Vector arena was packed last night with black t-shirts and long haired metal heads as Slipknot, the American metal band, swept the stage for a full one-and-a-half-hour set.

The band, which consiss of nine members, Corey Taylor, Jim Root, Sid Wilson, Shawn Crahan, Mick Thomson, Chris Fehn, Craig Jones, Jay Weinberg and Alessandro Venturella, played all the great songs from their 5 album discography.

Duality, The Devil In I, and Wait and Bleed were only a few of the bands popular songs played, but the jams that stood out the most were Before I forget, Left behind and Spit it out, which made the crowd go insane.  Although they didn’t play Snuff, I would have been surprised if they had. The whole performance was heavy all the way through, and it just wouldn’t have fitted, so it was a good call from the band not to play it.

The band had been touring for two years, but last night was a special one, as it marked the 15-year anniversary for the album IOWA, an album that all metal teens had growing up, and the band brought the house down with it.

Corey Taylor’s vocals bellowed out above all, the transition from rough to clean was so impressive, damaging his recently injured neck further. It was easy to see that he was in pain, and during the set he even ripped off his neck brace. But the commitment to the fans kept him going, and never let it affect his performance.

During the song Spit it out, the entire crowed kneeled with anticipation, waiting for Taylor’s instructions to “Jump the fuck up”, a common occurrence that happens at their concerts. In recent years EDM DJ’s have taken the same approach, and it really sucks. But Slipknot pulled it off, almost like a metal Mexican wave.

Each member’s performance was amazing, with high energy and stamina, and the New Zealand crowd loved it. The atmosphere was amazing and unlike the song Before I Forget, this is a show that I will not.

Setlist

The Negative One
Disasterpiece
Eyeless
Before I Forget
The Shape
Killpop
Dead Memories
The Heretic Anthem
Psychosocial
Left Behind
Custer
The Devil in I
Skin Ticket
Wait and Bleed
(sic)

Encore:
Surfacing
Duality
Spit It Out

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