Retroactive Classic: Slipknot 'All Hope Is Gone'
Wed, 20 May 2015 11:05:24
Metal's leading band created an immortal offering with their fourth full-length album in 2008. Look back at it!
Looking back, Slipknot carved out a classic in 2008 with All Hope Is Gone. In conversations among fans, critics, and anybody else transfixed by the Grammy Award-winning Iowa hard rock leaders, the records typically touted as "the classics" are their 1999 self-titled debut and 2001's brutally brilliant Iowa. However, All Hope Is Gone remains just as potent and powerful, belonging on the same plateau with those aforementioned epics.
2008 was a turning point for pop culture in general, and landscape was ripe for change. At the box office you had The Dark Knight giving a masterful tribute to Heath Ledger's death with his most powerful performance and arguably the greatest comic book movie of all-time, while music was rapidly transforming into a more and more "digital" realm. It's a space that needed Slipknot and the fully realized vision of All Hope Is Gone.
When the album dropped on August 20, 2008, it went head-to-head with Game's LAX in a battle for supremacy on the Billboard Top 200. Billboard first proclaimed that Game beat the nine-piece by 13 units, calling it "the closest race for number one since SoundScan began tracking data in 1991." A recount occurred though, and it turned out that Slipknot's sales surpassed those of Game's by 1,134. It was the first summer of the Mayhem Festival, which Slipknot headlined and launched. "Psychosocial" had already dropped, and it had begun transfixing listeners during the jaunt. It would be a staple for Slipknot in its own right, later soundtracking one of the tensest scenes in Punisher: Warzone.
All Hope Is Gone would see Slipknot strike a delicate and definitive balance between the guttural heaviness of Iowa and the entrancing melodies of Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses. That's what makes it so special.
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