Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter

Limited Double Album 2LP 180 Gram Black Vinyl

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.5: The Gray Chapter is the fifth studio album by American metal band Slipknot, released in October 2014 via Roadrunner Records.

While even a cursory listen to Slipknot's back catalog makes it clear the band are no strangers to working out their inner turmoil and pain through their music, never has that idea been so abundantly clear as it is on .5: The Gray Chapter.

The album finds the band still recovering from the loss of founding bassist Paul Gray, whose death in 2010 hit them pretty hard. Rather than allowing their pain and anger destroy them, they were able to harness that energy and focus it, allowing them to create one of their most visceral and dynamic albums to date.

Combining the punishing, pummeling metal of the band's early work with the more melodic focus of their later years, The Gray Chapter shows off just how unexpectedly wide the band's range is, going from a plaintive, atmospheric ballad like album-opener "XIX" to a thrash-inspired pummeling like "Sarcastrophe" without missing a beat.

Along with being Slipknot's first album without Gray, it's also notable for being their first album not to feature long-time drummer Joey Jordison, who parted ways with the band in 2013. While Jordison will certainly be missed, the band's mysterious new drummer, whose identity the band did their damndest not to reveal, slots in marvellously, seamlessly acclimating to the band's suddenly shifting tempos and styles.

Listening to the album, it's clear that even though Slipknot aren't over the loss of a dear friend and colleague, they're able to channel their grief into a productive album, allowing them to continue moving forward while paying tribute to a fallen comrade with one of the strongest albums of their career.

Check out the tracks: “The Negative One”; “The Devil In I”; “Custer”; “Killpop”; “XIX” and “Goodbye”. 

This Limited Edition double LP housed in a gatefold sleeve is pressed in Europe on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

(016861754518)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

XIX

3:10

A2

Scarcatastrophe

5:06

A3

AOV

5:33

B1

The Devil In I

5:43

B2

Killpop

3:45

B3

Skeptic

4:47

C1

Lech

4:50

C2

Goodbye

4:35

C3

Nomadic

4:18

C4

The One That Kills The Least

4:12

D1

Custer

4:14

D2

Be Prepared For Hell

1:58

D3

The Negative One

5:25

D4

If Rain Is What You Want

6:21

SKU 016861754518
Record Label Roadrunner Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number RR7545-1
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 17 October 2014
Original Release Date (Year) 17 October 2014
Barcode # 016861754518
Shipping Weight 0.5600kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Printed Inner Sleeves
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Heavy Metal
Genre Nu Metal
Genre Hard Rock
Format VINYL LP

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