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All Hope Is Gone

Slipknot

2008

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All Hope Is Gone
Album Summary

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.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
1

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.

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Wed Oct 28 2020
3

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.

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Wed Mar 15 2023
5

perfect music for nice relaxing bubble bath 🥰

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Fri Jan 14 2022
2

Those drums are just too good for a 1.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
3

“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.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
2

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.

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Fri May 26 2023
3

Slipknot are in that bracket of metal/emo bands I actually appreciate more now than when I was a teenager (‘shouty men in silly masks’ was my initial verdict). When they combine meaty riffs with catchy, non-screamy vocals (like Psychosocial, which always went down well at uni rock club nights), I can get on board. That said, I think tracks like Gematria will always be too thrashy for me to enjoy. *That* said, it doesn’t seem like this is considered the best Slipknot album, and people who really like the band tend to prefer the earlier, less poppy stuff. So the inclusion of this album on the list seems like a bit of an awkward compromise. Much like my on-the-fence 3-star rating.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

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.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

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.

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Fri May 26 2023
2

Honestly couldn't wait for this album to end. Suffered from Metallica syndrome, each song could be cut in half and it would probably be better for it. Heresy, I know. Come at me bro.

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Sun Oct 03 2021
3

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.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
1

Tried to give this a fair hearing, but it's just so bad in every way. Music for absolute posers

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

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.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

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.

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Sun Jun 20 2021
4

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!

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

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.

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Thu Jun 01 2023
3

Les joyeux gueulards de Slipknot nous apportent un peu de fraîcheur dans ce générateur pour ménagères. Malgré cela, j'ai bien l'impression que le cargo de cocaïne promis à Robert n'est pas arrivé à bon port, je vais faire jouer de mes contacts auprès de la police douanière pour tenter de résoudre cette affaire.

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Mon Oct 02 2023
2

It would've been a 1 based on most of the shouty vocals but two songs that were actually sung redeemed it - just! Not my sort of music. You can't relax to it or dance to it.

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Thu Oct 05 2023
1

I just can't, this type of music is too chaotic for me.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

my 3rd favourite slipknot album but still by far the best listen yet.....

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

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.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
5

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.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

Slipknot innit. 🤘 This Cold Black 👌

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Mon Feb 27 2023
5

Me gustó demasiado este álbum ya que me gusta el género de rock, aunque las letras y los gritos si me sacaron de onda

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Wed Mar 08 2023
5

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.

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Sun Jul 23 2023
5

Als een metalband tegelijkertijd loeiharde als mooie rustige nummers op 1 album kwijt kan zonder dat het stoort, getuigt dat van zekere kwaliteit. Ook de thematiek is brandend actueel

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Sun Oct 15 2023
5

Okay, I'm just a very casual fan of Slipknot, I would sometimes listen to their more famous songs, like "Psychosocial" or "Snuff" from this album. In 2000s I always thought this band is all "shock" and no essence, just 4 dudes using kegs as drums in a weird and scary masks. Stuff for teenagers I guess. But one has to admit that "All Hope Is Gone" is a much more mature album, with quieter and slower moments, good on its own, but also underlining the speed and anger from other songs. I'm also a fan of Corey Taylor, pretty good vocalist, that has some nice songs outside of Slipknot. Not the greatest album on the list, but I think it's worth 5 stars.

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Fri Nov 03 2023
5

Damn, this is even better than I remember. The drift from nu-metal to groove was just the perfect decision by Slipknot. All Hope Is Gone completely lives up to it's runtime with plenty of outstanding tracks. The duo of 'Sulfur' into 'Psychoscial' really is something, and the face-melting solo on 'This Cold Black' comes out of nowhere! Also, I acknowledge that 'Snuff' is sort of selling out, but it's just one hell of a track.

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Fri Nov 10 2023
5

Enjoyed way more than I thought I would.

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Wed Nov 15 2023
5

My instinct here was to get through it and move on, but surprise myself to totally vibing out to Slipknot. You live and learn.

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Fri Dec 01 2023
5

I am biased, this was the first metal album I ever heard. My uncle borrowed the CD to me and told me not to tell my mom I was listening to 'screamo' music. Still love this album.

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Wed Dec 13 2023
5

i really liked this album, even more than i thought i would. i knew a handful of tracks from it beforehand but enjoyed most of what was going on here. tracks like psychosocial and snuff are some of slipknot's best, and this album strikes a good balance between really gritty, dark, heavy tracks and the nice but sad ballads. with only one real exception, the songs were all in the neighborhood of 4-6 minutes long, which was a bit grueling for some of the less interesting tracks in the middle. in fact, i really enjoyed tracks 1-5 and 11-15, but the middle third of the album just didn't do much for me. still, that many good and varied tracks makes this an easy 5 star for this list. favorites: tracks 2-5 and 11-15. especially sulfur, psychosocial, dead memories, snuff, and vermilion pt 2

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Wed Jan 10 2024
5

BL: This album is one quite near and dear to my heart. Slipknot was the first metal band (alongside Korn) I got properly into back when I was 12 or 13, I owned this record on CD and used to listen to it quite often, not as much as the debut, but this was definitely my second favourite album by them. Psychosocial was one of the first metal songs I learned on the guitar, and still remember the riff to this day. The chaos this album brings is truly something of a calibre many other metal albums could never rival. That being said, it’s been maybe 3 or 4 years since I listened to it the whole way through. So I’ll see what I think. “Snuff” continues to be one of my favourite sad songs of all time AL: this was even better on the relisten than I remember it being. There is a lot of diversity here which brings in some blues notations alongside traditional metal, Screamo vocals alongside sung breaks. There were some tracks here which I’ve grown to massively appreciate here which I didn’t when I was younger (“Sulfur”, “Gehenna”). There are still a couple tracks here and there that I think are weaker (“Butcher’s Hook”, “This Cold Black”), but the main tracks I love stayed just as good (“Dead Memories”, “Snuff”) FT: “Dead Memories”, “Snuff”, “Gehenna”, “Sulfur” 5/5

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

Not their best but a solid sendoff for Joey.

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Not all...some hope is gone.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

Not a bad slipknot album but I still prefer their debut

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

Didn’t really think I’d like it all that much. I was wrong.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

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.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

YES! Love this band. More familiar with more recent stuff, but this ROCKS

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

Pretty groovy metal album, 7/10

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

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.

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Sun Mar 07 2021
4

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.

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Not bad for metal. I'd listen again.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

Dedo no cu e gritaria (no cu de quem ta lendo)

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

nicht mein Sound, aber trotzdem irgendwie geil.

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Sun Aug 01 2021
4

Not my favorite Slipknot album, but still really solid. I feel like it fades towards the end, though.

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

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.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

Great production and packed with head bangers. Goes a bit limp in the back end but still a great metal template.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

Probably the biggest surprise I’ve had on this group. Guitars and drums are brilliant.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

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.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

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.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

I didn't know they had an emo album. I'm happier now I do know.

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Sun Dec 05 2021
4

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

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

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.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

Really enjoyed the musicality, not the vocals so much. Why so angry?

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

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.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

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

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Sun Jan 02 2022
4

Heavy . Algunas canciones muy brutas, pero muy bueno.

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

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.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

Nice metal album overall. Some really good songs like "Psychosocial" and "Snuff". Though also some boring ones which can drag a bit.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

Not the best SK album but still a big fan

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

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.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

Slipknot rules. Take that liberals!!1!

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

Metal con algunas canciones que parecen baladas. Está bien. Un 4.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

Me pareció un álbum muy prolijo, estético y cuidado después de conocer y apreciar el álbum debut. Gran trabajo.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

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.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

suprisingly very political songs in a genre that might initially be offputting, turns out to be a great album with some musical diversity

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Sun Apr 24 2022
4

That's some good timin rock em roll

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Sun Apr 24 2022
4

I did not appreciate this album enough when it came out, because it's awesome. Every bit as good as their previous releases.

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Thu May 19 2022
4

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.

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Sun May 22 2022
4

Never listened to Slipknot, really liked this album overall

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Thu Jun 09 2022
4

Heerlijk Slipknot album met snuff en psychosocial erop, ook wat rustige nummers die me positief verrast heeft

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

The slow pace songs were a welcome respite from the heavier stuff. Decent.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

Kind of really into this, especially the parts with more melodic vocals.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

just from hearing .execute. i know i’m gonna love it gematria<3 liked the switch up in sulphur really like psychosocial vibes

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

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.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

*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.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

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

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