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Slipknot's mix of grinding, post-Korn alternative metal, Marilyn Manson-esque neo-shock rock, and rap-metal helped make them one of the most popular bands in the so-called nu-metal explosion of the late '90s. But even more helpful was their theatrical, attention-grabbing image: the band always performed in identical industrial jump suits and homemade Halloween masks, and added to its mysterious anonymity by adopting the numbers zero through eight as stage aliases. Add to that a lyrical preoccupation with darkness and nihilism, and an affectionately insulting name for their fans ("Maggots"), and Slipknot's blueprint for nu-metal success was set.

Slipknot were formed in late 1995 in the unlikely locale of Des Moines, IA; after some early personnel shifts, the nine-piece lineup settled around (in order from number zero to number eight): DJ Sid Wilson, drummer Joey Jordison, bassist Paul Gray, percussionist Chris Fehn, guitarist James Root, sampler/programmer Craig Jones, percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan, guitarist Mick Thompson, and lead vocalist Corey Taylor. The music scene in Des Moines wasn't much to speak of, and the band's big-time ambition was usually met with disbelief and ridicule, which provided the initial spark for its mostly anonymous stage visuals. On Halloween 1996, Slipknot self-released an album called Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat., which began to build a buzz around the group once it found its way to several labels. It was picked up for distribution by the Nebraska-based -ismist label, and also caught the attention of Roadrunner Records, which signed Slipknot in 1997. Working with producer Ross Robinson, Slipknot recorded their official, self-titled debut album, which was released in 1999. They gradually built an audience through near-constant touring, working their way up to the summer Ozzfest package tour, which really expanded their audience. Their live shows were a much-discussed hit with metal fans, and the band performed with such energy that Crahan gashed his head open on his own drum kit twice that summer, requiring stitches both times. The tracks "Wait and Bleed" and "Spit It Out" got the band some airplay, but most of the buzz came from touring and word of mouth. Finally, in the spring of 2000, Slipknot was certified platinum; the first such album in Roadrunner's history.

The anticipation for Slipknot's follow-up was intense, and many industry observers predicted that it would debut at number one; however, faced with some stiff competition that week, the band's sophomore effort, Iowa, bowed at number three upon its release in 2001. More heavy touring followed, including another, more prominent slot on that summer's Ozzfest. After a long spell on the road, Slipknot took a break while the members worked on side projects. The band set up its own label, Maggot Recordings, and signed a band called Downthesun, whose lead singer had served as Crahan's drum technician. Wilson, meanwhile, began DJing solo under the name DJ Starscream, and Root and Thompson both worked on solo material. Drummer Jordison worked with a side group called the Rejects, where he'd actually served for quite some time as guitarist. Taylor, meanwhile, started a side band called Superego, and also contributed a solo song, "Bother," to the soundtrack of the 2002 blockbuster Spider-Man. That May, the band got some amusing press when some of its fans discovered the website of a British crocheting group also called "Slipknot," and flooded the members' in-boxes with excessively rude e-mails.

Guitarist Joey Jordison and Static-X guitarist Tripp Eisen teamed that summer for the Murderdolls project, while Taylor re-formed his old band Stone Sour and released an album. By the winter, Slipknot had still not reunited and Taylor wrote a commentary on the band's website stating that they had not spoken in months, and that they'd rather break up than become "the next Gwar." The statement sparked a quickly resolved mini-feud between Taylor and Gwar frontman Oderus Urungus. but it also sent many of the Maggots into a tailspin. By early 2003, Taylor had retracted his comments, and announced plans for a new Slipknot album. That August the entire squad decamped Iowa for L.A., where they began work on the new record with producer Rick Rubin. "Pulse of the Maggots" appeared in early 2004 as an exclusive download; it was followed by a full track listing for Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses. Slipknot then embarked on a brief tour as a warm-up for their dates headlining Ozzfest that summer. (The group also debuted a fully redesigned third generation of their famous masks.) Subliminal Verses was released in May 2004. It peaked at number two on the Billboard 200, and the band toured steadily for the next year and a half in support. They released a two-disc live album in November 2005, followed by a slew of side projects (Taylor and Root formed Stone Sour, while Jordison sat in with Ministry and Korn) before releasing their fourth full-length album, All Hope Is Gone, in 2008. Slipknot made a number of festival appearances during summer of the following year, and also embarked on their All Hope Is Gone world tour. On May 24, 2010, the body of bassist Paul Gray was discovered by a maintenance worker in an Urbandale, IA, hotel room; he was 38 years old at the time of his death, which was later revealed to have been the result of an accidental drug overdose. The band decided to carry on without him, saying it was what he would have wanted.

Two years after suffering the tragedy of losing Gray, the band released their first compilation. Spanning thirteen years of output, Antennas to Hell: The Best of Slipknot brought together the best studio cuts from Corey Taylor and co., along with a selection of bonus material, including their full performance at 2009's Download Festival. In 2013 Slipknot started work on what was to become their fifth studio album. During the recording process, it was revealed that drummer Joey Jordison had left the band, in murky circumstances which were widely held to be acrimonious, and that the band had recruited a new rhythm section. Both drummer and bassist were still anonymous at the time of the album's release, but were rumored to be, respectively, Jay Weinberg, formerly of Against Me, and Alessandro Venturella, formerly of Cry for Silence. Titled .5: The Gray Chapter in honor of their fallen bandmate, the album was slated for release in October 2014. Marking a return to a more raw, brutal, dissonant sound reminiscent of their earlier work, it was promoted with the singles "The Negative One" and "The Devil in I," which featured music videos directed by Shawn Crahan. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Track List: The Devil In I (Single)


Track List: The Negative One (Single)


Right. Jus stop listening to Slipknot if u dont like'm. Its not that hard to do. Well obv it must be cuz they're still doin it. Keep ur comments to urself. Either u like'm or u hate'm that simple. Slipknot is still metal an always will be.
newyorktwinm o m 1
And we're not dictating what you should like or not Nicko, we're just stating our opinions. So if you hate Slipknot, WHY THE F**K ARE YOU COMMENTING ON THEIR STATION?!?!
Ahhhhhyessss s . . .
newyorktwinm o m 1
Ugh u guys r idiots Nicko is doing what's right! The metal scene is full of gnashing dogs and elitists who all claim there band/genre is better then yours, which is as it should be. Slipknot sucks, ok? There mainstream crap clogs up my thrash metal stations an I'm sick of it thumbs down losers
newyorktwinm o m 1
Joey wasn't kicked out, he left personally.
Hey haven't heard this in a while! i used to LaLaLooooove Joey Jordison lol. Last thing i heard was that he got kicked out! I was like dang that's messed up :-(
Nicko is private cuz he doesnt want maggots seein the bullshit he listens to. I cant even imagine what the p**sy puck b**ch listens to. Prob Abba an disco 70's an some other wack a** p**sy music. Boy George wanna be dildo f#%kin b**ch music. Listen to something real other than 3 Doors down , 3rd Eye blind , Smashmouth. I bet u steal ur sister cds an rock out to'm as well u f#%kin Nickleback f**got buttrock punk.
What a bunch of crybaby's. I guess I have to have the same opinion as you morons. That's called dictatorship you bunch of Obama liberal lovers
I'm right there with ya slim shady.we don't need his dumbass remarks.espe c i a l l y when all we want to do,is enjoy some music
Get off of our good metal music channel nicko.we don't want u hear making negative and offensive comments
Lol I'm probably gana get a bunch of comments from kids who cut themselves or are on suicide watch but this bang is like scary af, like I listen to old school country and stuff like that then I wanted to listen to some Linking park and this nightmare came up , these guys belong is jail or something there so freaky , no offence but , I would take my kid to therapy and sleep with a gun if I found out he listened to this . My goodness I'm going to church this Sunday
newyorktwinm o m 1
They are EXTREMELY talented musicians Nicko! Just skip over them if you dont care for the band.
It's as god damned simple as that.
Leave all us Maggots alone!
All this nicko kid does is comment hate on good metal bands
Hey how about this if you don't like don't f**king listen to it they have a skip button for a reason
If my music sucked this bad I guess I'd wear a mask too.
brennatorres 9 2
Awsome Song's
Hey nicko don't be a hater dude it's not cool and it's just offensive and anything offensive you say is a waste a time and is 100% untrue because it's just an opinion
newyorktwinm o m 1
Just speakin' the truth, that's all.
newyorktwinm o m 1
Ur welcome johnheater19 7 5
You can't kill me cuz I'm already inside u!!!
Thank u,slim shady.sick of that crap!!!yes,a lot of kids listen to them.and its great!!
newyorktwinm o m 1
If you don't like Slipknot Nicko252008 then keep your mouth shut. Don't insult kids like that because a lot of 13 year old kids listen to Slipknot.
U r a douche nicko. Don't talk to any kid or anyone that way.idiot
.5 The Gray Chapter was perfect. Exactly what the metal genre needed. It is a perfect example of staying true to what metal is about.
Not a huge fan of their latest project
I'm 11 and I listen to slipknot I like the devil in i
Only 13 yr old teens listen to SlipCock
1 kiss your left hand
2 say your crush's name
3 close your hand
4 pick a school day
5 say your name
5 post this on 15 different songs and the day you pick your crush will ask you out
Love it,gettin fukered up!!!! :-)
umm actually this is vermillion part 2: bloodstone remix
newyorktwinm o m 1
Cut cut cut me up
And f**k f**k f**k me up
Cut cut cut me up
And f**k f**k f**k me up
1 kiss your left hand
2 say your crush's name
3 close your hand
4 pick a school day
5 say your name
5 post this on 15 different songs and the day you pick your crush will ask you out
Awesome *******
CUT CUT CUT ME UP AN F#%K F#%K F#%K ME UP!!!!!! 6sic6
The gray chapter is a great album
Best soung wen u play cod games
Dead memories best song ever its so easy to relate to for me
Slim Shady i'm jealous u got to see that show mos def. I would've killed to see the tour wrap up in my home state MURDAMASS. Stay 6sic6 maggot
newyorktwinm o m 1
Was at the final show of the Prepare For Hell Tour. Ya missed out Erik Hashem.
The Prepare For Hell Tour was tonite an I ended up havin to work an couldnt see'm AHHHHHHHH!!! ! ! FML
Went to the slipknot & korn & king concert last month.i actually enjoyed it c:
newyorktwinm o m 1
Amazing concert! Loved it!
Yeah dudes love this band forever
My Husband saw them when they came to Chicago... He said that King is decent live if anything they could use another Guitarist.
Has anyone on here seen'm live this tour yet and if yes is KING 810 as good live than they r in studio?
Im glad my dad got me in to this band
newyorktwinm o m 1
I got the chance to meet all nine members of Slipknot in San Bernardino, CA, after Day 2 of Knotfest '14. Really cool people. Also got a few masks. They really stink XD! They did everything in them, sweat, throw up, etc.
Still really awesome.
Wait and bleed is a boss song
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