10 Legendary Rock Albums That Were Produced Terribly

9. All Hope is Gone - Slipknot

Not every record production has to be capturing what you do live. If you look at what people like Jeff Lynne or Trent Reznor do in the studio, sometimes it's about taking different instruments and building this magical track around all of the parts bouncing off each other. Slipknot have always fed off of their tribal atmosphere though, and that camaraderie was snuffed out for most of All Hope is Gone.

For almost any Slipknot record, the band is always up against some type of adversity to get the final product, like tackling their substance problems on Iowa or their own personal dynamic on Vol. III. The first red flag for this album though was how comfortable it was, with the band never really getting on the same page. While Corey Taylor looks back on this record fondly for getting home to see his son every night after recording, the rest of the band had complained that the producer wasn't able to get them all in a room to jam before going into the studio, which made the rest of the sessions feel awkward.

Though there are still some quality tunes to be found on here, you can definitely feel that separation in spots, especially when Joey Jordison said that he had to track all of the drums by himself before the rest of the band had even laid down any of their guitars. Given how little communication is going on, it's practically a miracle that the record actually sounds as good as it does. The hits may have been rolling in, but everyone's patience with each other was starting to reach a tipping point.

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