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In 1998, just as Slipknot had been on the verge of blowing up and signing with Roadrunner Records, Mason City, IA-primarily based metal band Smakdab (OH, the nu-metalness of that name!) headed into the studio to record their self-titled album. Making and mixing these sessions at Juniors Motel (which is nonetheless in operation!) had been fellow scene members Kevin Miles, who would go on to get a mixing credit on Slipknot’s 1999 self-titled debut, and Joey Jordison, who wants no introduction. From there, a small bit of scene camaraderie led to what we’re right here for these days: an incredibly uncommon track featuring a guest vocal look by Corey Taylor.

Even though “Shadowed” was integrated on Smakdab’s album, keybaordist Gabe Wilkinson tells MetalSucks why no 1 outdoors of the neighborhood Iowa metal scene has pointed out it for the previous two decades: “We got a good letter from Roadrunner Records at the time generating it pretty clear to not place Corey or Joey’s name anyplace on our release.” But with 20 years in the rearview mirror, the band has decided that now is as superior of a time as any to share this gem.

And oh, what a gem it is! When the male vocal aspect kicks in there will be no doubt in your thoughts that is Corey behind the mic, each the harmonized cleans and his trademark, complete-throated screams. But even without having Corey’s contributions it is a decent tune — very of the era, no doubt, with its anguished, angsty slow-and-then-quick-and-then-slow-once again structure and distinctly nu-metal chugging — but undeniably catchy, and not at all a far cry from the hits of the day. If you had been in a metal band in 1998 hitting the neighborhood circuit, you surely played with bands like Smakdab — perhaps you even played in 1 — and I’m prepared to bet these guys had been 1 of the far better bands about. Outdoors of Slipknot, of course.

For the initially time in 20 years (with appropriate attribution), verify out Smakdab’s song “Shadowed,” featuring Corey Taylor, under. A lot more information on Smakdab, like some righteous pictures, can be discovered at MySpace (exactly where else?).

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