Review Summary: Another Vol. 3. Another great nu metal experience.
What is impressive about "All Hope is Gone" is the fantastic writing. This time around, the band focuses their attention a bit more on the world around them, the culture of America and their painful pasts. "Slipknot" and "Iowa" were a bit more cold, claustrophobic and personal than this attempt, which was probably what inspired so many fans to jump on the band-wagon. One could relate to the spirit of their songs and also be impressed by the the sheer anger and sound accompanying the lyrics. It was such masterful work that, with all respect, it almost seems insulting that the band took this path to mellow down and become a little more progressively inclined. But it's probably better this way. The band needs to grow. This is how I want a modern metal band to sound.
"Gemetria" is an excellent openning song for the record. It is a six minute hard rock powerhouse that really shows Joey Jordison's talents on drums. I look foward to hearing more his work soon. "Psychosocial," "All Hope is Gone" "Dead Memories," "Snuf" and "This Cold Black" all add variety and melody to the set list, and are probably the best songs on the album. Unfortunately, with the exception of "All Hope is Gone,"nothing is terribly comperable to their second album Iowa, the band's most intense and famous record release.
"Dead Memories," while a good song, is very unlike the band. It's too uncomfortably similar to what you might hear on a Stone Sour record. "Butcher's Hook" is well written, but slow and unexciting. "Vendetta" just shouldn't be on the set list of a Slipknot album. "Snuff" also feels a bit out of place on the record, since it's an actual love song (well, at first...). But, I think it was a big step foward for the band. I love it! "This Cold Black" and "Sulfur" are very similar tracks in their design, and are very cool songs. However, both fall flat on their face at the feet of "Three Nil" from Vol. 3.
In four years, I expected the album to surpass Vol. 3, but it is more or less equally entertaining. Joey Jordison is the star of this show. He's the beating heart of Slipknot and his talents, alone, are a reason to listen to this album once. I hope they stay together for one more album. They are an excellent nu metal band.
I've always heard it classified as nu metal...like with Korn. But, tbh, I really don't know what it's called, but it's definitely not Death Metal or Black Metal. Maybe it's just alternative metal...But I'll correct the mistake if I'm THAT far off. Thanks! I wasn't expecting anyone to read this thing.
for me, it took me a LONG time to get into slipknot initially. I was only in middle school when they released the self titled album...what i like about the band as a whole, is the musicianship...Slipknot and Iowa had better music, but they're eclipsed by the writing in this one. I just like the way they write their stuff now more than they did...if only we could combine Iowa with this one...you know, make the whole album sound like the single "all hope is gone" that would be EXACTLY what I want out of the cd. But, it's basically just a heavier Vol. 3. To me, they're all equal. can't hate anything they do. they're the most original band I've heard in a while.