The Grammys love rock music … up to a point. While rock bands from Pink Floyd to The Smashing Pumpkins to Green Day to The Black Keys have earned Album of the Year nominations (and U2 won — twice), hard rock rarely gets its due in general field categories, and metal is usually restricted to its dedicated genre field. But Slipknot‘s sixth album “We Are Not Your Kind,” which was released on August 9, has gotten such stellar reviews that perhaps it will break the mold for metal in the general field.
As of this writing “We Are Not Your Kind” has a MetaCritic score of 93 based on 10 reviews counted thus far — all of them positive. At the moment that makes it the highest rated album of 2019, and it’s the highest rated for the band by 16 points. Coming five years after their last album, “.5: The Gray Chapter,” their new release is being described by critics as “truly awesome,” “staggering,” “brutal” and “experimental,” with “a new sense of sophistication.”
Slipknot have been nominated for 10 Grammys to date, winning Best Metal Performance in 2006 for “Before I Forget.” But the only time they have been nominated outside of metal and hard rock categories was in 2016 when “The Gray Chapter” earned them their first nomination for Best Rock Album. With the general field Grammy categories expanded to eight slots and the recording academy under pressure to recognize diverse music, this could be the right time for Slipknot to slip through.
The Grammys have given Album of the Year bids to hard rock releases by Evanescence (“Fallen”) and Foo Fighters (“Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace” and “Wasting Light”), but an aggressive metal band like Slipknot would be an unprecedented nominee. If nothing else, they’d sure make for an interesting Grammy telecast. Check out some of the reviews for “We Are Not Your Kind” below, and make your Grammy predictions here.
Michael Pementel (Consequence of Sound): “What Slipknot have done on their newest album, ‘We Are Not Your Kind,’ is truly awesome. If one were to say ‘We Are Not Your Kind’ is a ‘new form of Slipknot,’ that would be missing the bigger point; this LP encompasses all that has been and is Slipknot. From the guttural grinding of guitars to the blends of singing and screaming, to the mix of hectic and somber atmosphere.”
Roisin O’Connor (The Independent): “The sheer ambition of ‘We Are Not Your Kind’ is just as staggering as their seminal record ‘Iowa’ — the dynamic might be even better … With ‘We Are Not Your Kind,’ their first album in five years, Slipknot had more time to figure out their next step. And it shows, in everything from the record’s structure to the production, which allows each member’s musical prowess to shine through.”
Dave Simpson (The Guardian): “With so much to be furious about, ‘We Are Not Your Kind’ contains their most brutal music and yet, albeit occasionally, their gentlest too. The 14 songs push their sonic envelope, meaning that their trademark hooligan riffola and tribal drumming co-exist with experimental krautrock and (gulp) acoustic strums.”
Kory Grow (Rolling Stone): “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 … They’re more like something you’d expect to hear from avant-garde musical iconoclasts like the Body than something you’d hear on a major label.”
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