Slipknot Biography

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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 (some critics said ridiculous) 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 Grey, 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 reformed 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 minifeud 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. By August, the entire squad had decamped Iowa for LA, where they began work on the new record with famously bearded 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], which was slated for a May release. 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. On May 25th, the Subliminal Verses finally dropped, to the usual clamor of great fanfare and furious anger. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide.

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Fuck comparisons!! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/3/13

Why the FUCK does this Bio start out comparing Slipknot to Marilyn Manson?!! Their shit has nothing to do w/ anyone else's shit and they certainly weren't out to "shock rock". Just pissed off mother fuckers kicking ass!!

that's not cool... think before you say... | Reviewer: chey thompson | 12/5/12

i can't believe that the new generation thinks its all about the heaviness of the music its not all about how brutal a song is its all about the lyrics and how the song makes you feel come on "Someone with a brain" you're crazy for posting about all that stuff we're not stupid i listen to slipknot too and i'm ranked number one in my class i think your the one that should keep an open mind about music all i can say is your lost... you even said you were a slipknot fan too wouldn't that make you dumb as well as the rest of us? think before you say

guess what maggots | Reviewer: joey jordison iz epic!! :·) | 6/26/12

If your reading this world's best SlipKnoT review, then go to "slipknot x" to find out that SlipKnoT is touring around america in june and july! and SlipKnoT is releasing a new movie called "Antennas to hell" and a new album in 2013! with donnie steele playing bass!!!!

WTF??? | Reviewer: 40 year old Maggot | 6/22/12

This is in response to the review that said Joey Jordison died, one question for you... ARE YOU FUCKING RETARDED? Okay with that aside, I've been a metal fan for as long as I can remember and Slipknot is by far the greatest band I have ever heard! Not much else to say for now... STAY SIC MAGGOTS!!!

Maggots are the best | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/3/11

I just want to say that all maggots are awesome. I don't care who you are, what you look like--you're awesome, okay? I am one of the few, yet increasing number of girl Slipknot fans, and all I can say is that I'm surprised there aren't MORE maggots I know, because this band is amazing. 'nuff said.
Stay (sic)!

Sad News | Reviewer: Kidoshi | 2/17/11

As some of you don't know, the main drummer Joey Jordison has died. This is making SlipKnot decide if they should break up or not. I would hate for them to for I love their music, but there is a chance no new music may come from them any longer.

SlipKnoT | Reviewer: Miranda Renee | 2/2/11

ok, well all I need to say is that seriously, who ever thinks SlipKnoT is such a "bad band" may the devil choke you! sorry i just need to say that because honestly I cussed one of my friends out because they said that SlipKnoT has too many band members i was like go the fuck away from ME!Because what band has the greatest talent and knowledge that SlipKnoT does, and so i say to my friend go face the SlipKnoT nation that would fucking murder you, yeah im straight up about this shit, but this music, this fucking glorious music, has saved teenagers, including me, may SlipKnoT live on for eternity, and let all hell break loose,k thanks bye!

If you dont like it, get over it and go tell someone that cares. | Reviewer: Maggot | 12/16/10

Seriously, Slipknot is a bad ass band. All I have to say is if you dont like them, then get the fuck over it and tell someone who wants to listen to your whiney ass. We Slipknot fans do not give a shit about what you have to say, and like that guy said awhile ago, if you dont like them, then stay off their forums, why are you even on them? Do you really have nothing better to do with your pathetic life than sit here and criticize(spell check) people just because you think you are too good for them? Well wow, get a life. I seriously wish the best for you cause right now you are just look ignorant. So seriously, if you dont like them, dont listen. And shut the fuck up on here, cause we will ALL back up Slipknot and then YOU are the one looking like a retard. Maggot forr life=)

Maggots Rule The World | Reviewer: Voiceless Mastermind | 7/15/10

In the first place I want to thank Victoria Payran for agreeing with me, I was really glad to see that someone agrees with me and I loved the fact that you said my comment was kick ass.
I just want to add a few things to my last comment: Rush is not Metal, its experimental rock and that has nothing to do with Metal. And second of all the ones who complain about ‘’the new Slipknot’’ are stupid, they play the same heavy stuff but they just add more melodic songs but the spirit of Slipknot is always (sic) and they will always be heavy but they will just sing some melodic things and that just shows the versatility of all of the band.
No One Can Beat Slipknot, Motherfuckers!!!
Maggots Rule The World!!!!
Stay (sic) Maggots!!!!

agreement with:voicless masterpeice | Reviewer: victoria payran | 7/12/10

i agree with you soooooooo much.......... i am a huge freakin' slipknot fan my self its more like an obssesion kinda but not in a perverted way because the first time i listined to them i was like o my god they are super super super super awsome but ya pritty much get tha idea right???? so i think ur comment was really kick ass!!!!! it is actually my most fave comment ever!!!! i hope u dont take this the total wrong way plz dont!!!! :) peace to all the slipknot non haters and go eff off to all the slipknot haters!!! psych but it is very hurtful 2 me wen u ppl say bad things bout slipknot!!!!!!!!! slipknot is the SHIT!!!!!!!! now peace out hope to write again stay cool and rip paul gray you will be missed very much by the non slipknot haters out there!!!! but i miss hearing ur awsome kick ass bass guitar sound i hope to see u in person one day maybe i look forward to doing that but that might be really really hard. but i think JOEY JORDISON is the most awsome drum player ever he said that their fans arer MAGGOTS that is awsome as hell!!!! (well on my opinion) this time really peace out slipknot non haters!!!! <3 slipknot they r insaine!!!!!

SlipKnoT <3 | Reviewer: Lexxie | 7/1/10

SlipKnoT is so amazing their songs amaze me every time i listen to them. i freakin love Joey Jordison hes an awesome drummer and i have the same birthday as him :D
And Corey Taylor has the best voice i've heard in awhile... and SlipKnoT isnt just a band their a group of people.. brothers.. who come together to tell a story.. we'll all miss Paul Gray.. i love you Paul ^^

Maggot Forever | Reviewer: Voiceless Mastermind | 6/29/10

I’m sick of all of you fucking haters and all of you fucking cunts who hate Slipknot. I can’t say that no one gives a shit about what you say because some of us do but not because we like what you say but because we fucking hate you for saying senseless and untrue shit about the band we like. You are completely senseless because you clearly don’t know shit about what you’re saying. Slipknot don’t hide behind their masks and don’t wear them to feel more hardcore because if that was true Corey Taylor wouldn’t be on Stone Sour along with the guitarist Jim Root where they appear unmasked, and Joey Jordison wouldn’t appear on Murderdolls completely unmasked too and Shawn Crahan wouldn’t appear on To My Surprise and Dirty Little Rabbits completely unmasked too. I don’t know why but unfortunaly Slipknot must be the band who has the most haters but still they continue to make their fans think they are the best band in the whole world and they really are and it’s truly immature to insult Slipknot behind their backs and I think that if you haters could have a chance to say that in their faces you would be quite as little birds or say that they suck and then run away and after that living constantly in fear that they broke into your house all of this leads me to the point that all the Slipknot haters are in disadvantage because you are afraid of Slipknot but they are not afraid of you. Other thing that I don’t understand is why all of you haters go to any of the Slipknot lyrics in this site just to talk shit about them and it’s obvious that some of us true Maggots get angry about you just as you would be if I would go to any of the bands you like and starting to say shit about them, I think of all the haters as the children who never grew and I’m just waiting that they finally grow and start to realize that is really immature to go to some Slipknot song and be the one hater among all of the fans of Slipknot. There are some dumb fucks here talking about Rush and saying that they are together for over 30 years but what you don’t know is that 30 years is almost the total age of some of the Slipknot members, the oldest member of the band is Shawn Crahan and he is 40 years old, so it’s kinda impossible that in 2010 they would be together for over 30 years so that insult is completely senseless because you clearly don’t know nothing about Slipknot and I’m pretty sure that they will be together for over 30 years or maybe more. I’m not as some of you call a “narrow-minded Maggot”, I think that Slipknot is the best band in the world but I also listen to other bands like Metallica, Slayer, Mudvayne, Korn, KISS, Guns N’ Roses, Megadeth, Sepultura, Stone Sour, Nirvana, Marilyn Manson and I could keep going on all the day saying other Metal, Heavy Metal, Death Metal, Black Metal, Nu Metal, Doom Metal, Gothic Metal, Hard Rock or even Grunge(I only listen to one Grunge band, Nirvana xD) bands I listen to (I’m a MetalHead, I only listen to Metal in general or Rock) but I still think that Slipknot are the best. Joey Jordison is in my opinion and in the opinion of many people is the best drummer ever. If you have doubts about it try to listen to a track of the album 9.0 Live called “Drum Solo” in which Joey Jordison, Shawn Crahan and Chris Fehn start to drum out and I consider it almost supernatural. All of us Maggots say that Slipknot are unique because they truly are, for example: Did you ever seen a worldwide known Metal band that has 9, well 8 (R.I.P Paul Gray) members? And even the nicknames of the band members are fantastic take the example of some of the nicknames of Corey Taylor: “Mastermind”, “Great Big Mouth”, “Voiceless”, it’s just awesome. Some of the stupid cocksuckers that say that Slipknot are only good to play heavy stuff and to scream senselessly I have just a few words to them: listen to “Snuff”, “Child Of Burning Time” or “Vermillion Pt, 2”. To end this I only want to say this: You haters keep saying shit but Slipknot are way to good and way to smart for you because you always try to put t
hem down with violence, and then they beat you with Logic and Intelligence.
This is the first review I make and just for all to know and don’t have any doubts about me being a true Maggot, I know almost all that you can know about them and I have all their albums even the unreleased album Crowz and the rare album Clan and the demo Mate,Feed,Kill,Repeat (I don’t mean to brag I just want to make you sure that I’m a true Maggot)
Maggots, Make The Haters Know That They Are Completely Opinionless Among Us!!!!!
By the way, I’m Portuguese so sorry for any grammar or spelling errors
Maggots, stay (sic) Forever!!!

PEOPLE! NO NEED TO FIGHT! | Reviewer: ME! | 6/15/10

Best drummers of this era: Mike Portnoy (Second youngest to be inducted into the drumming hall of fame), Joey Jordinson (not sure I spelled that right)...Uh...I'm outta names.

The point is, there are great musicians, there are legendary musicians, there are horrid musicians, and everyone's opinions are biased.

Slipknot | Reviewer: Chelsea | 5/26/10

Personally, if you're biased and look at separate members of Slipknot, yes there are others out there who have mastered their instruments in a more "public" manner, but Slipknot is composed of 9...well, 8 (R.I.P. Paul Gray) unique and interesting personalities. Alone, sure there's better people, but together, Slipknot is an amazing band with interesting musical qualities. They've been alive ever since 2000. For those ten years, they have the craziest most loyal fans ever. They personify everything that a good nu-metal band should be.

SlipKnoT | Reviewer: 555SlipKnoT666 | 5/21/10

ok people,listen everybody has a different opinion about SlipKnot.Personally I think they are one of the best bands ive heard.People can hate but do you think you will have as much success as they do? NO and by INSULTING them doesnt make you cool ok,it makes you look like a freekin retard.If u DONT like SlipKnoT then keep it to yourself...stay(SIC)Maggots!SlipKnoT lives on forever!

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