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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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Going on the road to see slipknot
seeing them live may 13
slipknot kicks a**
You really dont always know where you stand!
I'm gonna SUFFER for the rest'a my life!
tiffanyadkin s 3 5
Slipknot is such a 'sic' band. I'm glad I got to see them live.
They are amazing
Slipknot rules
That are so cool I just want to take my soul out
Thay are awesome!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
peter.s.bogo s i a n
Devil driver stayed at my f**king house that night,along with left for dead. From des Moines as well!
peter.s.bogo s i a n
Whoever wrote this review should be fired or killed. Iowa has a huge metal scene. And it's disgusting they're compared to Korn and f**got Manson. I live in ia and opened up for sk, before they were famous and that's one of best shows ever. They played a wedding hall. In 1996 and people still talk about it.
'BOUT FUUCKING TIME YOU COME ON BACK TO NOR CAL! August cannot get here soon enough!! Summer time concerts, FTW! Amazing changing music...
I took my nephew to see Slipknot in Spokane, WA on October 21, 2009 and Deftones opened. Deftones was good, but Slipknot was awesome!!! I'm the chick crowd-surfin g in the video on YouTube: Slipknot (sic) Spokane, WA, LOL. Anyway, it was one of the best shows that I've been to. I'll always be a fan, even on my deathbed. Metalhead forever!!!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works!
I will always be a maggot until the day I die thank you slipknot I love you guys but I still miss Paul gray
SLIPKNOT is still awesome. No matter what anyone says
peter.s.bogo s i a n
I'm from Iowa. Opened up for them in Davenport before they were famous. Really good guys and down to earth
And the rain will kill us all
Throw ourselves against the wall
Psychosocial ��
Poor Nicko nobody is paying attention to'm. F#%k I jus did
Glad there is still good metal out there...
I love slipknot
I gave Corey taylor my ovaries
Lmao!! I remember singing this song all the time when I was like 8 xD lmao this song is good too btw.
Follow if you are a fan of Slipknot.
It's funny how people call slipknot slipcock when they're the ones sucking black c**k. Look everyone chill out and if u don't like slipknot stay off of its page plain and simple even retarded crack babies can understand that but apparently some fucknuts are too blind to see that they're wrong
Pepole =sh!t
SlipCock caters to 13 yr old kids. Plus they tried to go mainstream by taking their masks off a stone sour and failed. Bunch of mainstream sellout twats
Follow me if you are a metal fan.
Jtaylor2004 is on point with the Slipknot comment mos def. Respect Slipknot or if not jus stay off this page period. That simple.
King 810 and Korn with slipknot was f**king dope Kansas City will always be honored to have you here
So happy they took KING 810 on tour with them.
Slipknot is one of the highest selling most respected bands in the history of metal...they helped redefine what metal is ....period.w h e t h e r you like them or not....i dont like lil wayne but i respect him.and slipknot deserves everyones respect.
beheardnotsc e n e
Ahhhhh they f**king killed it in Tokyo in November!
beheardnotsc e n e
Ahhhhh they f**king killed it in Tokyo in November!
U cant see California without Marlon Brando's eyes!!!!!
Did...did the censor Butcher's Hook?!?!
Awso m e
They are very great in concert! Can't wait to see them in Charlotte! I make sure I start a mosh pit!
Not true, Im smart, I like slipknot, but it is true that satanic worship is not cool, bt still if u don't like slipknot don't listen to it.
Hey dark dude. It's not just you. SlipCock fans in general are dumb asses. Boogerman is the biggest one. Satanic worship isn't cool. Grow up freakshow
I'm going to go see them in May at rock on the range can't wait to see them I hear that there concerts are intense
darkmedusa00 0
I have to say I was not much of a slipknot fan till I heard the gray chapter and now I ask my self why the f**k did I not play there s**t before I was a DUMB A** FOR NOT SHAME ON ME
I think korn is and always will be better than slipknot
Knotfest 2014 was an incredible blast. Slipknot put on a great show and they certainly took great care of their fans - the entire festival was an A+ effort and everybody kept talking about how much the 40 invited bands were putting on amazing shows. I saw about 10 bands on Saturday and it was tremendously good.
Nicko252008 is butthurt. Since ur lil b**ch a** is private cuz u kno ur gonna be judged on ur taste in music wtf do u even listen to really? F#%kin punk p#$$y i'll call u the f#%k out all day till u reveal what u listen to thats all so much better than these bands u try to dis on the reg
They should put the album Mate.Feed.Ki l l . R e p e a t . on here
Always has and always will be one of the best! Rock the f**k on!
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