Video Analysis : Slipknot – Before I Forget

The Idea

Begin with the guitar distortion which is the characteristic of metal music, this video is getting started. This video is very unique and very creative. As we know the identity of Slipknot members are always be a secret but in this video Slipknot is a little bit “nasty”. They don’t wearing their masks as they always do, but you can’t still recognize their identity because this video never shown their face only their specific part of their body and make you curious, more curious.

The shoot

The camera angle of this video clip is very creative, without masks the camera only take a very specific part of the Slipknot members like shoes, eye, tattoo, mouth, hair, chin and many things that show you that this monsters can change into a human, wearing Vans shoes, the drummer wearing Adidas shoes, the D’J wearing a ring with a flowers and a tattoo, that all shows that Slipknot is have a taste of humanity, they like something that all of people like too.

The movement of the camera was very fast and show you that they still have the energy to make you “bang your head”. An interesting shoot was taken when the camera shoot the mask which they don’t use, they just hang the mask, I think it is very funny without mask Slipknot still  Slipknot. Sometimes the movement of the camera show you how they play their musical instrument with a very focus angle but  when the camera focus into the musical instrument the face behind the musical instrument was blur, so the identity of Slipknot is still a mystery, a very interesting shoot. The location and setting of this video is in the white room with some window with a simple setting, white is the color that dominated this metal video. But is this video have a connectivity with the lyric ? let’s check it

Before I Forget Lyrics

Go!

Stapled shut, inside an outside world and I’m
Sealed in tight, bizarre but right at home
Claustrophobic, closing in and I’m
Catastrophic, not again
I’m smeared across the page, and doused in gasoline
I wear you like a stain, yet I’m the one who’s obscene
Catch me up on all your sordid little insurrections,
I’ve got no time to lose, and I’m just caught up in all the cattle

Fray the strings
Throw the shapes
Hold your breath
Listen!

I am a world before I am a man
I was a creature before I could stand
I will remember before I forget
BEFORE I FORGET THAT!

I’m ripped across the ditch, and settled in the dirt and I’m
I wear you like a stitch, yet I’m the one who’s hurt
Pay attention to your twisted little indiscretions
I’ve got no right to win, I’m just caught up all the battles

Locked in clutch
Pushed in place
Hold your breath
Listen!

I am a world before I am a man
I was a creature before I could stand
I will remember before I forget
BEFORE I FORGET THAT!

I am a world before I am a man
I was a creature before I could stand
I will remember before I forget
BEFORE I FORGET THAT!

My end
It justifies my means
All I ever do is delay
My every attempt to evade
The end of the road and my end
It justifies my means
All I ever do is delay
My every attempt to evade
THE END OF THE ROAD!

I am a world before I am a man
I was a creature before I could stand
I will remember before I forget
BEFORE I FORGET THAT!

I am a world before I am a man
I was a creature before I could stand
I will remember before I forget
BEFORE I FORGET THAT!

I am a world before I am a man
I was a creature before I could stand
I will remember before I forget
BEFORE I FORGET THAT!

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, OH!

The conclusion and the meaning of the lyrics

Slipknot identity was still a secret, and the video was very creative, I think the lyric mean that a we came from the same source, the same way so no one person is better than the other ant talk about the evolution too.

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