All Hope Is Gone

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Hardcore, sometimes violent metal with a message.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 20 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 79 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

One of the major themes of the album is questioning social establishments, particularly religious institutions. An example: "My life is undone and I'm a sinner to most but a sage to some/And my gods are untrue/I'm probably wrong/but I'm better than you."


There are many intense lyrics and frightening themes on the album. Although most of these references are based in a social commentary context, others are simply gratuitous. One example is the murderous track "Gehenna" with lyrics such as "I cannot deny that you were designed for my punishments/the blood and the body/control the cut so it's seamless/show me your heart/show me the way to complete this." Another example: "Kill your fathers/destroy another life/question everything we clung to for years/live forever/design a better death/confuse a liar with a savior from fear."


Strong language is used on many of the tracks, primarily with the words "s--t" and "f--k," such as in this line "F--k you all/I'm the only point of view."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Scattered references such as "Throw away your disposable past and fall apart like a cigarette ash."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a band that's increasingly popular with teens. With deep foreboding vocals, aggressive guitar riffs, and angry lyrics, the album creates a dark, menacing atmosphere filled with violence and agony. Although many of the band's lyrics are well thought out and critique culture, economic disparities, and American foreign policy, the aggressive nature of the music keeps the album from being appropriate for most teens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byimport3dguest May 29, 2013

Significant contribution to the genre of metal?

"Metal fans should see this album as one of the most significant contributions to the genre in a while."

Are you kidding me? While this particular a... Continue reading
Parent of a 2 and 7-year-old Written bykuntry816 March 18, 2010

i'll probably get bashed for this

it all depends on the children and what is the norm for the household my 2yr old would listen to slipknot invitro and to this day she can tell by the style of d... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byWillisded September 28, 2017

Deeply affended

I can’t belive you can put an age rating on a genre of music it’s ridiculous and downright stupid and to those who think this should be age restricted I strongl... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 2, 2013


This music album will help your kids learn what to do in case Jerry Sandusky barges in to their rooms.

What's the story?

The masked men behind Slipknot are back with a much anticipated fourth album. With a nine-member band and everyone contributing to the songwriting on the album, Slipknot presents a musically unified front and one densely packed album. The main themes for this CD appear to be railings against the Iraq War, conservative values, and deceptive leaders.

Is it any good?

Metal fans should see this album as one of the most significant contributions to the genre in a while. Smart, controlled, and even sentimental at times (particularly the track "Dead Memories"), the album is a tour de force of thrashing riffs and vocal indictments of Americana. The four initial tracks throw listeners onto a metal music roller coaster that takes no prisoners. No one is immune from the band's beatings, not the presidential administration, not the military, and certainly not religious institutions. At times the lyrics and themes become repetitive, but the band's clever phrase turning helps keep things interesting. And, Slipknot's Shawn Crahan's trademark lightening fast drum skills are alive and well. Although the album is certainly not for everyone, it should keep metal fans banging their heads for a long time to come.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why someone would choose to listen to an album that's so musically harsh. Do you think aggressive music can make a person more aggressive or influence his mood? Why do you think teen boys identify so heavily with a band like this? Does intense and angry metal music reinforce masculine stereotypes? Is violent and intimidating music a socially appropriate way for teen boys to vent their emotions?

Music details

  • Artist: Slipknot
  • Release date: August 26, 2008
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: July 28, 2015

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