2014… Paul Gray had passed away, and Joey Jordinson left the band… would Slipknot continue? Haha of course they fuckin’ would! And they’d drop one helluva record, in this one, too. It’s a cohesive effort, full of that (by now) trademark Slipknot sound, uncompromising and unapologetic. As ever. The melodic bits blend seamlessly with the blastingly heavy bits and, for a band reeling from death and loss, they’re still able to pummel forward relentlessly.
There were six (6!) singles from this one: The Negative One, The Devil In I, Custer, Killpop, XIX, and Goodbye. One track that stood out to me was Skeptic. It’s as brutal and naked and heartfelt a goodbye as only a band like Slipknot could do it. Great stuff.
Also: “The Negative One” received a nomination for Best Metal Performance at the 57th annual Grammy Awards. The album was nominated for Best Rock Album the following year, along with a Best Metal Performance nomination for the song “Custer.”“
This Deluxe edition has two bonus tracks, Override, and The Burden, both of which coulda been album tracks (to me!). These are followed by two minutes of silence (presumably a minutes’ silence each for Gray and Jordinson). This is followed by -Talk- which is a weirdo improv thing that resolves into some guy lying his ass off about his songwriting abilities, and -Funny- well, I suppose it is? Amateur accordion and brass section flail a bit while a voice says some crap… I dunno, I’d skip these last tracks. The two bonus tracks were good, though.
Overall? It’s a Slipknot record from 2014, representative of the sound they were making then. It ain’t fully the old shit, but it’s still brutal as hell and for that I cannot fault it.
Hit It Or Quit It? \m/ Hit! \m/