First off, I'm not a Slipknot fan by any means. Of the first two albums, I can probably name 5 songs that were memorable enough to learn the names. It was very disposable, and in 10 years time we'd have all been saying 'Slipknot who?'. I did in fact prefer the two bands Stone Sour and Murderdolls (Murderdolls were also very disposable, but a lot of fun), so when I heard Slipknot were reforming, I was a extremely disappointed, and a little bit skeptical. Or rather, VERY skeptical. Then I heard 'Duality', which alleviated the feeling a little bit, but then I thought this about 'Iowa' upon hearing 'Left Behind', and that album turned out to be useless. I then heard that they'd used accoustic guitars on some songs, and that was when the realisation hit that there really had been a change. So i got hold of the album straight away from a friend, listened to it, and owned it within a week. There's a distinctly different sound to this album, right from 'Prelude 3.0', things are totally different. There are obvious influences from Stone Sour throughout (most notably in 'Duality', and the accoustic 'Circle'). On top of this, there are more typical Slipknot songs, although some of the shock tactics have been replaced with genuinely good music. This album won't please the typically narrow-minded 12 year old (or mental age of) Slipknot fan, who likes the music because it swears loads, tells you to kill everyone and is 'really heavy'. Slipknot music wasn't heavy, it was a loud noise made by nine people, that's all. However, more thought seems to have gone into this album, and what they've produced is a genuinely good album to be proud of, that will appeal to the older listener, and shows there is a future for this band when the 12 year olds grow up. Well done that band!