Sound — 10
Slipknot's sound is and always has been unique. There is something about it where you would recognize it wherever you are. This is a very experimental album, being heavy and melodic at the same time. There is some soft parts in the album as well (snuff). From the crushing riffs made my Mick(7) Jim(4) and Paul(2), the thunderous beats made by Joey(1), All The Way To Clown(6) and Chris's(3) percussion, Sid's(0) turntable work, 133's(5) sampling, and Corey's(8) roaring vocals, every member does their part in All Hope is Gone to make it as experimental as possible.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics, you can say, are based around politics. But there are some explanations of what's wrong with life and how "All Hope is Gone". Corey yells and sings melodic. Unlike their self-titled, there is no rapping. The lyrics go very well with the music in the background. They can be brutal, they can also make sense and melodic.
Overall Impression — 9
This album is great. Slipknot did an awesome job. I won't say it's their bast album, because for me nothing will beat self-titled, but they did their best. A lot of solo's and a complex approach made by the band. There isn't anything you could say they just half-assed. Some songs to check out: of course Psychosocial, Snuff, This Cold Black, Sulfer, All Hope is Gone, even the intro is kick ass. I love the fact that they did a lot of work to make this album the way they wanted. If it was lost or stolen I would get it again.