AOV (song)

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"AOV"
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]
Length5:32
LabelRoadrunner
Songwriter(s)

"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]

Background[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Van Horn, Ray, Jr. "Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter". Blabbermouth.net. 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". roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2014-11-10.
  5. ^ a b "SLIPKNOT Streams Their Punishing Sixth New Track "AOV" - Metal Injection". metalinjection.net. Retrieved 2014-11-10.
  6. ^ "Slipknot Reveal New Track 'AOV'". loudwire.com. Retrieved 2014-11-10.
  7. ^ ""AOV": Slipknot Approach Original Violence on New Track - MetalSucks". metalsucks.net. Retrieved 2014-11-10.
  8. ^ "Slipknot Reveal New Track 'AOV'". loudwire.com. Retrieved 2014-11-10.
  9. ^ "Slipknot Approach Original Violence On New Song ‘AOV’ - Music News, Reviews, Interviews and Culture - Music Feeds". musicfeeds.com.au. Retrieved 2014-11-10.