by Jeff Brinn / Schwegweb.com
Just when many have disregarded Slipknot as just another flash in the metal frying pan the nine piece Iowans return to put waste to all no-believers. Voliminal: Inside The Nine is a pure masterpiece in film directing that shows that Shawn Crane (aka Clown) can do much more then just pound on a keg like so many have claimed. This visual assault takes the viewer deep into the realm of a band that has so much mystic and dedication it’s now proven beyond a doubt that they are a band not to be dismissed.
You will be taken on a journey deep into the touring world of Slipknot that was captured over the course of 2 years of gut wrenching confining worlds of the road.
Not your run of the mill music DVD by any means, director Shawn C. spent many of long hours sifting thru hundreds of hours of handheld video footage trying to give fans the inside look they have craved. More in the vein of a art film, “Voliminal: Inside The Nine” is vicious, unedited, and at times just plain intoxicating showing a side of this Iowa band that many have yet to see.
Easily the prize of this package is the separate interviews conducted with each member. This footage shows the human side to these members that will give fans and haters a whole new respect for Slipknot. Interviews include a killer segment with bassist Paul and DJ Sid showing such a human side to them yet seen in the media.
In all “Voliminal: Inside The Nine” is a graphic assault on the eye that will give a new respect to Slipknot. Kudos’ go out to S. Crane for choosing to ignore the norm and give fans and maggots a real look inside the world of one of our generations most experimental and dangerous bands to ever grace the airwaves and video music channels.
Ttitled VOLIMINAL, features a 90-minute film, created and directed by M. Shawn Crahan, better known as Clown, that gives the Slipknot fan a window into the world of the band as seen through the mind of its creator. The film was shot on hand-held cameras and, as a result, is brutally honest and visually unique. The sound and visual edits are intense, disturbing and jarring while the cinematography brings the viewer as close as one can get to the band. Buried in Disc 1 are nine different “rabbit holes,” that, when activated, will show a short vignette of each one of the nine members of the band. Not the typical extra footage often found as “easter eggs” on the average DVD, this footage contains some of the most surprising and revealing elements on the DVD.
features three main elements – live footage, music videos and interviews with each member of the band. The live shows were captured at various venues around the world and show Slipknot in unique and somewhat unconventional settings. Everything from outdoor and daytime shows all the way to television award-show performances are included as are the celebrated music videos for “Duality”, “Vermilion,” “Before I Forget,” “The Nameless,” and the controversial video for “Vermilion 2,” which was never officially released. Additionally, for the first time ever, fans get an up-close look at the band’s “Death Masks” used onstage during this tour.