Song: All Out Life Band: Slipknot Release: Single (Album expected 2019) Area: Iowa, US Date of release: 1/11/18 Genre: Heavy Reviewer: Steven Dunthorne Record Label: Roadrunner Records
"Old does not mean dead, new does not mean best -No hard feelings, I'm tired of being right about everything I've said - Yours does not mean mine, kill does not mean die - We are not your kind"
They promised "Iowa" levels of heavy, and that's what they gave us. Slipknot are back, with new single 'All Out Life', the first taste of their as yet untitled 6th studio album, and follow up to the deeply personal ".5: The Gray Chapter". Given the fact no band members are definitively shown in the typically brutal music video for the song, you may be forgiven for thinking the Knot were trying to hide a lot about this new era. Wrong. This album is shaping up to be the most brutal work since "Iowa" itself, an album which went platinum in the US, which is remarkable for a Nu-metal album of "Iowa"'s nature. Anyway, onto the new song. 'All Out Life' is fast-paced, brutal and devoid of melodic vocals; perhaps an indication of the next album. Corey Taylor's screams and songwriting both appear to have improved from "Gray Chapter", and Jay Weinberg's drumming is on another level, as is Sid Wilson's electronics. The only major criticism I can offer is that the mix seems too heavily saturated towards the vocals, which tends to overpower the instruments in parts of the song. Lyrically, the song is essentially a rant at modern society's lack of care for the old, instead gushing over any new gimmick that appears in time. Whether this is political or just Taylor angered by the disrespect of older albums is open to interpretation. A bitingly harsh return by the Knot. Now for that album Corey...
Vocals: 8.5/10 Guitars: 9/10 Bass: 8/10 Drums: 9.5/10 Lyrics: 4/5
Would You Go And See Them (WYGAST) 4/5 Mixing: 7.5/10 Production : 18/20 Structure : 18/20 Overall: 86.5/100 Personal Enjoyment: 8/10