Though a name such as "All Hope Is Gone" certainly points towards the negative, Slipknot actually introduces a number of uplifting elements to their latest chapter of heavy thrash metal. After pushing their thrash-ocity to the ultra-max back in 2004 with "Volume 3: (The Subliminal Verses)," Slipknot took a hiatus from music making until early 2008 when they collaborated on their newest album cheerfully entitled "All Hope Is Gone." As said before, the album introduces some paradoxes. Though it is the hardest (and easily most face-meltingly thrash metal) record to date, it also injects some softer elements at the same time. Perhaps in an attempt to make the vocal shredding speed metal seem harder by comparison (as black looks darker when next to white), Slipknot has experimented with acoustic guitars, melodic vocals, and even the inclusion of hi-hats and cymbals to the drummer's kit. So far so good for Slipknot, as this has been their first album to peak at number 1 on the Billboard charts. Even better for the fans is that the new year will mark their first major US tour in about 4 years. If you need to find out any information about Slipknot tour dates, you need look no further than our website.