Slipknot
All Hope Is Gone


2.5
average

Review

by OllieS USER (19 Reviews)
August 25th, 2008 | 21 replies | 4,012 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Slipknot. A name known to every Metalhead in the modern world. Since the release of their first album, Slipknot in 1999, the band have developed quite a following, with thousands of teenagers wearing their t-shirts to records going platinum. This album, All Hope Is Gone is their latest offering, released just today. Now, I am not the biggest Slipknot fan in the world, nor have I listened to that much of their stuff. I heard their self titled debut album a while back and wasn’t impressed, but I’m trying to go into All Hope Is Gone with an open mind, so let’s see if the almighty Slipknot can pull out an impressive record.

Okay, we start with an instrumental-like piece called .Execute..It starts with some distorted speaking (sounds like police officers or something) and sound effects, until the drums come in about a minute in, playing a very fast beat over and over, which is quite impressive. It goes on for a while longer until Corey Taylor screams “All Hope Is Gone!” and we bounce into the proper opening track, Gematria (The Killing Name). Clocking in at 6 minutes, this is a very lengthy opener. There’s a minute of some heavy riffage at the start, before the verses kick in with Corey Taylor’s familiar shouted vocals. To be honest the vocals sound very monotone, and half way through the song I worry if the vocals are gonna be like this through the whole album, because that would quickly become extremely boring. The verses flow nicely into the chorus, but the chorus itself isn’t that great. The song should finish around 5 minutes in, but for whatever reason they decide to repeat the chorus a few more times, before the song finally ends. Sulfur is up next. Joey Jordison wastes no time laying down a very fast double bass pattern in the verses, which unfortunately sounds just like those of the previous song. The chorus is different however, as Corey Taylor uses his clean vocal range, giving us quite a catchy chorus. We have a short shredded solo in the middle section (which doesn’t sound like anything I haven’t heard before), then the final chorus closes out quite a decent track.

Now we come to the album’s first single, Psychosocial. The drumming is much slower in this track, and is pretty boring. Actually, that highlights a problem I have with the drumming in this album; when Jordison isn’t laying down something really fast, he’s totally uninteresting. Oh well, at least he covers up his mediocrity with speed for most of the album. So, the song is pretty basic, but sports an incredibly catchy chorus with Taylor’s clean singing, which makes me realise instantly why they chose this to be the album’s first single. Not a bad song, and certainly a good choice for a single. Dead Memories comes next, and is a slower number, almost ballad-like. The vocals are clean for all of the song, and Corey manages to put a decent amount of emotion in them. Unfortunately, the rest of the song sounds quite generic, and drags on a bit, even though it’s only 4:30 in length. The opening drum solo to Vendetta gives me the impression we’re gonna get a faster track here, but it’s still kinda slow in places. I notice the DJ guys for the first time so far, doing some random sound effects that don’t really add anything to the song. The chorus consists of Corey shouting ‘Are you ready for the time of your life? followed by some ‘HEY!’s, which don’t seem to fit in. Eh, this song is pretty boring. Next.

Butcher’s Hook follows Vendetta, and sadly, it’s almost as bad. It sounds like every other song on the album (albeit with a somewhat awkward chorus), and I find myself just wanting it to end. The longest track on the album, Gehenna is next, and couldn’t sound more…average. It seems like they tried to create a dark, almost scary atmosphere, but the song just sounds like a longer version of the previous tracks. It drones on and on for almost 7 minutes, and I’m starting to lose hope (lolz) in this album. This Cold Black is a more intense, aggressive song, which at this point the album really needs. It’s nothing great, but isn’t boring at least. There’s another guitar solo, but I don’t care as every solo on this album sounds the exact same and all are the same length. Wherein Lies Continue just does nothing to grab my attention or separate itself from the rest of the album. Snuff sounds different, coming in with sombre acoustic guitars and soft vocals. It’s like Dead Memories as it’s pretty ballad-esque, but it’s a lot better. The solo sounds different to the rest (!) and is pretty emotional, but sadly it only lasts about 20 seconds. A good song, probably the best on the album. Anyways, now we’ve reached the final song of the album, the title track. It’s one of the fastest tracks on the album, sporting a faster riff and even having some blast beats thrown in the mix. It’s an okay closer, although does seem to drag a bit at the end.

Well, there we are then, All Hope Is Gone. I’ve always thought of Slipknot as a basic, average band, and they really didn’t do anything here to change my opinion. Instrumentally it was nothing special, with the drumming being relatively uninteresting (although fast), the guitars churning out generic riffs and solos, while the bass and other instruments remain relatively unheard of. The vocals were okay; the clean ones were solid although the harsh vocals, while not overused, were kinda dull. Apart from the extremely catchy chorus of Psychosocial and the Snuff track, no song really grabbed my attention or had any lasting impression on me, and while most were boring albeit inoffensive, there were still a few quite bad tracks (Vendetta, Gehenna). Overall Score: 2.5.



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PayneTiger777
August 25th 2008



4366 Comments


I've been listening to each song from this album on youtube and it is actually pretty good. The only Slipknot album I have is Vol. 3 and I thought it was ok. Despite your low rating and your well written review, I think I still might pick this one up.

taylormemer
August 25th 2008



4887 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Yeah, see it's a bit... I dunno. Not the greatest review I've seen.

TrojanWhore
August 25th 2008



752 Comments


I've heard Psychosocial and All Hope Is Gone and thought they were pretty good. Dunno whether to check this out or not really.

Willie
Moderator
August 25th 2008



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's a lot more catchy than anything else they've done. I like it, but still like Iowa more.

Digging: Teramaze - Esoteric Symbolism

OllieS
August 25th 2008



2024 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, see it's a bit... I dunno. Not the greatest review I've seen.

Any tips?

Meatplow
August 25th 2008



5524 Comments


It's a lot more catchy than anything else they've done.


I disagree with this, there were some strong, standout songs on their previous releases as patchy as they may be when I listened to this it was almost all the same kind of mush.

taylormemer
August 25th 2008



4887 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

[QUOTE=Meatplow]I disagree with this, there were some strong, standout songs on their previous releases as patchy as they may be when I listened to this it was almost all the same kind of mush.[/QUOTE]
Exactly right.
[QUOTE=OllieS]Any tips?[/QUOTE]
Certainly. Firstly, you don't sound all that sure of yourself. Try so sound more up front and definite, this will give the impression that you are confident about what you are describing.
Secondly you describe every track, but there isn't much need to. You'd probably get a better structure if you focussed on what's happen throughout the album, and how the songs are bonding that all together.
Thirdly, the bonding as many know and agree isn't very attractive. Italics for album titles, "" for tracks.
[QUOTE=review]Now we come to the album’s first single/Gehenna is next/Oh well, at least he covers up his mediocrity with speed for most of the album. So, the song is pretty basic[/QUOTE]
Avoid this kind of running commentary.
This Message Edited On 08.25.08

Willie
Moderator
August 25th 2008



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I disagree with this, there were some strong, standout songs on their previous
releases as patchy as they may be when I listened to this it was almost all the same
kind of mush.
Maybe it has more to do with the fact that Vol 3 was mostly
bad so even when something good came on I had already tuned it out whereas this
is, at least, of a more consistent quality.This Message Edited On 08.25.08

taylormemer
August 25th 2008



4887 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

How is this album consistent...

Willie
Moderator
August 25th 2008



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Consistent in quality. There are far fewer boring tracks on this album than on any album previously (in fact, in another few listens there really might not be any boring tracks).

PayneTiger777
August 25th 2008



4366 Comments


I find this album to be a little bit more diverse from Vol 3. It is consistent because not every single song on it has harsh vocals, and I like it how Corey switches from harsh to clean vocals, which makes it sound more appealing to me.

taylormemer
August 25th 2008



4887 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Funny. Thought that's what we had Stone Sour for... lol

PayneTiger777
August 25th 2008



4366 Comments


True, but in my opinion I think this album does it better than Stone Sour.

Meatplow
August 25th 2008



5524 Comments


Maybe it has more to do with the fact that Vol 3 was mostly
bad so even when something good came on I had already tuned it out whereas this is, at least, of a more consistent quality.


True this.

OllieS
August 25th 2008



2024 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^^ Thanks Taylor.

taylormemer
August 25th 2008



4887 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

No problem.

AtavanHalen
August 25th 2008



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I personally wouldn't have bothered with doing this review, especially considering Cocaine was going to do one with the same rating.
And there's only one kind of review that I hate more than a TBT, and that's a TBT in disguise.

SCREAM!
August 25th 2008



9590 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Review is alright and i agree with the rating.

Try the tips Taylor gave

ikarus
August 26th 2008



559 Comments


The single was pretty meh to be honest. Iowa was probably their best. (People=shit, funniest song ever)

badtaste
August 28th 2008



824 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lol, I agree with AtavanHalen, this is a track by track in disguise.

To OllieS, try injecting more of your personal opinion into the review rather than breaking down songs.



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