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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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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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Sarcastrophe is the s**t
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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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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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SlipCock sells shirts at hot topic? How embarrassing . But I wouldn't expect any less from a bunch of mainstream sellout twats.
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The drumming just unf amazing
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ryansmith312 1 5
R.I.P. Clown
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PEOPLE = S**T, NOPE SLIPKNOT = S**T, SORRY SORRY EXCUSE FOR MUSIC
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They look like they ate a fat nutsac
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Complaining about a problem without posing a solution is called whining... So why are you complaining/ w h i n i n g over music, it's just music so while you complain/whi n e you must have big issues and a bad personal problem and I think you should go take care of that very quickly before there are big problems amongst other people and cussing is not going too get you anywhere either and also if you can't say anything nice not say anything at all.....
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46,800 Maggots on Fuckking Pandora!!!!! ! Fuckk You Haters!!!! Hahahaha!!! Stay 6sic6!!!
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F**k yea slipknot f**kin rock's maggotttttts s s s s s s s ! ! ! ! ! !
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I have all of the t shirts for this band, i went to hot topic with my friend and we both got a bunch of slipknot shirts,

THE MAGGOT ARMY UNITE
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I have all of the t shirts for this band, i went to hot topic with my friend and we both got a bunch of slipknot shirts,

THE MAGGOT ARMY UNITE
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The kid just has a bad childhood. Idk why he has to take his hate out on all the good s**t. He just hates music that's actually good. Doesn't mean he has to listen to all the gay s**t. Little nutsac, go on the music threads you actually listen too. Your messages sound like a cry for help. Save yourself little kid.
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Alright, we get it
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Hey if that little fat nutsac keeps making comments, post on his profile. He's a beiber,u2,ni c k e l b a c k fan. Obviously doesnt kno anything about music. Dudes just full of hate and jealousy.
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I may not be a maggot, but this band is better than I thought.
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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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