Following the death of bassist Paul Grey and departure of drummer Joey Jordison, to say it has been a tumultuous time for Slipknot is something of an understatement. Luckily, they have come back with a cracking album.
While not quite being as brutal as the first 3 records, .5 is a dark and heavy affair, full of atmosphere and aggression simmering below the surface.
When the anger breaks through, as on 'Custer', it’s masterfully done and an exhilarating listen. The new members make a seamless transition and though some of Jordison’s songwriting is missed, this is a formidable return to form.