Slipknot
All Hope Is Gone


3.0
good

Review

by HollywoodConstantine USER (5 Reviews)
August 27th, 2008 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

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.


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    Solid album, not perfect, but it has enough about it to carry it through its worst moments...

    OvTheFireAndVoid (1.5)
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    Jeremy Bentham (3)
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    megalodon (2.5)
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  • ThyCrossAwaits (3.5)
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    Kyri1992 (4)
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    angelfyre (4)
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    Pedro B. (4)
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    Jake C. Taylor (3)
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    Four records in, and Iowa's finest still know how to rouse the teens and scare the childre...


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morrissey
Moderator
August 27th 2008


1688 Comments


You'll need to split this into paragraphs for readability.

Good first review, welcome to the site.This Message Edited On 08.26.08

beans
August 27th 2008


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"All Hope is Gone," above all else, is a huge success for the 'nu metal'

this isnt nu metal

As a HUGE fan of the band, I must admit that those albums (rather excluidng Vol. 3) aroused spirit and got me pumped to lift some weights


this is irrelavant to the album, i dont care what it makes you want to do, how does it sound?

not a bad first review, needs some work to read better and like morrisey said
split into paragraphs

marksellsuswallets
August 27th 2008


4848 Comments


I don't really think guitar solos can be considered surprises at this point...

Yazz_Flute
August 27th 2008


18787 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

decent first review, but snuff is easily one of, if not the best song on the album. Gematria, Sulfur, and the title track also really own. Psychosocial isnt too great barring the chorus and bridge.

Digging: Finch (US) - Say Hello to Sunshine

beans
August 27th 2008


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i thought snuff was hella boring imo

willfellmarsy
August 27th 2008


3849 Comments


isn't throwing i thought and then in my opinion into a comment somewhat overkill?

beans
August 27th 2008


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

contrary to popular belief

jingledeath
August 27th 2008


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

great review!!finally someone who appreciates the album!!

AtavanHalen
August 27th 2008


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I must admit that those albums (rather excluidng Vol. 3) aroused spirit and got me pumped to lift some weights

"Watch out for the guns. They'll getcha!"

AngelPhoenix
August 27th 2008


2764 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The opinion gap/spread that's formed around this album is, well...typical of slipknot hehe. This Message Edited On 08.27.08

poopty
August 27th 2008


319 Comments


Tbh, I don't think this album is all that good, but it still annoys me that a lot of people will give this album low marks without even listening to it just because it's slipknot.

taylormemer
August 27th 2008


4917 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I've always been an avid Slipknot fan, and this just isn't that good.

IAmInsect
August 27th 2008


3800 Comments


[quote="bunit"]this isnt nu metal[/quote] if the rest of the album is like psychosocial, i'd have to say that statement is just a lil goofy

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 27th 2008


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

title track is like the best thing ever

poopty
August 27th 2008


319 Comments


I've always been an avid Slipknot fan, and this just isn't that good.


Same, 3 outta 5.


HollywoodConstantine
August 27th 2008


15 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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.

poopty
August 27th 2008


319 Comments


dont correct it, slipknot are nu metal.

badtaste
August 28th 2008


824 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good first review, but I would have liked to have seen more of your opinions on the album, rather than Slipknot's journey up to this point.

I'm surprised that you gave this a 4.5, given that you found S/T and Iowa to be more exciting listens.

HollywoodConstantine
August 28th 2008


15 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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.

poopty
August 28th 2008


319 Comments


Slipknot --> Vol.3 --> Iowa --> All Hope Is Gone --> Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat



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