New Slipknot Album: A First Listen to “All Hope Is Gone”

6/20/08, 1:27 pm EST

It’s been over four years since the release of Slipknot’s Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), the record that found the band splitting its sound wide open, adding acoustic guitars and a new range of attitudes while keeping its overall heaviness and claustrophobic sound intact. The Des Moines, Iowa, nine-piece’s fourth album, All Hope Is Gone, is set for a late August release, and as the six unmastered songs played for Rock Daily suggest, the band has again expanded its approach.

The album — the first Slipknot record to be recorded in the band’s home state — kicks off with a spoken word intro, as frontman Corey Taylor gradually grows more and more agitated, snarling, “Where are your gods and politicians?” and “You rage for no reason because to have no reason.” The first full song, “Gematria,” features twin guitar solos from Mick Thompson and Jim Root as Taylor repeatedly asks, “What if God doesn’t care?” while the band’s multiple percussionists generate a din that’s more suffocating than ever. Taylor repeatedly invokes America on the lengthy track, and his thoughts aren’t especially ambiguous.

“Sulfur,” featuring the album’s first dose of clean singing, is in the vein of Taylor and Root’s other band, Stone Sour. “Psychosocial” (yes, they do find a way to include the song title in the lyrics) slows down the tempo to bludgeon with a steady, pounding groove instead of all-out thrash in a manner reminiscent of the band’s more slow-burning but still malicious second album, Iowa. That track is capped off with a time-signature shattering guitar/drum breakdown that will leave the best air-instrumentalists stumped. “Dead Memories” contains a gentle piano bridge that lasts just long enough to be torn apart by Joey Jordison’s thundering drums; Jordison is the early frontrunner for the album’s MVP, especially with his black metal-inspired, blastbeat-heavy performance on the title track.

“Snuff,” the most melodic of the six songs previewed, could be the missing second half of “Circle” from Vol. 3, the band’s first full-on acoustic number. Taylor has said he turned to the outside world for lyrical inspiration this time, but “Snuff” finds him looking decidedly inward, singing, “My heart is just too dark to care” and “My smile was taken long ago” over strummed chords.

Slipknot will headline the Rockstar Mayhem Fest, which kicks off July 9th. All Hope Is Gone is scheduled for an August 26th release. A full version of the title track — which will only be online for 24 hours — can be heard here.

[Photo: Getty]


Comments

1200 | 6/22/2008, 3:41 pm EST

its ridiculous how much better Mushroomhead is than Slipknot. This song is proof. Gimme a break.

chadmcbadd | 6/22/2008, 1:57 pm EST

All Hope Is Gone is a brutal song.

cant wait to get the album

letmetalktoyamotta | 6/22/2008, 12:19 pm EST

dude both bands, slipknot and mushroomhead have their own style and obviously fans of both bands dont like the others style so it causes friction. who cares about what they look like, just listen to the music. and actually mushroomhead attacked persay and questioned god on their first cd in like 93 so slipknot is not doing anything new. dont get me wrong their new shit is impressive at this point, but until you know about both bands whole carrers, dont just shoot off that one sucks. and btw i like both so this is not a bias response to all you retards our there saying mushroomhead sucks, its just me making a point of how pigheaded and one sided music has become because people cant see through “stole stage appearances” and listen to the real music.

6Mag6got6 | 6/22/2008, 11:17 am EST

i have to say the new song is fuckin great i love it. mushroomhead..lol…funny shit. slipknot makes mushroom head sound like a fuckin high school band fuckin crap. slipknot is metal and will always be metal…plus their music is good.mushroomhead put out a good song and that was it.slipknot put out good albums. for all the maggots STAY SIC and keep it metal.

6Mag6got6 | 6/22/2008, 11:11 am EST

i have to say i love the new song it great.Mushroom head lol well they need a lot of work. hands down slipknot not makes mushroom head sound like a high school band. Their is know way mushroom head is better then slipknot and for all you mother fuckers that slipknot not suck you need to stop listening to metal/nu metal all tograther and go back to that 80s shit. too every one that is a maggot STAY SIC.

ghost | 6/22/2008, 7:32 am EST

Shitknot sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TheTuneFreak | 6/22/2008, 7:25 am EST

Listen to ‘Smile When You Hate’ by Non Compos Mentis, then talk about brutal….

DerJer3 | 6/22/2008, 1:30 am EST

Slipknot rules! They attack what no one else will. What if God doesn’t care? But we’re not supposed to question him, He’s Almighty.
Also why the fuck is everyone bitchin about who wore their masks first, mushroomhead or slipknot? Well first of all, it aint exactly a new idea. With bands like KISS and Gwar wearing their masks and makeup way before them, It’s not that original. Secondly, why the hell are you worried about that. Do you judge a band by looks? I dont know about you, but the music and power i care about. Also, Honestly, I never heard of mushroomhead until I heard about all the accusations, I just checked them out to see what the problem was. And Really Mushroomhead’s pretty good. Nothing compaired to slipknot, but alright.
Quit your bitchin, and quit bein so damn ignorant. Believe for yourself. If anything, that’s what slipknot is trying to get across to their fands. Think what you want!
And anyone fuckin down talkin the maggots needs to see a slipknot show. We are part of a mass. Their aint only a few, theirs millions! Slipknot is one of the most influencial bands today. We might not be the beautiful, the popular, the “cool”. But we dont need to be. The maggots are themselves. We’re not trying to be anything else.
This album is gonna kick some major ass!
AUG. 26!!!!!

K-Billy | 6/22/2008, 1:14 am EST

People are ignoring one huge fact…Mushroomhead sucks, I don’t care if they were masks, that doesn’t mean they make good music. Just like if Slipknot just went on stage in normal clothes they’d still be a kickass metal band. Mushroomhead are no one compared to Slipknot. It’s just that simple.

pay attention | 6/22/2008, 12:47 am EST

if you were to listen to a mushroom head song, then listen to a slipknot song, youll soon see who is better!
mushroom head really sucks.. not cuz of anything to do with masks or who did wat first… its about music… haha and they suck.

somedumbassNebraskan | 6/22/2008, 12:35 am EST

Anything Corey Taylor has touched from all the Slipknot and Stone Sour albums, and recently the Apoctolypia song, have been fucking awesome. I have no clue why his star level isn’t has high as Eddie Vedder, Kurt Cobain, Scott Weiland, or Axl Rose who have had the most star power as frontmen of the then current hard rock bands during my lifetime.

mike | 6/21/2008, 10:16 pm EST

ok all these people who think slipknot stle mushroomheads idea can fuck off. if anyones idea it would be gwar or kiss. and even if they did, wo cares slipknot’s music still trumps anything that mushroomhead has put out, and that is comin from a mushroom head fan. im tired f everyone hating becuz they wear masks and are successful. its not a novelty thing, you dont sell as many records as they do if you music sux. im not sayin slipknot is the best band ever but they are fuckin incredibly talented musicians and each of their albums, all with quite different sounds, have been good enough to stand on their own. so fuck you and goodnight

Pure(SIC)Ness MaGGoT | 6/21/2008, 10:12 pm EST

the fanbase of slipknot is by far the largest fanbase around these days…they are from 4 years old to 40 years old in every single fucking country, and shawn “clown” grahan started to wear the clowns mask back in 1995 on a band practise just to show the rest of the band that it doesn’t matter how you look, what style you have or whatsoever but that the most important thing that matters still counts…the god damn fucking music…thats why they use them on stage…no one ripped anybody off…slipknot didn’t know anything about mushroomhead back in 1995 or 1996…and who is brave enough to call himself a maggot if he hates the fact that corey taylor is writing lyrics against the states and the political side of it?…you like slipknot for the music, the people, the masks, the fanbase, the vibe…everything that breaths slipknot…not just because the songs are brutal…slipknot has an army…and no-one should leave a man behind…STAY (SIC)

Fozzie Bear | 6/21/2008, 7:56 pm EST

Wow.  Slipknot.  So revolutionary.  What if God doesn’t care? No other artist has ever asked that question. Look, Slipknot is a good band. So is Porcupine Tree, Dream Theater, Mars Volta, Sepultura, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, etc etc etc. They’ve got masks on and scream and look cool. Kids, you bought it up. Be happy. Slipknot are. We all know they don’t sit at home wearing those “hardcore” masks. WOCKA WOCKA WOCKA!!!

SICKSIX6 | 6/21/2008, 7:34 pm EST

Everyone knows which band sells out stadiums, sells more albums and headlines Rock and Metal festivals. And we all know which band stays close to home, tours in small doses and only plays small bars and clubs. That should end the discussion.

what if god dosent care... | 6/21/2008, 4:05 pm EST

first of all slipknot nor roadrunner did not steal anything……. shawn crahn (clown) found a clown mask at a store clearance and started wearing it for one of there songs i think tattered and torn and then it stuck the rest of the members started wearing them in 1997….. before people really knew about mushroomhead they diddnt really start getting record company recognition till like 98 -2000 around the same time slipknot did …. sooo how did slipknot steal the mask idea? they prolly diddnt even know about them….. if you want to get technical gwar was wearing mask before both

ognok | 6/21/2008, 3:41 pm EST

The new song kicks SO MUCH ASS!!! Can’t wait 4 d album 2 drop! WOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! O yea, Mushroomhead SUX in comparison 2 Slipknot! Slipknot is a league of their own!

MUSHEADSUX | 6/21/2008, 12:43 pm EST

Love it or hate it, your going to hear it.. mushroom head sux MAJOR dick music wise.. and their are TONS (over 22) bands that wore make-up and/or masks.. your mushroomhead is no diffrent FUCKTARD.. go ahead and hate.. just know we hate you and were a BIGGER UNIT.. you one of those “internet” tough guys that wouldnt say SHIT to a knot fan on the street bitch. rotflmao.

your one of those fucktards that hates slipknot so much your going listen to the music.. just what they want you to do.. dipshit.. mushroo? who? lol

Mushroomhead^cant^sell^records | 6/21/2008, 12:42 pm EST

Love it or hate it, your going to hear it.. mushroom head sux MAJOR dick music wise.. and their are TONS (over 22) bands that wore make-up and/or masks.. your mushroomhead is no diffrent FUCKTARD.. go ahead and hate.. just know we hate you and were a BIGGER UNIT.. you one of those “internet” tough guys that wouldnt say SHIT to a knot fan on the street bitch. rotflmao.

your one of those fucktards that hates slipknot so much your going listen to the music.. just what they want you to do.. dipshit.. mushroo? who? lol

Anonymous | 6/21/2008, 12:39 pm EST

Love it or hate it, your going to hear it.. mushroom head sux MAJOR dick music wise.. and their are TONS (over 22) bands that wore make-up and/or masks.. your mushroomhead is no diffrent FUCKTARD.. go ahead and hate.. just know we hate you and were a BIGGER UNIT.. you one of those “internet” tough guys that wouldnt say SHIT to a knot fan on the street bitch. rotflmao.

josh | 6/21/2008, 12:38 pm EST

you know, i really like slipknot’s music. really think taylor has a great voice. been listening to them since thir first album.

but their fans are absolute asswipes. good lord, grow the fuck up. maybe the worst fanbase of any band, save for dave matthew’s band

SiknesS | 6/21/2008, 11:31 am EST

For all the people and their MUSHROOMHEAD fuckers, i just wanna tell you this guys, DID YOU EVER WATCH THE CONCERTS OF SLIPKNOT???
HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT OF THE WORDS THAT COMING OUT OF TAYLORS MOUTH??
slipknot is the people who kept traush metal alive for this long, and i am as long i am one of black metal fans, i startedto listen to those son of bitchs for a while and i just in my mind one thing and one thing only

THEY DESERVE THEIR GOLDEN AWARDSAND I AM PORUDLY SAYING I AM A MAGGOT

Luke | 6/21/2008, 10:47 am EST

ummmm….actually, Mushroomhead had the Masks long before Slipknot did. If anything Slipknot copied them.

KEVIN | 6/21/2008, 10:38 am EST

THE LAST POSTER DIDNT DO HIS HOMEWORK! MUSHROOMHEAD HAS BEEN KICKING ASS SINCE 1993 WICH IS 2 YEARS BEFORE ROADRUNNER RECORDS StOLE THEIR IDEA!! WHEN MH WOULDNT SIGN WITH THEM THEY USED THEIR IDEA TO CREATE SLIPKNOT.

LJR | 6/21/2008, 10:16 am EST

Maybe it’s supposed to be “You Rage for No Reason because have no reason.”

I take that to mean that people get all excited about shit and follow leaders blindly without using any of their own reasoning skills or brain power in general.

That would make sense to me: that so many people are just like sheep that can be led around and rage for stupid causes. Kind of like all those people who joined Charles Manson.

Anyway, I’ve enjoyed Slipknot for almost a decade, and think they are one of the better alternative metal bands out there. They may not float everyone’s boat, but they have some talented musicians, write catchy songs, are a great live band, and are consistent. I’m no more wrong for liking them than the next person is for hating them.

Chris | 6/21/2008, 9:39 am EST

“You rage for no reason cause YOU have no reason. It’s that simple. Just a typo.

brilliant | 6/21/2008, 8:32 am EST

slipknot r bloody brilliant, and mushroomhead copied them! slipknot have been going years!
luv the new song, cant wait till august ! :D

brandon | 6/21/2008, 8:27 am EST

Slipknot is amazing
and they never even heard of mushroomhead at the time

Tord | 6/21/2008, 8:27 am EST

Best band ever!!! Just like KISS either you hate or you love em.that is great! the haters actually give the band more fans
and that’s just great!The haters doesnt’t understand this.
Keep on haters!

kEVIN | 6/21/2008, 7:30 am EST

SLIPKNOT IS A BUNCH OF CHODES!! JOEY JORDENSON IS THE ONLY MEMBER WITH ANY SKILLS. PLUS THEY STOLE MUSHROOMHEADS IDEAS BECAUSE THEY COULDNT COME UP WITH ANYTHING ORIGINAL THEMSELVES.

Maggot | 6/21/2008, 6:57 am EST

SlipKnoT knows the fucking way! and there new spng is fucking awesome

+ MAGGOT + | 6/21/2008, 6:13 am EST

Im with That DUDE Carpe-Noctem Instead Of Supporting Ur Metal Bands UR PUTTING THEM DOWN AND LETTING ALL THAT GARBAGE MUSIC LIKE EMO COME IN WE SHOULD BE SUPPORTING SLIPKNOT 4 DOING A GREAT JOB IN EVERY SINGLE RECORD AND IF U DONT LIKE IT I SUGGEST U KEEP UR FUCKING MOUTH SHUT AND LISTEN 2 UR MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE BULLSHIT !!!!

SUPPORT THE “KNOT”!!!!!

MAGGOT 4 LIFE AND STAY (sic)

Gert / greets from belgium / | 6/21/2008, 6:12 am EST

Slipknot is way off living
slipknot rules
love it or hate it
I love it and there next
album will rock you , the first song is awesome to me..roll on august..cant wait

Martin | 6/21/2008, 5:04 am EST

You fucking sucks.

unknown | 6/21/2008, 4:33 am EST

They are inspiring 12 years old kids!

The Reaper | 6/21/2008, 4:31 am EST

You know guys, Slipknot are and always will be a band that get respect whether people like it or not. It is enough to see nine people are still together in one line since Slipknot self title album.
Over all I think Slipknot are becoming more mature in this album.
The guitars are amazing, love the solos.
Drum kick ass like always, blasting is the great thing to put in an album.
piano this is a new thing that i am looking forward to hear from #5 i guess !
and for sure the DJ always have his fire hands touch.
and the Vocals are really really amazing.
and trust me without the percussionists there will be less headbaning !!!
I really wish this album will destroy!!!
Stay SIC

Anonymous | 6/21/2008, 2:15 am EST

FUCKING SICK ASS SONG!!! cant wait for their new album …Stay Sic

frank mcCourt | 6/21/2008, 2:13 am EST

slipknot is lame.

J | 6/21/2008, 1:36 am EST

People have different taste’s, I think SlipKnoT is a very great band, and I cant wait for the new album, but just because you dont like them (cashpiles and anyone else) doesn’t mean you have to get on here and run your trap about them making the ‘Knot fans feel bad and shit, grow up, and I would like to see you start a band that could make every album go platinum or multiplatinum!!!

Anonymous | 6/21/2008, 12:53 am EST

Slipknot are a good band. But they ARE a band - people love then, people hate them.

I will say this though - they are NOT the most talented band out there. Whoever said this wash your ears, and listen to bands that are even inspirations to these guys. I won’t say who because I’m sure we have different tastes. But if you look under METAL you should be on the right track.

Imperfect perfection | 6/21/2008, 12:52 am EST

The new song is amazing!!!
Really shows off Joey’s skills and the bands lyrical genious :-)
I can only hope that the rest of the album harkens back to the sheer intensity of ‘IOWA’…ah bliss!

Anonymous | 6/21/2008, 12:49 am EST

“Slipknot is better than any of these other bands out there right now. They actually have some musical talent. So Fuck all you haters. Slipknot is the shit.”

Don’t you hate it when a band you like is portrayed as the greatest thing since sliced bread by an incompetent fan?

Slipknot does have some musical talent, It’s not portrayed very well in the eyes of the non-maggots, but it’s not the worst thing ever like…*cough* Soulja Tard *cough*

Diego | 6/21/2008, 12:47 am EST

Loved the song, but my brother said the chorus kinda reminds him of that Cypress Hill song, the one that goes “What’s your name? What’s your number?..” Now I can’t get that shit ouuta my head when I listen to “All hope is gone” :(

Imperfection | 6/21/2008, 12:38 am EST

The new song is amazing!!!
Really shows off Joey’s skills and the bands lyrical genius :-)
I can only hope that the rest of the album harkens back to the sheer intensity of ‘IOWA’…ah bliss!

With crap like ‘Mindless Self Indulgence’ doing sell-out tours for marrying into another band and ‘Coldplay’ selling millions of records deriving only from hype,
This is just a blast of fresh air to the airwaves!

ruthless native | 6/21/2008, 12:35 am EST

hey fuck you all slipknot haterz! fuck ur music! it maybe lick balls like icp!

Carpe-Noctem | 6/21/2008, 12:14 am EST

What is up with all the dumb-ass arguing?!?
With utter SHIT bands like ‘Mindless Self Indulgence’ selling doing sell-out tours for marrying into another band and ‘Coldplay’ selling millions of records for stealing other peoples sounds,
we should all be CONGRATULATING bands like Slipknot and Dream Theatre and Mars Volta and whoever else people wish to name drop for showing some integrity and originality.

and to add my own bias: Slipknot RULE!!!

You people are old hippies. | 6/21/2008, 12:07 am EST

Slipknot is brilliant. I may be old (43 ) but im no hippie.

bobola ov momangola | 6/21/2008, 12:03 am EST

none of you people on here have any idea what your talking about, your all chicks who have only hered of slipknot since vol.3, ive been a slipknot fan since mfkr and this new shit just isnt the same and its following every other sellout band. LONG LIVE THE FUCKING SELF TITLED!!!!!!!!

some random girl | 6/20/2008, 11:45 pm EST

not everyone is going to like slipknot

but im not one of those people!! I LOVE SLIPKNOT

and the new song is ROCKIN’ i can’t wait to see them at mayhem festival!!!

Hillary | 6/20/2008, 10:15 pm EST

“Slipknot is better than any of these other bands out there right now. They actually have some musical talent. So Fuck all you haters. Slipknot is the shit.”

Robert Plant Has Talent,John Lennon has talent etc..

Led Zeppelin,The Who,The Beatles,John Lennon,The Byrds,The Band,The Chieftains,Creedence Clearwater Revival are revolutionary .

****er | 6/20/2008, 10:10 pm EST

“’You rage for no reason because to have no reason.’

-what does that even mean??”

I’m not entirely sure myself. :\ I’m a big fan of Slipknot, especially their lyrics. But that just doesn’t make sense.

Sure, grammar isn’t their game. I get that. But that’s just non-sensical in the way that it’s worded. I’m guessing it’s a typo.

Btw, I loved the song. It’s one of their best, IMO. I like where they’re going. =D

leo | 6/20/2008, 8:32 pm EST

Sounds just like vol.3 WHICH SUCKS!.

Kart Racer | 6/20/2008, 7:17 pm EST

“Slipknot is better than any of these other bands out there right now. They actually have some musical talent. So Fuck all you haters. Slipknot is the shit.”

Define talent. Are you trying to say they have some crazy time signatures? if so..the mars volta, tool, and many many other bands do that and do it better.

Or are you saying they play fast crazy stuff? ..I really dont think that counts as musical talent..but if so, listen to dream theater. If slpiknot is the best you’ve heard then your mind will explode.

but really.. They aren’t the best or “most talented.” They dont really do anything revolutionary. You just like them. which is totally fine on its own.

Anonymous | 6/20/2008, 6:05 pm EST

The song is everything i hoped it would be, Slipknot has triumphantly returned at the top of their game.

journeyrulez | 6/20/2008, 5:37 pm EST

the only thing this band is good at is a wicked circle jerk.

Chew - E | 6/20/2008, 5:21 pm EST

This song is proper awesome I can’t wait for the whole album I hope it’s as heavy as they say it is!

Anonymous | 6/20/2008, 5:17 pm EST

this is the best band ever and if you hate then then you can go dig a hole and die a very slow death then the world will be happer for me

Kbilly | 6/20/2008, 4:52 pm EST

This song is…INCREDIBLE…Corey’s voice sounds better then it has in like 7 years, incredible drums

Anonymous | 6/20/2008, 4:49 pm EST

fuck all you ppl Slipknot is the best band in the world. and just cause u dont understand some of their lyrics that just makes u dumbfucks.

J-BZ | 6/20/2008, 4:41 pm EST

Slipknot is better than any of these other bands out there right now. They actually have some musical talent. So Fuck all you haters. Slipknot is the shit.

NMD | 6/20/2008, 3:44 pm EST

You fucking suck. Where is your multi-million dollar band at?

The Graveyard | 6/20/2008, 2:18 pm EST

“You rage for no reason because to have no reason.”

-what does that even mean??

Anonymous | 6/20/2008, 2:17 pm EST

So does cashpiles.

cashpiles | 6/20/2008, 1:49 pm EST

Slipknot fucking sucks.

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