Sound — 7
It is easy to listen to this CD and say, "Shit another band that sold out, this doen't sound like Slipknot at all." While that may be true, if you have only ever listened to the first album, if you have heard all of the albums and heard the bands progression and slowly evolving and changing sound it is no real surprise of the directin that they have taken with this album. There are still moments for the 'old-skool' die hard fans with songs like All Hope is Gone and Gemtria staying true to the old thrashy sound. The newer sound shows to me that they have improved musically and are now able to do more musically than just hammer strings as hard and fast as they can. That being said there is notrhing musically brilliant about this album, there never has been in Splipknot their beauty comes from the lyrics.
Lyrics — 9
Corey Taylor stays true with his lyrical brilliance in this album, while the style of getting his message across has changed. The violent angry lyrics have gradually disappeared from his writing the messages that he has remain the same and are as clear as ever. While Corey can't scream and shout like he used ot be able to the clean singing adds a certain element to the music that has never been there before and allows for more emotion, rather than just anger. I presonally feel that the emotion that you can feel from a song is key to developing an attachment to it so this helps greatly. I am, however, looking forward to seeing them live to see if Taylor can reproduce the same shouting that he has in the album because last time I saw them his singing was a little sub-par because, as I mentioned earlier, he is unable to shout like he used to. One of my favourite songs on the album is ironically enough the least heavy song on the album, Snuff. Even though it is slower and more melodic the emotion and composition of the song are not matched in my opinion anyway.
Overall Impression — 8
This SLipknot album proves that they are smarter than people give them credit for, it slips right into that genre betweeen MTV music and underground, which is where I think they want to be. It is not so heaby that it won't get media play and heavy enough that people won't think that they have sold out. The final thing I will say though is when listening to this album don't go in with the frame of mind that it is a typical slipknot album. You need to suspend that belief and just listen to it by itself and seperate it from the other efforts of the band and I'm sure you will be happy with your purchanse. I know I was.