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Slipknot - 


ALBUMS:

Formed: 1995 in Des Moines, IA
Years Active: 90 's, 00's 
Genre: ROCK

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.


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.

http://www.starpulse.com/Music/Slipknot/Biography/
| Closed on 12/07/12 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
11 Fans 
9%a. 10 (KICKS ASS)
27%b. 7-9 (Really Good)
36%c. 5-6 (Ok)
27%d. 1-4 (No interest / never heard of them)
0%e. SCARY!!

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TOP COMMENT * * * * * * * * * * * *
#1 | 624 days ago

One of my favorite bands of all time.
10 (KICKS ASS)  
  
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#1 | 624 days ago

One of my favorite bands of all time.
10 (KICKS ASS)  
#2 | 624 days ago

Meh
5-6 (Ok)  
#3 | 624 days ago

(Edited by Jess)
This is probably one of my husband's top 3 favorite bands. I don't care for most of their music, but there are a couple of songs I really like...and Corey Taylor has a really sexy voice (edit to add - in slow songs. Screaming isn't sexy.)
5-6 (Ok)  
#4 | 623 days ago

Joe probably loved these guys
7-9 (Really Good)  
#5 | 623 days ago

Dont they have a new album out?
#6 | 623 days ago

Jason_ wrote:
Dont they have a new album out?
idk, they are going out on tour...does that help you any?
7-9 (Really Good)  
#7 | 623 days ago
Nick__ (+)

(Edited by Nick__)
Jason_ wrote:
Dont they have a new album out?
Their new album "Brutal" will be released in 2013.

It will be their 1st album since Paul Gray (founding member and Bassist) passed away of an OD in 2010.
5-6 (Ok)  
#8 | 623 days ago

JenX63 wrote:
idk, they are going out on tour...does that help you any?
Zero percent.  
#9 | 623 days ago
Nick__ (+)

Was never a big fan of theirs....I like a few songs and I really liked Corey's side project band STONE SOUR.  I saw Stone Sour a few years ago at the House of Blues in Chicago.
5-6 (Ok)  
#10 | 623 days ago

Jason_ wrote:
Zero percent.  
Your very welcome
7-9 (Really Good)  
#11 | 622 days ago

wish I had a noose for all the members of Slipknot so I can show them what a Slipknot is used for. Then pull the chairs out from under them.
1-4 (No interest / never heard of them)  
#12 | 621 days ago

(Edited by anthonyrichardlouisnaught)
anthonyrichardlouisnaught wrote:
wish I had a noose for all the members of Slipknot so I can show them what a Slipknot is used for. Then pull the chairs out from under them.
Thanks for the PQ, Wizard, but the band still sucks like Linda Lovelace: lots of unintelligible noise and satisfaction when it's over.
1-4 (No interest / never heard of them)  
#13 | 617 days ago

Sorry guyz.....they suck ballz...pozzers big tyme
1-4 (No interest / never heard of them)  
#14 | 617 days ago

(Edited by Kenne)
One of my favorites. I wanted to see them on the Uproar concert with Slayer, Motorhead, & Anthrax, but had other commitments.
My favorite song is Dead Memories, but I really like Through Glass by Stone Sour.
#15 | 617 days ago

Michael_G wrote:
Sorry guyz.....they suck ballz...pozzers big tyme
damn, am I agreeing with the clown? In this instance, yes I am.
1-4 (No interest / never heard of them)  

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