Slipknot – The End, So Far (Album Review)

Slipknot – The End, So Far (Album Review)

Approaching thirty years together as a band, at this point, Slipknot is seemingly assessing their career. One of the forerunners of Nu Metal, on their recently released new album, The End, So Far, they do just that… and it delivers.

Released on September 30, 2022, The End, So Far is the band’s seventh album and first since 2019’s We Are Not Your Kind. A part of the Roadrunner Records family since 1998, the album is also reportedly the last to be released on through the label, thus marking the end of an era. Needless to say, Slipknot, featuring the current lineup of Corey Taylor (lead vocals), Mick Thomson (guitars), Sid Wilson (turntables, keyboards), James Root (guitar), Craig Jones (samples, keyboards), Shawn Crahan (percussion, backing vocals), Alessandro Venturrela (bass, piano), Jay Weinberg (drums), along with Michael Pfaff (percussion, backing vocals) offer twelve new songs that fans will want to check out.  

It all opens with the unassuming “Adderal,” which aptly settles you to a calming state of mind, only to disturb your senses with the pound and grate of the ensuing “The Dying Song (Time to Sing).” This is while the lead single, “The Chapeltown Rag,” seamlessly continues the assault; lyrically controversial and sonically fast-paced and relentless.

Slipknot then pulls off something uncharacteristic yet interesting with the Gothic-tinged “Yen” which, according to Taylor, is a departure from their usual sound, invoking the inner Tom Waits in them. Later on, “Hive Mind” treats you to what may be described as a clown-conjuring, syncopated buzzsaw-Rock stomper. Following afterwards, there is a list of Thrash tracks – “Warranty” and “Medicine for the Dead.” From here they keep you on your toes with the Post-Grunge-stylized “Acidic,” but also a pair of groove-oriented metallic bangers with “Heirloom” and “H377.” Then, after the familiar, percussive “De Sade,” the album wraps up with the fitting “Finale.”

So much mud had been hurled at Slipknot and the entire genre it is associated with; but their longevity, endurance and, most importantly, unapologetic music have long kicked their detractors off to invalidity. The End, So Far is another effort worthy of getting included in the archives of Nu Metal and the collection of its enthusiasts. With their share of trials and tribulations, the new album is also dedicated to Slipknot fallen comrade – Co-founder and Drummer Joey Jordison, who died in his sleep in 2021. Proving they still have plenty to offer, Cryptic Rock gives The End, So Far 4 out of 5 stars.

Slipknot – The End, So Far Album Artwork / Roadrunner Records

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Born in 1971, in Metro Manila, Philippines, aLfie vera mella is a healthcare worker, singer/songwriter, and editor/writer. He was the frontman of the ’90s-peaking Philippine Alternative Rock / New Wave band Half Life Half Death, which released a full-length album and several singles on Viva Records. aLfie worked at Diwa Scholastic Press as an editor/writer of academic textbooks and supplementary magazines, focusing on Science & Technology and English Grammar & Literature. In 2003, aLfie migrated to Canada; he has since been living in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He works full-time at a healthcare institution, while serving as the associate contributing editor of Filipino Journal—a local community newspaper in Winnipeg—tackling Literature, Languages, Cultures, Lifestyles, and Music. aLfie has been a music journalist since the mid-’90s for various print magazines as well as websites. He started writing album reviews for Cryptic Rock in 2015. In 2016, aLfie published Part One (Literature & Languages and Their Cultural Significance) of his Essay Series, Can You Hear the Sound of a Falling Leaf?; in 2021, his first book of poetry, Pag-íhip sa Dáhon ng Kahápon [Blowing Leaves of Yesterday]. In his spare time, he enjoys reading books and listening to music. aLfie is a dedicated father to his now 13-year-old son, Evawwen; and a loving husband to Kathryn Mella, who herself moonlights also as a writer aside from holding a degree in Bachelor of Arts, Major in Sociology.

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