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Slipknot - All Hope Is Gone,
This review is from: All Hope Is Gone (Audio CD)
So how long has it been? Just over 4 years since Vol 3: The Subliminal Verses? It's a bloody long time and you'd really hope after all that time of waiting there would be a killer album at the end of it waiting for you. And that is exactly what you get from Slipknot here. For me Slipknot have always been a band who have delivered the goods. So many bands *cough* *metallica* *cough* build up so much hype which ultimately ends up exploding in their faces and in turn overshadowing their finished product. Not here.
Straight from the git-go all i can think about is Slayer. Every single song has a part where i go "Whoa! That sounds like Slayer". The riffing and soloing is so reminiscent of Hannemann and King it beggars belief. Which, of course, is a mighty fine thing. The album overall really sounds like the bastard child of Iowa and Vol:3 with the sheer heaviness of Iowa and the melody of Vol:3, which is exactly what i was after with this album.
So the songs, the opener "execute" re-introduces the intro song; the song that really gets the hairs on your neck rock hard. Here Jordison gives us a tom and snare assault which is fantastic and really shows why he's one of my favourite (3rd to be exact) drummers. The second track is sensational. Gematria (The Killing Name) is its name and it strongly supports my Slayer point made earlier on. Fantastic riffing along with some of the best drum production i've ever heard. Corey has obviously been working on his vocals too as they are pure class all throughout the album. Growl-wise and melody-wise.
This is heard perfectly in the next track "Sulfur". More great riffs and drum work along with a trademark Taylor chorus, undenyably very Stone Sour sounding but what do you expect? 2/9th's of the band of course are very familiar with them. I'm sure most people at this point have heard the single "Psychosocial", which is a great song. Full of angst, melody, breakdowns....all the good stuff. The more mellow songs on the album, "Dead Memories" and "Snuff" show the other side of Corey's vocal ability and i think are good additions to the album. Also the further you get into the album the more you really apprechiate how much work Mick and Jim have put into their riffs and more so their solo's. I've always believed in their abilities but have always been disapointed how they havn't shown so on some occasions. Thankfully you cant help but notice them on this record. Very Slayer sounding, can't remember if i mentioned that before or not.
Other standout tracks are "This Cold Black", "Vendetta", "Butcher's Hook" and one of my very favourites "Gehenna". Strangely though i've seen nothing but scrutiny for it in other reviews, which baffles me i must say. Very slow, brooding intro which bursts into an Alice In Chains style chorus. The title song finishes off the album the way it began. Brutal and fast. Long live Slipknot. The only real negative thing to note is how the "Bonus Tracks" are on the same disc as the album. I'd far rather have the 3 bonus tracks on a seperate disc from the 12 album tracks but hey, maybe i'ts just me.
The "Making of" dvd offers more "Voliminal" style recordings. Clips of the band recording and practicing etc and Clown doing his erm.....arty farty thing he does.
To sum up, Slipknot have again raised the bar in heavy metal writing by producing another fine album. It was over 4 years but by god it was worth the wait.