Slipknot - 5: The Gray Chapter (2xLP Vinyl)

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Slipknot is well known for its attention-grabbing image, aggressive style of music, and energetic and chaotic live shows. The band rapidly rose to fame following the release of their eponymous debut album in 1999. The 2001 follow-up album, Iowa, although darker in tone, made the band more popular. After a brief hiatus, Slipknot returned in 2004 with Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), before going on another hiatus and returning in 2008 with its fourth album, All Hope Is Gone, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. After another long hiatus, Slipknot released its fifth studio album featuring the singles 'The Negative One' and 'The Devil and I'.


No matter from which angle you look at it, there is no album darker in tone more than '.5: The Gray Chapter' - Slipknot's farewell to their fallen brother Paul Gray who passed right after Slipknot's final run with him on 'All Hope Is Gone.' Everyone knows Slipknot, but not in a way to comprehend the troubling times that befell the band after hearing the tough news of Gray's passing. For every ounce of success that Slipknot were in place to achieve from grinding until their bones crack, all of that couldn't have happened without Paul Gray's talent for music and wholesome ideas for making a legendary name out of Slipknot. Like their previous albums, this is Slipknot as you've known them and unlike their previous albums, this is not only Slipknot like you've never seen before, but also as an album that can withstand the pure and truthful aggression that leaks all over '.5: The Gray Chapter' as it made its way as Paul Gray's statue of immortality wrought of unbreakable steel.

Opening 'XIX' couldn't create a more haunting and scary atmosphere even if it tried as frontman Corey Taylor forcefully pushes his own takes on living without their brother-in-arms and not having the energy to get up but doing it anyway to the funeral march's eerie background. 'Sarcastrophe' is where Slipknot take a while to build up momentum, and when they inevitably get pissed, you better duck out of the way. There's no stopping the hate-train on the third track 'AOV,' where rage and frustration don't pull any punches, and thus, with only the first three tracks, Slipknot make their stamp as the wounds turn into scars but never having enough to heal properly. Biggest hit and fan-favorite 'The Devil In I' starts the mosh-pit prematurely, but sadly that energy is wasted for verses that can't hold its own candles, let alone handle its momentum. Fortunately 'Custer' has enough power to punish its listeners just as how it's described in the lyrics, while first single 'The Negative One' is the epitome of the maddening riffage attack from Mick Thompson and James Root.

Unfortunately, with Gray's status as a person not among us anymore, with him died a piece of Slipknot that will never be recovered no matter how talented their new drummer and bassist are, and with respect to them, they know it's true. However, that wasn't their intention - they filled the gaps to Slipknot with esteem regardless of circumstances. On '.5: The Gray Chapter,' Iowa's biggest name showcased their grimmest album to date and a behest to respect of privacy and allowance of mourning for what was lost - a talented soul who gave it his all to help the Slipknot name make it to the top of the mountain. There is something to be said about the time separating their last two albums, and it all speaks to the years spend in discomfort, guilt and the heartache that culminates all of these feelings. '.5: The Gray Chapter' doesn't aim for the stars to be the most successful offer from Slipknot, it's the nailed banner that marks the end of an era as Slipknot continue marching on in his name.

By: Chowderpowder

A2 Sarcastrophe
B1 The Devil In I
B2 Killpop
B3 Skeptic
C1 Lech
C2 Goodbye
C3 Nomadic
C4 The One That Kills The Least
D1 Custer
D2 Be Prepared For Hell
D3 The Negative One
D4 If Rain Is What You Want

Gatefold cover with 10 x 10 cm sticker attached on shrinkwrap.

Recorded at Sound Factory Recording Studio