AOV (song)

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AOV cover art.jpg
Promotional single by Slipknot
from the album .5: The Gray Chapter
ReleasedOctober 15, 2014
FormatDigital download
GenreThrash metal[1][2][3]

"AOV" (abbreviation of "Approaching Original Violence") is a song by American heavy metal band Slipknot from their fifth major label studio album .5: The Gray Chapter. The song was first released as a digital/promo single on October 15, 2014.[4] It was the fourth promotional single and sixth overall single released for the album.[5][6][7]


The song was uploaded to their official YouTube channel with a few days leading up to the release of .5: The Gray Chapter. It featured original cover art.

Critical reception[edit]

Loudwire stated, "‘AOV’ showcases a death metal drumming style, which can be heard throughout the Slipknot tracks released so far from ‘.5: The Gray Chapter.’ As for the voice of Corey Taylor, the man brings fury to the new track, yet switches off to clean singing during the ‘AOV’ chorus."[8] Metal Injection said, "As punishing as the track can be, there's a lot of counterbalance in there with some really great melodies!"[5] Music feeds said, "When the pre-chorus strikes Taylor gives meaning to the acronym AOV, singing “We bury what we fear the most / Approaching original violence”. AOV is the sixth song the Soundwave-bound Slipknot have released ahead of dumping .5: The Gray Chapter."[9]


  1. ^ Van Horn, Ray, Jr. "Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter". Retrieved 22 July 2015. 'AOV' zips into some of the thrashiest tones Slipknot's yet delivered, but that breakneck velocity only applies to the intro and bridges.
  2. ^ Woroniak, Thomas. "Album Review: Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter". RockRevoltMagazine. Retrieved 23 July 2015. The next track, 'AOV', starts out of the gate with a blast-beat thrash riff which blends effortlessly with a half-time double kick drum feel of the verse sections. The chorus balances the aggression of the previous verses with layered melodic vocals.
  3. ^ Brown, Dean (October 22, 2014). "Reviews: Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter". The Quietus. Retrieved 30 July 2015. 'AOV' is one of the fastest in Slipknot's arsenal, with Taylor spitting words over the rapid, thrash-fuelled verses and soaring high during the chorus.
  4. ^ "Slipknot - 'AOV' | Roadrunner Records". Retrieved 2014-11-10.
  5. ^ a b "SLIPKNOT Streams Their Punishing Sixth New Track "AOV" - Metal Injection". Retrieved 2014-11-10.
  6. ^ "Slipknot Reveal New Track 'AOV'". Retrieved 2014-11-10.
  7. ^ ""AOV": Slipknot Approach Original Violence on New Track - MetalSucks". Retrieved 2014-11-10.
  8. ^ "Slipknot Reveal New Track 'AOV'". Retrieved 2014-11-10.
  9. ^ "Slipknot Approach Original Violence On New Song ‘AOV’ - Music News, Reviews, Interviews and Culture - Music Feeds". Retrieved 2014-11-10.