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89

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. Aug 7, 2019
    100
    20 years since their debut, Slipknot are as bold, fearless and exhilarating as ever.
  2. 100
    With their latest studio album, Slipknot have released one of the strongest albums in their career. When it comes to We Are Not Your Kind, Slipknot live up to the title.
  3. 100
    We Are Not Your Kind is an astonishing record, a roaring, horrifying delve into the guts of the band’s revulsion, a primal scream of endlessly inventive extreme metal and searing misanthropy.
  4. 100
    The sheer ambition on We Are Not Your Kind is just as staggering. ... This may be one of the band’s most personal records, but the rage they capture is universally felt.
  5. Aug 7, 2019
    100
    Meaty riffs, expertly orchestrated songwriting skills, arena-championing choruses, and delicate experimentation with metal nuances – this is Slipknot, and this is undoubtedly a Slipknot record. If you want We Are Not Your Kind to be heavy, you got it – but there’s far more craftsmanship hidden beneath the distortion.
  6. Aug 9, 2019
    84
    This is grounded, back to basics writing that becomes the breath of fresh air for the album. This is the record the band should have come back with post Paul Gray’s death; it has all the hallmarks of what made Slipknot great in the first place, but it contains a lot of the good elements that came from .5: The Gray Chapter as well.
  7. Aug 14, 2019
    80
    More than anything else, We Are Not Your Kind feels locked-in on a personal level -- that aforementioned sense of melancholy resides uncomfortably close to the surface throughout -- and that human touch resonates, even as the band unleashes volley after volley of tribal rhythms, scorching riffage, and fathomless decibels.
  8. Aug 9, 2019
    80
    The album is a tad long, but the diversity in sounds and use of ambient noise make it clear this is to be listened to from beginning to end. There are plenty of single-worthy songs for casual listeners, while offering dedicated fans a more fulfilling experience by pacing the record's heavy moments.
  9. Aug 9, 2019
    80
    Overall, it’s an album designed to thrill and perhaps tentatively expand their fanbase, while the fiercely synth-rocking Solway Firth duly raises a middle finger to everybody else.
  10. Q Magazine
    Aug 7, 2019
    80
    We Are Not Your Kind marks a supremely confident reassertion of their capacity to pulverise. [Sep 2019, p.116]
  11. Aug 15, 2019
    70
    Slipknot make an unexpected impact with their newly-discovered tenderness, but it’s those instantly-recognisable throat-shredding roars that really shine.
  12. Aug 9, 2019
    70
    With all of the band’s nu-metal hallmarks at the forefront this time, We Are Not Your Kind sounds the more like the head-turning, self-titled debut they put out 20 years ago than any of their releases since. But what’s different here is a new sense of (gasp!) sophistication.
  13. Aug 14, 2019
    67
    For better or for worse, Kind is a Slipknot record, one that has more to offer than expected and is still sometimes frustratingly short-sighted.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 292 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 292
  1. Aug 9, 2019
    10
    You want Iowa, the self titled and Vol.3 combined in one brutally melodic fashion then this is your album. Creepy samples, eerie intros,You want Iowa, the self titled and Vol.3 combined in one brutally melodic fashion then this is your album. Creepy samples, eerie intros, beautifully crafted ballads and rip roaring choruses. Definitely worth a shot for the Grammys Full Review »
  2. Aug 9, 2019
    10
    Dark, heavy and aggressive! Just what you want in a Slipknot album. This will entertain casual listeners too!
  3. Aug 9, 2019
    10
    **** amazing. Great album with great songs (Nero Forte is my favorite), in the second half it’s Full of experimentation.