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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.

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. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Fuckking love them! ♥
Maggot forever
This band kicks a** #maggot
I think I might move to Lowa
Damn I just started listening to this band and u absolutely love them
Sid, Mick, and Joey r complete badasses
I like the calm slip knot songs
oh F**K IT
Damn I somewhat remember when I first heard these guys I was in elementary school and my brother and cousin used to listen to them and seeing as I was the baby of the family I wanted to fit in with them I started listening to them and they still didn't let me chill out with them so that s**t was pointless but then again I still have to say that I truly love them because they were the first heavy metal band that I can remember, I don't know if I would still be listening to heavy metal/scream o mus
This makes me not mad... Hearing others angrier than me calms me.... I'm so screwed up it will never be funny
they did it they're way
Slipknot is the best metal bands of all time to they simply can't be replaced
Slipknot is f**king awesome , and yes swearing was necessary .
love them :) ...... follow if u love them to death :) ( u get a follow back ) :)
It can't be said enough how Joey is so damn amazing
So many hatin' little b**ch n**gaz. Y'all are all retarded. Go masturbate in a corner using your tears of angsty boo-hoo-ing as lubrication. When you hate on other things it only means you hate yourself. Man up, b**ches.
Joey didn't get f**king fired look it up he left to work on a new god damn project called scar the martyr which is an amazing band
Slipcock albums come with a warning sticker. It says you must be 13 years old or YOUNGER to listen to this album.
HideBehindMy S m i l e -- me too. And, I want to smack them. Stone Sour was actually first, and a lot people don't know that. I have been a Corey Taylor fan long before Slipknot and will always love him. Both bands prove just how talented he is. He has the melodic, beautiful vocals and moving, powerful lyrics in SS. With Knot, he screams, growls, yells, and curses all with grace and beauty. Again, with moving and powerful lyrics. He's a poet, musician, singer, author, and actor and ANY ONE wh
#vermilion pt 2.
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 read this you will die in two days. Now that you've started reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on five songs in the next 143 min. when your done press F6 an your lovers name will pop up on your screen in big letters. Trust me it works.
I like this Kathryn. I know too many slipknot followers that don't know who stone sour is.
---they listen to
ugh...the comments. If any one ever wants there self esteem lowered based on what music they listen to, the comments is the perfect place; honestly, this hole "this isn't real metal" thing.'.it's so f**king stupid. So, So f**king stupid i gotta make sure not to face palm so hard next time it really hurt. Ok what is real metal then please explain, because obviously your an expert on that, no get your hand off your dick and go play Justin Bieber you prick. Who are you to judge people on what music
Stone Sour proves just talented Corey Taylor really is. The lyrics are deep and powerful, his voice m a z i n g and beautiful! Corey Taylor is the Steve Jobs of music. Inventor, innovator, creative, and a pure genius. In my opinion, one of, if not, the greatest musician.
Not that pierce the veil is bad, but they are certainly more childish than slipknot
Thank you Kathryn. And to prove Corey Taylor is a genius, he also is the lead for Stone Sour. Check that s**t. Listen to it, love it. And to anyone who thinks slipknot is kiddie metal then all these teenage girls would fangirl over it like they do Pierce the Veil and other bands.
Dumb asses...age or race has nothing to do with what kind of music you like, so leave your age out of your lame comments. Secondly, Slipknot is not kiddie metal and whoever says so is obviously incompetant, deaf, or probably both. Go beyond the masks, costumes, and yelling, Corey Taylor is a genius. Pure genius. That is the only word for him. Joey is ONE of the greatest drummers to pick up the sticks. They are extremely talented and are so much more then metal. They are artists. Your lac
Love this song! I also love the crowds reaction when he said "Slipknot will not be performing."
ericmanzaner o
You guys Corey never fired joey it was staged joey said it himself
@Willow™ my dad got me into metal and he would kill me if I dated a black, or mexican
I'm so infinit, I make infinity look like a four!
Corey is such a f**king gay dick for firing the best drummer in the planet Joey Jordison and sad that The beast bass player in the planet Paul Gray died
trollingthat m a n 5

amen brother
Notice how all the people commenting on people's comments act like they have brains but we all know you're kidding yourself and trying to remedy the situation by belittling others? Didn't notice. Aw wow what a shame. Someone had to point something out to you... Again.
Aww kiddie metal. Listen kids. There are plenty of other ways to get back at ur parents like if ur a teenage white girl, start dating a black dude. That will get daddys attention.
Notice how all the people who like this band look to be 13 years old or younger. This is middle school metal.
trollingthat m a n 5
you just misspelled joey's last name.

Corey Taylor's an a** for fireing Joey jordanson
trollingthat m a n 5
my dad brought metal and stuff into my system ever since i was like 5 or something. so yeah
And willow you can go suck donkey penis thanks chupar mi dedos azada
Nickelback too omg
I've listened to slipknot and korn, 3 doors down,3 days grace etc. since I wad a father is a good music influence!
i was about 11 years when i heard of slipknot was immediately hooked been a fan since
Slipknot's music makes you want to go f**king crazy, and I'm black.
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