Slipknot - We Are Not Your Kind (2xLP Vinyl)

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Slipknot's sixth studio album, produced by the band themselves and Greg Fidelman. 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'.

 



A five year break after their most panned album later, Slipknot return to the realm of music with what might be one of the best albums in their discography. I don't know what exactly happened or why (and how it correlates to Corey being in an infamously bad Nostalgia Critic video), but We Are Not Your Kind somehow manages to take everything that The Gray Chapter wanted to do and put it into a concise and consistent package. On here, their chaotic harder edges, their softer melodic sides and their atmospherically dark impulses actually interact with each other in smooth ways instead of just being stapled against each other. Death Metal-inspired riffs effortlessly transition into soft verses, the hooks all have a very urgent and big quality to them, their newfound appreciation for more electronic genres weaves into it wonderfully, this is what a more mainstream and mature (for them) Slipknot album should sound like, and the pull through on it as if their last album never even happened. There are a lot of cool, glitchy moments, strong riffs, earworm-hooks and stark soundscapes on here. You can tell from the atmosphere on here that they were going through some seriously rough things in the decade, and having them be able to put that into such a round listen must have been really cathartic to them.

So, yeah, We Are Not Your Kind is a great, great album. I can definitely see this being way too soft and controlled for oldschool fans, but the strong songwriting, great performances and well-executed experiments on here really impressed me a whole lot. It did seem like they were on a downward trajectory, but this album is a violent course correction onto the right path if I've ever heard one. Good stuff.

By: Hurricanslash


A1 Insert Coin
A2 Unsainted
A3 Birth Of The Cruel
A4 Death Because Of Death
A5 Nero Forte
B1 Critical Darling
B2 A Liar's Funeral
B3 Red Flag
C1 What's Next
C2 Spiders
C3 Orphan
C4 My Pain
D1 Not Long For This World
D2 Solway Firth



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Gatefold cover, printed inner sheet, download card.