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Formed: 1995
From: Des Moines, IA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Formed in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1995, Slipknot was a nine-member alternative metal band whose members adopted numerals as performing aliases; the stabilized lineup, in order from 0 to 8, included DJ Sid Wilson, drummer Joey Jordison, bassist Paul Grey, percussionist Chris Fehn, guitarist James Root, sampler/programmer Craig Jones, percussionist Shawn Crahan, guitarist Mic Thompson, and vocalist Corey Taylor.

In 1996, the group self-released an album titled Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. and attracted the attention of several labels, including Roadrunner, which signed the band the following year. Slipknot's eponymous official debut was released in 1999.

Slipknot has been a wide attraction on Ozzfest. Many people want to see what makes this band tick. With nine members, halloween masks, and metal they certainly are an attraction.

Latest Slipknot News

Below is our complete Slipknot news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Podcast

Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 28

Stay glued to our Official Podcast, MetalUndergrounders - we’re going to keep reminding you of our upcoming ticket giveaways at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

First come The Black Dahlia Murder and Suicide Silence on Monday, October 13th, followed by Attila, Crown The Empire, and Like Moths To Flames on Friday, November 14th.

If some of this stuff is too “scene” for you, or if you live nowhere near Florida, then share this information on social media for your friends. The further we spread it, the more ticket giveaways we can launch elsewhere, perhaps for YOUR favorite bands. You elitist prick.

Otherwise, for those able and willing to make it, fire an email to podcast@metalunderground.com with one (or both) of the headlining bands in the subject heading, and your full name matching your ID in the message body.

Now, on to this week’s topics. Co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) discuss some disappointing news: the impending hiatus of long-running Massachusetts metal crew Shadows Fall. After seven albums and over a full decade of worldwide touring, various factors have compelled the guys to hang up the spurs indefinitely.

Next, a happier subject, if murder, cruelty, and icepick lobotomies are your idea of a good time. If not, then you can always ignore the outrageous lyrics and enjoy the musical brutality, because death metal classics Cannibal Corpse are returning with a new album, “A Skeletal Domain,” the band’s thirteenth. Mike received an early promo and is eager to tell you all about it.

Finally - and you probably knew this was coming, so shut your trap and listen if you don’t like it; you might learn something - we discuss the latest Slipknot news (actual news, not gossip). The Iowan progenitors of the “American New Wave” of heavy metal have at long last revealed all pertinent details of their upcoming album “5: The Gray Chapter,” as well as unleashed a new single, “The Devil In I.” Stay tuned for our variety of personal reactions to these developments.

Listen in here, subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed, and enjoy!

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Knotfest Headed To Japan

In addition to the Knotfest taking place in California this coming October, the festival is also headed to Japan in November.

Sweden's Amon Amarth will be sailing to Tokyo, Japan for Knotfest 2014, which takes place on November 15th and November 16th, with Slipknot headlining both days.

Amon Amarth will be performing on the 16th along with Korn, Trivium, In Flames, and Five Finger Death Punch. Tickets, the complete line up, and more information can be found at this location.

Other bands to appear at the Japanese edition include Lamb Of God, Papa Roach, Limp Bizkit, Bring Me The Horizon, and more.

In other Amon Amarth news, earlier this month a brand new trailer was released for "Northmen - A Viking Saga," the upcoming action film featuring Amon Amarth's Johan Hegg. Hegg appears alongside Ryan Kwanten (True Blood, Knights of Badassdom), Ken Duken (Inglourious Basterds), Tom Hopper (Merlin, Doctor Who), and more. To view the official trailer (watch for Hegg in action around the 1:28 mark), visit this location. More...

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Slipknot Announces Tour With Korn

Slipknot's comeback album ".5: The Gray Chapter," will be released worldwide on October 21st, 2014.

In celebration of that forthcoming release, the band will hit the road with Korn and King 810 for the "Prepare For Hell" tour this Fall.

Tickets go on sale September 5th at this location, and dates can be seen below.

To get a taste of the new album, you can also hear the recently released singles "The Devil In I" and "The Negative One."


10.25 San Bernardino, CA @ Knotfest
10.26 San Bernardino, CA @ Knotfest
10.29 El Paso, TX @ El Paso County Coliseum
10.31 Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
11.01 Corpus Christi, TX @ American Bank Center
11.02 San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
11.04 Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
11.05 Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
11.06 Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center
11.08 Madison, WI @ Alliant Energy Center
11.09 Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premiere Center
11.11 Denver, CO @ Denver Coliseum
11.19 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Arena
11.21 Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
11.22 Lexington, KY @ Rupp Arena
11.23 Ft. Wayne, IN @ Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
11.25 Moline, IL @ iWireless Center
11.26 Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
11.28 Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
11.29 Detroit, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
11.30 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
12.02 Reading, PA @ Santander Arena
12.03 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
12.05 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
12.06 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
12.07 Boston, MA @ Paul E. Tsongas Arena More...

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Slipknot Reveals New Album Details

After posting two singles online (hear "The Devil In I" here or watch the clip for "The Negative One" at this location), the reactivated Slipknot crew today reveals details on a forthcoming album release.

The new album, titled "5: The Gray Chapter," will be released worldwide on October 21st, 2014.

Pre-orders are now online and can be found at this location.

The track listing for "5: The Gray Chapter" (the band's first album since the death of former member Paul Gray) will be as follows:

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 (bonus track)
16. The Burden (bonus track) More...

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Slipknot Streaming New Song

After years of waiting, the 'Knot is finally back and gearing up to release a fifth full-length album.

The band previously released a music video for the song "The Negative One" (still available here), and today Slipknot releases a new track titled "The Devil In I," which can be heard below.

Slipknot will also be curating the Knotfest this coming October. Check out the currently announced lineup for the three day festival at this location.

Further details on the band's upcoming new album - due out via Roadrunner Records - are still forthcoming.

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Knotfest Adds New Stage, 10 More Bands

Slipknot’s very own Knotfest has revealed additional bands for the October 24th - 26th destination festival held at San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds in San Bernardino, CA.

Featuring Slipknot, Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Of Mice & Men, and Anthrax, the Knotfest lineup has now added Fear Factory, Napalm Death, Satyricon, Amen, Otep, Prong, Immolation, Attika 7 and more. The new additions will perform on the Extreme Stage 005 powered by Kinetik Power and Ernie Ball.

See below for details and look for an announcement in the coming weeks about Knotfest's Stage 004. As previously announced, Slipknot will close Stage 001 both Saturday and Sunday, with unique sets each night, featuring brand new music and an entirely new stage set and experience.

Slipknot recently posted a first new song in six years, “The Negative One,” which immediately hit #1 on Billboard’s Trending 140 Chart. You can check it out at this location. More...

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 25

Last week, we were forced to cancel the Metalunderground.com Official Podcast due to scheduling conflicts and a relative dearth of fascinating, frightening, or fabulous news. This week, we are back with a vengeance.

In an extended episode, co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) hold a series of intense discussions regarding three different, but equally captivating, current metal topics.

Up first: the seemingly endless recording/production/mixing woes of epic Finnish act Wintersun, which released “Time I” in 2012 after an eight year wait since the now-classic self-titled debut. Fans are poised with bated breath in anticipation of the upcoming sequel, but master songwriter (and admitted perfectionist) Jari Mäenpää just keeps running into delay after delay.

In a fit of frustration, Mäenpää recently took to social media to explain his technological and financial catch-22 vis-à-vis Nuclear Blast Records. Mike and Kevin share some mixed opinions of all this. What do you think?

Next, it’s onto more of the outrageously popular Slipknot, whose only necessary introduction is this: some love to love them, others love to hate them, but no one can fully categorize them (please don’t argue that last point - you’re wrong).

It’s been six years since the best-selling but not-entirely-fan-pleasing “All Hope Is Gone,” and after several dramatic episodes and periods of doubt over the band’s survival, Slipknot has finally unveiled new music from the upcoming fifth studio album: video single “The Negative One.”

We, like most people, think this new stuff carries strong echoes of “Iowa” (2001) and even “Slipknot” (1999). We don’t entirely agree on just how good that is, however. Listen in to find out who you think is right!

Finally, we launch into a detailed reaction to “The Flesh Prevails,” the new full-length from atmospheric, progressive, insert-your-sub-sub-genre death metallers Fallujah. The album is packed with idiosyncrasies both excellent and dubious. Listen in here to check out the full range of opinions, and don’t forget to subscribe via iTunes or RSS. Enjoy!

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Slipknot Posts "The Negative One" Video

Slipknot is gearing up to release a fifth full-length album, and the band just recently dropped first single "The Negative One."

Now a music video for the track has been released, which was directed by M. Shawn Crahan himself and produced by The Uprising Creative. Check it out in the player below.

You can also pick up a digital copy of the single at iTunes here. The band has not yet revealed who handled the drumming duties on the track, and further details on the album are still forthcoming.

This upcoming release will be the band's first since the death of Paul Gray and the departure of Joey Jordison.

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Slipknot Releases New Song

After posting a series of cryptic teaser trailers online, Slipknot has now finally released the first full song off the band's forthcoming album.

Check out "The Negative One" at Slipknot's official website here (click the "Unlock Song" button at the bottom of the page). A YouTube stream is also available below, but it will likely be taken down shortly.

This upcoming album will be the band's first since the death of Paul Gray and the departure of Joey Jordison. Further details on the album are still forthcoming.

Slipknot will also be curating the Knotfest on October 24th - 26th, which will feature a diverse lineup including Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Tech N9ne, Of Mice & Men, Black Label Society, Testament, Hatebreed, Atreyu, In This Moment, Carcass, The Faceless, and many more. More...

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 23

The Metalunderground.com Official Podcast treads some touchy ground this week. Japanese pop-metal sensation Babymetal, a trio of decidedly illegal adolescent girls, has in 2014 sent the global metal community into equal paroxysms of laughter and rage, depending on whom you ask.

The gossip seemed to have quieted down recently, until several Babymetal photo-op pictures began surfacing on various social media accounts, including one with bassist/vocalist Jeffrey Walker of Carcass. Co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) uses the subsequent reactions to examine just why “metaldom” seems always so eager to vomit bile at easy targets.

Next, it’s review time. Co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) tackles “Amanuensis,” the new album from UK progressive metalcore act Monuments. He and Mike both admittedly struggled with the tongue-twisting title, a word Merriam-Webster defines as “one employed to write from dictation or to copy manuscript.”

Finally comes a shared reaction to the latest teaser for the upcoming (yet still untitled) Slipknot album, and a retrospective discussion on the unlikely Iowan superstars’ meaning and legacy over the past fifteen years. Love them or hate them, their place in history is secure and not to be ignored.

To check out the full array of opinions this week, listen in here. You can subscribe via iTunes or RSS. Enjoy, and don’t hesitate to offer feedback. Even if you want to call us names.

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Slipknot Posts Cryptic Teaser

After Corey Taylor recently revealed in an interview that Slipknot's forthcoming album is completed, the band has now released some cryptic teaser trailers for the impending release.

Head over to the band's website here to watch the bizarre video teasers (click the icons at the bottom of the page). A specific title and release date have not yet been announced for the upcoming Roadrunner Records album.

In other news, Slipknot will be curating the Knotfest on October 24th - 26th, which will feature a diverse lineup including Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Tech N9ne, Of Mice & Men, Black Label Society, Testament, Hatebreed, Atreyu, In This Moment, Carcass, The Faceless, and many more. More...

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 22

This week on the Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) returns after a jaunt in Europe, where he helped cover the celebrated Tuska Open Air Metal Festival in Helsinki, Finland.

A series of full-length articles are on the way, but for now, Mike shares a handful of impressions, recollections, and opinions. This year's Tuska featured numerous heavy hitters, including Dimmu Borgir, Anthrax, Emperor, Children Of Bodom, Carcass, Satyricon, and Insomnium. Check out Mike's initial breakdown of the experience, and learn which performances impressed (or surprised) him most.

Then it's on to a new review by co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead), this time of "From Parts Unknown" by eclectic Buffalo, New York noisemakers Every Time I Die. He's not yet sure how this varied release stacks up against his personal favorite, 2012's "Ex Lives," but is quick to assure you it brings plenty of thrills.

Finally, Kevin and Mike react to the recently announced Knotfest lineup - a thorough blend of mainstream and underground, old school and new - and the ill-advised kidnapping hoax by Texas deathcore band Upon A Burning Body, a publicity stunt that backfired spectacularly.

Listen in here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback. You can subscribe via iTunes or RSS.

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Headline News

Knotfest 2014 Lineup Announced

Slipknot - which is currently wrapping up work on a new album - is set to return to the U.S. with the Knotfest, a three-day metal and heavy music destination festival to be held October 24th - 26th at San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds in San Bernardino, CA.

The Knotfest 2014, powered by Rockstar Energy Drink, will feature a Slipknot-curated lineup of over 60 bands performing on five stages on Saturday and Sunday, as well as a Friday night VIP pre-party bash, band performances, and other activities for those that purchase VIP or camping packages.

The weekend will feature performances from Slipknot, Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Tech N9ne, Of Mice & Men, Black Label Society, Testament, Hatebreed, Atreyu, In This Moment, Carcass and many more. A list of artists performing each day is available now at this location.

Slipknot will close the Main Stage both Saturday and Sunday, with unique sets each night, featuring brand new music and an entirely new stage set and experience. In addition, all ticket purchasers will receive a digital copy of Slipknot’s forthcoming album, to be delivered on its release date.

“Knotfest is a chance for Slipknot to bring the sensory-overload of a wild European festival--and now we're coming for you, California,” says Slipknot’s M. Shawn Crahan (Clown). "Playing two different sets over two nights at one location is a new experience in the history of this band. This year’s Knotfests in the U.S. and Japan are going to be on another level." More...

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Slipknot Finishing New Album

In a new interview with Loudwire.com, Corey Taylor of Spliknot has revealed the band's new album is nearing completion.

Slipknot had previously announced the band would finally be returning to the musical world some time during 2014 after the group went on extended hiatus following the death of member Paul Gray.

An excerpt from the Loudwire interview with Corey Taylor follows:

The album is done. I’d say 98 percent done. I’m in the process of heading to the studio to give a listen, see if there’s anything we need to touch up. But yeah, it is very close. The next step is the mix, and we’re going to try to get it out very soon. There will be big announcements soon. Big things to hear soon. That’s really all I can say about it. I know we’re anything, if not diligent to our plan. The plan is to just slowly but surely get people to lose their minds for the next couple of months with just little stuff here and there leaked.

There's been some turmoil in the Slipknot camp this year as well, with Joey Jordison getting booted. Further details on the album will be forthcoming.

Read the full article at Loudwire.com.

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Rockstar Mayhem Festival Photo Book Seeing Release

Fans can relive their Rockstar Energry Drink Mayhem Festival memories with the "Mayhem: 2008-2013" book, a collection of dynamic and bold photos spanning the first six years of the festival. The following press release was also issued:

"Created by Los Angeles-based photographer Strati Hovartos, this book gives an inside view of the fearless, behind-the-scenes look at the art, the rebellion and the grit that, in all of its glory… is Mayhem! As the official tour photographer, Strati’s body of work has documented the festival since its inception.

"Striking and bold, his images have captured epic performances of Metal greats, such as Rob Zombie, Slayer, Slipknot, Korn, and Avenged Sevenfold. With the turn of every page, your mind will be dominated and transported to the timelessness of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.

"'Mayhem: 2008-2013' features special forewords by Rockstar Festival co-creators Kevin Lyman and John Reese, as well as Slipknot and Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor and Rockstar Energy Drink’s Jason May.

"'Mayhem: 2008-2013' is available now as a 2014 ticket buyer exclusive in select markets, so make sure to add 'Mayhem: 2008-2013' to your Ticketmaster ticket purchase at check out! If you purchase a VIP package, 'Mayhem: 2008-2013' automatically comes with your purchase. If you’ve already purchased your ticket or 'Mayhem: 2008-2013' isn’t available in your market, standby – more details on how to get the book are coming soon, including details on how to obtain it via the upcoming Rockstar Festival online store. More...

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Corey Taylor To Be Roasted

The Monster Energy Roast On The Range With Corey Taylor is set for Thursday, May 15th at LC Pavilion in Columbus, OH.

Honoring and lampooning Slipknot and Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor will be nearly a dozen musicians and comedians, led by Roastmaster Sebastian Bach. The third annual event in Revolver and Guitar World’s Rock & Roll Roast Comedy Series launches the weekend-long festivities for Rock On The Range (May 16th - 18th), which last year drew rock fans from around the country to Columbus Crew Stadium with over 105,000 tickets sold.

Joining Sebastian Bach on the dais to take aim at Taylor will be Jim Florentine, Don Jamieson, Craig Gass, Brian Posehn, Taylor’s Slipknot bandmate M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan, Scott Ian, Pearl Aday, and actor/comedian Finesse Mitchell. Jose Mangin (of Sirius/XM and Headbangers Ball fame) will also be on hand to serve as the evening’s official DJ and emcee.

Tickets for the Monster Energy Roast On The Range With Corey Taylor are on sale now starting at $75 (plus fees) at LC Pavilion, all Ticketmaster outlets and online right here. General admission and balcony seating are available. Doors for the May 15 event will open at 8:30 PM, and the Roast begins at 9:00 PM.

"Honestly, I don't know what to say. I'm a little nervous, a little excited, and of course a little gassy. But that could just be the excitement,” says Taylor. “I'm really looking forward to it, but knowing my friends and the possibilities for who could be a part of this, I have no idea what I'm getting into!" More...

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Corey Taylor To Appear In Horror Movie

A trailer is now available online for the horror movie "Fear Clinic," which will feature Slipknot/Stone Sour front man Corey Taylor.

The movie, also starring horror legend Robert Englund, marks Taylor's acting debut, but not his movie debut, as Slipknot performed in the 2002 remake of "Rollerball."

"Fear Clinic" will be released later this year, with further details forthcoming.

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OpEd

"That's Not Metal!"

“THAT’S NOT METAL!”

One of the most oft-hurled accusations among metalheads, to a point where people waste inordinate amounts of time bickering over this crucial distinction on which one’s very identity seems to depend, usually online.

Why? What’s hanging in the balance here? For let’s face it: at the end of the day, this is music we’re talking about – an art form, subjective by definition, and utterly dependent on individual taste. While arguments over politics and religion can get pretty silly, the importance attached to such views is still far more understandable than the absurd fervor with which many fans defend metal’s imagined gates of purity.

For all the fun metal has to offer – heck, I wouldn’t be writing about it were I not an avid fan – its overall fanbase is popular music’s most self-loathing and self-destructive, collectively and metaphorically speaking. In fact, many metalheads may take issue with my inclusion of metal in the “popular music” category, which itself is, I believe, the root of the problem.

Examining the sometimes-bizarre pathology of metal’s less-than-savory fanhood has long been an interest of mine, and while I don’t have the space (and you certainly don’t have the time) to unravel all my thoughts here, I will submit this: “That’s Not Metal,” quite often, is a smokescreen, a self-deluding attempt to marginalize an album, band, or entire subgenre one doesn’t like or doesn’t feel represents him.

It is a cultural form of denial. For when one identifies himself as Metal – and it’s a strong, dominant form of expression – all it takes is a ladle of insecurity to send him scurrying to defend the uniqueness and purity of his very identity.

I will now evaluate a pivotal development in metal history that may help explain the origins of this splintering trend within the genre. More...

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Joey Jordison: "I Did Not Quit Slipknot"

In the thread that just won't die, Slipknot recently announced it had parted ways with Joey Jordison for "personal reasons."

Jordison himself has now issued the following statement about the situation online via his Facebook page:

"To my fans, friends, and associates...

"I would like to start the New Year by addressing the recent rumors and speculation regarding my departure from Slipknot. I want to make it very clear that I DID NOT QUIT SLIPKNOT.

"This band has been my life for the last 18 years, and I would never abandon it, or my fans. This news has shocked and blindsided me as much as it has all of you. While there is much I would like to say, I must remain silent to further details at this time.

"I would like to thank you all for your unwavering love and support, and wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year."

With the two conflicting stories and neither side giving any details it appears Jordison was fired, and the current status of the band is unclear, although Slipknot is reportedly currently working on new material for release this year.

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Headline News

Slipknot Parts Ways With Drummer Joey Jordison

Iowa based collective, Slipknot has announced that the band has parted company with drummer Joey Jordison after almost twenty years. The reasons behind the split remain somewhat unclear, but a post on the band's official website reads as follows:

"To our Maggots and fans around the world,

"It is with great pain but quiet respect, that for personal reasons Joey Jordison and Slipknot are parting ways. We all wish Joey the best in whatever his future holds. We understand that many of you will want to know how and why this has come to be, and we will do our best to respond to these questions in the near future. It is our love for all of you, as well as for the music we create, that spurs us to continue on and move forward with our plans for releasing new material in the next year. We hope that all of you will come to understand this, and we appreciate your continued support while we plan the next phase of the future of Slipknot.

"Thank you,

"The ‘Knot"

Joey Jordison joined The Pale Ones, a band which would become Slipknot, in November of 1995 and was designated the band number, #1, due to him behind the first member to record their parts in the studio. He has appeared on all the group's albums to date and has been involved in several other bands including Murderdolls and most recently, Scar the Martyr, which recently released a self-titled debut album through Roadrunner Records.

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