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Slipknot All Hope Is Gone

Slipknot All Hope Is Gone

All Hope Is Gone Tracklist and Details

all hope is gone
All Hope Is Gone

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USA Release Date: August 26, 2008
Label: Roadrunner Records
Produced by: Dave Fortman

Track Listing
1. "Execute" - 1:50
2. "Gematria (The Killing Name)" - 6:03
3. "Sulfur" - 4:39
4. "Psychosocial" - 4:45
5. "Dead Memories" - 4:30
6. "Vendetta" - 5:17
7. "Butcher's Hook" - 4:16
8. "Gehenna" - 6:55
9. "This Cold Black" - 4:42
10. "Wherein Lies Continue" - 5:38
11. "Snuff"- 4:38
12. "All Hope Is Gone" - 4:47

Bonus tracks
13. "Child of Burning Time" - 5:09
14. "Vermilion Pt. 2" (Bloodstone mix) : 3:39
15. "Til We Die" - 5:45

Background Information

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All Hope Is Gone Promo

All Hope Is Gone is Slipknot's fourth studio album. Noted to have begun preparation in October 2007, recording was due to begin in January 2008, but was pushed back to February. It will be the band's first studio release since 2004's Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), making All Hope Is Gone their fourth studio album, as well as the first musical output from the band since Corey Taylor and Jim Root's mainstream success with Stone Sour, Joey Jordison's stints with Korn, Ministry and 3 Inches of Blood, Shawn Crahan's side project Dirty Little Rabbits and Sid Wilson's solo project - DJ Starscream. All Hope Is Gone is also the band's first studio album on a major label to be recorded in their homestate of Iowa. It was recorded at the Sound Farm, located in Jamaica, Iowa (not far from Slipknot's home town of Des Moines).

The album was published in two versions: the standard album in a Compact Disc case and a special edition packaged in a six-fold digipak containing three bonus tracks, a 40 page booklet, and a bonus DVD with a documentary of the album’s recording.

All Hope Is Gone is considered the band’s most eclectic-sounding album, incorporating elements from their previous three. All Hope Is Gone includes their “brutal” edge, such as the track “All Hope Is Gone”, reminiscent of songs such as “(Sic)” from their debut self-titled album; slow burning, “trippy” elements such as “Gehenna”, reminiscent of “Skin Ticket” from their second album Iowa; and acoustics (“Snuff”) and guitar solos (all songs), which were first introduced on Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses).

Lyrically, All Hope Is Gone centers on themes such as anger, disaffection, obsession, and the music industry. The album name also features a more prominent focus on politics than their previous albums. Slipknot promoted All Hope Is Gone on a world tour and at the Mayhem Festival. All Hope Is Gone album reached the top position on nine record charts worldwide, including the Billboard 200 - the first Slipknot album to do so.

Slipknot In The Studio

After a negative experience with producer Rick Rubin on 2004's Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), the band announced that their fourth studio album would be produced by Dave Fortman who also worked with Mudvayne and Evanescence. Unlike past releases, all of the members were on time every day and became involved in the writing process. The band wrote over thirty songs for the album, and Corey Taylor had over 200 pages of lyrics written before the whole song-writing process begun.

When questioned about the production of the album, vocalist Corey Taylor explained that the cycle was not met without conflict. He went on to add that every Slipknot album has been met with conflict and that they embrace this as they realize it is what brings out their creativity. However, he also enjoyed the writing process explaining that all band members were getting involved, adding that it was the first time he had ever brought in a whole track in, that track being "Snuff".

Below are some images of the studio where the CD was recorded. Click the image for a bigger view.

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For All Hope Is Gone, the band had displayed interest in making it their heaviest album to date. The band had an expansion on the thrash metal riffing that was displayed on Vol. 3, as well as more guitar solos. However, they also want to make it their most experimental record, and will be including more acoustic guitars and melodic vocals. During an interview in the February 2008 edition of Revolver, percussionist Shawn 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, singer Corey Taylor described All Hope Is Gone as a "dark cross" between the band's two most recent studio albums, Iowa and Vol. 3.

Corey 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". Shawn Crahan said that the album is different than their first three because its "done 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 this album is much darker and edgier.

Slipknot Teasers: Purgatory Masks

Beginning on April 1, 2008, Slipknot's official website began to display splash teasers to promote All Hope Is Gone. During the process there had been around 18 splash teasers, the first nine displayed the band in their new large masks, however the last seemingly shows dark figures with what seems like ordinary size heads. Slipknot premiered their new masks on July 1, 2008 through AOL Music's; 8 million people logged onto the site to view the masks on the first day!

On June 15 a 30-second sample and cover art from the album's title track, "All Hope Is Gone", was available on, the sample circulated throughout the internet but was removed from Amazon and user submitted content websites such as YouTube by the next day due to a copyright claim from Roadrunner Records. However, on June 16 a full version of the song was leaked throughout the internet via Peer-to-peer programs and spread throughout user submitted content websites; again, by the next day the song had been removed due to a copyright claim by Roadrunner Records.

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The title track began airplay on June 15. On June 20, 2008, for a single day, Roadrunner Records posted a downloadable version of the title track, in its entirety, for free download. The second track intended for radio stations, "Psychosocial", is the album's first official single. It began airplay on June 26, and was released as a digital single on July 7. On July 8, the track listing was released in an iTunes pre-order for the album. Also, on July 8, the cover art for All Hope Is Gone was released.

During the recording of the video shoot for PSYCHOSOCIAL, the purgatory masks can be seen being burned in the background. In a interview with Jim Root, he says "they represent the ego of that is Slipknot".

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