Bass spirituality
in Great Satan’s rage
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The contemplation of a horrible death is an unlikely topic for most mainstream pop songs, but is actually very common in some genres of metal, particularly death metal, with which Slipknot has many affinities. In the mosh pit, beneath the 'hell-hop polydrumming and nail-bomb showers of soprano-drone guitar and sampled squeal', Slipknot's audience are a mass of swarming maggots writhing in ecstasy. In death metal, as with grind core and other extreme forms of metal, the force of the low frequencies is particularly intense, with the bass and guitars usually tuned half a step or a whole step below standard tunings. Ronald Bogue writes, 'practitioners of death metal frequently refer to the sound as crunching, grinding, and shredding, the guitars resembling buzzsaws, chainsaws, and (less frequently) jet engines. The project of this music is to create an aggressive sonic machine of destruction, an electronic nonhuman sound shredder'.

Great Satan’s rage

American negativity and rap/metal in the age of supercapitalism


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