Rumbling deep in the heart of downtown Edmonton, the masked heavy metal gods, Slipknot graced Rogers Place with their presence on Friday night, giving Edmontonian metal fans the perfect kick-off to the long weekend. The house was packed and thick with anticipation. This would be the first large-scale metal event to actually happen in Edmonton for over two years, so needless to say, metal lovers of YEG really needed this release.
As “For Those About To Rock” by AC/DC played over the PA, the maggots of Edmonton began to shuffle towards the stage, inch by inch crowding in just to get a little closer to the action at the front. The lights went down, and the volume went up. Booming immediately into “Disasterpiece,” if Slipknot didn’t have their crowd’s attention before, they certainly had it now.
With explosive energy, frontman Corey Taylor came sprinting to the front of the stage immediately, hyping up the audience and satisfying their craving for audible satisfaction. Rolling into “Wait and Bleed,” the fans were deafening while singing along to every word of the 2000-era tune. Taylor could be seen smiling between vocal sections, despite his eerie, android-esque-looking mask.
The 9-piece band flowed through their 17-song performance effortlessly, playing a stacked set of their classic banger tunes like “Psychosocial,” “Heretic Anthem,” and “Duality” to only name a few. Complete with pyro and other wicked stage effects, Slipknot delivers an entertaining and chaotic show and is quite easily one of the best metal bands to be touring; any aggressive-music fan would be remiss not to see them at least once.
Needless to say, as the final notes of their closing tune “Surfacing” rang out, Corey Taylor thanked the audience with genuine appreciation and said goodbye for now. Fans left the downtown arena with raw voices and smiles on their faces. With conversations buzzing about how epic the show was, it’s safe to assume that Slipknot put the cherry on top of 2022’s Good Friday.