Album Review: Slipknot Return With "We Are Not Your Kind"

It’s been five years since we’ve had a new album from the Iowan heavy metal group, but Slipknot’s sixth installment We Are Not Your Kind is finally upon us.
Titled after a line in the band’s recent standalone single “All Out Life,” We Are Not Your Kind follows 2014’s The Gray Chapter and marks the band’s first album since the departure of Chris Fehn.
Slipknot have come a long way since their 1999 debut, but until now, their 2001 sophomore effort, Iowa, had been one of their most– if not THE most– evil and hardcore to date.
So what if the guys who made Iowa matured?
That’s the angle Corey Taylor said Slipknot were aiming for. I'm not saying We Are Not Your Kind outshines Iowa, but the similarities are hard to ignore, and they continue to push the envelope in a profoundly gripping way.
The beguiling opening track “Insert Coin” sets the scene for the album, sounding like the opening credits to a creepy video game or an amusement park ride at a horror park. It’s followed by the album’s gritty lead single, “Unsainted,” which was released back in May with an accompanying cult-heavy music video directed by Shawn “Clown” Crahan.
It also unveiled for the first time the band’s new masks!
Slipknot, "Unsainted"
In an interview here at our Setlist studio, Clown talked a little bit about the masks representing this new era. "I always like to think that we change like we do in our human years," he said.
"I mean, I was 26 when I started the band with Paul and I'm going to be 50 in a couple of months. I feel like if I had to be stuck in what I was I would no longer be here, I have to be able to change. I think we take great pride in working it out."
Characterized by creepy church bells and soulful, operatic background vocals, I can already tell that “Unsainted” will become a fan-favorite. But as far as Slipknot staples go, the album is chalk-full of them, and “Critical Darling” checks every box. With a glitchy intro, catchy chorus and sinister vocals, it’s definitely an early standout (and my personal favorite).
Slipknot, "Critical Darling"
Slipknot find new ways to rework their traditional formula on almost every track, and incorporate synth textures and instrumental interludes between songs. A melancholic “Liar’s Funeral” progresses slowly with a soft, acoustic guitar and piano accompaniment into a mournful ballad, with deeply personal and contemplative lyrics regarding how society views depression.
"Your hate is no surprise," Taylor sings, pointing fingers. "I guess I have to die to play my part."
The lyrical content throughout the record is pretty heavy, with themes circulating around self-esteem, depression and alcohol abuse.
After "Liar," the band bounce back with the turbulent and bouncy "Red Flag," which once again enters classic Slipknot territory. The vocals and energy on this track and "Orphan" are awesome, and both sound like they could be outtakes from one of the band's earlier albums.
Another poignant and emotional track is "My Pain," which Clown told us was his favorite on the record.
"It's a reminder of why I do what I do and why I love music so much," he said. The song builds up tension leading up to the penultimate "Not Long for This World," which pairs hard-rock tendencies with self-reflective and impassioned lyrics like "Out of control, into the cold, hell repeats."
Slipknot end the album with "Soloway Firth," which was released as the second single. I don't know if the title is referring to a place in the United Kingdom with the same name, or the famous Jim Templeton photograph. In it, Taylor grapples with "living a lie" with brutal intensity.
Slipknot, "Solway Firth"
Two decades into their career, Slipknot don't need to take fans by surprise anymore. But they do. They continue to work towards something greater than themselves and constantly prove why they're one of the most dominating forces in music.
We Are Not Your Kind was made to thrill.
Slipknot are currently on tour as a part of their massive Knotfest Roadshow. Tomorrow, they're playing a hometown show at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. If you're in the area, it's something you simply can KNOT miss.
You can check out a full list of tour dates below, and head over to Live Nation to grab your tickets!
Slipknot's Knotfest Roadshow Tour dates:
Sat Aug 10 - Des Moines, IA - Iowa State Fairgrounds* Sun Aug 11 - Tinley Park, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Mon Aug 12 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre Wed Aug 14 - Virginia Beach, VA - Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater Fri Aug 16 - Noblesville, IN - Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center Sat Aug 17 - Bonner Springs, KS - Providence Medical Center Amphitheater Sun Aug 18 - Maryland Heights, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Tue Aug 20 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage Wed Aug 21 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center Fri Aug 23 - Burgettstown, PA - KeyBank Pavilion Sat Aug 24 - Scranton, PA - The Pavilion at Montage Mountain Sun Aug 25 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Amphitheater Tue Aug 27 - Mansfield, MA – The Xfinity Center Wed Aug 28 - Wantagh, NY - Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater Fri Aug 30 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center Sat Aug 31 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion Sun Sep 1 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live Tue Sep 3 - Alpharetta, GA - Ameris Bank Amphitheatre Wed Sep 4 - Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre Fri Sep 6 - Austin, TX - Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas Sat Sep 7 - Dallas, TX - Dos Equis Pavilion Sun Sep 8 - The Woodlands, TX - The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
*Iowa State Fair – Slipknot & Gojira only
Karma Police - Please Share:

Most played songs

Last updated: 23 Aug 2019, 23:31 Etc/UTC