All Hope Is Gone

All Hope Is Gone

by Slipknot

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There comes a time in every band's life where they take off the masks and grow up -- then again, maybe not, as Slipknot have managed to dig deeper without ever shedding their grotesque veils. They're still wearing disguises but they have shed producer Rick Rubin, the metal legend who produced 2004's Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses, giving the nonet just the slightest hint of broader horizons beyond their relentless aggression -- not enough for the band to crossover, but perhaps enough to earn grudging respect from listeners outside of metalheads. Of course, such respect is hardly granted to bands that wear monster maggot masks, so Slipknot's retreat to ugliness on their fourth album -- a move telegraphed heavily by the cheery title All Hope Is Gone -- isn't entirely surprising, nor is it unwelcome as this isn't a regression, it's more or less a consolidation of strengths. Certainly, the album gets off to a throttling start with "Gematria," a cluster of cacophony and for the longest time on All Hope it seems as if Slipknot will never let up on this pressure, as this is an onslaught of densely dark intricate riffs. So effective is this onslaught that when things do get a little softer a little later on, the album threatens to collapse like a soufflé, but that's only because the slower moments emphasize the group's odd tendency to sound like anonymous active rock when they untwist their rhythms and lay off on the double bass drums. Nowhere is this latent tendency for macho schmaltz more evident than on "Snuff," a stab at a power ballad that sounds disarmingly close to Nickelback, a bewildering incongruity that feels even stranger given the album's otherwise merciless attack. One more power ballad like this would be enough to derail the album, turning it into the crossover Vol. 3 never was despite Rubin's flourishes, but All Hope Is Gone as a whole winds up being as bleak and unforgiving as its title.

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Release Date: 08/26/2008
Label: Roadrunner Records
UPC: 0016861793821
catalogNumber: 179382
Rank: 540

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All Hope Is Gone 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love slipknot they are the best of the best i heard rumors of slipknot making a follow up album to all hope is gone i heard this rumor when i saw at the mayhem festival earlier this year slipknot is one awesome band i suggest everybody get into slipknot and the insane clown posse and i also suggest you read the harry potter books also harry potter frikin rules
BobaFettJangoFett More than 1 year ago
i heard a rumor going around that slipknot will be doing the same thing did perform without their masks and jumpsuits slipknot is following in the footsteps of kiss and britney spears
BobaFettJangoFett More than 1 year ago
this band is dumb stupid and unintelligent slipknot is in the same league as britney spears i heard a rumor going around that britney spears will be on the follow up to all hope is gone and that dr luke and max martin are producing slipknots next studio album
Chihuahuagirl More than 1 year ago
This is a great album...awesome songs! Some of the music is so heavy it is hard to listen to at first but it grows on you. Great music to get you pumped up. It is definitely an acquired taste!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone has opinions, mine is if you like a band and they then hook up with Rick Rubin or Bob Rock, expect that album to sound over produced and not fullfilling the bands own identity but seem to just identitify its sounds with everyone else and be main stream.

Slipknot has rescued themselves from 'The Subliminal Verses". Theres nothign wrong with a band being what they are, thats why there are so many choices. But better to grow from within. But with "...Hope...", the onslaught Ive come to love is back.
rok2slayr More than 1 year ago
This is Slipknot at their best! Throughout the album many emotions are captured. The first track is a short jam by the Nu Metal superstar. Quickly they go into a song about America and its greed of fighting. Mid-album you get a couple haunting songs of depression and sadness of memories being washed away. The album closes with the self-titled track "All Hope Is Gone" where the artists describe almost with anger that they've given up. A wide variety of emotions are woven into this album, making it very well put together and true. Slipknot's "All Hope Is Gone" is worth every penny and every second.
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
This CD has been out for a while now, but I only just finally got it recently. Their 1st couple of albums were pretty good, though I loathed the fact that there was so much language in some of the songs, and some of their lyrics were pretty sketchy. Don't get me wrong, language doesn't necessarily bother me all that much, because it's just words, but it is my opinion that too much language, consistently, tends to kind of taint music. If the language isn't consistent, and rather only every here and there, it doesn't bother me, because hey...language happens sometimes. However, too much language taints music in my opinion. However, that's not to say that I didn't like any of the songs that the 1st 2 albums had to offer. On the contrary, they had some great songs, though I just downloaded the songs I wanted off iTunes and left the rest. Slipknot, though, does remain to be one of the leading names in heavy rock & metal music today, and they are very talented. Their 3rd album, The Subliminal Verses, was great! It had a lot of great songs to offer, and they didn't swear & talk morbid a crap load in that one. I had that one, but it got stolen or lost, but I have been meaning to get it again. However, this album of theirs is by far my absolute favorite. The sound of the songs in it are amazing, the language is only every here and there, and the several of the lyrics in this one are decent...some even deeply heart felt, (not saying that some of the lyrics in some of their other stuff wasn't heart felt either), but I would have to say that this album is by far their best one in my opinion. I am listening to it even as I type right now. If you're a fan of Slipknot or heavy rock/metal music and haven't yet bought this album, definitely do! It's outstanding!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am new to the world of Slipknot. The hardest hitting music I listen to is NIN, Rage Against The Machine, and Tool. But when I saw that this album hit Number One on Billboard's chart, I thought I'd give these guys a try. My reaction? WHOA. Slipknot makes Marilyn Manson look like preschoolers. The album is the equivalent of a jackhammer to the frontal lobe: machine gun fire-guitars, deafening tribal drums, and throat-shredding screams all set to lyrics of hate, disdain, disgust and, well, HOPElessness. Yes, there are some quieter moments to settle down this beast of a CD, but for the most part, ALL HOPE IS GONE is evil thru and thru. Along with the band's gruesome, horrific imagery - including some pretty damn scary facial wear - Slipknot is like Satan's house band: Guitar Heroes From Hell. I like the album a lot. I've listened to it over and over. Currently suffering from suicidal depression, it has become the &quot un&quot fortunate soundtrack to my life. And any band that dropkicks the Jonas Benders from the top of the charts is #1 in my book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For me this Cd is everything I hoped for. Definitely a little bit softer, in the sense that in previous albums they just went heavy all the way and in this one they have some softer songs. Some hardcore fans might be a little thrown off by it, but I think is great and placed in the right places because it feels like a roller coaster goes up and down. You can definitely hear a little bit of stone sour vibe in there, but I don't think is bad at all, it makes it more deep and the message gets through. Anyway the album is great from beginning to end. Gematria is the best reflexion of what slipknot is about. Psychosocial is amazing and I cant stop listening to it. Also I love Sulfur. You can feel that yes they were trying to make it more comercial, but that isn't a bad thing at all, and the CD is still heavy and way better than anything that is out right now. I LOVE IT and you should buy it, don't even think about it because you are not going to be dissapointed.
mfont36 More than 1 year ago
This was my first Slipknot album. Prior to this time, I assumed they were "just another death metal band." This album showed me that they were so much more, and prompted me to go back and give their entire catalogue a listen. I would suggest that this album is a much heavier, better produced version of Vol.3, the Subliminal Verses, but also shows a progression and evolution that shows not only that this band can rock hard, but can also shoot for the emotional chord. I highly recommend this album to anyone seeking to give Slipknot a try. This is not a disappointing album, and it gets better with each listen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album is sooo differnt from their first 3 studio albums not just from a producers point of view but from corey taylors point of view when i first got into slipknot in 2001 i was shocked by their album iowa after i heard iowa i know they would end up making a acoustic song which in my opinion was a good move for slipknot but slipknot will always remain insane and crazy this album is their best album yet if you do not own it buy it im getting the one with the bonus dvd trust me slipknot reminds me of two james cameron films aka both terminator movies
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't much care for their masks, it's not what metal or music should be about. It's purely a gimmick, and when their self-titled release came out in 99 I was in my idol worshipping stage. I'm buying this CD when it comes out on the 26th, simply for the fact that I LOVE these guys' music. Not for popularity or lack-of..... I can't wait to listen to it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is slipknots best cd plus they including everything they made from their first 3 studio albums slipknot is the best of the best this is one very addicting metal band
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
slipknot rocks they know how to make real metal music slipknot is in a league of their own like seriously they rock and they know how to kick butt
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow. You need an adrenaline rush?? Buy this CD and listen to it. I find myself going back to track 4 (Psychosocial) over and over again...but all the tracks are good. Definitely not something you want to listen to if you're trying to fall asleep or mellow out (lol). Now Corey just needs to work on another Stone Sour CD!
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