Limited pink colored vinyl LP pressing.5: The Gray Chapter is the fifth studio album by heavy metal band Slipknot, originally released in 2014. It was the first studio album by the band in six years and the first not to feature original founding members bassist Paul Gray and drummer Joey Jordison due to the death of Gray in 2010 (the title of the album being a reference to his surname), and Jordison being fired from the band in late 2013.
Over 25 years ago, nine guys from Des Moines, Iowa, shattered the scope of what was possible in metal. Slipknot's music put blastbeats, massive breakdowns and brutal riffs alongside breakbeats and turntablism; punctuated hooky melodies with extreme vocals and percussive rap verses. On stage, bodies clad in numbered jumpsuits and horror film masks crashed into each other, eliciting mania from hungry crowds and drawing blood and breaking bones in the process. Everything Slipknot did was maximalist and monstrous, completely unhinged and meticulously thought out.
The metal juggernaut follows-up 2019'sWe Are No Your Kind(third consecutive Billboard 200 No. 1) with their Joe Barresi co-produced seventh albumThe End, So Farwhich will be their last with Roadrunner and comes introduced by lead tracks "The Chapeltown Rag" and "The Dying Song (Time to Sing)."
"It's really killer, man. It's darker than 'We Are Not Your Kind', but there's a ton of melody," Corey Taylor told SiriusXM's Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk. "I've been telling everybody that it's like a heavier version of 'Vol. 3[: (The Subliminal Verses)]'. It's got so many textures and layers. The heavy stuff has attack but the melodic stuff you can just sink your teeth in; there's a lot of great melodies and hooks. I'm really, really excited for people to hear it."
Masked metal juggernautsSlipknotreturn with their long-awaited sixth album,We Are Not Your Kind, the follow-up to 2014's.5: The Gray Chapterwhich debuted in the Top 5 in the official album charts of 19 countries around the world. Produced bySlipknotandGreg Fidelman(who also engineered and mixedVol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)and helmed .5: The Gray Chapter), the 14-track collection is introduced by heavy and hooky lead single "Unsainted."
"We are taking some really cool risks musically," said singer Corey Taylor. "We're dipping into some evil we haven't played with in a long time, let's put it that way. It's got little hints of everything we've ever done, but it's got some of the heaviest stuff we've ever done as well."
"This is most time we've had to write a record, and work stuff out together," guitarist Jim Root adds. "One of my inspirations this time around was those artists that recorded full-length albums – not just songs. While the industry is moving toward singles, Slipknot wanted to make an album experience, front to back."
"These days the art we are making comes with the highest reward, because it's taken the most time," notes percussionist Shawn Crahan. "Almost four years to create this emotion and temperature, and the reward now is nothing short of salvation."
1. Insert Coin 2. Unsainted 3. Birth Of The Cruel 4. Death Because Of Death 5. Nero Forte 6. Critical Darling 7. Liar's Funeral 8. Red Flag 9. What's Next 10. Spiders 11. Orphan 12. My Pain 13. Not Long For This World 14. Solway Firth
Double light blue colored vinyl LP pressing. Originally released in 2019. Guitarist Jim Root noted, "This is most time we've had to write a record, and work stuff out together. One of my inspirations this time around was those artists that recorded full length albums - not just songs. While the industry is moving toward singles, Slipknot wanted to make an album experience, front to back."