Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) is the third studio album by American
metal band Slipknot (pictured). The album was released on May 25, 2004,
through Roadrunner Records. It is the band’s only album produced by Rick
Rubin and also the only one not to feature profanity. Following the
band’s tour to promote its second album in 2002, speculation regarding
the future began. Some band members had already been involved in side
projects including Murderdolls, To My Surprise, and the reformation of
Stone Sour. In 2003, Slipknot moved into The Mansion to work on the
album. Initially, the band was unproductive; lead vocalist Corey Taylor
was drinking heavily. Nevertheless, they wrote more than enough material
for a new album—the band’s first to incorporate more traditional,
melodic song structures, guitar solos and acoustic guitars. The album
received generally positive reviews; Q called it “a triumph”. The album
peaked within the top ten in album sales across eleven countries, and
went Platinum in the United States. The band also received the Grammy
Award for Best Metal Performance for the song “Before I Forget”.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
The Chinese chronicle Records of the Grand Historian recorded
the first confirmed sighting of Halley’s Comet (pictured), the first
comet to be recognized as periodic.
The Primera Junta, the first independent government in
Argentina, was established in an open cabildo in Buenos Aires, marking
the end of the May Revolution.
The British parliament passed the Third Home Rule Act,
establishing a devolved government in Ireland.
Second World War: A German Panzer division captured Boulogne-
sur-Mer, France, forcing the evacuation of the British Expeditionary
Force through Dunkirk.
Israel withdrew its army from most of Lebanese territory, 22
years after its first invasion in 1978.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
(politics) A policy of deliberate inactivity.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
The stars awaken a certain reverence, because though always
present, they are inaccessible; but all natural objects make a kindred
impression, when the mind is open to their influence. Nature never wears
a mean appearance. Neither does the wisest man extort her secret, and
lose his curiosity by finding out all her perfection. Nature never
became a toy to a wise spirit. The flowers, the animals, the mountains,
reflected the wisdom of his best hour, as much as they had delighted the
simplicity of his childhood.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
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