“We are not your kind” impresses listeners

Jordan Hay, Writer

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Slipknot, the Iowa-based metal group, is back with their third #1 album on the charts and sixth studio album “We Are Not Your Kind.”

In the two-decades-long history of Slipknot, there have been many shake-ups and tragedies along the way. With longtime drummer Joey Jordison stepping away from the band after their fourth studio album “All Hope is Gone” and the tragedy of losing their original bassist, Paul Gray, in 2010, the group has had to endure a lot of hardships.

More recently, Chris Fehn, a percussionist who has been with Slipknot since before the release of their first studio album, split from the band in an ugly fashion and dropped a lawsuit on the band for supposedly withholding payments from him.

Even with the relatively ugly history that Slipknot has gone through, they continue to release very quality material. “We Are Not Your Kind” fits into this category as well.

The album opens up with an intro track as all Slipknot albums do. It sets the mood and has a good segue into the real first track “Unsainted.”

“Unsainted” is a great example of Slipknot going back to its heavier roots, as we saw on their second album “Iowa.” The song is a tremendous way to kick off this album and is arguably the best track on the album.

One notable item when listening to this album is the improvement of Slipknot’s leadman Corey Taylor’s vocals. This could be a product of him not smoking or drinking anymore.
Slipknot has been making music for over 20 years now. “WANYK” is possibly the most experimental the group has been since at least its self-titled album.

Even though the band showed signs of experimentation with their sound, there is a lot left to desire from these points in the album. Interlude tracks like “Death Because of Death” and “What’s Next” are the weakest points of the album. These interlude tracks don’t do a very good job in leading into the next track either. They feel very out of place. Executed better, these would be great points in the album.

nother example of a song where Slipknot explores a different sound is the song “Spiders.” This track is very cheesy lyrically and doesn’t add much to the album as a whole.

With these tracks, it reminds me of the complaint that I have about every Slipknot album. Their albums feel very bloated at times. I believe this album would be better if these weren’t on the tracklist. With the runtime being over an hour-long, I feel like there is some trimming that could have happened. I do admire their attempts, however.

A very good example of an experiment on this album is from the track “My Pain.” This very ominous and brooding track is one that you wouldn’t expect from a band like Slipknot. It is a lowkey but also very emotional cut on this LP.

Another minor complaint about this album is the lack of guitar solos from Mick Thomson and Jim Root. Both of these guys are tremendous guitar players, and I wish they were featured a little bit more on the album.

Overall, this album has very high-highs and some low-lows but overall shines through as a well-constructed album.