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Slipknot (Music)

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Slipknot is an American nu metal band from Des Moines, Iowa, which was formed in 1995. One of Slipknots trademarks are their "privacy" by using masks at public photos and film clips of performances. However, they have shown themselves without stitches on interviews and some of the band members, somm Corey Taylor and Jim Root, one can find in the band Stone Sour, and drummer Joey Jordison in the glam metal band Murderdolls. The only thing that has remained completely anonymous, and have not even talked in an interview, the pianist Craig Jones.

The band consists of nine members, and they are often called 0 to 8 instead of their real names are: Sid Wilson (DJ, turntables), Joey Jordison (drums), Paul Gray (bass), Chris Fehn (percussion), Jim Root ( guitar), Craig Jones (sampling and keyboards), Shawn Crahan (percussion), Mick Thompson (guitar) and Corey Taylor (vocals).

The first years

The band was founded by Paul Gray (bass), Shawn Crahan (percussion) and Andres Colsefini (singer) in Des Moines, Iowa. In the early years the band took many different names such as "The Pale Ones", "Pyg System" and "Meld" before they ended with Slipknot.

The first songs was created in 1993. Some of the songs on the album Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat, and other upcoming albums, was written at this time. Shawn Crahan was the drummer, and it was he who came upon the idea of having three drums in the band, when it created a powerful sound. They had their first concert in 1995 at a club called "The Love Shack." The band then performed without masks and called themselves "Pyg System". This was the only concert with guitarist Donnie Steele, who soon after left.

Debut Album

In 1995 the band started recording their first album called Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat, which came out in 1996. An edition of only 1000 copies and released by a small company in Nebraska. Many of the songs on this album was released again on the next album. The first album was like a demo and it meant that some record company was aware of them. Roadrunner Records wanted to sign them, but only if they work more with the songs. Slipknot acquired when Corey Taylor as new Forsang. Anders was then relegated to playing the drums, which led him to quit.

In 1997 they finally signed with Roadrunner Records and released more then a demo; Roadrunner Records Demo, in 1998. This was printed in just under 2000 copies. The following year, in June 1999, their self-titled debut album, Slipknot released, produced by Ross Robinson. That same year the band toured on Ozzfest, and now began a regular fan base. At the beginning of 2000 the album was awarded platinum disc as the first band on the label. In July 2001, Q magazine named the album for one of "the 50 heaviest albums of all time".


The band's second album, Iowa, was published in 2001. The response was very welcoming and Jason Arnopp from Kerrang! called the album "A beautiful welcoming hatred". and David Fricke from Rolling Stone called the release "the first good record from nu-metal era." The album was placed at No. 3 on the Billboard charts and ended up in first place in the United Kingdom.

In the summer of 2001 the band toured again in the Ozzfest, and at the end of the year they went on tour called "The Pledge of Allegiance Tour with System Of A Down (3 pics)". In connection with this the turn it was released a live album, Pledge of Allegiance Tour: Live Concert Recording. Slipknot performed at a concert in the movie Rollerball in 2002, where their song "I Am Hated" was also used as a soundtrack. The single "Left Behind" from Iowa was nominated for a Grammy in 2002, but did not win.

Towards a break

In late 2003 began Slipknot to write and record with music producer Rick Rubin, which had previously worked with famous names such as Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Slayer. They released their third album called Vol 3: (the Subliminal Verses).

Robert Cherry of Rolling Stone wrote that the album "experimented with new extremes, as in the case Slipknots meant sounding melody and traditional song structure." In 2004, the band for the third time on tour with Ozzfest. Early in 2005 the band went on "The Subliminal Verses" tour with Shadows Fall and Lamb of God.

Several band members collaborated with other musicians on the CD, Roadrunner United: The All-Star Sessions which was released in October 2005.

Slipknot playing then recorded a live album from their concerts in Phoenix, Las Vegas, Singapore and Tokyo. The album was named 9.0: Live was released in November 2005. The album landed on the 17 on the Billboard 200 album charts. In 2006 the band won a Grammy in the category "Best Metal Performance for the single" Before I Forget ". Their third DVD Voliminal: Inside the Nine came out on 5 December 2006.

Corey Taylor said in an interview with VH1 that the band would take a break until 2008, so that individual members could work on other projects. Corey Taylor and James Root are both with the Stone Sour. Joey Jordison is with the band Murderdolls while Chris Fehn is most eager to play golf.

Studio Album:

1996 - Mate.Feed.Kill. Repeat.
1999 - Slipknot
2001 - Iowa
2004 - 2005 - Vol 3: (The Subliminal Verses)
2006 to 9.0: Live - Live Album
2008 - All Hope Is Gone


Sid Wilson - DJ
Joey Jordison - Drums
Paul Gray - Bass
Chris Fehn - Experimental drums, backing vocals
James "Jim" Root - Guitar
Craig "133" Jones - keyboards, samples
Shawn "Clown" Crahan - Experimental drums, backing vocals
Mick Thompson - Guitar
Corey Taylor - Vocals

Former members:

Greg "Cuddles" Welt - Drums
Josh "Gnar" Brainard - Guitar, backing vocals
Donnie Steele - Guitar
Anders Colsefini - vocals, percussion




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