Slipknot
All Hope Is Gone: 10th Anniversary Edition


2.5
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Review

by Simon CONTRIBUTOR (228 Reviews)
December 9th, 2018 | 45 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Still just as disappointing a decade on from its release.

A decade on from All Hope Is Gone and the frustrations from prosaic songwriting and disconcerting implementations all come flooding back. I’ll be honest, I rarely come back to this album (why would I when their previous three records sit right next to this?) but every time I do it reminds me of my justified negligence towards it. This is the precipice of evolution being taken too far; losing sight of one’s initial standpoints and outlooks, probably because they were caught in the moment. Actually, scratch that, that’s a little too forgiving. No, it’s not hard to believe the real reason for this album’s anaemic character and flat sonic deviation comes from the fact Corey and co. were burnt out during the time of its creation: relationships were waning and it was a monumentally difficult album to write. Ironically, and more critically telling, is that All Hope Is Gone stems from being the most inclusive collaborative effort to date, with no one (namely Paul Gray) manning the wheel while it was being made. The final product is indicative of this process, and its flaws protrude further as a result.

Things set off promisingly enough, “Gematria (The Killing Name)” and the opening to “Sulfur” serves up breakneck, thrash-y riffs and Corey’s stapled nu-metal approach to deliver the quintessential Slipknot sound, but – like “Psychosocial” – when it comes to “Sulfur”’s chorus we’re hit with jarring clarity from Corey’s pop-laden hook; clean singing that stands next to the grimy riffs like a Little Mix fan at a Cannibal Corpse gig. And yes, Slipknot, and Corey, have always used digestible songwriting and melodic hooks as a core ingredient for every one of their albums previous, but this time it’s very different. The band knew this, as the tracklisting eases the unsuspecting OG’s into its web of deceit as you delve deeper, but there’s no preparing you for the outcome of blatant Stone Sour, alt-metal riffing in “Vendetta”, with all its cynical styling's, or the asinine and awkward sugar-hooks of “Butcher’s Hook”. But, frankly, the biggest problems here aren’t the senseless choruses, but rather their context and the album’s consistency – simply because it has neither. When your head isn’t spinning from a chorus that belongs on a Stone Sour B-side, you’ll be trying to get your bearings around the erratic tonal shifts. It’s great hearing that all nine members played a predominant role in the record’s making, but goddamn does it make for a stitched-up experience. I think I found more enjoyment in All Hope Is Gone trying to figure out who wrote what – and honestly, it isn’t that hard to work out.

So, yeah, ten years on and my opinion for this hodgepodge of dysfunctional ideas remains undeterred. It has its moments, sure: “Dead Memories” shouldn’t work as a Slipknot song per se, but it’s a strong, catchy number based off its own merits; the intriguing archetype of “Gehenna” hearkens back to Vol. 3: Subliminal Verse, melded with an early Queens of the Stone Age vibe at the chorus that is joyously peculiar and doesn’t work at all but at least keeps the brain engaged; while “Wherein Lies Continue” manages to hold some semblance of their earlier works despite the blasted hooks. And that’s the biggest kicker here – the riffs are there. There’s some really promising potential underneath the distracting singing and capricious tonal shifts, it’s just not handled well enough to make it work – which obviously stems from the fact there wasn’t a leader manning a vision here. Adding insult to injury, this album is the turning point for Slipknot and continues the Sour-heavy choruses on their next attempt. It certainly holds its place in Slipknot’s discography, and has a rather alluring quality in terms of its limitless experimentation, but it’ll always be their weakest album – made all the more depressing knowing it will be the last LP to come from its original members.

FORMAT//EDITIONS: DIGITAL/̶/̶C̶D̶/̶/̶V̶I̶N̶Y̶L̶

PACKAGING: N/A

SPECIAL EDITION: This re-release package contains a remastered tracklist with minimal differences in quality – bar volume – and an additional disc which contains a live set from 2009. The MSG performance is surprisingly decent and captures the chaotic energy of their shows, but this re-release package is disappointingly lacking in content, e.g. the bonus tracks and documentary which could’ve been included here. 2.5/5

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Archelirion
December 9th 2018


5639 Comments


Pretty hard to argue with any of this really. As you said, it's really frustrating as an album cos the moments are there - Gematria, Gehenna and Wherein Lies Continue are all great tracks as far as I'm concerned. Seems like they did a pretty standard milking job, although I liked the Iowa anniversary one and the content doesn't sound too different I suppose.
I'm (very, very cautiously) optimistic for their next outing though.

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
December 9th 2018


14994 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Little thought went into this release tbh, but given how the band dislike this album it probably comes as no surprise. the live set is nice though.



and same mate, the new single is great imo, i just hope it keeps away from those fucking clean choruses

artiswar
December 9th 2018


6223 Comments


Gehenna is the worst song I've ever heard.

Storm In A Teacup
December 9th 2018


25802 Comments


wait a minute they did this for the first two and then skipped Subliminal Verses??? THE ONLY GOOD SLIPKNOT ALBUM??? what the hell....do I need to kiss some Converge metal god ass???

rockandmetaljunkie
December 9th 2018


7690 Comments


I remember that year when the album was released. Nobody was talking about these guys anymore. Their time of fame (here in europe at least) was over. Yet still, 10 years later we still see them releasing albums....

Their style of music died like ages ago. Time to move on.



Space Jester
December 9th 2018


5723 Comments


“skipped Subliminal Verses??? THE ONLY GOOD SLIPKNOT ALBUM???”

You say that like Iowa doesn’t exist

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
December 9th 2018


14994 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Iowa > vol3

parksungjoon
December 9th 2018


9008 Comments


how about this for a change

this band never made anything good

there, glad we've settled that

Thalassic
December 9th 2018


2527 Comments


First two Slipknot records rule.
Zero shame on my part.

teamster
December 9th 2018


3623 Comments


Park : Savagery

Digging: Nauticus - Disappear in Blue

StrikeOfTheBeast
December 9th 2018


3696 Comments


Their first two are decent, I like their third the best, and the other two are mediocre.

Digging: Liege Lord - Master Control

Thalassic
December 9th 2018


2527 Comments


The third lacks a set of cojones
Could make the same case for the last two, but at least the third had some good ideas here and there

Source
December 9th 2018


7556 Comments


This never struck me as something that would eventually warrant a "10th anniversary edition"

Digging: Spiral Architect - A Sceptic's Universe

Azog
December 9th 2018


101 Comments


So basically what they're saying here, is that crap doesn't age well?

Point taken.

Storm In A Teacup
December 9th 2018


25802 Comments


“skipped Subliminal Verses??? THE ONLY GOOD SLIPKNOT ALBUM???”

"You say that like Iowa doesn’t exist"

does it?

TheWonderSoFar
December 9th 2018


3289 Comments


Idk I’ll always stand by that I think this is one of their better albums

Digging: Streetlight Manifesto - The Hands That Thieve

Storm In A Teacup
December 9th 2018


25802 Comments


I probably haven't heard every song on this album. That's how much I don't care. Pretty much just growing my comment count being here.

Soulfly13
December 9th 2018


1 Comments


I dig all Slipknot album's great band live, Iowa is the best in my opinion, looking forward to the next album of new material in 2019. All Hope is Gone & 5:The Gray Chapter are the weakest of all Slipknot Albums so far. I will take the good & bad, a real fan does.


Larkinhill
December 9th 2018


1044 Comments


Volume 3 is best imo.

Storm In A Teacup
December 9th 2018


25802 Comments


please, "real fans" are metal's version of "basic bitches"



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