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1990's Slipknot fans: All hope IS gone,
This review is from: All Hope Is Gone (Special Edition CD/DVD) (Audio CD)
I was a huge fan of Slipknot's first album. It absolutely ROCKED. There was not a song on that album that I did not like, let alone could listen to. In fact, many of the songs on that album are still on my playlists to this day. I enjoyed the fast tempo, brutal lyrics and hints of vocal sophistication (without sounding strained) of all of the songs, particularly prosthetics, surfacing and (sic).
Fast forward to 2008, and lest you think of me as some stubborn fan, I had expectations of a changed Slipknot that still focused on fast, brutal delivery of songs with a good mix of vocals that still felt unstrained, and uniquely vicious. I mean, I was not looking for a repackaging of the self-titled album, but a maintenance of the same STYLE.
All Hope is Gone is a nearly complete abandonment of the STYLE of Slipknot in lieu of a progression towards Corey's domination of the band's substance. Yeah, Stone Sour is your real passion, but does it have to pervade ALL of your music from here on out? Did we really need a Slipknot slow song (Snuff), or a Slipknot remix (Vermillon part III (three parts too many, IMO))? Yes, Slipknot has literally sunk so low as to become the mainstream band that they originally criticized. IF they ever produce another album again, leave the slow stuff and remixes to Kanye West, please.
The only redeeming feature of this album is psychosocial, and it is the hook that I chomped down on while waiting for this album to be released. Finally! A song that is a) new and b) maintains the Slipknot style with subtle twists! I will still play psychosocial in my regular rotation of awesome metal; however, I will do so with a sour (pun intended) taste in my mouth.
I actually like some of Stone Sour's stuff, but for Slipknot to mirror their style and substance is an atrocity to me. It would be akin to Slayer playing a soft Britney Spears cover song with clean vocals. It just doesn't fit with the focus of the band, at all. It's just too damn bad that the band doesn't realize this, or that they just don't care.
I gave this album, as a whole 2 stars, but psychosocial gets 4 stars from me.