The End, So Far
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SLIPKNOT – THE END, SO FAR – ALBUM REVIEW
There has always been a mystique surrounding Slipknot, from their early days as unknown masked maniacs through to present day’s constant speculation on their future. The latter was fuelled further by the title of their seventh album, ‘The End, So Far’.
This album signals the end of their working relationship with Roadrunner which started way back in 1998. The purposefully triggering title however will leave fans wondering what the future holds. Promotional tactic, genuine end in sight, or just fun and games, perhaps not even the band themselves know.
What we do know however is that we have just shy of an hour of new Slipknot music to sink our teeth into, and as demonstrated by interesting album opener, ‘Adderall’, we also know this will be another divisive album for fans old and new.
Bands the size of Slipknot almost always become a victim of their own success. For some they can do no wrong, for others they can do no right. The reality, as is usually the case in life, is often somewhere in the middle.
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‘The End, So Far’ is one of those albums. There are some stunning moments, some weaker moments, some songs built for their old school fans and some material so far removed from the realms of Slipknot that it may alienate portions of their fanbase.
Ultimately Slipknot have always been anti-establishment in terms of the music industry, and they remain so now even if they’ve become that establishment! Slipknot are going to do whatever they want to do and they’ve earned that right.
The question to ask here is perhaps if this (which is very unlikely) is the final stand of Slipknot, does this album do them justice. The answer is yes, there is more than enough quality on this record to ensure this isn’t in the bottom few of any ‘All Slipknot albums ranked’ lists.
Almost predictably at this point in their career, it’s also not going to trouble the top of that list; which brings us back around to that point of the truth often being in the middle! Fans just need to enjoy this album for what it is, and make the most of the band whilst they are still around.
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