Slipknot
.5: The Gray Chapter


2.5
average

Review

by DropTune USER (65 Reviews)
September 22nd, 2018 | 44 replies


Release Date: 10/20/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nothing to see here

“Die and f---ing love me,” shatters the airwaves as “Killpop” spirals into chaos. .5: The Gray Chapter was hyped with videos of the group molting into darker creatures. They destroyed their All Hope is Gone egos and festered into disgusting minions of malice. All it takes is listening to “Custer” to see the elephant in the room.

Gray Chapter breaks the 6-year silence of Slipknot. With promises of melding the melodies of Subliminal Verses with the brutality of Iowa, Slipknot constructs one of their most awkward albums to date.

There really isn’t a lot going for Gray Chapter if looking for aggression. “Approaching Original Violence (AOV)” is arguably the best track that resembles such quality. Pummeling drums and fast riffs blast listeners into the olden days of Slipknot. As the song mellows into an ultra-melodic chorus, “AOV” kicks back into its abrasive groove until the end.

“Sarcastrophe” continues into another gritty number from Gray Chapter. The eerie opening explodes into a maniacal storm of chugs and bends. The grating hooks and tortured shrieks add to Gray Chapter’s pinnacle.

Aside from “AOV” and “Sarcastrophe,” there are very few aggressive moments from Slipknot. Most songs hold back and rely on melodramatic lyrics and melodic vocals. Slipknot ironically emphasizes a very pop oriented style that feels out of place.

“Killpop” falls victim to this early on. Although it represents frontman Corey Taylor’s dysfunctional relationship with the music industry, the overall tone clashes with itself constantly. The lyrics take a self-harming narrative and turns into a possessive relationship toward the end. “She's sticking needles in her skin/I turn with an ugly grin/Her canvas doesn't leave a lot to fantasy,” twists into the song. “Maybe I should let her go/But only when she loves me.”

“Custer” is the low point of Gray Chapter. The cringe-fest chorus “Cut, cut, cut me up and f--k, f--k, f--k me up,” satires itself. “Custer” banks on its “angry and brave” songwriting; however, it comes across as immature and tasteless.

Masochism and shock value can’t save Gray Chapter. A majority of the records 14 tracks are useless filler that sound similar to each other. Given the few standouts mentioned, most Slipknot fans will overlook the record and possibly forget its release. I believe the mainstream attention was given due to the small nu-metal revival movement that spurred from 2013-2015.

Regardless, Gray Chapter remains Slipknot’s least inspired work and doesn’t accomplish anything new. Although the return to raw aggressive sound is welcome, Slipknot hasn’t found their groove. Slipknot only works as a free ranged beast that wastes all in their path. It’s time they escape the cage and run wild.

Standout Tracks
Sarcastrophe
AOV



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Comments:Add a Comment 
tyman128
September 22nd 2018


1541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

solid review, definitely gives a lot more description than the previous review.

Never gave this album the time of day. The funny thing is that I loved Custer when it first dropped... but that was 13 year old me. Boy, I’ve changed my music preference since then

Tunaboy45
September 22nd 2018


16779 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Killpop is the only track from this I've returned to since it came out

SymbolicInTime
September 22nd 2018


4741 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

The songs within the record are decent to great, but the overall length of the project wears on my ears and takes a toll on its quality majorly.

Larkinhill
September 22nd 2018


3676 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah it’s spotty but has some good tracks throughout. Love the XIX/Sarcastrophe opening.

tyman128
September 22nd 2018


1541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

so, from what y’all are saying, I should at least check it out once?

ButtBoy
September 22nd 2018


4298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bruh, I’m assuming you aren’t a slipknot fan because most people I talk to agree that Custer is the best song here. The heavy songs here are better than anything from AHIG, but I’ll admit the slow songs are kinda weak

tyman128
September 22nd 2018


1541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

For Custerr, I love the drumming so much, but the lyrics aren’t my favorite

DropTune
September 22nd 2018


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Any slow song on here is pretty bad. The album shows some potential. I like the newfound aggression and slight return to form. The problem is "The Gray Chapter" doesn't do sad songs well. They all sound boring and stale. Almost like a bad Stone Sour single.

SymbolicInTime
September 22nd 2018


4741 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Yeah one spin is recommended tyman. I also dig Custer but haven’t payed attention to Slipknot lyrics ever because they’ve always been ass so meh

tyman128
September 22nd 2018


1541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

alright, I’ll be checking this out tonight then... and I’ll put the lyrics aside then haha

DropTune
September 22nd 2018


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

It's pretty much a status quo metal album. Nothing important is done. There are two really good tracks but nothing else overall. Instead of being a mature and well spoken statement, Slipknot wallows in their own misery and poorly reflects on any serious subject matter.

artiswar
September 22nd 2018


9013 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ever since All Hope Is Gone it feels like they just put everything they record on to the album. There's so many easy cuts that would improve this.

Faraudo
September 22nd 2018


3082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Killpop is a great track.

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KevinKC
September 22nd 2018


860 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a good album. There's nothing special about it, but it's solid from beginning to end. It's the kind of album that I listened in its entirety and never know which track is which.

sonictheplumber
September 22nd 2018


10424 Comments


Retarded band

SymbolicInTime
September 22nd 2018


4741 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Just like yo mom oooooooooooooooooo

Ninjahague
September 23rd 2018


1408 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

My love for slapshot seems to be dying off, this Isn't as good as I remember





granted it released when I was in the 8th grade

tyman128
September 23rd 2018


1541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the album is pretty good, but nothing outstanding. Some great songs, but definitely some meh songs I guess you could say.

Still love the intro to Custer though

ButtBoy
September 23rd 2018


4298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There are plenty of great songs here. XIX, Sarcastrophe, AOV, Lech, Skeptic, Custer, The Negative One

DropTune
September 23rd 2018


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I never grasped the appeal of Custer. It sounds ridiculously immature to me.



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