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Slipknot

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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Slipknot is awesome. I love vermilion. PT.2. Tripsy video
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U need to call youself little nutsac because we all know u aint got s**t for balls. Get a life u queer. Keep on listening to u2 an beiber s**t.
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They need to wear masks when they are Stone Sour cause They double suck as both
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If they could only bottle this music!! We all would be good.
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\,,/
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Their masks give them a sense of hmm.. What's the word..? Curiosity? Not only that, but they make great music too!
What will we ever do without music?
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Damn little fat nutsack get a f**king life. Bum a** dude
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Moomoo nobody cares what u think. U dont know good music
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If they made good music, they wouldn't need to wear masks. They suck, just like KISS they need to wear that shiit or no one would go to their shows.
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Just became a fan
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Slipknot is my life
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To be quite honest no one should be a critic then the people who actually get paid for it
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I have had it with their antics.
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Everyone ignore those who find it funny to talk trash, they will lose interest
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Slipknot is the best hands down
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Slipknot.. enough said, your argument is invalid
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Slipknot.. you're argument is invalid
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Don't forget their sheep, butthurt boy.
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nicko252008
MooMoo, flyinghomo, fatnutsac are butt buddies. You guys are gayer than a can of smashed dhicks!
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nicko252008
BYE BYE TROLLS!!!
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michael10170 2
I find it funny how people talk crap about bands when 97% of the time those people can't sing and don't have the courage to sing in front of thousands of fans.
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michael10170 2
I find it funny talk crap about bands when they don't even have to the courage to sing infront of thousands of fans.
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XD if you r gonna try and talk trash about a band all the fans will f*** you up. Don't do that man.
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rollineyes20 1 5
We all got left behind and people = s**t . Maggot corpse for life \m/. Oh yeah nicko's butthurts once again is a dumb s**t.
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U r all fuckked an overrated I think I'm gonna be SIC an its ur fault!!! This is the end of everything!! ! U r the end of everything!! ! !
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tlandry043
They wear masks because they're embarrassed about their bad music. Stone sour is a dumpster fire too. They double suck
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Slipknot is fukin awesome. And Corey Taylor is a genius!!
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i finished my colection on slipknot and stone sour :)
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This band is what I grew up on! I love them so much!! All talent and soul!! Maggot for eternity!
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Then there's no strike three, just talent.
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Slipknot did make it? Lol there probably doing there best they ever did. Slipknot f**kin rocks maggot for life!!!
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Killpop video today on YouTube 10am est can't f**king wait!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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alabastervil l i s 0
beyond disappointed in the new cd
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Actually, @flyinghobo1 5 8 , the band came up with the name "maggots" from one of their concerts. As they looked at the crowd all the head-banging made them look like a huge swarm of maggots.
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Slipnot is amazing! Follow me on Instagram ��fiji.kyra
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Slipknot is the best!
I AM A MAGGOT FOREVER!!!
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Slipknot is the life force to to drive an entire generation to endure and overcome the unpleasentri e s of our society . thank you -Maggot Life
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Slipknot=Lif e
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Slipknot freaking rocks !
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Slipknot is not a joke, what is wrong with you guys. All of you critics need to hold your tongue. This band is artists doing what they love, your mouth shut means nothing, you make yourself look like an ignorant c**t
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U ppl piss n mown to much like we give a f**k if u even live or die so ur barkin up the wrong tree
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If y'all don't like this type of music then why are u still lisening to it?
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So effing good
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Daily rant accomplished . Haha
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And contrary to past comments, this music has no effect on ones cognitive processes. So his/her illiteracy is their own downfall. Not as an adverse side effect of listening to this great music.
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Well said stephers26. This band is so popular because of the raw talent and ability to evolve with each new album. These dipf*cks dissing bands need to go listen to what they prefer, and stop trying to cause issues. Pandora is meant to bring people who enjoy music together. So go join your groupies.
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F**king awesome song!
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stephers26
Yeah because everyone just WATCHES music right? I don't know the last time I sat and watched music videos anyways. When I am listening to them I am not picturing them in masks. Their music is why I love them and I am not a foolish young kid either.
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They need masks and props because they could never stand on their music alone. This technique only fools young kids who don't know any better.
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F**k all of you who are talking s**t if you don't like it don't f**king listen to it
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