December 1, 2022

Slipknot – The End, So Far

Label: Roadrunner Records

Genre: Modern Metal

EU release date: September 30, 2022

List of tracks:

The dying song (time to sing)
The Chapeltown Rag
hive spirit
medicine for the dead
From Sade

Iowa’s most famous masked men, Slipknot, are back with a new album. After the band already unveiled the first new song with ‘The Chapeltown Rag’ last fall, the full album now follows. It is called “The End, So Far” and includes twelve new songs.

Slipknot were on tour across Europe this summer and put on an impressive show at the legendary Wacken Open Air. At that time, another new song had already been performed. It was ‘The Dying Song (Time to Song)’, a track that unfolds its full effect live and also comes out of the speakers at full power when recording. The song contains wild escapades as well as melodic moments in which Corey Taylor can showcase the full range of his vocal abilities.

‘The Dying Song (Time to Sing)’ follows the opening ‘Adderall’ which is a quiet start to the record. Melodic and with a peaceful voice, the song has an aspect of Slipknot that makes the songs louder and more intense even more frantic.

Via the already mentioned ‘The Chapeltown Rag’, a typical Slipknot banger, we continue with ‘Yen’. This last track is dark and disturbing. Even if the beginning is rather calm, you can feel the evil slowly approaching. In the final third, the song gains power but relies more on psychological depth than exclusively on hard riffs.

The good thing about Slipknot is that the guys go full throttle on the one hand and cause a furor with wild song escapades. Plus, subliminal nastiness echoes through every song, and it’s the angry, bizarre moments that turn every location into a madhouse. Slipknot combines all of these elements into one unit, a basic musical conception, which they have been refining and developing for years.

The above is also evident in the second half of the tracklist. There’s the delicate, biting ‘Heirloom’ with a typical Slipknot stomping rhythm. Still with ‘H 377’, the guys from Des Moine give their all and smash each other skillfully through the 4-minute song.

True to the basic principle, the group becomes more atmospheric with ‘De Sade’, and also the excellent ‘Finale’ shows that Slipknot is much more than just a musical noise combo. Here are experts at work who combine melancholy, dark depth with aggressive riffs and beats. The group has developed these trademarks over the years and now in 2022 they seem more mature than ever without losing the elemental brutality of the early days. ‘TheEnd, So Far’ is more than a well done album and will delight any maggot.

Written by: Markus Wiedenmann

Rating 8/10

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