Music: Knot Amused

An Iowan metal band's new CD strikes a nerve

Not everyone will understand the appeal of Iowa (Roadrunner), the new CD from Des Moines band Slipknot that's currently No. 3 on the album charts. It helps to think of its lightning-fast heavy metal as a form of country. Merle Haggard never headbanged in a Halloween mask, as Slipknot does, but he sang about feeling trapped in the middle of nowhere. That's exactly what vocalist Corey Taylor is doing when he sings of his home state, "Relax, it's over...You can never leave."

That line is one of the album's appeals to youths with the small-town blues. It's also one of its...

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