Slipknot - All Hope is Gone (4 stars)

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Slipknot - All Hope is Gone

Slipknot - All Hope is Gone (Roadrunner)

Slipknot could so easily have been a gimmick. Nine masked men in boiler suits battering out heavy metal. But from first single (‘Wait and Bleed’ back in 1999) they have constantly proved their musical standing. Growing with each album, All Hope is Gone is perhaps their most diverse yet, Corey Taylor demonstrates a remarkable vocal range, guitar solos are more prominent than ever before, while ‘Snuff’ is the nearest Slipknot will ever get to a ballad and ‘Gehenna’ crawls with creeping intensity. While this is all a sign of growth, it does temper the all-out aggressive assault of their previous records.

Slipknot

The controversial masked American heavy metal shock-rockers with a typically uncompromising live set of blood, snot and tears.

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