tue 20/08/2019

CD: Slipknot - We Are Not Your Kind | reviews, news & interviews

CD: Slipknot - We Are Not Your Kind

CD: Slipknot - We Are Not Your Kind

The veteran Iowan misanthropes are in no danger of mellowing out

Slipknot: a lively aural assault

Slipknot’s new album We Are Not Your Kind is to be let loose just as the band celebrate 20 years since their self-titled debut was released and five since .5: The Gray Chapter. Any idea that the misanthropic US shock-rockers might have turned down their shtick with time are far wide of the mark. Relentless tsunamis of guitar riffage and pounding drums with roaring vocals power such nihilistic monsters as “Nero Forte” and “Orphan”, as might be expected. However, there are also plenty of darkly psychedelic moments, like the quietly eerie “My Pain” and the whoozy jazz of “What’s Next” to provide a change of pace, if not menace.

Clearly not afraid to play with public expectations, Slipknot even shake things up with the almost post-punk “Spiders” and the tempo-jumping prog metal of “Liar’s Funeral”. As with their previous albums though, the best tunes are those which hit you like a force of nature and don’t stop until the final notes. Recent single “Unsainted” is an extreme and wild noise that is fierce moshpit candy. “Birth of the Cruel” is Ministry-heavy with Corey Taylor howling “I’m all fucked up and I might get locked up” in an unhinged manner that doesn’t suggest any doubt. While “Red Flag” is a lively aural assault that turns up the sonic ultraviolence to a ferocity that could reawaken the disaffected, youthful metalhead in almost anyone.

We Are Not Your Kind marks a fine return to the fray from the ever-angry Iowa droogs. With “Unsainted”, “Birth of the Cruel” and “Red Flag”, they have knocked out tunes that are among Slipknot’s best. Nevertheless, the album does feel a bit over-long and occasionally wanders slightly too close to teenage tantrum territory. However, it hits the mark more often than not and, at its best, We are Not Your Kind is anti-social, loud and aggressive, which is just as the best rock’n’roll should be.

We are Not Your Kind is anti-social, loud and aggressive, which is just as the best rock’n’roll should be

rating

Editor Rating: 
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

Explore topics

Share this article

Add comment

Subscribe to theartsdesk.com

Thank you for continuing to read our work on theartsdesk.com. For unlimited access to every article in its entirety, including our archive of more than 10,000 pieces, we're asking for £3.95 per month or £30 per year. We feel it's a very good deal, and hope you do too.

To take an annual subscription now simply click here.

And if you're looking for that extra gift for a friend or family member, why not treat them to a theartsdesk.com gift subscription?

newsletter

Get a weekly digest of our critical highlights in your inbox each Thursday!

Simply enter your email address in the box below

View previous newsletters