Slipknot
We Are Not Your Kind


4.0
excellent

Review

by AriDoe USER (15 Reviews)
August 9th, 2019 | 411 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: All hope isn't gone after all

2019 was a hard year for Slipknot. The much publicized drama surrounding the firing of percussionist Chris Fehn after a nasty legal dispute, vocalist Corey Taylor's separation from wife Stephanie Luby, and harshest of all, the death of percussionist, art director, and founding member Shawn Crahan's daughter. The inevitable question of course, is how all that drama, tragedy, and death reflects in Slipknot's new album, their 6th, We Are Not Your Kind. Well in the months leading up to this album's release, Slipknot have promised to deliver their darkest and most experimental work yet, but can We Are Not Your Kind really live up to those promises and hype"

Right from the beginning, we're painted a bleak picture as the opening instrumental number, a Slipknot tradition at this point, builds ominous noise samples on top of itself as Taylor faintly sings "I'm counting all the killers" in the background. We then drop right into the lead single "Unsainted," which will likely stand as the most 'typical' Slipknot song on the record. The heavy verses into the huge melodic chorus style of songwriting has heen Slipknot's fortè since the success of older songs like "Wait and Bleed" and "Duality," yet the track does manage to throw in some light experimentation in the form of a children's choir during the chorus. Its a bit tacky, but it works for the most part.

The experimentation continues on many of the other songs with the track Nero Forte beginning as a very old school sounding Slipknot track, complete with bouncy riffs and Corey's quasi-rap barks before leading into a chorus with these very weird falsetto vocals. Elsewhere, "A Liar's Funeral" combines an acoustic introduction reminscent of Vol. 3 era Slipknot with a heavy, doom metal, lurch that feels like a logical successor to songs like "Skin Ticket" and "Gehenna". The song "Critical Darling" features an extended ambient bridge and outro that hasn't been attempted in a Slipknot song before and the band's strong songwriting makes it blend very well with the aggression of the rest of the track.

Where Slipknot really venture into the unknown, however, are on the extremely electronic driven, industrial tinged, "Spiders" and "My Pain," the former being a more radio friendly affair reminiscent of Marilyn Manson while the latter is much bleaker and more atmospheric. These two songs are guaranteed to be divisive given the radical departures from their typical sound on them, but praise really needs to be given to the band for trying something new, especially after the very middling and safe .5: The Gray Chapter. The extended use of electronics is felt on every song on the record, and you get a sense that both Sid and Craig had a much bigger part in sculpting the sound of We Are Not Your Kind than they have on previous records. Samples, keyboards, synths, and turntables are all very prominent on the album, giving another layer of texture and complimenting the generally dark moods of the album. The turntables especially are a really nice touch, especially considering how nearly absent they were on the previous couple albums.

Sadly, where the electronics are very prominent on this record, the percussion is less so. Jay Weinberg gives a very admirable performance, proving once again that he's worthy in succeeding his predecessor but the new percussionist, who's name is still unknown at the time of my writing this review, doesn't get such a chance. Perhaps it's him being buried album's mix, but the lack of custom percussion has been a real issue with the band on their last two albums and it's sad to see it continue here. The lyrics in the album seem to mostly center around Corey's relationship with his ex wife as well as general hardships he's faced the last few years and his relationship with the media. They do get very angsty and edgy at times, which is something you'd expect from Slipknot at this point, but also something I'd wish the band would mature a bit given their older ages and the generally more mature sound of the record.

We Are Not Your Kind isn't a perfect album, it suffers from some production issues and sillier lyrics as well as three ambient interlude songs which feel entirely unnecessary and cutting "All Out Life" from the final tracklist remains a questionable decision. Yet it proves that Slipknot still have a sense of creativity and are a relevant force in modern metal. The experimentation and strong songwriting make for an album not only stronger than their last effort, but one that could very well rank among the very best in their discography.



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MoltenIce
August 9th 2019


9 Comments


pretty good review! spiders and my pain are the lowest rated tracks on rateyourmusic right now but that's understandable. my pain's stardew valley-esque synth made me laugh

Muppelope
August 9th 2019


1714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Spiders is one of my favorites tbh

Son of Mr. Pain
August 9th 2019


24809 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Is it an SOAD cover?

Sausagesurgery
August 9th 2019


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review. Album really surprised me.

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BigPleb
August 9th 2019


59571 Comments


Still amazed at how this turned out, great stuff.

tyman128
August 9th 2019


1541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Spiders, Solway, Red Flag, and Orphan are all my favorites from this

I didn’t know whether to believe the hype, but yep, this is quite a great album, may bump after more listens

good review too!

Son of Mr. Pain
August 9th 2019


24809 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Still not believing the hype, but I will be listening soon.

BigPleb
August 9th 2019


59571 Comments


Nero Forte is so hype.

AgentDeathbat
August 9th 2019


10021 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

my god, this one shocked me

SlothcoreSam
August 9th 2019


842 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have a setlist from their first Sydney show back in the day.

Digging: Sparrows - Failed Gods

BigPleb
August 9th 2019


59571 Comments


The biggest flaw I could pick with this album is the over use of softer/ballad kinda tracks here, like the reviewer has stated.

Still, they're all very solid and the heavier tracks here hit harder than anything the band has released since IOWA (minus the AHIG t/t).


Source
August 9th 2019


12775 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Forgot this was coming out. Sounds like it's decent?

dathvada321
August 9th 2019


1883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Probably their most consistent album. Their first 2 have higher highs and lower lows, but pretty much every song here is solid imo. A liar's funeral is probably my favorite after a few listens.

BigPleb
August 9th 2019


59571 Comments


It's up there for their most consistent album definitely, there's nothing outright bad here which is a breath of fresh air considering how inconsistent most of their albums are.

JeetJeet
August 9th 2019


6890 Comments


Nice review. Nero Forte, Spiders, & Red Flag are my top 3 standout tracks. Spiders is such a catchy tune.

Digging: Young Thug - So Much Fun

AriDoe
August 9th 2019


242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I didn't want to mention every single song in the review but my god does Red Flag go hard

jawsher
August 9th 2019


27 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is unironically a wonderful album. i didn't expect this from slipknot, especially after their most recent efforts

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
August 9th 2019


16483 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Some parts of the review read like a tour guide (smth I'm guilty too at times), and there are a few tweaks I would do, but overall good effort dude. Gotta jam this soon.

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Thalassic
August 9th 2019


3118 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review. Have a pos.



Loving this album. Refreshingly inspired stuff, especially for a modern-day arena metal band. Nothing "guilty pleasure" about this afaic, this is just a very good band when they feel like it.

Faraudo
August 9th 2019


3082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Who would've thought that 2019 Slipknot could make such a solid record lol.

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