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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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Selected Discography

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Track List: .5: The Gray Chapter (Special Edition)

1. XIX

2. Sarcastrophe

3. AOV

4. The Devil In I

5. Killpop

6. Skeptic

7. Lech

8. Goodbye

9. Nomadic

10. The One That Kills The Least

11. Custer

12. Be Prepared For Hell

13. The Negative One

14. If Rain Is What You Want

15. Override

16. The Burden

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Track List: Antennas To Hell

Disc 1

1. (Sic)

2. Eyeless

3. Wait And Bleed

4. Spit It Out

5. Surfacing

6. People = S**t

7. Disasterpiece

8. Left Behind

9. My Plague (New Abuse Mix)

10. The Heretic Anthem (Live)

11. Purity (Live)

12. Pulse Of The Maggots

13. Duality

14. Before I Forget

15. Vermilion

16. Sulfur

17. Psychosocial

18. Dead Memories

19. Snuff

Disc 2

1. (Sic) (Live At Download Festival 2009)

2. Eyeless (Live At Download Festival 2009)

3. Wait And Bleed (Live At Download Festival 2009)

4. Get This (Live At Download Festival 2009)

5. Before I Forget (Live At Download Festival 2009)

6. Sulfur (Live At Download Festival 2009)

7. The Blister Exists (Live At Download Festival 2009)

8. Dead Memories (Live At Download Festival 2009)

9. Left Behind (Live At Download Festival 2009)

10. Disasterpiece (Live At Download Festival 2009)

11. Vermilion (Live At Download Festival 2009)

12. Everything Ends (Live At Download Festival 2009)

13. Psychosocial (Live At Download Festival 2009)

14. Duality (Live At Download Festival 2009)

15. People = S**t (Live At Download Festival 2009)

16. Surfacing (Live At Download Festival 2009)

17. Spit It Out (Live At Download Festival 2009)

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Track List: All Hope Is Gone

1. Execute

2. Gematria (The Killing Name)

3. Sulfur

4. Psychosocial

5. Dead Memories

6. Vendetta

7. Butcher's Hook

8. Gehenna

9. This Cold Black

10. Wherein Lies Continue

11. Snuff

12. All Hope Is Gone

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Track List: All Hope Is Gone (Explicit)

1. Execute

2. Gematria (The Killing Name)

3. Sulfur

4. Psychosocial

5. Dead Memories

6. Vendetta

7. Butcher's Hook

8. Gehenna

9. This Cold Black

10. Wherein Lies Continue

11. Snuff

12. All Hope Is Gone

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Track List: Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) (Bonus Tracks)

Disc 1

1. Prelude 3.0

2. The Blister Exists

3. Three Nil

4. Duality

5. Opium Of The People

6. Circle

7. Welcome

8. Vermilion

9. Pulse Of The Maggots

10. Before I Forget

11. Vermilion, Pt. 2

12. The Nameless

13. The Virus Of Life

14. Danger - Keep Away

Disc 2

1. Don't Get Close

2. Scream

4. Danger - Keep Away (Full-Length Version)

5. The Blister Exists (Live)

6. Three Nil (Live)

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Track List: Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)

1. Prelude 3.0

2. The Blister Exists

3. Three Nil

4. Duality

5. Opium Of The People

6. Circle

7. Welcome

8. Vermilion

9. Pulse Of The Maggots

10. Before I Forget

11. Vermilion Pt. 2

12. The Nameless

13. The Virus Of Life

14. Danger - Keep Away

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Track List: Iowa

1. (515)

2. People = S**t

3. Disasterpiece

4. My Plague

5. Everything Ends

6. The Heretic Anthem

7. Gently

8. Left Behind

9. The Shape

10. I Am Hated

11. Skin Ticket

12. New Abortion

13. Metabolic

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Track List: Slipknot

1. 7426700027

2. (SIC)

3. Eyeless

4. Wait And Bleed

5. Surfacing

6. Spit It Out

7. Tattered And Torn

8. Frail Limb Nursery

9. Purity

10. Liberate

11. Prosthetics

12. No Life

13. Diluted

14. Only One

15. Scissors

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Track List: The Devil In I (Single)

1. The Devil In I

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Track List: The Negative One (Single)

1. The Negative One

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Slipknot is my favorite band in the world. I can't live without slipknot or the maggots around the world.
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abigailcream e r 4 7
kik me abbytheescap e r
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the grey chapter, more like the GAY chapter
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I saw both Slipknot and Stone Sour. They were great live. RIP Paul Grey.
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alabastervil l i s 0
i listened to the latest slipknot cd and im wondering why they made another stone sour cd and called it a slipknot one? hated every single too long, all filler and tragically boring song on it, Its so bad i feel like destroying all my old slipknot cds.
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I'm not your devil anymore!! \m/ (-_-) \m/
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aparsons2206
Everything post-Iowa is hot Garbage.
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don't read this because it actually works, go into the bathroom and turn out the light, say I love corey taylor and want to suck his bone three times, then turn the light back on and look in the mirror, you will see a DUMBA$$ LOSER looking right back at you, then sit on the toilet and rub one off while you imaging corey's bone in your mouth
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My Brothers 18 years strong I've been with them all great guy's but Corey has turned into a prick but slipknot is my world #maggot4life
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This is not satanic music ghost b.c. that is satanic music look them up i fucken dare you piece of s**ts
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:)
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Love every single slipknot Album. Love the new sound of .5 the gray chapter. Cant wait for the next albulm
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I remember when my friend bought Mate,Kill, Repeat when we started getting in music at 17
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I love this song
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HERETIC ANTHEM IS MY SONG
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stearmann4
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 oh don't post this you will die within 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary because it actually works.
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For having some pretty awesome songs, in my opinion, some of Slipknot's songs are just not good. This song has some great riffs and drums but the vocals are just poorly executed. Ruins it for me
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I don't think 13 year old girls are their target audience but, here I am... Please hold off the sarcastic congratulato r y comments lol
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F**k yeah mudvayne rocks
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I'd like to cover psychosocial with my band
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eyb uu
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Great f***in band man, been listening since 99' and will never stop!!!!
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Slipknot Sic is a F****** SIC Song
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Spit it out for shats sake,just say it...Crome straight to the Dome
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don't read this because it actually works, go into the bathroom and turn out the light, say I love corey taylor and want to suck his bone three times, then turn the light back on and look in the mirror, you will see a DUMBA$$ LOSER looking right back at you, then sit on the toilet and rub one off while you imaging corey's bone in your mouth
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Always dig Slipknot they are bomb, I love their music and it scared some people and I say screw em haha
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meg.huehl200 0
F**king love Slipknot
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I blame my brother for getting me into Slipknot
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SlipKnoT is my favorite band and always will be! Their music makes me want tk jump the f**k up!! The Maggots Shall Never Die!
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I love slipknot, its the soundtrack to my life
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Ok I like slip knot better
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Sulfurs a great tune. I absolutely love that entire album.
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I'm new to Slipnot. So far my favorite songs are The Devil In I, Psychosocial , and Before I Forget.
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dragonwraith 1 7
Killpop is a rape song. Beyond that insane psychopath serial killer rape song raping a deranged girl
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Post-90s crap.
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shuester34
I FElT THE AIR RISE UP IN MEEEEE!!!!
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breauxe
THIS
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Best band ever. I f**king love you Slipknot!
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love this song along with wait and bleed
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i saw this bad a** group at the carolina rebelion
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Their first two albums are what sold me, haha. Slipknot is amazing.
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Only their first two albums are for posers.
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Adriana stop posting that stupid trick because it is f u c k e d up
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Awful band, awful fanbase, awful gimmick f**k these emo posers listen to real metal you angsty s**ts
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Duality is the f*cking best song of all time. I don't care what anyone else says. That song is the greatest song of all time. Period.
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Iowa is the bestSlipknot album
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