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Slipknot confirmed as third and final headliner for Download Festival 2013

September 27th, 2012

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Download Festival have confirmed the identity of their third and final 2013 headliner: Slipknot. The eight-piece – arguably alongside Rammstein, being one of the “last” great festival headliner bands to emerge from metal – will make their first appearance at Donington Park since their 2009 headline spot, which of course has subsequently been packaged as their (sic)nesses DVD.

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Slipknot’s ‘All Hope Is Gone’: the verdict

June 20th, 2008

Fans have been waiting for over four years, but Slipknot have finally unleashed their new material upon the masses. It’s always a lottery when a band releases new material. Will it be great? Will it disappoint? Raziq Rauf finds out.

Slipknot Purgatory Masks

Those of us at Download Festival might have seen the morose-looking folk sitting on the grass holding the placards that had nothing but the classic Slipknot logo with a URL for

It was a message meant to excite those who know and intrigue those who don’t enough to make them want to find out.

News was released that ‘All Hope Is Gone’ was the title track off Slipknot’s forthcoming album (25 August 2008) and it was to be released as a free download on Roadrunner Records’ official website for one day only on 20 June 2008.

The good news is that ‘All Hope Is Gone’ is a brilliant 4min 50sec of hardcore-infused heavy metal that has Corey Taylor’s trademark barked lyrics and Joey Jordison’s super-tight drumming throughout.

Additional call-to-arms vocals appear during the almost-rousing chorus – expect a few fists being pumped into the air when this is played live. The last minute crescendos into a series of powerful breakdowns as well, giving the ending a huge sense of relief.

Thrash Hits .com verdict? Slipknot are back but there must be more to come. Now go and listen to ‘All Hope Is Gone’ and learn the words.

Watch the video to the UK Top 20 single ‘Duality’ by Slipknot

It’s been three years since the band (pictured, above in their Purgatory masks) last toured together and several band members have remained active.

With Stone Sour, singer Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root released yet another Gold-selling album in Come What(ever) May while Joey Jordison drummed for Ministry and Korn and produced 3 Inches Of Blood’s latest record Fire Up The Blades.

All Hope Is Gone, the band’s fourth album (no, Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat was not a proper album) was recorded in Iowa by the band and Dave Fortnam and promises to be the “most mature, most beautiful and the most powerful” thing Slipknot have done.

They are looking to build on the platinum-selling Vol.3 (The Subliminal Verses), which hit Top 10s across the world as well as spawning singles that hit the UK Top 20 and US Top 10. The album will be released just after Slipknot have performed at Reading (24 August 2008) and Leeds (22 August 2008) Festivals.

‘All Hope Is Gone’ Lyrics:

The state of the nation – violation!
A broken promise is as good as a lie.
The hell is humongous, the devil’s among us
And we will burn because we won’t unite!

We won’t witness anymore freedom.
Where is anybody? Do we need ’em?”
I would rather fight than let another die.
We’re the problem but we’re also the solution.


There’s no video, but listen to ‘All Hope Is Gone’ by Slipknot

If you want you cannot take it from me.
If you think you can, you still don’t know me.
Let me tell you, when I said it, I meant it
And I will always have the right to defend it.

Fifty seconds, a hundred murders.
The bill of rights is a bill of sale.
What will you do when the war is over?
What will you do when your systems fail!?

We have made the presence -obsolete.
What do you want? What do you need?
We’ll find a way, when all hope is gone!
We’ve seen the fall of the elite.
Bury your life, take your disease.
We’ll end the world, when all hope is gone!

The wretched are the wounded, the hungry starved to death.
At a place where no-one goes, the air itself is a final breathe.
So discontinue the antiseptic cash charade.
As the cry of justice comes, I’m gonna let this fire free!

I am the reason your future suffers.
I am the hatred you won’t embrace.
I am the worm of a pure distinction.
I am the remedy, spit in my face!
All your lies and wars are out-dated.
All your subjects are dulling mind games.
I can rattle off a million other reasons why
but doesn’t matter when the only thing will never die!

We have made the presence -obsolete.
What do you want? What do you need?
We’ll find a way, when all hope is gone!
We’ve seen the fall of the elite.
Bury your life, take your disease.
We’ll end the world, when all hope is gone!

‘Psychosocial’ will be released on 7 July 2008 and All Hope Is Gone will be released on 25 August 2008 on Roadrunner Records

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