Drowse, the project headed up by Kyle Bates, is here to make Slipknot's classically aggressive 1999 track "Wait And Bleed" a massive downer (in a good way). The cover is a part of The Flenser's Slipknot covers EP Send The Pain Below featuring Wreck And Reference, Chat Pile, and more.
"First, rest in peace to a true master, Joey Jordison," said Bates. "His passing a few months after I recorded this cover hit hard, heavy with the weight of too much death in the world and my own family these past couple of years. On a lighter note, the music:
"When asked to contribute to this compilation I was hesitant, I only caught the tail end of the genre.
I was seven when 'Wait and Bleed' came out; most of my Nu Metal nostalgia is in memories of Deftones blasting from a friend’s dad’s truck as we carpooled to school or a camp counselor’s scary S/T album art Slipknot shirt.
Even so, the band found its way to my ears through a goth cousin and this song became a classic for me.
I also thought: 'how the fuck do I cover this? I record slow music alone in my bedroom…'
"My first decision was to record all of the guitars with an EBow. I then followed my gut towards this Can, Andy Stott, and Éliane Radigue indebted take on the song. I added new sections and melodies because I dislike covers that try to sound too much like the original—why not just listen to the real thing at that point—and I was led by the sound.
"This resulting weirdo version of 'Wait and Bleed' feels hypnotic to me, I hope it does for you too."