UNTIED TO UNWIND: KNOTFEST 2019
Well, I can’t claim the last part of the title is true, I mean I don’t know that I even know what cholesterol is or should be let alone how to lower that pesky wad of goo. You’re probably thinking that a metal show has a better chance of jiggling up the goo than reducing stress and where that claim comes from, right?
Before I roll off the hill on that tangent, let’s just make sure I have solid footing and continue on. See, rock, metal, metalcore, thrash, etc – isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. I totally get it. I don’t like polka much but I will listen for a bit. Well, OK maybe 4 measures…and maybe I just haven’t experienced the same things that I have at a rock show, at a polka-fest or Oktoberfest. But, if it’s good for my mind, body, and spirit, I’m down to listen for a bit. That is only if they have sausage and sauerkraut with spicy mustard.
Seriously. What about sweltering temperatures, summer humidity, 30,000 sticky friends in a melting pot, loud music that makes your chest feel like it will come right out of your ribcage says, “Listening and attending metal music and concerts will lower stress levels and reduce negativity and anger” on the ticket. I know a few people that would think they would rather have a rash than to sit through a metal show, but the point to this piece is that most metalheads that no matter what their age, say that keeping metal in their purview reduces stress and that studies have been done that show attending a metal show does in fact, lower your stress. Don’t believe me? Well, I’m going to break it down for you in the TOP 3 REASONS THAT ATTENDING KNOTFEST REDUCES STRESS, alright? Here we go!
At the least, metal/rock fans expect some type of pyrotechnics at a show. Dude, let me say that if there isn’t some kind of explosive material, whether that be CO2 or a cannon followed by streamers or confetti shooting out like vomit after a ride at the fair, or straight up fire, you can bet that fans may walk out scratching their heads and think they must have just nodded off or been in the line for the bathroom.
There’s no need to worry about missing any firey explosives at KNOTFEST whilst SLIPKNOT is on stage. From the jump, pyro is shooting out from all over the stage! In streams, in puffs of fire, and with the BOOMS that jar your innards hard! If these elements of a rock show look and sound like they’d just add to stress, even in someone like me that has PTSD and startles easy, trust me; there’s something about getting the poop scared out of you several times in succession that once you’re out, you start to breathe a little deeper. I think it’s just better to get it all out in a 60 minute time period, right?
Those that know me, know that I’m not a huge fan of clowns. Now, I don’t have a huge issue with masked performers, but clowns aren’t my bag (sorry, Clown!). So at one point in the pit, when CLOWN was right above me holding out some phallic rod used to beat on a drum…I have to admit that I was a bit unnerved. I might have peed a little to think that CLOWN or A clown – it really doesn’t matter what kind or who it is – was above me and at any moment could jump down and engulf me in white cream makeup and red and blue face paint.
Confronting fears and phobias are supposed to be a healthy thing to do. Or so some say. I can see how that is somewhat true in that, after being forced to deal with that fear and take pictures, I was kinda proud of myself after the 3 songs were finished. Look, I love the adrenaline of shooting a show and so after the pit and the show itself, the wave of relief and the feeling of accomplishment was dope AF! I literally felt no stress at all!
Now the Number 1 way or reason that SLIPKNOT reduces stress is….
Yauss! You guessed it! COREY TAYLOR’S lyrics! Hell to the yes! SLIPKNOT is known for the abrasive lyrics that cut deep or help heal. If the above two reasons aren’t enough or don’t add to reducing stress, the 1st reason should.
Connecting with a band through their lyrics or the way a band’s songs make me feel is paramount. As I have dabbled in writing poetry for most of my life, I know how writing can aid the process of dealing with things that either stress you out or cause conflict within yourself. Having an emotional disposition in the first place is something I try very hard to suppress. Having ADHD means that it isn’t just my attention span that is deficient or distracted. Doctors and professionals have found that emotions are often hyper-ized and reacting to things around us (those that have ADHD) is often a knee-jerk reaction or a heightened emotional response. There’s no pause before that reaction, you know?
Lyrics help me identify with the challenges other people have in their lives and how they handle the situations leaves a learning opportunity for me. Of course, not everyone has ADHD and I’m not implying that SLIPKNOT‘S members have that or any other diagnosed issue. I just know that rocking out to a song like Sulphur or Duality, or the latest from We Are Not Your Kind can provide instant release called Unsainted:
Did you think you could win? And fill me in?
Did you think you could do it again? I’m not your sin
I was all that you wanted and more, but you didn’t want me
I was more than you thought I could be
So I’m setting you free, I’m setting you free
You’ve killed the saint in me
How dare you martyr me
You’ve killed the saint in me
Oh, I’ll never kill myself to save my soul
I was gone, but how was I to know?
I didn’t come this far to sink so low
I’m finally holding on to letting go.
Unsainted – COREY TAYLOR/SLIPKNOT
You can bet there are other reasons why SLIPKNOT‘S concerts can be the culprit to reducing stress but those are the ones that hit me when I saw them in Dallas. I was pretty impressed with the amount of energy that this gaggle of rockers can dish out individually and as a whole. I mean, it must take a ton of work prior to touring to get everything all staged for maximum presence for fans, right?
The drum towers were impressive, the pyro was on point, and the band played to an engaged crowd that went nuts after every song’s end and the next one’s beginnings. It was a killer show all together with BEHEMOTH, GOJIRA, VOLBEAT who totally set up the night in perfect order like pins on a bowling alley for SLIPKNOT to knock them all down in one fail swoosh!
Watch for more from KNOTFEST and show snaps of GOJIRA and VOLBEAT to post soon! If you liked this post, please share it with your friends and other music lovers and find me on all the socials! I’d love to have y’all as friends and follow y’all back to see what you’re up to as well!
Til Next Time – MRML – Cherri
PS – If you want to read up on the effects live music has on your health, you can read the article I did by clicking the link here (source: US News & World Report).