CARDIFF INTERNATIONAL ARENA, WALES
December 5, 2008
TEN YEARS AGO this month, Slipknot unleashed the album that would consolidate them as the biggest band to hit metal since Metallica. All Hope Is Gone would see the Des Moines heavyweights land their first Number One on the Billboard 200, confirming to the mainstream what the metal world already knew: that this phenomenon wasn’t going anywhere. This shot, taken from the band’s blistering headline set at Cardiff International Arena, was just a glimpse of the stage-conquering behemoth that the nine misfits from Iowa had grown into. All Hope Is Gone would also prove to be the last album to feature Joey Jordison and, most fatefully, Paul Gray, who would pass away two years later.