This was kind of a no brainer for me. Vermillion is the kind of song that either hits you hard or not at all, and trust me, it hit many of us maggots hard; but by surprise. As soon as Vermillion was released off Vol. 3, with its creepy three key introduction, automatically we thought; “Oh crap a musical ballad by Slipknot“. Instead, we were treated to a tremendous story told through heavy guitar strums, creepy synth samples, hollow screams, and what sounds like a xylophone at the end. This was a very mature release by the knot, and possibly the most commercial.
Though commercial is not necessarily a bad thing. They set a very high bar with their first two albums, and I believe Vol. 3 was more directed to the fans…us, the maggots. Vermillion may have gotten a bad rep for its slow progression and use of melodies, but the sheer creativity and haunting of Vermillion gave me a good understanding of how far Slipknot has come. Vol. 3 was a coming of age album and Vermillion was the proof.