Holy shit! Slipknot are back and for a bunch of blokes in their 40’s they are as tough as ever. As someone who grew up as a ‘Maggot’ (a die-hard Slipknot fan), the groups last two albums were really enough to put me offside. Not that they were necessarily bad albums; a lot of fans seemed to adore them, but I felt as if they fell into the boat of only trying to maintain their heaviness through the option of making everything excessively fast and I thought it lacked the melody that Slipknot had always had.
‘We Are Not Your Kind’ is not the same.
Not only is it evident that the group is trying something genuinely different; a risk that they haven’t necessarily taken since the group’s debut album; they have seemingly adopted the best of their sound and expanded on that. The percussion is impressive, the riffs are brutal and still suited for a huge stadium crowds and on top of all that the electronic samples compiled in this album not only give off a nostalgic nod to their original Nü Metal, it’s also accommodating to what electronic lovers are more into in 2019 with ambience and sinister undertones ruling it more than scratching.
‘Unsainted’ is very deserving of being the groups lead single with the chorus being insanely catchy. ‘Nero Forte’ has the bouncy breakdown that wouldn’t be out of place on ‘Spit It Out.’ But ‘Spiders’ and ‘Orphan’ are easily my two favourite songs from the albums due to ‘Spiders’ sinister sweeping keys and the brutality of ‘Orphan.’
Fuck, it’s good to have you back Slipknot. Check it out below.
Reviewed by Alex Callan