They have returned! The nine piece band from Des Moines Iowa are back with their fourth (and unfortunately, final) installment. But what a swansong! This album blows away all their previous work, while setting new standards in the heavy metal genre. Heres the full review
The album starts off on the right note, with a slow calm-before-the-storm instrumental Execute, followed by the intense politically charged Gematria, which actually blew my brains out.. Just listen to it to understand what I am talking about. If you are a slipknot fan, then the rest of the album takes whatever you originally liked about slipknot, amplifies it and throws it back. The entire album is full of pulsating energy, and is certainly not for the faint of heart, which is evident from tracks like Sulfur, Psychosocial, and the title track All Hope is Gone. Some tracks have a definite Stone Sour influence on them, like Dead Memories and Snuff which are definitely listenable.
The album’s musical style is most definitely slipknot, however shades of thrash metal bands like Slayer are visible in some tracks, with lyrics being politically charged in more than one instance. The Stone Sour influence also filters through in some songs, but overall the album does retain core Slipknot attributes: hard hitting downtuned guitar riffs, dual base drums, combined with both clean and guttural vocals. A point Slipknot fans are going to like: Mick and Jim have started playing solos, and after hearing them, you really cant understand why they didnt play solos in previous albums, spellbinding stuff.
Overall rating : 5/5. I am a Slipknot fan, and this album does deliver on the bands promise of being their most heavy album to date, but also their best composed. It is complete, pure Slipknot and there is no chink in its armour. The only thing I do regret is that it will be the last time we see this band together after they stated that this is their last album. But they have given us something to remember for a long time to come.