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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
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I wish they had the Clan album from way back on here..
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theomis
seems slipknot has continued the vaganized music style... they used to be so good
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@Hard Rock California - I'm not going to call you a fan considering you stated, they have a lot of weird crappy songs. If you truly listened to all the albums and all the songs I would bet you'd have a different opinion. I have been a fan for the past 13 years, so I'm a bit biased I'll admit, but I would get educated before making such an outlandish comment. They are a HEADLINER band and play at big shows and judging by the turn out Wednesday in Nor Cal, I'd say they are not 'underrated' .
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Slipknot is such a good band ������������
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Awesome
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videogamekin g 0
People=S**t helped me beat a tricky challenge in Play-Doh Jam. Thanks, Slipnot!
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Highly underrated band, I'm the kind of the guy who loves a band for the sound, and a good handful of Slipknot has some good sound. Yes I'll admit they're weird and they have a lot of weird crappy songs but the All Hope is Gone album is great for the most part.
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High voltage is not a good way to sing. You Maggots have awful taste in music
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@Joshuamille r 6 0 4
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Snuff is so beautiful but I also think it's a bit funny that panic! At the disco also use the line 'if you love me let me go' because they're completely different genres with almost no similarities
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Whoever fat nutsac is dumb.my first wonzie was slipknot and theyre like coded im my dna and i love them to death theyre all i listen to so shut up u dont know good music from a hole in the ground so just shut up , be quiet,and leave us metal heads to our paradise:)
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Interesting comments haha, I personally love the Gray Chapter:) Although, I can understand SOME of the hate, but overall, a great album!
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Deez nutz
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Ears so I don't have to listen to this garbage band... @ guy below
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Let's finish these lyrics. I push my fingers into my....
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this is a F#$%^g AWESOME urn of events now!!
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F**k yeah. Nuff said!
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They still creep the fu©# out of me
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Excuse me alabastard? The "Gray chapter" includes the mind/work of Paul gray...plah- l e e z , stick w/their older music if you don't like it! Luv .5��
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First time hearing this song....l like this $#!+
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alabastervil l i s 0
i love slipknots music, but not their new one. i listened to it and was beyond disappointed . so uninspired, no anger, no heart, just all filler. its more stone sour then slipknot. if you are not going to put your whole self into then maybe its time to just walk away from it. stick to your side projects. watch as lamb of God speeds by them and steals the show on this tour.
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They wear masks because they are bad at music and show that they are a bunch of sellout bums. They had a higher voltage than stone sour, which made them more overrated and terrible. Not to mention that their fans are called Maggots, because that's what they really are
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I have loved this band since i was 9 years old living in iowa I'm npw 25
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Why does everyone hate slipknot's new album it's not that bad
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Hey nutsac. You talk a lot of sh**but you don't back it up. You act like a bada$$ but you would really wouldn't last two seconds in a fight.
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I must admit, I only like one of their songs and it's ok. I just not into the heavy heavy metal music��
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@fatnutsac, I hope you get a lethal amount of volts so we wouldn't have to listen to your stupid a** comments.
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Clarkston MI Kicked f!#÷=%G A$$
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Jim root is one of the reason why I play guitar LONG LIVE SLIPKNOT
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I love you guys & I miss Paul rest in peace
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reheal78
Allahu Snackbar
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Man these guys make terrible music as not one, but two bands. I'd wear a mask too if I made music that sounded like I was getting electrocuted with 250,000 volts.
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I know why you call yourselves MAGGOTS, a disgusting low form of life that wiggle around blind and mindless, can't even make it out of the pupa stage, IT'S SO FITTING
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People like Muhammad should be put in rehab because you support the illuminati.
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Corey and his music,even as a musician myself has saved my life .... \m/
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AMAZING BAND!
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That's right. ��PEOPLE=S** T !
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Slipknot is is awesome F**k Trolling a** holes.
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abevan55
Whoever says Slipknot sucks is a p**sy
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boring bands
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As a misanthrope I can really relate to the song people=s**t this kind of music helped me get myself together when I was angry at the world.
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diramioantho n y
This nutsac dude don't know crap, just another loser
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Exactly 1 more f**king month till they come to my town!!!! Maggot for life 6sic6
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Maggot 4ever.
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So go buy a Justin beiber shirt little nutsac.
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Fuckking loved it when they played I AM HATED on the re-make of Rollerball!! !
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The drumming just unf amazing
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ryansmith312 1 5
R.I.P. Clown
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