The End, So Far

The End, So Far is the seventh studio album by American heavy metal band Slipknot under Roadrunner Records, released on September 30, 2022. This is the band's final album to be released through Roadrunner, whom the band signed with in 1998.[4][5]

The End, So Far
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 30, 2022
Recorded2021
Studio
Genre
Length57:31
LabelRoadrunner
Producer
Slipknot chronology
We Are Not Your Kind
(2019)
The End, So Far
(2022)
Singles from The End, So Far
  1. "The Chapeltown Rag"
    Released: November 5, 2021
  2. "The Dying Song (Time to Sing)"
    Released: July 19, 2022
  3. "Yen"
    Released: August 5, 2022

BackgroundEdit

On May 19, 2021, percussionist Shawn Crahan stated that the band had been currently making "god music".[6] In an article published by Loudwire on June 9, 2021, Crahan revealed that a new Slipknot album would 'hopefully' be released in 2021.[7] He also added that the band would be parting ways with Roadrunner Records following the release of the album.[7]

In November 2021, the band started teasing new material on a new domain thechapeltownrag.com.[8] Several snippets of a song were shown on the website leading to speculation of a new single that the band would later confirm on November 4, with the single titled "The Chapeltown Rag" slated for release the following day alongside its live debut at the Knotfest Roadshow in Los Angeles, California on November 5, 2021.[9] In December 2021, Taylor revealed that the band were planning on mixing their seventh studio album in January, and hoped to release it by April 2022.[10] He also stated that he preferred the material on their forthcoming seventh studio album to that on We Are Not Your Kind.[10]

In February 2022, lead singer Corey Taylor announced in an interview with Eddie Trunk that the recording of the album had finished, and that it was in the process of being mixed. He described the record as a "heavier version" of their 2004 album Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses.[11]

On July 19, 2022, the band announced the album along with the album's second single "The Dying Song (Time to Sing)".[12][13] On August 5, 2022, the band released the third single, "Yen".[14] The full album was released on September 30, 2022.[12][13][14]

On August 22, 2022, the band announced that there would be nine special editions of the album to be released, each featuring a picture of one of the band members on the cover.[15]

The album is dedicated to co-founder and former drummer Joey Jordison, who died in his sleep in July 2021.[16][17] The original vinyl and cassette releases of The End, So Far were misprinted as The End For Now.... In a Reddit AMA, Corey Taylor said that The End, So Far was always the album's intended title, and that the misprint had been caused by "somebody [who] fucked up and didn't double check" with the band.[18][19]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?6.7/10[20]
Metacritic80/100[21]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [22]
Consequence Of Sound9.1/10[23]
Blabbermouth.net8.5/10[24]
Clash8/10[2]
The Daily Telegraph     [25]
Exclaim!7/10[26]
Kerrang!     [27]
Metal Hammer     [28]
NME     [29]
Sputnik Music2.3/5[30]

The End, So Far received generally favorable reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 80, based on 10 reviews.

Luke Morton of Kerrang! commented that The End, So Far was more of an album "rather than a selection of songs". He welcomed the new direction the band had taken with tracks such as the opening track "Adderall", a "six-minute, synth-driven track - with all clean singing", while still noting that the album retained Slipknot's trademarked heaviness, with "primal screams, blastbeats, and more scratching wizardry from Sid Wilson than we’ve heard in a long time".[27]

Andrew Trendell of NME gave the album four stars out of five, comparing the band's new direction to David Bowie, Tool and Stone Temple Pilots, while also noting that heavier tracks like "Hivemind" and "Heirloom" would provide comfort for "Slipknot fans of old".[29]

Blabbermouth.net, too, noted the band's new musical style, highlighting that, while singles such as "The Dying Song" and "The Chapeltown Rag" provided "skull-rattling heaviness and ululating waves of deathly riffing," tracks such as "Adderall" and "Medicine for the Dead" showed the band's, and in particular vocalist Taylor's, versatility and evolution.[24]

Cervante Popé of Consequence Of Sound gave the album 9.1 out 10. "As a new release, it’s got more than enough exploratory factors to keep the band from sounding stale, but it also stays true to the sounds that have turned us all into maggots in the first place."[23]

Reviewing the album for AllMusic, James Christopher Monger was also divided about it; "The End, So Far may not be a home run, but it proves that the band are still in it to win it, even if they're playing the long game."[22]

AccoladesEdit

Year-end accolades for The End, So Far
Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
Loudwire The 50 Best Rock + Metal Albums of 2022 [31]
Metal Hammer The 50 Best Albums of 2022 16 [32]
Revolver 25 Best Albums of 2022 16 [33]

Commercial performanceEdit

The End, So Far debuted within the top ten in over ten countries worldwide, including peaks at the summit in several countries including Australia, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.[34] In the United States, the album debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200, the first album of theirs not to debut at the summit since 2004's Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) while selling 59,000 copies in the first week with 50,500 coming from pure sales.[35] In the UK, the album outsold the reissue of George Michael's Older by 340 units after trailing to it in the midweek chart update, claiming the band its third number-one on the UK Albums Chart following 2001's Iowa and 2019's predecessor We Are Not Your Kind.[36][37] It sold a total of 14,068 copies, 12,083 of which came from pure sales while also collecting an additional 2,005 album-equivalent units from streaming.[38]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Slipknot.

The End, So Far track listing
No.TitleLength
1."Adderall"5:40
2."The Dying Song (Time to Sing)"3:23
3."The Chapeltown Rag"4:49
4."Yen"4:43
5."Hive Mind"5:15
6."Warranty"3:51
7."Medicine for the Dead"6:16
8."Acidic"4:50
9."Heirloom"3:31
10."H377"4:23
11."De Sade"5:39
12."Finale"5:07
Total length:57:31

PersonnelEdit

Credits retrieved from album's liner notes.[39]

ChartsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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