Personally, Slipknot are a little too heavy for my blood. I never got into their claustrophobic, nu-metal thrash hybrid and to be honest, this new single doesn't really do it for me either. That's not to say it isnt good, I can certainly appreciate what the band do and to be fair, the new single introduces some interesting elements to their trademark sound. It has been over 4 years since Slipknot's last album Vol.3 (The Subliminal Verses), and this new single shows signs that the band are further expanding their arsenal with new sounds just as Vol. 3 shook things up with its acoustic guitars and melodic singing.
"All Hope Is Gone" is the title track from the forthcoming album and its heavy hitting and fast paced. The drumming from Joey Jordison is very impressive with its pounding black-metal punch and stands out above all else on the song. Its standard 'Knot fare and fans will lap it up even if it wont win any new fans. Personally i'm looking forward to the more experimental side of things on the new album. "Vermillion Parts I & II" rocked my socks, as did "Duality". But we'll save this discussion for the album in August. As for this single, its preaching to the converted.
Verdict: *** (3/5)