All Hope Is Gone – A closer look at SlipKnot’s new masks

Well well! Wasn’t the timing perfect or what? Just a day or two after me discussing Lordi’s new costumes, SlipKnot releases a video where you can CLEARLY see their masks, and I figured we’d for the third time go through them. Apparently this videoclip is actually hidden, so instead of embedding it, I’ll link it right here for you.

But okay, let’s talk masks, shall we? I’ll start with Corey, because he freaks the hell out of me so I just want to get it over with. ALL footage below are taken from the video, and are the property of SlipKnot / Roadrunner Records.


Goddamnit. I’ve seen this mask now for the 347238472th time, and it STILL TERRIFIES ME TO DEATH. I just can’t get used to this. It’s something inside of me that is just dead scared of this. I’m not sure what the hell it is, but jesus almighty. I can’t look at it. I guess the job is somewhat done if I can’t even look at it.


The new bassplayer, rumored Alessandro Venturella. This closeup allows you to see the texture a lot better, and it kinda feels like a plastered version of Paul, and I think it’s specifically the nose that makes me think of Paul. I love the detail with the 9-star at the forehead too. Kinda enhances the idea of them standing out as replacements instead of getting their own individual characters.


Let’s move on immediatley with the new drummer, rumored Jay Weinberg or possibly Roy Magora(commentfield). Up and close I have to take back my previous statement about the masks being not so similar, because they are dead similar. I still feels like this could be a plastered version of Joey, but it might be my mind that are playing me tricks. Maybe it’s the hair. I don’t know really.


Sadly, #6 are covering most of his face in this shot, but it still shows off some details I hadn’t paid attention too before, like the “burnt” off skin on the side, or the scar over the eye. While I still find him a bit scary due to my fear of clowns, I still think this is probably his least terrifying of masks he’s had throughout the years.


#3. Can I just say something crazy? (I LOVE CRAZY!) No ok. But anyway – I can not tell you enough how much I’m in love with Chris’ eyes. Like. HIS EYES. GODDAMNIT. HE HAS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PAIR OF EYES I HAVE EVER SEEN. Perhaps his mask enhances the effect of his eyes, I don’t know, but seriously, I can’t, masked or not, stop staring at his gorgeous eyes. Anyway, like I’ve said previously, it’s a steelmask, at least to the look of it, rather than the green/red/beige/whatever he had before. I like the details with the seam right over the face. Love it. This is nothing but an improvement!


133 #5. YES. THE SPIKES ARE LONGER. I’ve noticed a lot of people have commented this, so it wasn’t only in my head! I love how they in a way are in the shape of a pyramid. Or like sunrays. I don’t know. Aside that, I think it’s pretty much the same as the previous eras. Silent little 133.


#0. I still think he looks like a fly. A cute, bondage fly. However, this screenshot confirms that the steelplate IS Indeed removable, juast as I thought. Apart from the fact it isn’t a full gasmask anymore, I wouldn’t say it’s a too big of a difference from last. But I do like the update.


#7. Now, can we please, please talk about Mick’s mask? Like, I already talked about how the extra “wrinkles” around his mouth makes me think it adds so much intensity, but hey, can we talk about the crack? OR PERHAPS THE YELLOW STAINS? It’s like someone hit him in the head with a brick (most likely thrown by Clown) and cracked his skull and now there’s a lot of pus coming out of the wound. And it’s making it’s way down to his eyes, infecting his eyes so he cries blood (inside of his mask) leaving even more pus coming out of the eyes.

Ok – joke aside. LOVE THIS. Just fucking love this. This could possibly be my favorite mask out of the bunch, just by these details.


Last but not least – loveydovey #4. Seeing it up close we can conduct one thing – This is going back to “All Hope is Gone” but keeping a BIG self-titled vibe to it with the wrinkles. I’m sort of glad they took away the red parts, I always prefered him with only the black marks. Can we, on the other hand, just discuss the beard? Or you know, love the beard? Like. I absolutely LOVE how they made the mask fit the beard for ultra-epic-beardness! Adds a lot to this jokerimage.

Well, that’s that I guess. It’s only a little more than a month left ’til the new album and I’m getting sooo pumped, like I’ve said millions of times by now. But god. While I do not want time to go faster, I sure as hell can’t wait for time to go faster.

// Sara
2 days ’til “Nailed by the Hammer of Frankenstein”
13 days ’til Lady Gaga
34 days ’til “MASSIVE ADDICTIVE”
34 days ’til “Vol 5: The Grey Chapter”
44 days ’til “Scare Force One”
45 days ’til Lordi


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