Slipknot - All Hope Is Gone
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Release date: 24 June 2008
All Hope Is Gone
Fuck it all, fuck this world, fuck everything that you stand for” spat Slipknot in 1999 on ‘Surfacing’, helping them become an international phenomenon in the process. Nearly a decade on they’re one of the most recognisable bands on the planet through, the cynics say, a combination of shock marketing and exploiting the fuck-you-I-won’t-tidy-my-bedroom angst dollar, but beneath the...
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Slipknot - All Hope Is Gone: Wikipedia Album Entry
All Hope Is Gone is the fourth studio album by American nu metal band Slipknot. It was released on August 20, 2008, by Roadrunner Records. A special edition of the album contains three bonus tracks, and is packaged in a six-fold digipak with a 40-page deluxe booklet and bonus DVD containing a documentary of the album's conception. The album was Slipknot's first #1 debut on the Billboard 200.
1. ".execute." – 1:49
2. "Gematria (The Killing Name)" – 6:01
3. "Sulfur" – 4:37
4. "Psychosocial" – 4:43
5. "Dead Memories" – 4:28
6. "Vendetta" – 5:15
7. "Butcher's Hook" – 4:14
8. "Gehenna" – 6:53
9. "This Cold Black" – 4:40
10. "Wherein Lies Continue" – 5:36
11. "Snuff" – 4:36
12. "All Hope Is Gone" – 4:44
Special edition bonus tracks
13. "Child of Burning Time" – 5:10
14. "Vermilion Pt. 2" (Bloodstone mix) – 3:39
15. "'Til We Die" – 5:46
The special edition of the album includes a DVD containing a 35-minute documentary directed by percussionist Shawn Crahan about the album's conception and recording, titled Nine: The Making of All Hope Is Gone. The recording of parts of "Child of Burning Time", "Dead Memories", "Snuff", "Vendetta", "This Cold Black", "Psychosocial", and "Sulfur" appear in the documentary. Instrumental effects and garbled music by Crahan are also featured on the DVD.
Nine: The Making of All Hope Is Gone is made made similarly than Voliminal: Inside the Nine.
Musical and lyrical themes
For All Hope Is Gone, the band displayed interest in making it their heaviest album to date. The band made an expansion on the thrash metal riffing that was displayed on Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), as well as adding additional guitar solos. However, they also wanted to make it their most experimental record, and have included more acoustic guitars and melodic vocals. During an interview in the February 2008 edition of Revolver, percussionist Crahan expressed a willingness for him and fellow percussionist Chris Fehn to experiment with hi-hats and cymbals which has been absent in the additional percussion in any previous work. In an interview on May 13, 2008, singer Corey Taylor described All Hope Is Gone as a "very dark" combination of the band's two most recent studio albums, Iowa and Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses).
“It's going to rip your face off...I don't think the world will be ready for this album.” — Corey Taylor
Taylor, whose lyrics have traditionally been about his life, stated this album's lyrics will be less about his life and more, "bitching about what's wrong in life." Crahan said that the album is different than their first three because it was made "by a bunch of crazy guys in their 30s. That doesn't mean we're slowing down or not as intense — our brains are different, so we're bringing different emotions, different feelings and different anxieties to the table now. This record is another diagnosis of our insanity." Taylor would later say of the album, "I think it's the best thing I've ever made." During an interview in June 2008 Taylor explained that the album title was aimed at the fans expectations of the band, stating; "All hope of trying to figure us out is completely obliterated." When questioned about the musical outlook of the album Taylor explained that the band has retained some of the melodic elements that they experimented with on Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), but implies that All Hope Is Gone is much darker and edgier.
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My guilt and my shame
Always sell me short, always feel the same
And my face and my soul
Always wear me thin, always under control
The state of the nation, violation
A broken promise is as good as a lie
The hell is humongous, the devil's among us
And we will burn because we won't unite
Contrite, commercial, arrogance, leprosy
Consume the bitch, the fucker, mindless like a child
For pityâs sake, Iâve had all that I can take
We try but in the end weâll see there are no more codes
Do you believe? Do you fade like a dream?
Let me hear you breathe, let me watch as you sleep
The sparrowâs eyes promises shift into judgments
I cannot deny that you were designed for my punishments
She seemed dressed in all of me
Stretched across my shame
All the torment and the pain
Leaked through and covered me
It appears that we have reached the edge
That zenith where stimuli and comatose collide
Forty years ago the man proclaimed
The age of the gross to be upon us
My friends are all hurting
From moments and regrets
And charity laced with a lie
And still we keep hoping
Sitting in the dark, I can't forget
Even now, I realize the time I'll never get
Another story of the bitter pills of fate
I can't go back again, I can't go back again
Bury all your secrets in my skin
Come away with innocence and leave me with my sins
The air around me still feels like a cage
And love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again
12/08/73, that was all I got and now you got me
All I ever really wanted was to take the blame
I will go down in history and not down in flames
Mother nature is a coward
(Mother nature is a whore)
No more presence, no more power
I pray for death by the hour
I know my uses, I have my pride
But my heart is still untamed
I learned my lessons, Iâve conquered death
I go on and Iâm unashamed
Child of burning time
The child of burning time
My only consolation is all lies
Thou shalt not kill your fathers, destroy another life
Question everything we clung to for years
Live forever, design a better death
Confuse a liar with a savior from fear
I did my time and I want out, so abusive
Fate, it doesn't cut, the soul is not so vibrant
The reckoning, the sickening
Back at you, subversion, pseudo-sacred, pyscho virgin