SLIP­KNOT .5: The Gray Chap­ter Warner

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - RO­NAN McGREEVY

Six years since their last al­bum, and the first not to fea­ture bass player and cre­ative force Paul Gray, who died in 2010, Slip­knot re­turn, seem­ingly as alien­ated as ever. “Noth­ing ap­peals to me, no­body feels like me,” singer Corey Tay­lor laments sotto voce on the open­ing track XIX. Fol­low­ing on is Sar­cas­tro­phe– old-school Slip­knot – and AOV, which, with its mix­ture of melody and fe­roc­ity, is the heav­i­est track on the al­bum. Custer, with its pro­fane re­frain, The Devil In I and Skep­tic follow in a sim­i­lar vein, the lat­ter a eu­logy to Gray which fea­tures the line “he was the best of us”. The years since Gray’s de­par­ture have not dimmed Slip­knot’s drive or in­ten­sity. Gray’s re­place­ment Alessan­dro ‘Vman’ Ven­turella is front and cen­tre of the mix. One senses Gray would ap­prove of this al­bum.

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