November 21, 2014
Prepare yourselves, two of the metal gods are back on the road and this time they are together: the Prepare for Hell Tour with Slipknot and opener Korn. As soon as we heard that Korn was on a tour and was not the main act, we knew we were in for one hell of a crazy night. Slipknot finally being back on the road after the 2010 death of bassist Paul Gray had fans across the world rushing to buy tickets moments after the announcement.
After openers King 810 brought their own hard hitting sound and extreme show, Korn came out to “Twist” capturing the crowd the second the first note rung out. They ate up every ounce of energy Korn threw at them, and I couldn’t decide between watching in amazement or rocking out myself. Jonathon Davis twitches on stage with so much passion and insanity that you can’t tear your eyes away, but watching him and the whole band forces crazy energy through your veins, demanding your body to jump and rock. During “Falling Away From Me” Fieldy and Jonathon faced each other, mirroring each other’s movements as Fieldy slapped and slid his hands along the bass like it was an extension of him. It was a moment of seemingly choreographed but completely legitimate jamming: two artists feeding off each other, creating a magnificent sound and scene. Later, after “Shoots and Ladders” Korn covered some of Metallica’s “One” with the entire crowd joining in. They ended with two favorites, “Freak on A Leash” and “Blind,” leaving the arena wanting more, supercharged and ready to get insane with Slipknot.
Slipknot opened the show the same way they opened their new .5: The Gray Chapter album, with “XIX,” and left the curtain up the entire time, building anticipation more and more before the curtain rose and they bombarded the crowd with “Sarcastrophe,” starting the night off loud and in your face, the way everyone hoped they would. When there are nine amazing artists creating magic on a stage together, each with their own personalities that strongly ring through the masks, your eyes constantly have a sight to be astounded by. Corey Taylor continues to prove to be one of the best front men in metal, leaving everything he has on the stage night after night. “Clown,” Shawn Crahan, constantly entertains, moon walking, head banging, and beating the absolute sh*t out of his percussion set that includes a beer keg and rotates in a circle on risers over 10 feet off the ground. Jim Root shreds his signature Fenders with no mercy, while Mick Thompson commands attention with his immense stature and matching sound. The praise that every member in Slipknot deserves is incomparable to anything else; playing as hard and as on point as they do while wearing coveralls and masks is simply incredible.
They rocked out with the crowd to favorites like “Liberate,” “Duality,” and “Before I Forget,” and of course played new favorites off their recent album like “The Devil in I” and “Negative One” creating mass mosh pits and sending crowd surfers flying. Towards the end of their set, after “Left Behind,” Corey yelled at the entire crowd to get down on the ground, making thousands of people crouch down to the floor, waiting and clapping in anticipation for the signature massive crowd jump. Looking back at a sea of people on sitting on the floor together burned a powerful sight in my head, and when he yelled “Jump the f**k up,” the whole arena ignited and jumped together, everyone in the building losing their minds to “Spit it Out.”
Slipknot left the stage after “Custer,” and minutes later the “(sic)” intro began. They crept back on stage to begin their encore, playing “(sic)” and “People = Shit,” then ended the show promising to not take so long to come back next time around. “Surfacing” drove the crowd wild, then Slipknot retreated off stage to “‘Til We Die” playing in the background with the crowd screaming their applause. Every band to walk on stage that night gave it their all, feeding the crowd their souls and getting massive amounts of praise back. The Prepare for Hell Tour fed all the metal heads in Nashville what they’ve been craving for a while now: a loud, thundering, powerful show to last them until the next time Slipknot comes around.