Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. This is dark stuff, but there's excellent musicianship to be found on these heavy meltdowns.
  2. All Hope Is Gone as a whole winds up being as bleak and unforgiving as its title.
  3. Happily, Slipknot can pull in these directions and still maintain a new standard of bone-crunching intensity . There are louder metal bands in the world, for sure, but the Iowan nine-piece continue to make the most noise.
  4. While their peers pander to the mainstream, the masked musicians continue to honour their scene by staying true to their roots while broadening their sound.
  5. The set is at once Slipknot's most ambitious and accessible outing to date, with a broad palette of sounds and textures that shift faster than Michael Phelps off the starting block.
  6. SlipKnot's fifth album finds the nine-piece alternative metal band at an unquestionable creative peak--but the effort may only further alienate some of its diehard, shred-metal fans.
  7. 70
    All Hope Is Gone, reportedly the first thing they've recorded in years without wanting to kill each other, proves that there's still musical unity in disharmony.
  8. Slipknot stops pummeling every now and then for a few lines of melodic chorus, a full-length dirge, even a power ballad that’s a sort of spurned love song.
  9. They needed to up their innovating significantly but haven’t, leaving All Hope Is Gone above-average.
  10. 60
    There's little original in the likes of 'Psychosocial' 'Snuff' or "All Hope is Gone,' but the bludgeoning guitars are crisp, the overload of percussion suitably crunchy and a sense of bravura and commitment that's lacking in many of today's metal bands runs throughout. [Nov 2008, p.118]
  11. 60
    Occasional, more straightforwardly anthemic moments approach the mawkishness of Nickelback, but Slipknot remain showmen at heart. [Oct 2008, p.108]
  12. 60
    Finding new targets for their thrashing contempt, Slipknot make ugliness sound just a little bit pretty.
  13. While it's not without its obvious highlights, All Hope is Gone feels too much like a demo with professional production values to make me recommend it as an album.
  14. Metal is supposed to be larger than life, especially in Slipknot’s case, and on this record, their attempt to sound more musically varied has them coming off as tired, apathetic, and above all, weak.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 156 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 57
  2. Negative: 10 out of 57
  1. Nov 17, 2011
    Only track I really liked was Psychosocial. While there maybe a few likeable songs on the album, It simply isnt that good. Really disapointing if you ask me. Full Review »
  2. JeffH
    Oct 7, 2008
    Probably the 2nd best album of Slipknot's. This album is at times hard, at times creative, and all the time enjoyable. With some of the best choruses of all their songs and some pretty nice solos from a guitarist who I originally depicted as "not very talented." It's not as heavy as previous albums (IOWA, Slipknot) but Slipknot are managing to broaden their musical horizons while still remaining true to their original sound. All Hope Is Gone is overall one of Slipknot's finest and is IMO should be regarded with just as much praise as the album "Slipknot" Full Review »
  3. Jul 17, 2011
    What can I say? This album is what got me into Slipknot in the first place. I personally love it all the same as their other albums. This is good music all around. Full Review »