Sound — 10
Many are going to say this album is just another Vol. 3, but those people probably only listened to a few songs and labeled SlipKnot as sellouts. Just because a band has a CD where not every song is cranked up to eleven doesn't make them soft. "Snuff" will get the most negative feedback even though one of the best things about SlipKnot is they can be calm one second and rip your face off the next. Which brings me to Gematria (the killing name) which kicks in after the intro.execute. that sounds like the speech from pulse of the maggots. Gematria sounds like something they wrote between self-titled and Iowa. Also, listening to this song makes your wonder how all Joey (Drummer) has broken on this tour is his ankle. Many of the guitars on this CD by Jim and Mick make me want to just throw my guitar out the window cause I can't play them. Shawn and Chris seem to have a much bigger part in this album along with Sid and Craig but it doesn't feel forced like they wanted everyone to be part of a song. The backing vocals from Chris and Paul and very prominent in This Cold Black which is a straight forward SlipKnot song, no questions asked.
Lyrics — 10
Corey Taylor is in my opinion the best singer in metal. All Hope Is Gone has him sounding the best he has in years on every track. He does do some weird singing in Gehenna, this albums Iowa but shorter, that at first I thought sucked, but after a few listens it makes sense in the song. Corey said in an interview that he wasn't going to pretend he coulden't sing and he doesn't. The lyrics are in someway one of this albums only faults. I will be listening to one song but I'll have another stuck in my head. It's not really a fault but I get confused easly. Also he does bring swearing back but it's not pointless with him just saying "F this, F that". a lot if not all the songs are easy to find something in common with and that is very important to me in music.
Overall Impression — 10
Reading this might make you think I'm getting paid but I'm not I swear. I was scared like many other maggots that this album would just bomb and I would have another couple years of "SlipKnot Sucks" or "SlipKnot Sold Out". Then I remembered, it's SlipKnot, and even a bad SlipKnot album (which this is not in any way) is better then most if not all other bands. My favorite songs are Gematria, Psychosocial, Dead Memories, and like 6 others. There are only a few songs that I don't like as much as others but no glaring bad songs, all either solid or just plain kick ass. Their best CD to date. If someone stole this CD from me, I would beat them with a DVD player then give them $10 to buy their one once they come to. Many people will probally tell me SlipKnot sucks but thankfully now I have the CD on so loud I can't hear them.