All Hope Is Gone

Common Sense Media says

Hardcore, sometimes violent metal with a message.





What parents need to know

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."

Not applicable

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."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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.

Families can talk 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

Release date:August 26, 2008
Label:Roadrunner Records
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 15 years old Written byBludwulf June 1, 2010

Great album.

Slipknot, especially on this CD, lets you know that the way you were raised, and what you were taught, isn't the only way. They promote freedom of speech and the right to express yourself. Corey Taylor is certainly a good role model in the fact that he stands up for himself, and explores his feelings, without actually taking it out on someone. He can SING about being violent, but he'd never condone BEING violent.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
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 album is slightly better than the rest of Slipknot's, it is NOT by any means a significant contribution to metal. "Nu-metal" is hated by most of the metal community. If you want to listen to a band that made a contribution to metal, listen to Black Sabbath, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Death, Venom, Candlemass, Confessor, Dream Theater, etc. Not nu-metal.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Teen, 14 years old Written byPongo February 26, 2011

Okay for anyone high school age or older.

I just want to say that I found it offensive that this album got two :( for message, and the only thing that they sited was questioning authority "particularly religious institutions". Young people should be questioning authority, ESPECIALLY religious organizations, that often (not always, but often) have a bad message themselves. Questioning authority isn't a bad message, rebelling just for the sake of rebelling is. The only bad message I can think of on this album is the violence, but frankly, kids see so much of that anyways through what's on television and in the movies, and even the books we have to read for school this won't be anything new for any teenager in America.
What other families should know
Too much violence


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