Far from being a spent force, the newfound creative spirit that underpins the band’s latest album fuels a similarly innovative performance and there’s a connection between fan and band that is impossible to fake.
Perhaps history will see me on the wrong side of the argument and the band will turn their back upon their newfound sound in the coming months or years, but I would far rather listen to a group of musicians who follow their muse, even at the expense of an established fan-base, than pay tribute to a band who play it safe on every record. 8
Melodic, but with power and to spare, ‘Regret is for the dead’ is a confident, frequently brutal and always memorable album from a band who are destined for bigger things. 9
With standout performances from all involved, a number of genuine floor-fillers and a dark edge to the lyrics that makes for a genuinely compelling listen, ‘Serenity in suffering’ is a bright, bold explosion of an album.
With amazing new album 'rivals' burning holes in CD racks around the world, we were lucky enough to get hold of Coal Chamber frontman Dez Fafara for an exclusive interview.
Overall this is a more than welcome return to action from one of nu-metal’s hardest hitters and, should the band decide to leave it here, it is a far more fitting epitaph than the quiet dissolution that took place in 2003.
Still a creative force to be reckoned with, ‘.5: the Gray chapter’ is a particularly strong entry into the Slipknot canon and a highly recommended release.
It’s not a release I would recommend, in all honesty, to the majority of metal fans, but for those whose tastes are broad enough to count hip hop, r&b and dub step amongst their favoured genres, then The One Hundred are worth checking out, as they may well be for those who would like to hear a modern update on nu-metal. For those whose taste in metal is rather more traditional, however, I’d steer well clear.