What is there to write about Slipknot that hasn’t already been written? Also, it’s not like these Iowa natives needs an introduction – love them or hate them but you sure know who they are. What can be said though, it’s that it has now been five years since their last release, the great 5: The Gray Chapter, a title that held tribute to their then newly diseased bassist Paul Gray. That meant that that record was a tough job recording for the band and also add to injury the fact that original drummer Joey Jordison got the sack which meant two original members gone for that recording. Five years later their replacements, bassist Donnie Steele and drummer Jay Weinberg – son of E Street Band’s Max Weinberg – has had a chance to get warm and become a part of the unit Slipknot which should mean that the new record must have been a more comfortable affair for the band. As a fan of the band’s two latest releases but not so much of their earlier stuff, I was intrigued to find out if the band would surprise me, in a good way, once again. That we would get an aggressive, hard and dark album was to me something that goes without saying!