All Hope Is Gone is the fourth studio album by American heavy metal band Slipknot, released on August 20, 2008 by Roadrunner Records. The album was published in two versions: the standard album in a CD case and a special edition packaged in a six-fold digipak containing three bonus tracks, a 40 page booklet, and a bonus DVD with a documentary of the album's recording. Preparation for the album began in 2007, while recording started in February 2008 in the band's home state of Iowa. Before the album's launch, Slipknot released a series of promotional images and audio samples from the album through various websites. All Hope Is Gone was considered the band's most eclectic-sounding album at the time of release, incorporating elements from their previous three. The album shows Slipknot completely abandoning the nu metal genre, moving to a groove metal style. Songs such as the opening track "Gematria (The Killing Name)" and the title track espouse the band's more brutal, death metal-influenced edge, reminiscent of songs such as "(sic)" from their debut self-titled album; slow burning, "trippy" elements such as "Gehenna", recalling "Skin Ticket" from their second album Iowa; and more tragic, sentimental tracks such as "Dead Memories" and "Snuff". Lyrically, All Hope Is Gone centers on themes such as anger, disaffection, obsession, and the music industry. The album name also features a more prominent focus on politics than their previous albums. Slipknot promoted All Hope Is Gone on a world tour and at the Mayhem Festival. Generally well received by critics, the album reached the top position on nine record charts worldwide, including the Billboard 200—the first Slipknot album to do so. It was certified platinum by the RIAA on August 10, 2010 for shipments in excess of 1,000,000 albums in the United States. With a runtime of 57 minutes and 57 seconds, it is Slipknot's shortest studio album to date. It is also the band's final studio album to feature their full original lineup with two longtime members: bassist and founding member Paul Gray, who was found dead in an Iowa hotel on May 24, 2010, almost two years after the album's release, and drummer Joey Jordison, who was fired from the group in December 2013.Wikipedia
So, yeah. Slipknot. Look, I'm really into hard music. I cut my teeth on punk and grew up on hardcore metal. I spent almost every weekend of my 20s at any hardcore show I could get to. Slipknot, though... they were always a joke in the hardcore scene. They're fashion metal. They're gothy pop-metal. The slipknot guys would show up at the hardcore shows in uniform and get laughed out of the venue. It was poser-metal. As I listened to this album, I tried really hard to get past those past notions of the band and listen with a fresh ear. What I found was that those past impressions... were not entirely wrong. But they weren't entirely correct either. There's some good stuff in here. It's a little sing-songy and filled with cliches but, at the same time, there are some killer groves buried underneath all that. Overall, not as bad as I expected it to be.
If you enjoy this type of music, I would say you are ignoring some personal problems. If you would consider yourself to be in a healthy state of mind, send me your Paypal so I can put down 5 bucks for a new pair of ears. Jesus Christ, release me from this stinking pile of dogshit.
“All Hope Is Gone” by Slipknot(1980) New experience for me. Bad done well. 3/5 These guys have real talent. What a shame. Self contradictory (hope/no hope) the marketing of evil, done with precision, elaboration, finesse. An intriguing listen. It seems like metal has caught up with hip hop. The message is incoherent, undefended and indefensible. Expressing virtually no redemption, no resolution. “Snuff” is the closest thing to beauty on this album (even if the opening groove is a flat ripoff of Nirvana’s “Something in the Way”), but is fatally flawed by its nonsensical lyrics. How can one feel sorry for a guy who gives such a lame and internally inconsistent expression of his sadness? To his woman? I pity the woman.
Pretty decent, not my favorite genre but I appreciate the musicality/instrumentation. 99.9% unable to understand what they're saying, which kind of makes it hard to stay invested beyond that, personally.
On some level, I get it. You are angry. You sometimes feel dead inside. You need a sound that matches that hopelessness and rage. I am angry too! But whoever thought it was vital to include this album as one of the greats, really does need to check their vital signs. It's okay though; we all have our paths to musical bliss and these guys really do strike a nerve for so many, that I'm happy to have another listen. What I hear are machine gun drum beats. I hear lyrics rich with authentic human emotion and truth. I hear gut-birthed gnarly screaming. I hear catchy arena rock riffs. And, I hear some infused melodic vocals, and even harmonies. I can appreciate all of those components, and do in several bands that I sometimes resonate with (i.e. Linkin Park, Creed, etc.) but while I can appreciate these things that Slipknot brings to the table, All Hope Is Gone is far too elementary at its core for me. No judgement to all of the rockers who embrace the growling thunder that is Slipknot. But for me, the thunder is so overpowering, I cannot hear the rain.
Accessible for metal which isn’t a bad thing. I liked what I heard and Snuff was excellent in particular. Some filler I could have done without but overall good.
It's a good album, but I think Iowa is still their best one. Not every song on this one is as good. I can understand if you don't like the genre this is not for you, but this was a great entry level band for me.
A new direction for Slipknot. It's not their best album, but that is due to the extremely high bar set by their first two albums 'Slipknot' & 'Iowa'. This album brings a slower speed but still the same energy that the band has always had. An amazing band to see perform live!
Iowa is the only other Slipknot album I've heard, so coming into this one surprised me with just how pop-oriented it was. That's not a bad thing, though - the variety and catchiness it adds may not please the pure metalheads, but I think it made for a fun listen.
Better than I thought it would be, although it's clearly not for me. There's some accomplished musicianship in there, along with the angst and anger people come here for.
furious, confusing, brutal, raging- lots of lyrical references to worms, killing fields, burning cities down, smashing, war, murders - with a vocal style that switches from regular guttural metal to Styx-like sweetness on some choruses. ("and the rain will kill us all" on Psychosocial). Great drumming throughout.
Those drums are just too good for a 1.
Tried to give this a fair hearing, but it's just so bad in every way. Music for absolute posers
my 3rd favourite slipknot album but still by far the best listen yet.....
Really a 4.5, but today I'm rounding up - the world needs to give some respect to heavy metal. Great hammer-drill rock with some melody. Midwestern comfort food for the quietly anxious. Felt like I'd finished a good core workout just by listening.
It's not perfect (far from it). It's not the best thing that happened to the music... However, listen to it makes me remember my teenage years and so I'll give it 5 stars just for it.
A modern metal classic
Slipknot innit. 🤘 This Cold Black 👌
yeah, all hope is gone.
Me gustó demasiado este álbum ya que me gusta el género de rock, aunque las letras y los gritos si me sacaron de onda
All Hope Is Gone é um álbum para ser escutado por todos que buscam viver uma experiência vigorosa do melhor do metal. É um álbum complexo, que une riffs poderosos com o vocal profundo. Sendo fundamental destacar a habilidade do baterista.
too much metal for me...
perfect music for nice relaxing bubble bath 🥰
Not their best but a solid sendoff for Joey.
Not all...some hope is gone.
Not a bad slipknot album but I still prefer their debut
No pues está chingón.
Didn’t really think I’d like it all that much. I was wrong.
This is the first CD I ever bought with my own money - I remember biking to Best Buy with Justin Wirsbinski. It's wild going back to this record on the day Trump leaves office and taking more time to notice the themes railing against American politics and the disguising of politics as religion at the end of the Bush administration than I did when I first bought it. I’d give this a 4.5 but I can’t justify a full 5. If I did it’d just be nostalgia The album is way more interesting considered against slipknots early stuff. It’s solidifies their transition from nu metal to something more mainstream. It is commercial metal but its well-executed, An entryway for a lot of people into the genre that is accessible without losing intensity.
YES! Love this band. More familiar with more recent stuff, but this ROCKS
Pretty groovy metal album, 7/10
I have been listening to Slipknot for years but have never actually sat and listened to an album in full. The Opening track '.Execute.' consists of Mr. Taylor screaming 'All Hope Is Gone' and it set the tone for the album. The whole band did fantastically with their instruments and Corey's vocals are stronger than ever here. My favourite tracks on the album are: Sulfur. Psychosocial. Dead Memories. Snuff. Sulfur is one of my favourite Slipknot songs. Psychosocial hits HARD. Dead Memories is a great track. Snuff is an emotional standout track. A beautiful calm in the middle of a violent, angry storm.
Slipknot on bändinä tuttuakin tutumpi. Aikanaan yläasteella luokkakaveri tutustutti Slipknotiin ja bändin nimeä kantavaan ekaan levyyn. Vähän myöhemmin jostain sensuurista pääsi läpi Taavetin kirjaston levytarjontaan bändin seuraava levy (Iowa). Tämä piti käydä lainaamassa ja kääntää mp3:ksi (taas vaihteeksi).Olisiko sitten vähän myöhemmin vielä tullut Disasterpieces live-DVD, mitä tuli pyöriteltyä paljonkin. Varmaan nimenomaan se varsin vauhdikas live imaisi lopulta mukaan. Varsinkin kun bändissä on (ainakin alkuaikoina) laulaja, pari kitaristia, basisti, rumpari, pari perkussionistia, dj, sämplääjä, niin lavalla ja lavan ulkopuolella tapahtumaa riitti. Jos ei soitettavaa ollut, niin sitten myllytettiin keskenään tai kiipeiltiin lavarakenteisiin. Kaksi ekaa Slipknotin levyä on itselle ne parhaat. Tällä All Hope Is Gonella on hetkensä, mutta ei kokonaisuutena mikään kummoinen. Levyn alkupään biisit on ihan hyvää Slipknotia, mutta loppuosalla ei slovari Snuffia lukuunottamatta ole kummoisia biisejä. Nostalgian sävyttämä 4.
Not bad for metal. I'd listen again.
Dedo no cu e gritaria (no cu de quem ta lendo)
nicht mein Sound, aber trotzdem irgendwie geil.
Not my favorite Slipknot album, but still really solid. I feel like it fades towards the end, though.
one of their best
Besser als gedacht
I normally listen to these first thing in the morning, but I just really don't feel like Slipknot at 5am. I'll listen later at work. I've heard the album before anyway. Ok: this album has some absolutely amazing tracks but falls short of a 5. I'd give it a 4.5 if I could. Only criticism is that it goes a bit too long and loses steam towards the end. Definitely Slipknot at their best though. Surely no matter what kind of music you prefer, Pyschosocial makes you tap your foot. 4/5.
Great production and packed with head bangers. Goes a bit limp in the back end but still a great metal template.
Probably the biggest surprise I’ve had on this group. Guitars and drums are brilliant.
Manages to be good and terrible interchangeably and within seconds of each other. I imagine this is what happens when an angry teenager with an unhealthy love of knives goes on work experience with a marketing executive at a record label.
Slipknot were a early teenage favourite of mine but I've not listened to this album through. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. A bit of a different direction for Slipknot. A few songs too long or it would have been a 5.
Big mood. Big energy.
I didn't know they had an emo album. I'm happier now I do know.
Quan es va publicar passava per ser el disc més accessible de la banda. I així és, efectivament. Encara hi ha temes taladrants, però el metal melòdic fa aparició en cançons de molt bona factura, juntament amb mig temps brillants i la influència de l'altra banda de Corey Taylor, Stone Sour. Afortunadament la inspiració nu metal dels seus començaments queda cada cop més enrera, consolidant la transformació de la banda en una de les grans del metal contemporani
I remember my muso mates turning their noses up when they saw my copy of "Iowa." They were wrong. "All Hope is Gone" is better than "Iowa;" less childish and more range. What sets Slipknot apart is the contrast between the crunching, wall-of-sound death metal and the smoother, more melodic elements. A bit corny and overlong, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Really enjoyed the musicality, not the vocals so much. Why so angry?
After my ears stopped bleeding I realized I was tapping my toes and enjoying the music. Much better than I thought it would be. Not something I would listen to ever day.
Five star start that tapers out to a solid four by the end. Big fat fricken riffs at the start, wish they were maintained the whole way through. Pretty weak finish could've been 20 minutes shorter
Heavy . Algunas canciones muy brutas, pero muy bueno.
Slipknot is definitely up my alley when they take a more laidback and groove approach, but I think when their death metal roots show up I start to flinch a bit. That being said, still very much so an enjoyable album, at a sturdy high 4.
Nice metal album overall. Some really good songs like "Psychosocial" and "Snuff". Though also some boring ones which can drag a bit.
Not the best SK album but still a big fan
This might be the "best" Slipknot album, but it isn't my favorite. Also, I acknowledge I am too old to like Slipknot as much as I do.
Slipknot rules. Take that liberals!!1!
Ruthless and skillful
Metal con algunas canciones que parecen baladas. Está bien. Un 4.
Me pareció un álbum muy prolijo, estético y cuidado después de conocer y apreciar el álbum debut. Gran trabajo.
I did enjoy the inclusion of the more thrash metal sound in this album and it has some great songs it also has some meh songs. I kinda look the chaos Iowa a bit more.
suprisingly very political songs in a genre that might initially be offputting, turns out to be a great album with some musical diversity
That's some good timin rock em roll
I did not appreciate this album enough when it came out, because it's awesome. Every bit as good as their previous releases.
One of those bands I have never listened to but was on my bucketlist. For a non-metal fan, it's pretty decent listen. Has some good songs and a bit of variety. Although only Psychosocial and a couple of the slower songs stood out, pretty good ride overall.
Never listened to Slipknot, really liked this album overall
Heerlijk Slipknot album met snuff en psychosocial erop, ook wat rustige nummers die me positief verrast heeft
The slow pace songs were a welcome respite from the heavier stuff. Decent.
Kind of really into this, especially the parts with more melodic vocals.
just from hearing .execute. i know i’m gonna love it gematria<3 liked the switch up in sulphur really like psychosocial vibes
Definitely a mood. I found it a pretty melodic approach to heavy metal. Interesting enough to listen again, though on the long side. Percussion is crazy.
*clutches pearls* The music is certainly very appropriate to the lyrical sentiments, and I can relate to the rage on display here. This is probably the right tone to take. The pessimistic sentiments are certainly something I can relate to. The anger. The screaming. It's a lot. But then again so is the world... I wasn't sure I could do any of this, but then "Sulfur" came on and I was able to muster up enough rage to appreciate it. These guys are really good... and really angry... "Psychosocial" starts and... I think I like it! The choruses sound a bit like the Foo Fighters. The musicianship is very high. This is a real surprise to me. As the album progressed, my brain started to dig it. Even the screaming. These guys are great musicians though and seem to know how to modulate the rage and have the musical chops to keep things interesting. What is happening?! Did I really just add this album to my library?! I have the feeling that had I listened to this in my teens or twenties I would have hated it, but now at 54 I'm kind of into it? I didn't think that's how it was supposed to work... ALL HOPE IS GONE is a cathartic and... fun?!... to listen. Like a scary roller coaster, I won't be riding it every day but I'll jump on this ride again. This is one pissed off album I'm apparently pissed off enough to be on board with it. Really a 3.5 in my mind but rounding up since this far exceeded expectations.
el tema titular es el clímax de una compilación de rolas con un sonido ruidoso pero limpio, te despierta, te da energía, te da poder, slipknot gusta por ello. "butcher's hook" me ha llamado bastante la atención y ha resaltado bastante cada vez que escuché el disco ya antes había escuchado "Psychosocial" y me parece un buen tema, volviéndolo a escuchar en el contexto del disco hizo que me gustara más, porque todo el sonido del álbum fluye muy bien y todo encaja. me falta solo prestarle un poco más de atención a la letra
-"Psychosocial" is definitely a strong track, a good mix of the blast-beat style metal and more conventional metal sections -"Dead Memories" and "Vendetta" are both very nice and heavy without being goop. Having it not be entirely blast-beat-y full boar actually comes across as heavier for me because it is clearer to me -The big drum fill to guitar solo in "All Hope Is Gone" is pretty sweet. Probably my favorite musical moment in the album. Sadly the rest of the song is kind of goopy -Luckily most of the album has a good balance of not turning into goop. Just the first two tracks were goopy for me -Not my main metal genre, but pretty much all the songs has a fun riff or vocal melody or something to grab into to make the song interesting -goop
You can always count on Slipknot for some good heavy metal thrash about. Having had listened to this album years ago, I didn't realise how hefty it was, coming in at 72 minutes (for what was the deluxe edition on release) - you're definitely in it for the long haul. The drill-like drumming, heavy distorted guitar riffs and the distinct vocals of Corey Taylor make it a great album in the most part. The latter portion of the album lags a little and lets it down - only slightly. Best: Sulfur Worst: Snuff
Not my usual go-to but this was solid throughout and had some moments that caught my ear
It's far from their best and I'm surprised it made it onto the list to be honest
Great. High school vibes. Psychosocial and Snuff are standouts
* It's slipknot, yes it will be hard&heavy, lyrics will deal with selfloathing, the failure of society, mental issues, and a lot of agression throughout. This album has to follow on their massive success Vol3:The Subliminal Verses 4 years earlier, while still delivering something new to keep inventing themselves. Vol3 had pushed them somewhat more visible towards the mainstream at that point and also influenced their songwriting to a certain degree from what it seems on AHIG. You can find callbacks to Vol3 in the special edition, with the Track 14, Vermillion Pt.2 remix, but other than that the base disc it is an hour of angry fresh fun. Few songs on this album truly stand out and linger for a while, but it all comes together nicely. Guitar, Bass and Drum work on this album are pristine, and it is the last album that Paul Gray took part in before passing in 2010, RiP. It is also the last full release album with Joey Jordison on the drums, and after listening to it again it seems like a fine send-off and something they both had a lot of fun and space to creatively explore on. Snuff is on another level, an excursion towards the more calm songwriting that parts of the band do in their project Stone Sour, but still finding a way back to the core of what makes Slipknot Slipknot. It might first remind you of Vermillion Pt1&2 on Vol3, but then goes into a more open space and unfolds brilliantly. It is distinctly different and in a good way. If you always thought "oh, Slipknot, isnt that the angry mask people constantly screaming and being loud?", this is a track that should show you a more "digestible" version while still keeping with the theme they usually follow. Honorable mentions: Sulfur, Psychosocial, All Hope is Gone. Best on the album: see above, Snuff. 8.5/10. It's not their best, and not the album I would show anyone as the definitive Slipknot record, but it is very good.
Good album but not the best
Welp, the time has finally come. I'm a native Iowan and have made it this far without ever listening to a Slipknot album, and that streak ends today. One of the benefits of listening to albums on this list is that I can hear a lot of Slipknot's influences in their music. It's easy to see how this band was influenced by earlier metal bands like Slayer, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Nine Inch Nails, and Pantera. Overall, the production really stands out on this album. While I don't always love the music and (especially) the lyrics, the album is undeniably well put together. Great production makes it a lot easier to appreciate a band that I've always thought of as deeply unserious because of the stupid mask thing. And honestly, as bad as a lot of metal was in the first decade of the 2000s, this album is worth listening to. Lots a variation in the style keeps it interesting 4/5
banger best of slipknot great range, nice change of pace
Good solid album
Lontoon olympialaisista tuttu, Mike Oldfieldin tubular bells pt 1. 00:00 - 4:50, tai 20:15 --> esittely mieleen pulpahtaa. Noh instrumentti esittely hoituu puol tuntia lyhyemmän kaavan mukaan lyhyehkössä ja ytimekkäässä introssa, jonka jälkeen kitara pömpötystä. Pömppä kestää jonkin verran. Sen jälkeen yhtyyeen taakse jättämä nu-metal astelee välillä kuvioihin. Nu-metalli, nimi vihjaa uutta, oikeesti se on se orginal! Normi metal on nu metallille velkaa paljon. Metallifanit kieltävät tämän. Albumissa ääniä piisaa... Biiseistä, joista ei ymmärtänyt paljoa, nousee jokin ääni joka kuvastaa jotain, esimerkikki lumi! Joskus on vahvempia tunteita joita eivät nu metalli popittajat ymmärrä! Tämähön selvisi ihan pelkällä googlettelulla. "idK if iT'S Just Me bUT evErY TiME i LIstEn 'tIL WE DiE,DUring THe beginNiNg RIfF aND chOrUs rIFF, tHEre'S sOmE wEirD vEry Very hIGH FREqUEncy screECHeS (Screech?? Unohtuko mikä on siniaalto, ei paljoo raavi semmonen hehe) thAT LITeRalLY HUrT my HeAd EVeRY Time I lisTen TO It maKing IT AlmoST uNLIstEnable To mE, I wAS WoNdEriNg, do yOu GUYs AlSO heaR tHIs OR is iT jusT Me? i'M listENInG To aLL sliPKnOt oN SpoTiFY bTW" "I THOught IT WAs JuST my hEAdPhOneS OMG Nah iT’s not juST yoU" "oKAY now my ONlY QuestION Is why did tHey aDD ThIse ScReches MaN It’S SuCH A bEAutiFuL Song bUT IT literALly Hurts TO LIstEN To sigH" "ikr" Reddit - r/Slipknot - 2019 Hei! Olitte oikeassa! 16K:n vivahde ei ole tullut siihen vahingossa, vaan oli lisätty jälkikäteen! https://imgur.com/a/JZ3r1FD (se ei ole 7969:n harmoninen) Kuulokkeesi eivät myöskään todennäköisesti muodostaneet harmonista tyhjästä tai tuoneet tässä biisissä uutta fundamentaalia(perustaajuutta) jota et ole ennen huomannut kuulokkeidesi tuottavan! Seuraava reply herra u/Wuzzen :ilta "I know this thread is like a million years old" Vuoden vanha - nyt kolme, jos musiikkikappaleeseen pureutuva lanka vanhenee vuodessa mielestäsi, oletko artistin ylpeä kuuntelija ONKO SE MUSIIKKI NIIN SAATANAN OHI MENEVÄÄ, JA SEN YMPÄRILLÄ LIIKKUVAT KYSYMYKSET NIIN HETKELLISIÄ!!!?? "but yes, I hear it and I hate it haha. I don‘t always hear it though – even with the same headphones/speakers." Olet vanha - kuolet kohta, jos et ole varma korvistasi, testaappa jollain älylaitteella prkl! r/hairypussy, Wuzzen: "I love your outfit! :)" " I also heard it when they played the recording of the song at the end of their show in Vienna last week." OUTOA OLISKO IHAN KUIN SE ÄÄNI KUULUISI SIIHEN BIISIIN? "Glad I‘m not alone on this. I wonder if age has something to do with this, since I‘m pretty sure only younger people can hear high pitches like this one 🤔" Joo saatana, korkea ääni ikä korrelaatio MITÄ VITTUA MIETIT ENÄÄ WUZZENI SE ON KAIKKI MITÄ KORKEA ÄÄNI, IKÄ JUTUSTA VOI OLLA MIELTÄ, KYLLÄ NÄIN SE ON NÄIN TAPAHTUU IÄN KANSSA ET KUULE NIITÄ KORKEAMPIA TAAJUUKSIA VÄLTTÄMÄTTÄ!!! nyt ollaan vietetty taas liikaa aikaa taajuusvaste ja muunlaisissa kuvaajissa sori..Sanotaan jotain subjektiivista, nyt tähän väliin, kuvaillaampa WHEREIN LIES CONTINUE BIISIN LOPPUA MUSTAKSI SILTÄKÖ SE KUULLOSTAA!!! VITTU AUDIOPIIRIN SUBJEKVITTUSTELIJAT SAIS pamauttaa.. PAMAUTTAA 300 DESIBELILLÄ "LÄMMINTÄ" ÄÄNTÄ!!! (Se määrä energiaa riittäisi rikkomaan ihmisen, annihiloiden ruumiin täysin, ehkö riippuen lämpimän äänen määritelmästä even odd harmonics HÄH, PUHU ÄÄÄNELLÄ JONKA KUULEEN, SANOILLA JOTKA YMMÄRRÄN!)
I quite liked this album. Of course, I wasn't as awed by it as little, 13-year old me was by its predecessor, Vol.3 when that came out (before I disowned it as "not serious metal" -ahem), but I quite liked it. I especially enjoyed the accomplished blend of quick and dirty but technical modern thrash metal and the softer touches such as in Vendetta - but not the actual ballads that bog down the second half of the album.
I had never listened to a Slipknot album before, and this seems like the perfect place to start! Great metal record, with plenty of contrast and interesting compositions to keep the listener engaged!
I expected to not love but it was gas
Slipknot is a heavy metal band from Iowa. Fronted by Corey Taylor, who has also had some solo stuff and sang with the band Stone Sour as well. He also has had acting gigs, and has turned his hand to writing as well. Helluva talented guy! I can distinctly remember when their self titled debut album came out in 1999. I recall seeing the music video for Wait and Bleed, as well as interviews with a few of the lads on Much Music and thinking, "what the fuck am I looking at". 1999 was the time when nu metal was huge, and acts like Limp Bizkit, Korn, and Linkin Park were getting started. Slipknot exploded on the scene with a much heavier, faster, more raw sound, and all the dudes in the band wore spooky masks, which they switched out for each album release. These guys took their chance and ran with it, and were, and continue to be insanely popular, headlining their own yearly festival of hard rock/metal (Knotfest) and putting on the craziest live shows ever! It is a sonic experience to say the least. This was the last album for original drummer Joey Jordison before he had to leave the band because of a form of MS that he was battling which prevented him from playing his instrument any more. In his heyday he was one hell of a drummer, with his machine gun kick drum, and insanely technical drum beats. RIP Joey, you are truly missed. Overall, a great listen today! I recall the first time I heard the song Snuff, it blew my mind. That was the first time I heard Corey's more intimate singing voice. It is so beautiful alongside his raw, gutteral screaming voice. This is a hell of a talented band, and a great bunch of guys! Favourite songs : Snuff, Psychosocial, This Cold Black, Sulfur, Gematria (the Killing Name), Dead Memories, All Hope Is Gone Least favourite song: Vermilion Pt. 2 - Bloodstone Mix, Gehenna, Butcher's Hook 4/5
It's not really as inventive as the critics claim it is. It's still the usual Slipknot. Same tricks. same themes, same sounds. But I do appreciate how well-produced and organized this is. Love it or hate it, this is Slipknot at their best, imo.
Better than I expected. Slipknot are well versed in the various styles of metal and employ them throughout so that it becomes impossible to pigeonhole them as nu metal or groove metal. There’s a lot of black metal influences as well as some punk, hardcore, and thrash metal thrown in for good measure. The subject matter of the album, very critical of the United States at a time when the economy was collapsing, fits the punk ethos well and certainly deserves the darker edge that the black metal influence lends it.
Genuinely good, and better than their debut album. I will admit that some of the lyrics made me cringe a bit, but still not a bad album. Fave track(s): Sulfur, Psychosocial, Gehenna