Abortion
11. The Heretic Anthem
12. Spit It Out
13. Wait And Bleed
Obviously, we live in a very differed world than the one in which Disasterpieces was first released. Back then, Slipknot were a bizarre group of men wearing masks; these days, frontman Corey Taylor has to urge people to wear their own. In a recent interview with Triple M Rock, Corey was asked if he had a message for Australians who refused to wear masks in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. His response was, well, very Corey Taylor.
“Yeah, stop whining and put your goddamn mask on,” said Corey. “This isn’t an isolated incident. My country’s loaded with these dumbasses that think it is some sort of political standpoint or some sort of partisan garbage. And I’m just like, ‘Are you serious?’ Just because you haven’t had anyone in your life affected by it doesn’t mean that it’s not a real thing.”
“From a very cold standpoint, karma’s a bitch,” he said. “It’s going to come back and bite you in the ass. If you’re going to winge about wearing a mask in a produce store…I once had to wear an entire full head mask for eight hours while doing Slipknot press. Eight hours! Didn’t take it off, eight hours straight because we were doing nothing but press for one day. But these people are going to bitch and moan about wearing it for ten minutes at the market. Get over yourself.”
Words by Chris Krovatin