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Slipknot: All Hope Is Gone

Slipknot are one band I have never previously bothered with, as they seemed like more of a gimmick than anything else. The idea of a bunch of evil looking Halloween masked dudes running around the stage didn't really excite me, nor their music. After seeing the clip for "Psychosocial" I thought maybe I need to hear this album. I still don't understand the need for nine band members, but I suppose that's part of what makes Slipknot different besides the scary masks.

I can't compare All Hope Is Gone to previous releases but from what I have read reactions are mixed, saying that this album is more accessible than than past releases. Can't please everyone, so is it the usual situation of change to attract new fans while upsetting the old ones?

Commencing with a short intro which has lots of distortion, some guy ranting and Joey Jordinson cutting loose with lots of fills, actually his playing is very prominent on most tracks showing his skills behind the kit. Next up is "Gematria(The Killing Name)", a heavy varied tempo track that is full of bursting guitar riffs and frantic kick pedals. "Psychosocial" is the standout with its pulsating metallic groove, its catchy and quite heavy riffs, combining the different vocal styles works in its favor, and a good choice to release as a single. "Dead Memories" is another good track with some of the better vocals of the album. Title track "All Hope Is Gone" is a flat out speedster, reducing the pace only for the chorus. Vocally there are lighter moments as well as the usual screams and heavier tones that you would expect. Overall more tracks like "Psychosocial" are needed to hook me on this; it's one of the few tracks I wanted to hear again. Frequent use of heavy riffs, fast double kick and screams isn't enough, and after a while the songs need more to retain your attention. So Slipknot is yet to win me over but I did enjoy some of it.

1. Execute
2. Gematria (The Killing Name)
3. Sulfur
4. Psychosocial
5. Dead Memories
6. Vendetta
7. Butcher's Hook
8. Gehenna
9. The Cold Black
10. Wherein Lies Continue
11. Snuff
12. All Hope is Gone

Added: September 20th 2008
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 1942
Language: english

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Slipknot: All Hope Is Gone
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2008-09-20 08:42:48
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Reaction's been sort of mixed on this one, the latest from nu-metal powerhouse Slipknot. If you've followed the career of these masked metal maniacs, then you know that they came out of the gate with two extreme platters of molten metal, Iowa being the most loved in the catalog, and then slipped in the eyes of many with their third Subliminal Verses, which personally I really dug due to its variety and added dose of melody which the band had never shown before. Fast forward a few years and a bunch of side projects later and you have All Hope is Gone, a very strong outing that sees much of the brutality from the earlier releases once again meshing with some very melodic and accessible material. Tunes like "Gematria", "Sulfur", and "Psychosocial" lead off this CD, and make for a potent 1-2-3 punch, three heavy numbers that combine massive riffs, nimble drum work, and a mixture of growls, screams, and clean singing from Corey Taylor. In fact, the latter two should see significant radio & MTV play, as well as become live favorites due to their wealth of catchy yet heavy riffs, hooks, and varied vocal styles. "Dead Memories" is a alternative type piece that's probably not going to sit well with the longtime fans, but they rip right back on "Vendetta", a real crunchy piece with amazing drum work and solid vocals from Taylor. The singer mixes clean and harsh vocals on "Butchers Hook", and on "Gehenna" he dips into his Nine Inch Nails/HIM school of gothic rock, a real strange piece for this band but it somehow works. "This Cold Black" is a speedy, almost hardcore rant, one of the heaviest and fastest cuts on the CD, featuring plenty of tricky guitar riffs and pummeling drums. Finishing off the album is the heavy "Wherein Lies Continue", the mellow ballad "Snuff" (decent enough piece but probably doesn't belong on a Slipknot album), and the kick ass title track, a real scorcher and good choice for the closer here.

Again, All Hope Is Gone, much like their last release, will surely raise questions within their loyal following, but there's plenty here to potentially appeal to new listeners, and overall it's a very strong modern metal release that has elements to appeal to the extreme as well as the more melodic crowds.

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