DVD REVIEW: SLIPKNOT – “Day Of The Gusano”
Slipknot has been notorious in the scene since 1999, shattering every stage they set foot on from the days of the “Sic” red jumpsuits to the black clad nine piece grooving to ‘Custer”. And now after 5 studio albums and a massive near psychotic fan following, Mexico City has finally been blessed with Knotfest, and the ‘Day of the Gusano’ Live DVD, directed by Shawn Crahan, the band’s own lovable Clown, documents the entire Slipknot setlist in its full fledged adrenaline flushed glory.
Slipknot is a band that represents many mixed emotions and good times for many maggots across the globe alike. But unlike a lucky few, the majority of the fanbase, including myself, have never witnessed the band live, and it makes us want to push our fingers into our eyes. (cue “Duality” playback right here)
The live DVD captures the entire setlist from various POV’s of the entire arena, right from under the Clown’s mic cam, crowd cams, drum cam, to Sid Wilson’s POV jumping and break dancing across the stage and many more. The setlist starts with the opening of the infamously melodic masterpiece “Sarcastrophe” off of ‘The Gray Chapter’(2014), to which followed major hits out of the self titled album (1999), ‘Iowa’ (2001), Volume 3 (2004), and ‘All Hope is Gone’ (2008).
The entire footage of the covers an array of moments that are intense for the sprawling number of Mexican maggots headbanging alongside the band, and even include cliché Slipknot live moments that every fan knows about and anticipates in every show. Guitarists Jim Root and Mick Thomson alongside bassist Alex Venturella play a small instrumental snippet post the ending bars of “The Devil in I”, but the classic tradition of how “Spit it Out” is played out by vocalist Corey Taylor and percussionist (and remarkable hypeman) Chris Fehn always ensues, with Corey cuing the signal to jump the fuck up. In its essence, it’s a portable Slipknot experience perfect for any maggot and metalhead alike, or could do perfectly just fine as a present to screw with the most devoutly religious individual in your family who will likely go bonkers over the band’s imagery.
The ‘Day of the Gusano’ is a full house of events, comments from the band themselves, fueled up action and emotion, and in its core, a whole lotta Slipknot and nothing short of that. It marks a milestone for the band playing for a maggot infested Mexico city they’ve always dreamt of playing in all of the years of it’s existence, and does a remarkable job of making sure the imprint of the event stays on forever, perhaps even longer than the band itself. The 666% Maggot approved DVD is out October 20th!