Slipknot Scores First No. 1 Album With 'All Hope Is Gone'

August 29, 2008

The masked metal noisemakers in Slipknot have issued a blistering new sonic screed on All Hope Is Gone, the band's first album of new music in four years and first Billboard No. 1 album.

Bassist Paul Gray—an avid Peavey bass-amp abuser for many years—installed a full Peavey sound system for the band's rehearsal room just in time to begin work on the follow-up to the Platinum-selling Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses, which spawned the Grammy®-winning single "Before I Forget." 

"With a band that has as much going on as we do, being able to hear everything is crucial," said Gray. "The full-range Peavey system we're using gives us crisp highs, a thumping low end and more than enough power. It might be the only sound system strong enough to handle Slipknot!"
 
During rehearsals the band is flanked by two towering SP™6 enclosures, each a quasi four-way system with two 15" Black Widow® woofers for the lows, mid-range duties shared by the top 15" and a 6.5" professional mid-range speaker, and highs represented by an RX™22 titanium compression driver. Both towers, as well as four QW® monitor wedges, are powered by CS® 4000 Commercial Series power amplifiers that put out a pounding 4000 watts at 4 ohms bridged.
 
Directing the signal flow is a 24FX™ mixing console, a 24-channel desk outfitted with ultra-clear Silencer™ mic preamps—fed by PVM™ 22 mics with diamond-coated diaphragms—and four pre-fader auxiliary outputs per channel that provide four separate monitor mixes, one for each QW.
 
Gray is currently using his arsenal of Peavey Tour™ Series amplifiers on tour. "I definitely needed the power to be heard over nine people!" he said. "I needed something that would cut through, and Peavey had everything I was looking for."
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