Album of the Year: Slipknot ".5: The Gray Chapter"
Mon, 01 Dec 2014 15:11:13
With their fifth full-length offering .5: The Gray Chapter, Slipknot made good on every single promise. The ferocity that marked their classic self-titled debut didn't waver. Instead, it heightened as a cathartic reaction to the tragic death of founding member and bass player Paul Gray. Each song comes to life as an expulsion of energy, mirroring Iowa's fine-tuned brutality and tempering it via the artfully architected psychosis of Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses.
Whether it's the unbridled poetry of "XIX", which may be Corey Taylor's most poignant vocal statement to date, the gnashing anthemic declaration of "Custer", one of the band's catchiest salvos yet, or the mind-blowing guitars of "Sarcastrophe" and "AOV", testaments to six-string masters Jim Root and Mick Thomson, .5: The Gray Chapter sees Slipknot grow. "Skeptic" slithers between thrash and punk, never settling, yet constantly surprising. "The One That Kills The Least" offers a killer's embrace as Clown bears his soul on the darkly blissful "Be Prepared For Hell". "The Negative One" burns all expectations at the stake, channeling the same steamrolling verbal violence that punctuated the title track of "All Hope Is Gone."
However, it's clear from the terse closer "If Rain Is What You Want" Slipknot has once again redefined heavy metal. "My cities will never sleep again," screams Taylor. That's right. He and his cohorts have once again awakened the beast. Thankfully, it's here to stay forever. That's why this is ARTISTdirect.com's album of the year.
What's your favorite song from .5: The Gray Chapter?
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