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CD Review: Slipknot 

All Hope is Gone

The Deal: Men behind the masks release fourth studio effort.

The Good: The band returns to its heavy metal roots while continuing to showcase a bit of the melodic like they did on 2004's Vol 3: The Subliminal Verses. From the lightning speed "Gematria (The Killing Name)" to the more mellow "Gehenna," Slipknot offers a diverse platter. Nearly every song is longer than four-and-a-half minutes, ebbing and flowing through choruses, tempo changes and vocal anamolies. Singer Corey Taylor strays from the "cookie monster" vocals from time to time, such as on "Dead Memories" and "Vendetta." "Sulfur" starts out heavy before breaking into a more melodic chorus. The first single, "Psychosocial," has been flooding the airwaves and bringing metal to the masses. It's no surprise that the album debuted at number one on the Billboard chart. A deluxe edition of the CD includes a DVD that shows the making of the album.

The Bad: The nearly two-minute introduction, ".execute," seems like filler though it does lead into the heavy-hitting "Gematria."

The Verdict: This one definitely leans toward the harder side of the metal spectrum, but there are melodic bits for those who enjoy them. It's slightly odd to think that Slipknot is breaking into the mainstream.

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