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August 13th, 2008

Album: Slipknot – All Hope Is Gone

Slipknot All Hope Is Gone Masks Thrash Hits

Slipknot
All Hope Is Gone
Roadrunner Records

by Danny Montana

Such is the secrecy surrounding Slipknot’s fourth full-length album, All Hope Is Gone, the review CDs went off to the pressing plant under the false name of Rusty Cage to avoid any early leaks onto the Internet. This is a top secret operation.

As with their regularly-changed masks and outfits, Slipknot clearly like a bit of ceremony about their work and so this all fits perfectly. Luckily, there is just about enough to celebrate on AHIG for all the cloak and dagger treatment to be appropriate.

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There is no doubting that this album will be massive. Starting at the commotion about their new masks, the slow-burning marketing campaign has seen two great singles released already (‘All Hope Is Gone’ and ‘Psychosocial’) before the album lands, the day after their appearance at Reading & Leeds festivals, over two months later.

Their competition for the accolade of #1 UK album is The Verve. Both bands have pedigree with hitting the top spot after Iowa flew in there after Reading 2001. It’s going to be a close one.

The important thing when listening to All Hope Is Gone is to note how Slipknot have grown over the past decade.

‘.execute/Gematria’ is a classic opening track. It immediately makes you feel like you’re listening to Slipknot. There are sampled speeches and crazy bleeping bits building a massive sense of expectation before all the drama. And how much drama.

Watch the video to ‘Psychosocial’ by Slipknot

While their eponymous full debut is a relentless slab of brutal metal and Iowa showed a desire to be even more obnoxious, 2005’s Vol 3: (The Subliminal Verses) displayed their melodic tendencies alongside the unruly commotion, especially in Corey Taylor’s vocals.

This is much more evident in AHIG. There are a couple of actual ballads; love songs even. Neither the next single of ‘Dead Memories’ or the whole-heartedly soppy ‘Snuff’ quite fit in with the true Slipknot identity, to be honest. They’re good songs… if you’re listening to a Stone Sour album.

Thank the heavens then for songs like ‘Butcher’s Hook’ and ‘This Cold Black’. Acting as the gnarled, crusty bread which is sandwiching the soft, slow-cooked, honey-cured ham of ‘Gehenna’ those two tracks are quite simply put, fantastic.

While it’s unlikely that ‘Butcher’s Hook’ is harking back to some still-in-use Cockney rhyming slang, the Meshuggah-style polyrhythm madness adds a complexity and a willing to play unorthodox songs that Slipknot haven’t really shown before.

Watch the video to ‘Duality’ by Slipknot

‘This Cold Black’ on the other hand, is equally brutal but goes back to their more nu-metal days with some squealing riffs which invoke memories of Korn. When they were really good. It’s a vicious, snarling track which will make you sit up.

The vocals are still very much in the teenage angst vein. Even when Corey’s almost certainly referring to issues in the wider world, he dresses them up in a way that everyone can relate to. More often than not, however, his lyrics are easily clever enough to make an impact.

The fact of the matter is that Slipknot are well and truly back. By and large, this is unquestionably a Slipknot album, in both style and delivery. Even whilst delving into unwelcome and unconvincing sappy territory.

The question you’ll be asking while you listen to All Hope Is Gone is which bit of Slipknot are you going to get next and will it be enough?

3.5/6

For an in-depth, track-by-track review of All Hope Is Gone, visit our friends at The Quietus.

All Hope Is Gone by Slipknot is released on 25 August 2008 through Roadrunner Records

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Comments

  • Rob

    this review sucked and oh yeah based on the samples i heard i give this album a 6/6

  • Rob

    this review sucked and oh yeah based on the samples i heard i give this album a 6/6

  • xantiherox66

    hmmmmm…. according to your review your giving AHIG praises. but your actual review of 3.5/6 is a fail.

    that is confusing haha.

    anyway still havent heard anymore of the album, just the first 2 singles

  • xantiherox66

    hmmmmm…. according to your review your giving AHIG praises. but your actual review of 3.5/6 is a fail.

    that is confusing haha.

    anyway still havent heard anymore of the album, just the first 2 singles

  • Bats

    Bad review. One should be used to the ‘sappy’ experimentation by now after Vol. 3. The band continues to blow away the bullshit called music these days. 6/6

  • Bats

    Bad review. One should be used to the ‘sappy’ experimentation by now after Vol. 3. The band continues to blow away the bullshit called music these days. 6/6

  • Pirunkieli

    I agree, judging by the samples I think it’s what everyone will want, I can’t wait for it to come out. On Wikipedia they show other, more better than this crap. 6/6

  • Pirunkieli

    I agree, judging by the samples I think it’s what everyone will want, I can’t wait for it to come out. On Wikipedia they show other, more better than this crap. 6/6

  • download demon

    I caught an interview wif Corey on Scuzz TV last nite and he said that previous albums were always caotic but the lasted album is organised caos, lets face it fellow maggots, whateva they do its slipknotat the endd of the day. Seeing them at Zenith Arena in Paris on 22nd Nov cant w8.

  • download demon

    I caught an interview wif Corey on Scuzz TV last nite and he said that previous albums were always caotic but the lasted album is organised caos, lets face it fellow maggots, whateva they do its slipknotat the endd of the day. Seeing them at Zenith Arena in Paris on 22nd Nov cant w8.

  • Ryan

    haha you guy’s all crack me up. The album leaked about 90 mins ago, it is the 19th August at 9:22pm in Australia, and you all think you can rate it. IT HADNT EVEN LEAKED WHEN YOU WROTE YOURE SO CALLED REVIEWS!!!

    Anyway… I’m listening to it now, and I can confirm that it is good… kind of a better produced and highly evolved Subliminal Verses… cant explain, must listen!!

  • Ryan

    haha you guy’s all crack me up. The album leaked about 90 mins ago, it is the 19th August at 9:22pm in Australia, and you all think you can rate it. IT HADNT EVEN LEAKED WHEN YOU WROTE YOURE SO CALLED REVIEWS!!!

    Anyway… I’m listening to it now, and I can confirm that it is good… kind of a better produced and highly evolved Subliminal Verses… cant explain, must listen!!

  • Ryan

    with regards to my last post, I just listened to Butchers Hook, and my review just jumped from a 4/6 to a 5.5/6.

  • Ryan

    with regards to my last post, I just listened to Butchers Hook, and my review just jumped from a 4/6 to a 5.5/6.

  • SG

    yo muthafuckas i just heard the album and it is the shit 10/6 bitches

  • SG

    yo muthafuckas i just heard the album and it is the shit 10/6 bitches

  • Diego

    Listened to it a couple of times now. Didn’t love it. No standout tracks (except for the singles, and maybe “Snuff”), no memorable riffs or melodies. Pretty “mediocre” stuff. I was expecting the ultimate Slipknot album, and got this less inspired version of Subliminal Verses. A real shame.

  • Diego

    Listened to it a couple of times now. Didn’t love it. No standout tracks (except for the singles, and maybe “Snuff”), no memorable riffs or melodies. Pretty “mediocre” stuff. I was expecting the ultimate Slipknot album, and got this less inspired version of Subliminal Verses. A real shame.

  • http://www.thrashhits.com/ Raz

    It’s an ok album. The best tracks are pretty great but the worst tracks are awful.

  • http://www.thrashhits.com Raz

    It’s an ok album. The best tracks are pretty great but the worst tracks are awful.

  • Gretgor

    As much as Slipknot started off as an extremely sucky Mallcore band, I must say they’re improving, slowly, into something way more metal than before, so yeah, this album is definitely worth a check.

  • Gretgor

    As much as Slipknot started off as an extremely sucky Mallcore band, I must say they’re improving, slowly, into something way more metal than before, so yeah, this album is definitely worth a check.

  • unleash

    This Album is absolute shit! Nowhere near as good as the others. Don’t waste your money, wouldn’t even waste my time on a bootleg. It’s that bad!!!

  • unleash

    This Album is absolute shit! Nowhere near as good as the others. Don’t waste your money, wouldn’t even waste my time on a bootleg. It’s that bad!!!

  • pt

    This album is another indisputable disappointment from slipknot. Frankly, it sucks. Some songs belong on a Stonesour CD and most of the others belong in the dumpster. Just another band who wanted to be “the hardest core” that wilted into a complete, utter mess of noise. Disgraceful effort by Corey and Co. Be right back while I clean up the puke.

  • pt

    This album is another indisputable disappointment from slipknot. Frankly, it sucks. Some songs belong on a Stonesour CD and most of the others belong in the dumpster. Just another band who wanted to be “the hardest core” that wilted into a complete, utter mess of noise. Disgraceful effort by Corey and Co. Be right back while I clean up the puke.

  • timmy

    unleash go suck dick you fag keep listening to jonas brothers you fuck

  • timmy

    unleash go suck dick you fag keep listening to jonas brothers you fuck

  • Redhaze

    lol some of you people make me sick

    the people that are saying its shit are probably saying it because it has a couple slower track….fuck off!

    Slipknot is an evolution and if you don’t like it then suck a chode

  • Redhaze

    lol some of you people make me sick

    the people that are saying its shit are probably saying it because it has a couple slower track….fuck off!

    Slipknot is an evolution and if you don’t like it then suck a chode

  • http://www.myspace.com/deviumrocks mtlhd

    well, ran out and got the album yesterday in an excited rush. The album title couldn’t be closer to correct. All hope is gone.
    I can understand wanting to change, you can’t put out a ton of albums that sound the exact same and expect to stay on top of the game, but this is definitely a route I hoped they would not take. Only 3 out of the 15 songs felt like Slipknot, the rest felt like power ballads. Ew.
    Don’t waste your money on this supposed ‘back to being aggressive’ slipknot cd.

  • http://www.myspace.com/deviumrocks mtlhd

    well, ran out and got the album yesterday in an excited rush. The album title couldn’t be closer to correct. All hope is gone.
    I can understand wanting to change, you can’t put out a ton of albums that sound the exact same and expect to stay on top of the game, but this is definitely a route I hoped they would not take. Only 3 out of the 15 songs felt like Slipknot, the rest felt like power ballads. Ew.
    Don’t waste your money on this supposed ‘back to being aggressive’ slipknot cd.

  • shitstorm

    i agree with the review completely. it is a slipknot cd. i love slipknot. but it was lacking slightly. i think the 3.5/6 is appropriate. i don’t say this because it has some slow tracks. the slow tracks from vol 3 is what made the cd so great. it had such awesome flow with those peaks and valleys. lyrically the cd isn’t as catchy nor as strong. the music is hard hitting and as intense as ever but at as a whole i was expecting more. it seems like they’ve forgotten about a hook for this album.

  • shitstorm

    i agree with the review completely. it is a slipknot cd. i love slipknot. but it was lacking slightly. i think the 3.5/6 is appropriate. i don’t say this because it has some slow tracks. the slow tracks from vol 3 is what made the cd so great. it had such awesome flow with those peaks and valleys. lyrically the cd isn’t as catchy nor as strong. the music is hard hitting and as intense as ever but at as a whole i was expecting more. it seems like they’ve forgotten about a hook for this album.

  • Mags

    I can’t express enough how disappointing this cd is. S/T and Iowa were amazing cds. Subliminal wasn’t so great. I was hoping this cd would be a MAJOR step up from subliminal, and unfortunately it is not. Yes I know it’s good for a band to evolve with their music, but it just doesn’t work out right for slipknot. I feel like their rawness is gone and they’re turning into trash. Their hearts no longer seem to be in it. The guitars on this one and subliminal are horrible. And come on now, this is a slipknot cd, save the stone sour vocals for stone sour. If I wanted to listen to some soft shitty music I’d go listen to NSYNC, which quite frankly w. the way slipknot is going, is what I might as well start to listen to. I will say there are like 3-4 good songs on this cd, but that isn’t enough. Corey doesn’t need to put so much hype on a cd that truely, is not slipknot at their finest. Seriously, give me my time and money back that I wasted on this cd. If their next cd is some soft pussy bs, then this is the last time I will support their music until they can atleast release some decent music that is well worth my time and money. They need to get their shit together, and put their hearts and heads into the music like they used to. Oh and for the Jonas brothers comment someone made, I’m pretty sure their cd sounds better than this garbage that slipknot released.

  • Mags

    I can’t express enough how disappointing this cd is. S/T and Iowa were amazing cds. Subliminal wasn’t so great. I was hoping this cd would be a MAJOR step up from subliminal, and unfortunately it is not. Yes I know it’s good for a band to evolve with their music, but it just doesn’t work out right for slipknot. I feel like their rawness is gone and they’re turning into trash. Their hearts no longer seem to be in it. The guitars on this one and subliminal are horrible. And come on now, this is a slipknot cd, save the stone sour vocals for stone sour. If I wanted to listen to some soft shitty music I’d go listen to NSYNC, which quite frankly w. the way slipknot is going, is what I might as well start to listen to. I will say there are like 3-4 good songs on this cd, but that isn’t enough. Corey doesn’t need to put so much hype on a cd that truely, is not slipknot at their finest. Seriously, give me my time and money back that I wasted on this cd. If their next cd is some soft pussy bs, then this is the last time I will support their music until they can atleast release some decent music that is well worth my time and money. They need to get their shit together, and put their hearts and heads into the music like they used to. Oh and for the Jonas brothers comment someone made, I’m pretty sure their cd sounds better than this garbage that slipknot released.

  • skittlez

    this new album is a good rock album not the metal like they us to play they have sum metal songs but alot more rock songs. like it or hate it i think its a great album a 6/6

  • skittlez

    this new album is a good rock album not the metal like they us to play they have sum metal songs but alot more rock songs. like it or hate it i think its a great album a 6/6

  • Corey Taylor

    With this album, i was trying to give my fuckin throat a break from all the yelling! Damn, you guys need to chill out. and i agree. unleash should go suck a chode!

  • Corey Taylor

    With this album, i was trying to give my fuckin throat a break from all the yelling! Damn, you guys need to chill out. and i agree. unleash should go suck a chode!

  • Catalystika

    Frankly, I’m a bit disappointed in some of the reviews I’ve been seeing. I know that some people would love a band to just keep the same exact sound for years and years and never ever change. Just keep pumping out songs that all have the same sound. Can you imagine how boring that gets for a band, especially for one as talented as Slipknot? There’s songs on here that are incredible in their ferocity and just kick your ass. There’s also songs on here that are incredible in their musicality and melody. These guys are musicians, so maybe they’d like to show that every now and again. I think it’s pretty damn arrogant for people to say “this doesn’t sound like Slipknot”. Don’t you think THEY’D know what they hell THEY’RE supposed to sound like? Just because they’re not stagnating to please metal fans that listen to nothing BUT metal doesn’t mean they’ve lost their touch. I’m sure that each and every member of Slipknot are very proud of this album, and in my opinion, they very well should be. I’ve been a big fan from the beginning (Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat), and this is one of my favorite Slipknot releases to date, possibly my top favorite.

  • Catalystika

    Frankly, I’m a bit disappointed in some of the reviews I’ve been seeing. I know that some people would love a band to just keep the same exact sound for years and years and never ever change. Just keep pumping out songs that all have the same sound. Can you imagine how boring that gets for a band, especially for one as talented as Slipknot? There’s songs on here that are incredible in their ferocity and just kick your ass. There’s also songs on here that are incredible in their musicality and melody. These guys are musicians, so maybe they’d like to show that every now and again. I think it’s pretty damn arrogant for people to say “this doesn’t sound like Slipknot”. Don’t you think THEY’D know what they hell THEY’RE supposed to sound like? Just because they’re not stagnating to please metal fans that listen to nothing BUT metal doesn’t mean they’ve lost their touch. I’m sure that each and every member of Slipknot are very proud of this album, and in my opinion, they very well should be. I’ve been a big fan from the beginning (Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat), and this is one of my favorite Slipknot releases to date, possibly my top favorite.

  • Mags

    Well to the fag that claims to be corey taylor, he gave his voice a break when they released the shitty subliminal cd.

  • Mags

    Well to the fag that claims to be corey taylor, he gave his voice a break when they released the shitty subliminal cd.

  • relentess

    the slipknot members hearts are still in Slipknot – I’ve listened to it none stop since i got it on Monday and i haven’t got bored yet its about time people realised that slipknot do things their way they don’t give a fuck what people think, thing is, if Stone Sour didn’t exist some of slipknots work wouldn’t keep being compared to stone sour, if you don’t like this album no one is making you like it – personally i think its fucking awesome ive been a fan since 1999 ive loved every single slipknot record why?! coz its slipknot the musicianship is unparalled all the songs kick ass corey’s voice is once again incredible and my parents still hate slipknot that means they’re still cool!!the day my parents like slipknot they’re done….. but thats never gonna happen!

  • relentess

    the slipknot members hearts are still in Slipknot – I’ve listened to it none stop since i got it on Monday and i haven’t got bored yet its about time people realised that slipknot do things their way they don’t give a fuck what people think, thing is, if Stone Sour didn’t exist some of slipknots work wouldn’t keep being compared to stone sour, if you don’t like this album no one is making you like it – personally i think its fucking awesome ive been a fan since 1999 ive loved every single slipknot record why?! coz its slipknot the musicianship is unparalled all the songs kick ass corey’s voice is once again incredible and my parents still hate slipknot that means they’re still cool!!the day my parents like slipknot they’re done….. but thats never gonna happen!

  • relentess

    I’ve got something to say to all those who’re saying this albums shit or slipknot are shit, get all your lil bumchums together form a band and see where the fuck you are in 12 years time! no band does what slipknot do and have done since 1997 all 9 members are still around, not 1 of them has left not even temporarily and then look at Korn hardly any of the original members are left what does that tell you? im a fan of korn so im not sayin they’re shit, but even a great band like korn haven’t done what slipknot have – so yeah if you think slipknot are so bad go out and do it yourself coz you would be so much better than them…… while they’re having endless success even after all these years what are you haters doing? at school college uni or in some dead end job – whose more successful i wonder!!

  • relentess

    I’ve got something to say to all those who’re saying this albums shit or slipknot are shit, get all your lil bumchums together form a band and see where the fuck you are in 12 years time! no band does what slipknot do and have done since 1997 all 9 members are still around, not 1 of them has left not even temporarily and then look at Korn hardly any of the original members are left what does that tell you? im a fan of korn so im not sayin they’re shit, but even a great band like korn haven’t done what slipknot have – so yeah if you think slipknot are so bad go out and do it yourself coz you would be so much better than them…… while they’re having endless success even after all these years what are you haters doing? at school college uni or in some dead end job – whose more successful i wonder!!

  • The Truth

    Honestly the album I would say is mediiocre. Now all you slipknot fanboys are gonna be huge cry babies so go ahead. The album has some good songs but also has some songs that dont fit the sound of what slipknot has been doing for all these years. If you think the album is perfect well your just retarded. For people who really enjoy slipknot I am sure you love this album I’ve been a fan just not masturbating at every new release they came out with. From a non biased point of view I would have to agree with this album they haven’t brought anything new to the table this time around just more of the same stuff when my friend told me it was 200 times harder than sub v.3 I was like cool they might be going back to their original song. But I mean the addition of songs like gehenna and snuff I mean come on…wtf is that shit?! So cry all you want and yes Slipknot will always be successful but that doesn’t mean that their art hasn’t declined which to me it has. My .02!

  • The Truth

    Honestly the album I would say is mediiocre. Now all you slipknot fanboys are gonna be huge cry babies so go ahead. The album has some good songs but also has some songs that dont fit the sound of what slipknot has been doing for all these years. If you think the album is perfect well your just retarded. For people who really enjoy slipknot I am sure you love this album I’ve been a fan just not masturbating at every new release they came out with. From a non biased point of view I would have to agree with this album they haven’t brought anything new to the table this time around just more of the same stuff when my friend told me it was 200 times harder than sub v.3 I was like cool they might be going back to their original song. But I mean the addition of songs like gehenna and snuff I mean come on…wtf is that shit?! So cry all you want and yes Slipknot will always be successful but that doesn’t mean that their art hasn’t declined which to me it has. My .02!

  • Jena

    “This is much more evident in AHIG. There are a couple of actual ballads; love songs even. Neither the next single of ‘Dead Memories’ or the whole-heartedly soppy ‘Snuff’ quite fit in with the true Slipknot identity, to be honest. They’re good songs… if you’re listening to a Stone Sour album”

    Honestly, I have loved slipknot from the start. But i fear they are loosing what made me love them most. That Dark creepy yet almost seductive sound. “Prosthetics” probably would be the song to explain what i mean.

    I honestly felt like i was listening to a mix Cd of stone sour and slipknot.

  • Jena

    “This is much more evident in AHIG. There are a couple of actual ballads; love songs even. Neither the next single of ‘Dead Memories’ or the whole-heartedly soppy ‘Snuff’ quite fit in with the true Slipknot identity, to be honest. They’re good songs… if you’re listening to a Stone Sour album”

    Honestly, I have loved slipknot from the start. But i fear they are loosing what made me love them most. That Dark creepy yet almost seductive sound. “Prosthetics” probably would be the song to explain what i mean.

    I honestly felt like i was listening to a mix Cd of stone sour and slipknot.

  • moneymike

    I bought the debut when it came out back in my freshman year in high school. Thought it was alright but my music tastes were rapidly changing at the time. Lost track of these guys for a few years, missed Iowa, and then sorta got back into them around Vol. 3. I am by no means a fanboy, but this album is seriously one of the best heavy metal/hard rock records I have ever heard. Not metal? There are some straight up thrash solos on there fools. The songs are all really diverse, have a solid groove, nice melodies, and some great riffing. Corey Taylor has one of the best voices in the biz and his drill sergeant bark sounds as good as ever. Not that many bands have as talented a singer as this so it would be stupid of slipknot not to fully utilize him.

  • moneymike

    I bought the debut when it came out back in my freshman year in high school. Thought it was alright but my music tastes were rapidly changing at the time. Lost track of these guys for a few years, missed Iowa, and then sorta got back into them around Vol. 3. I am by no means a fanboy, but this album is seriously one of the best heavy metal/hard rock records I have ever heard. Not metal? There are some straight up thrash solos on there fools. The songs are all really diverse, have a solid groove, nice melodies, and some great riffing. Corey Taylor has one of the best voices in the biz and his drill sergeant bark sounds as good as ever. Not that many bands have as talented a singer as this so it would be stupid of slipknot not to fully utilize him.

  • http://thrashhits.com/ slipknot666

    THIS ALBUM RULES! I DON’T CARE WHAT ANYBODY ELSE SAYS ABOUT THIS IT ROCKS!!! I GIVE IT A 4845096810984609350891098513098641/6.

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  • Dani

    Each album of Slipknot are superb, and All Hope Is Gone is perfect! I can’t stop listening to it! Perfect job the nine did!

  • Dani

    Each album of Slipknot are superb, and All Hope Is Gone is perfect! I can’t stop listening to it! Perfect job the nine did!

  • relentess

    absolutely agree with dani all slipknots albums are different they’re not afraid to try things they’re always going to be successful – Corey taylor has one of the best vocals in music in general not just metal or hard rock or whatever you wanna label slipknots music, im hoping to go see em live this year and its gonna fucking rock!! i give this album 10/10 ive listened to it everyday since its release and i ain’t got bored yet

  • relentess

    absolutely agree with dani all slipknots albums are different they’re not afraid to try things they’re always going to be successful – Corey taylor has one of the best vocals in music in general not just metal or hard rock or whatever you wanna label slipknots music, im hoping to go see em live this year and its gonna fucking rock!! i give this album 10/10 ive listened to it everyday since its release and i ain’t got bored yet

  • Adsky

    I loved S/T. Just blew me away. Then Iowa came out, and I thought, what’s happened to them, they’ve changed. I thought it was ok, but wasn’t over the moon about. a few months later, I couldn’t put it down. I loved it. It was Slipknot, but they’d evolved ever so slightly.

    Next cam vol. 3. The anticipation was pulpable. Got it the day it came out. I absolutely hated it. I remember telling a mate that it sounded like Bil and Ted’s excellent adventure. I hated it so much I lent it to my mate for about 3 months. He finally gave it back, telling me how much he loved it, and that maybe I should give it another go. I did. I kept listening to it, got used to it, and finally got to the point where it was one of my favourite albums of all time. They had once again evolved. There were elements that were pure chaotic slipknot, but there was so much more to.

    AHIG…. I listened to it as soon as I got it. Skipping through each track to find where slipknot was. This time though, I thought remember past experiences, give it a fair go. So I have listened to it every day for the past week, and I can honestly say apart from one or two tracks, I reckon this album is brilliant. Once again this band has evolved. they haven’t forgotten what made them what they are, but there are some vastly different elements to this album. At times it may lean a bit towards a stone sourish sort of sound, but when it doesn’t brutalise you with the really heavy tracks, it still rocks. throw in a couple of ballady tracks which are listenable, whilst not of the same quality as vol. 3, and you have a great new addition to the slipknot discography.

    Final judgement will be seeing the tracks performed live. that is the true acid test. seen them live 3 times before, in 2000 and again twice in 2005. haven’t heard a song sound bad yet when performed live. See them on October 27. I have complete faith

  • Adsky

    I loved S/T. Just blew me away. Then Iowa came out, and I thought, what’s happened to them, they’ve changed. I thought it was ok, but wasn’t over the moon about. a few months later, I couldn’t put it down. I loved it. It was Slipknot, but they’d evolved ever so slightly.

    Next cam vol. 3. The anticipation was pulpable. Got it the day it came out. I absolutely hated it. I remember telling a mate that it sounded like Bil and Ted’s excellent adventure. I hated it so much I lent it to my mate for about 3 months. He finally gave it back, telling me how much he loved it, and that maybe I should give it another go. I did. I kept listening to it, got used to it, and finally got to the point where it was one of my favourite albums of all time. They had once again evolved. There were elements that were pure chaotic slipknot, but there was so much more to.

    AHIG…. I listened to it as soon as I got it. Skipping through each track to find where slipknot was. This time though, I thought remember past experiences, give it a fair go. So I have listened to it every day for the past week, and I can honestly say apart from one or two tracks, I reckon this album is brilliant. Once again this band has evolved. they haven’t forgotten what made them what they are, but there are some vastly different elements to this album. At times it may lean a bit towards a stone sourish sort of sound, but when it doesn’t brutalise you with the really heavy tracks, it still rocks. throw in a couple of ballady tracks which are listenable, whilst not of the same quality as vol. 3, and you have a great new addition to the slipknot discography.

    Final judgement will be seeing the tracks performed live. that is the true acid test. seen them live 3 times before, in 2000 and again twice in 2005. haven’t heard a song sound bad yet when performed live. See them on October 27. I have complete faith

  • Shaun

    When first getting the new slipknot record… the opening track: Execute was such a strong build up, then going into the hectic Gematria, I

  • Shaun

    When first getting the new slipknot record… the opening track: Execute was such a strong build up, then going into the hectic Gematria, I

  • Mags

    I still can’t get into this cd. And for those of you bitching for other ppl to go make better music, we for one aren’t claiming to make the best fucking cd in the world like Slipknot has claimed. They need to live up to their claims that this is the greatest damn thing they made, which in no way is even close to being great. I used to hate Sub. 3 but I’m starting to actually like that one a lot considering how utterly shitty AHIG has come out to be. I’ve tried listening to it over and over. BORING. Fucking boring and pathetic. And why don’t some of you fanboys get your head out of your ass. Just bc slipknot has a song doesn’t mean it’s the greatest fucking shit in the world like you dumb fucks build it up to be. I can’t help it if they’re starting to produce shitty music, and I’m not going to sit and say this shitty fucking shit fest of cd is great just bc slipknot made it. Slipknot should step up from producing this walk in the park pussy as music.

  • Mags

    I still can’t get into this cd. And for those of you bitching for other ppl to go make better music, we for one aren’t claiming to make the best fucking cd in the world like Slipknot has claimed. They need to live up to their claims that this is the greatest damn thing they made, which in no way is even close to being great. I used to hate Sub. 3 but I’m starting to actually like that one a lot considering how utterly shitty AHIG has come out to be. I’ve tried listening to it over and over. BORING. Fucking boring and pathetic. And why don’t some of you fanboys get your head out of your ass. Just bc slipknot has a song doesn’t mean it’s the greatest fucking shit in the world like you dumb fucks build it up to be. I can’t help it if they’re starting to produce shitty music, and I’m not going to sit and say this shitty fucking shit fest of cd is great just bc slipknot made it. Slipknot should step up from producing this walk in the park pussy as music.

  • myself

    … i can’t hear past minute 2 off Psychosocial…
    this CD is utter garbage. i’ve heard heavier shit on The Pet Shop Boys and even Madonna. Fucking heavy bands turning heavy country….

  • myself

    … i can’t hear past minute 2 off Psychosocial…
    this CD is utter garbage. i’ve heard heavier shit on The Pet Shop Boys and even Madonna. Fucking heavy bands turning heavy country….

  • dowdy

    this album is very, very dissapointing. i have been such a fan of slipknot for there power and aggression on there previous albums and this album fails to provide much of either on this album. where has the power gone? where has the slamming, heavy riffs gone? it certainly hasnt sucked me in to keep listening to it.
    maybe too much stone sour influence? definately too much singing. i hope they make another album and bring back the sound that they were recognized for.
    but i fear this could be the end.

  • dowdy

    this album is very, very dissapointing. i have been such a fan of slipknot for there power and aggression on there previous albums and this album fails to provide much of either on this album. where has the power gone? where has the slamming, heavy riffs gone? it certainly hasnt sucked me in to keep listening to it.
    maybe too much stone sour influence? definately too much singing. i hope they make another album and bring back the sound that they were recognized for.
    but i fear this could be the end.

  • DMG

    Good beginning, slows down in the middle.
    It has good tracks, but not as good as expected.

  • DMG

    Good beginning, slows down in the middle.
    It has good tracks, but not as good as expected.

  • Nat

    I agree. I thought the beginning was awesome..maybe the first 4 tracks. Then it kinda went downhill after that. I thought yes, they are straying away from subliminal verses and going back to their first 2 CDs. errrrr…I spoke too soon.
    If I heard this CD and had never heard of the band Slipknot, then yes I would probably love the CD. But I know what Slipknot is and what they’ve done in the past…and I’m sorry, don’t want to hear pussy lyrics coming from a band w/ badass masks……
    I think Iowa was one of their greatest albums and I miss that….and the passion doesn’t really seem to be there as it once was. Maybe they need to stop where they are at so they don’t represent themselves as a hardcore band who went pussy on us! I can’t get into this CD and let my frustrations out into the songs as I could with their first 2 albums.
    I shall be a maggot for life though, regardless.

  • Nat

    I agree. I thought the beginning was awesome..maybe the first 4 tracks. Then it kinda went downhill after that. I thought yes, they are straying away from subliminal verses and going back to their first 2 CDs. errrrr…I spoke too soon.
    If I heard this CD and had never heard of the band Slipknot, then yes I would probably love the CD. But I know what Slipknot is and what they’ve done in the past…and I’m sorry, don’t want to hear pussy lyrics coming from a band w/ badass masks……
    I think Iowa was one of their greatest albums and I miss that….and the passion doesn’t really seem to be there as it once was. Maybe they need to stop where they are at so they don’t represent themselves as a hardcore band who went pussy on us! I can’t get into this CD and let my frustrations out into the songs as I could with their first 2 albums.
    I shall be a maggot for life though, regardless.

  • Zerosignal

    this cd grew on me bigtime, in just the few days i’ve had it. i have to admit i didn’t fall in love with it right away like i did with the other 3, but now i find the songs sticking in my head even more than Vol 3’s songs do.

    All Hope Is Gone is sort of a blend of all their previous styles. it’s got the in-your-face attitude of self titled, the heaviness of Iowa, and the showoff of talent of Vol 3. the only thing i miss is the creepy undertones the others had. Gehenna and Wherein Lies Continue are pretty close, but there’s no Scissors or Gently. i love their spooky, creepy kind of stuff, which may be why this one didn’t hit me as hard right away

    but over all, it’s heavy and it’s skillfull, and the songs grow on ya. what else could you expect?

  • Zerosignal

    this cd grew on me bigtime, in just the few days i’ve had it. i have to admit i didn’t fall in love with it right away like i did with the other 3, but now i find the songs sticking in my head even more than Vol 3’s songs do.

    All Hope Is Gone is sort of a blend of all their previous styles. it’s got the in-your-face attitude of self titled, the heaviness of Iowa, and the showoff of talent of Vol 3. the only thing i miss is the creepy undertones the others had. Gehenna and Wherein Lies Continue are pretty close, but there’s no Scissors or Gently. i love their spooky, creepy kind of stuff, which may be why this one didn’t hit me as hard right away

    but over all, it’s heavy and it’s skillfull, and the songs grow on ya. what else could you expect?

  • epikmaekr

    Downloaded the, and I found as you go deeper into the tracks, it sucks more. Yes, an overwhelming amount of the songs on this album belong on a Stonesour CD, but some tracks are good, just not GREAT. Following Vol. 3 The Subliminal verses, this album sucks horribly. It is an utter and complete disappointment. Subl Verses is about 50x better than All Hope is Gone. A large disappointment in a very bad year for metal (metallica, korn, etc).

  • http://aafsdfasd epikmaekr

    Downloaded the, and I found as you go deeper into the tracks, it sucks more. Yes, an overwhelming amount of the songs on this album belong on a Stonesour CD, but some tracks are good, just not GREAT. Following Vol. 3 The Subliminal verses, this album sucks horribly. It is an utter and complete disappointment. Subl Verses is about 50x better than All Hope is Gone. A large disappointment in a very bad year for metal (metallica, korn, etc).

  • tim skaggs

    The shits awsome diffrent but not bad. you can tell the band has grown in this album. fuck all the negative pukes if they could do it better they wouldnt be bitchin.. theyed be doin it Slipknot’s doin a great job

  • tim skaggs

    The shits awsome diffrent but not bad. you can tell the band has grown in this album. fuck all the negative pukes if they could do it better they wouldnt be bitchin.. theyed be doin it Slipknot’s doin a great job

  • tim skaggs

    The shits awsome diffrent but not bad. you can tell the band has grown in this album. fuck all the negative pukes if they could do it better they wouldnt be bitchin.. theyed be doin it Slipknot’s doin a great job

  • tim skaggs

    The shits awsome diffrent but not bad. you can tell the band has grown in this album. fuck all the negative pukes if they could do it better they wouldnt be bitchin.. theyed be doin it Slipknot’s doin a great job

  • Bartokk

    When a band has no more ideas should break up and leave the good impression of the past job. Releasing albums just to gain money is the worst move artistically speaking. But I guess they will always find some defense from the mags, even if they should get to play discomusic.

  • Bartokk

    When a band has no more ideas should break up and leave the good impression of the past job. Releasing albums just to gain money is the worst move artistically speaking. But I guess they will always find some defense from the mags, even if they should get to play discomusic.

  • http://hotmail.com/ Gematria9

    This review sucked balls. Wikipedia does have better reviews and no bs like this. All Hope Is Gone is the best album so far and Slipknot will blow away all your shity fucking bands. So fuck off whoever wrote this review and tell your mom thanks for last night. 6/6

  • http://hotmail.com Gematria9

    This review sucked balls. Wikipedia does have better reviews and no bs like this. All Hope Is Gone is the best album so far and Slipknot will blow away all your shity fucking bands. So fuck off whoever wrote this review and tell your mom thanks for last night. 6/6

  • Coolie

    Good post Nat. If you were just getting into them then you would probably think that this is a great album. But knowing the way they used to be, it just doesn’t isn’t the same.

    But they are getting older, slowing down and trying to experiment more. Still better than 90% of the shit out there but I would say their weakest to date.

  • Coolie

    Good post Nat. If you were just getting into them then you would probably think that this is a great album. But knowing the way they used to be, it just doesn’t isn’t the same.

    But they are getting older, slowing down and trying to experiment more. Still better than 90% of the shit out there but I would say their weakest to date.

  • longinus

    So, I read a lot of this critics and I don’t know, but would you like to listen to the same shit over and over. If you think that this Slipknot CD dissapointed you, you must think about what Slipknot is for you. The lyrics are awesome, all of them. The riffs are cool and new, no old shit. The rythm, well, Psychosocial is tha word…
    I mean, maybe the people that had went soft are you, not them… just think about it.

  • longinus

    So, I read a lot of this critics and I don’t know, but would you like to listen to the same shit over and over. If you think that this Slipknot CD dissapointed you, you must think about what Slipknot is for you. The lyrics are awesome, all of them. The riffs are cool and new, no old shit. The rythm, well, Psychosocial is tha word…
    I mean, maybe the people that had went soft are you, not them… just think about it.

  • Alex

    1. Volume 3
    2. All Hope Is Gone
    3. Iowa
    4. Slipknot

  • Alex

    1. Volume 3
    2. All Hope Is Gone
    3. Iowa
    4. Slipknot

  • Goingtoconcertin13days

    I don’t get how you can give the album such a good review and then give it a 3.5?
    At least a 4.9 in my eyes as this isn’t the best out of their albums but songs like all hope is gone and psychosocial are fucking gold.

  • Goingtoconcertin13days

    I don’t get how you can give the album such a good review and then give it a 3.5?
    At least a 4.9 in my eyes as this isn’t the best out of their albums but songs like all hope is gone and psychosocial are fucking gold.

  • FReeZ

    I listen to this album for already at least 2 weeks and I must tell you that I really love it and still haven’t had enough !

    Well done SlipKnoT, I vote for 6/6 – 100% !
    This review is piece of garbage and belongs to a trash.

    Especially Psychosocial, Butcher’s hook and Gehenna are pretty awesome and the album’s title is very original, thus great !

    I strongly recommend to buy this album and hope it’ll be #1 in hitparade, coz it rocks !

  • FReeZ

    I listen to this album for already at least 2 weeks and I must tell you that I really love it and still haven’t had enough !

    Well done SlipKnoT, I vote for 6/6 – 100% !
    This review is piece of garbage and belongs to a trash.

    Especially Psychosocial, Butcher’s hook and Gehenna are pretty awesome and the album’s title is very original, thus great !

    I strongly recommend to buy this album and hope it’ll be #1 in hitparade, coz it rocks !

  • feuerfrei1205

    Tracks like AHIG, This Cold Black, The Butcher’s Hook, and Gematria are completely insane, and definitely save the album. Songs like Dead Memories, Snuff, and the despicable Gehenna, on the other hand, are simply heavier Stone Sour tracks. I admit, the album is MUCH more refined and broadly pleasing than their previous works, but it’s not quite the Slipknot I was expecting after years of silence.

    4/6

  • feuerfrei1205

    Tracks like AHIG, This Cold Black, The Butcher’s Hook, and Gematria are completely insane, and definitely save the album. Songs like Dead Memories, Snuff, and the despicable Gehenna, on the other hand, are simply heavier Stone Sour tracks. I admit, the album is MUCH more refined and broadly pleasing than their previous works, but it’s not quite the Slipknot I was expecting after years of silence.

    4/6

  • Xena

    Well, I’m a mixture of the opinions expressed on this site.

    Admittedly, it wasn’t as great as certain otehr songs. Personally, I love The Subliminal Verses. Indeed, it took me an awfully long time to appreciate, but the style eventually grew on me.

    What I don’t understand is how so many peopel are outraged at the fact that it’s not the same. Change is inevitable, so I’m staggering at the suggestion of repulsion aimed towards this impossible thought.

    I certainly do NOT want to hear Iowa, S/T or Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat. Or Vol.3 again. Albeit they were fantastic, I’m not hoping for “SPit It Out” or “Heretic Anthem” agian.

    All Hope is Gone is an album which has some great tracks, and some terrible ones. Personally, I thought that the good ones made up for the bad ones. “Sunff” absolutely threw me off-track. Something I was definitely expecting. It reminds me of “Vermilion Pt 1 and 2″ but even so, it’s very different in the respect that Vermilion tends to be far more ‘creepier’ than Snuff. I adored Snuff though, because it showed that Slipkot had somewhat a soft side. Not an adorable quality in a metal band, but it somehow rounded off the hardcore cutting edges of the album.

    I never expected this to be Slipknot’s greatest album yet, and the answer why for me is simple: if I had been wildly anticipating its release like half the peopel who’ve posted here, I would have too fallen from grace and been thoroughly disappointed. Not their best wor, but it’s very much Slipknot to me. Gematria is the one that called most Slipknot out to me. The lyrics are fantastic, a wonderful snub to the American society.

    I was incredibly surprised at the rating – 3.5/6 after that review?

    I probably would give it no more than a 5 if I were to be generous. A 4.8/6 is fitting, I think.

  • Xena

    Well, I’m a mixture of the opinions expressed on this site.

    Admittedly, it wasn’t as great as certain otehr songs. Personally, I love The Subliminal Verses. Indeed, it took me an awfully long time to appreciate, but the style eventually grew on me.

    What I don’t understand is how so many peopel are outraged at the fact that it’s not the same. Change is inevitable, so I’m staggering at the suggestion of repulsion aimed towards this impossible thought.

    I certainly do NOT want to hear Iowa, S/T or Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat. Or Vol.3 again. Albeit they were fantastic, I’m not hoping for “SPit It Out” or “Heretic Anthem” agian.

    All Hope is Gone is an album which has some great tracks, and some terrible ones. Personally, I thought that the good ones made up for the bad ones. “Sunff” absolutely threw me off-track. Something I was definitely expecting. It reminds me of “Vermilion Pt 1 and 2″ but even so, it’s very different in the respect that Vermilion tends to be far more ‘creepier’ than Snuff. I adored Snuff though, because it showed that Slipkot had somewhat a soft side. Not an adorable quality in a metal band, but it somehow rounded off the hardcore cutting edges of the album.

    I never expected this to be Slipknot’s greatest album yet, and the answer why for me is simple: if I had been wildly anticipating its release like half the peopel who’ve posted here, I would have too fallen from grace and been thoroughly disappointed. Not their best wor, but it’s very much Slipknot to me. Gematria is the one that called most Slipknot out to me. The lyrics are fantastic, a wonderful snub to the American society.

    I was incredibly surprised at the rating – 3.5/6 after that review?

    I probably would give it no more than a 5 if I were to be generous. A 4.8/6 is fitting, I think.

  • jiggsaw117

    The All Hope Is Gone album was what you would of expected. After Vol. 3 The Subliminal Versus Slipknot or might i say Corey has become more softer in vocals. Songs like Dead Memories, Danger Keep Away, Gehenna, and Circle are examples of Slipknot becoming softer. Corey and James 2nd band Stone Sour put a impact on Coreys voice after stone Sours 1st offical album.

    Best album in order…
    1. Vol. 3 The Subliminal Versus
    2. Iowa
    3. Slipknot
    4. All Hope Is Gone

    Also All Hope Is Gone is not Slipknots worst album…..its just not there least great one.

    Remember this is all just my opinion.

  • jiggsaw117

    The All Hope Is Gone album was what you would of expected. After Vol. 3 The Subliminal Versus Slipknot or might i say Corey has become more softer in vocals. Songs like Dead Memories, Danger Keep Away, Gehenna, and Circle are examples of Slipknot becoming softer. Corey and James 2nd band Stone Sour put a impact on Coreys voice after stone Sours 1st offical album.

    Best album in order…
    1. Vol. 3 The Subliminal Versus
    2. Iowa
    3. Slipknot
    4. All Hope Is Gone

    Also All Hope Is Gone is not Slipknots worst album…..its just not there least great one.

    Remember this is all just my opinion.

  • http://www.slipknot.com/ KNOT4EVER

    OMG LUV SLLLLLLLLLIIIIIPPPPPPPPPKKKKKNNNNOOOOTTTTTT for EEEEEVVVVEEEERRRRR they f****n ROCK F****N HEAVy MEtaL LUUUUVVVV COREY TAYLOR he’s My man!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.slipknot.com KNOT4EVER

    OMG LUV SLLLLLLLLLIIIIIPPPPPPPPPKKKKKNNNNOOOOTTTTTT for EEEEEVVVVEEEERRRRR they f****n ROCK F****N HEAVy MEtaL LUUUUVVVV COREY TAYLOR he’s My man!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://google.ca deadmemorieslol

    This album has about 3 good songs that are not half as good as any single song from the first album. They pretty much burned out and went mainstream like every other band does but they are still amazing.

    ps how hilarious are the songs Snuff and Dead Memories?

  • http://google.ca/ deadmemorieslol

    This album has about 3 good songs that are not half as good as any single song from the first album. They pretty much burned out and went mainstream like every other band does but they are still amazing.

    ps how hilarious are the songs Snuff and Dead Memories?

  • http://www.nettby.no/ ExtremeRussian

    Trash metal bitch!!!

  • http://www.nettby.no ExtremeRussian

    Trash metal bitch!!!

  • Logan

    This is an exelent album.This and Vol.3 were extremely fantastic i love every track from execute to snuff to all hope is gone all the tracks are my favorite.i do hate that the rating goes up to only 6.10/10

  • Logan

    This is an exelent album.This and Vol.3 were extremely fantastic i love every track from execute to snuff to all hope is gone all the tracks are my favorite.i do hate that the rating goes up to only 6.10/10

  • adi prastanto

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  • adi prastanto

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  • gisella

    menawi album punika mboten sekeco njeh njenengan gublok. saben sinau kulo dikancani mas slipknot!!!!!!!

  • gisella

    menawi album punika mboten sekeco njeh njenengan gublok. saben sinau kulo dikancani mas slipknot!!!!!!!

  • Lok_destroy

    meh not a great album to be honest worth a download nothing more

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