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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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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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"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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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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Jim Root Missing Tour To Focus On Slipknot

Slipknot announced earlier this year that the band would be reconvening in 2014 following an extended hiatus after the death of Paul Gray.

Stone Sour, which features Slipknot member Jim Root, has now released the following announcement about the band's upcoming tour:

"With an impending Slipknot album on the horizon, Jim will not be touring with Stone Sour this winter. Everyone involved is okay with the decision and our mutual friend Christian Martucci will be filling in on guitar.

"It was a difficult decision, but as the fans have wanted another Stone Sour tour and Jim had responsibilities to the writing process with Slipknot, we feel this is the best decision where everyone wins."

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Corey Taylor Video Interview Available

Radio.com sat down with Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour to discuss his new book, "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven."

Check out footage of the interview below, in which he also talks religion and Dave Grohl's Sound City project.

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Roadrunner Records To Release Box Set

Roadrunner Records has issued the following announcement about releasing a retrospective box set:

"On October 1, we'll be releasing 'XXX: Three Decades of Roadrunner Records,' a four-disc box set that chronicles our first thirty years in existence.

"Each disc in the set will reflect a period in our history, with artists such Mercyful Fate, Deicide, Brujeria, Suffocation, Type O Negative, Slipknot, Machine Head, Sepultura, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Dream Theater, Opeth, Gojira, Airbourne, Black Stone Cherry, and Rush being represented.

"Furthermore, the set will feature liner notes written by Decibel contributor Chris Dick in addition to quotes from founder Cees Wessels; legendary A&R guru Monte Conner; and artists such as King Diamond, Sepultura/Soulfly/Cavalera Conspiracy mastermind Max Cavalera, Trivium frontman Matt Heafy, Opeth leader Mikael Åkerfeldt, Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison, and more."

Further details can be found at this location. More...

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Slipknot To Reconvene In 2014

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor was recently interviewed by Fuse and you can now watch the clip below.

In the video, he discusses the recent theft of equipment, Slipknot's plans to reconvene in 2014, songwriting, and more.

Stone Sour's latest releases, the two-part concept album "House of Gold & Bones," are available everywhere now.

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Slipknot's Clown Crahan To Direct "Officer Downe"

"Officer Downe," the original graphic novel created by Joe Casey (Man of Action) and artist Chris Burnham, is getting the feature film treatment with Slipknot's Shawn "Clown" Crahan set to direct the Casey-penned script.

The Man of Action/Image Comics title "Officer Downe" details the story of a brutal supercop who continually dies in the line of duty, only to be resurrected by his superiors and sent back onto the streets each and every time.

Skip Williamson (producer, Underworld, Crank) and Mark Neveldine (director, Crank, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance) will produce the feature along with Casey, Man of Action. Slipknot manager Cory Brennan exec produces. More...

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Graspop Metal Meeting Live Stream Available

Couldn't make it to Belgium this weekend for the Graspop Metal Meeting? Good news is that the festival will be streaming live over at this location. The live stream has two channels streaming from the various stages.

Scheduled to appear at the annual festival are:

Friday, June 28th:

Twisted Sister
Korn
Soulfly
Papa Roach
Helloween
Grave Digger
Heathen
Crucified Barbara
Kreator
Mayhem
Dark Funeral
Korpiklaani
Unleashed
Varg
Coal Chamber
Heaven Shall Burn
Prong
All That Remains
Asking Alexandria
Veil of Maya
Katatonia
Rotting Christ
Entombed
Love and Death
Bliksem
The Monolith Deathcult
Generation Kill More...

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Joey Jordison Announces New Band

Slipknot member Joey Jordison has unveiled details of his new project, titled Scar The Martyr.

Recorded at Sound Farm Studios in Des Moines, IA, Scar The Martyr's as-yet-untitled debut album was produced by Rhys Fulber, whose production and mixing credits include Fear Factory, Rob Zombie, Mindless Self Indulgence, Front Line Assembly, and more.

The album is slated to arrive later this fall via Roadrunner Records. The label also comments:

"Recognized globally as one of the best drummers in rock, Jordison is both a primary songwriter and the drummer for the Grammy Award winning Slipknot. The Scar The Martyr recording sessions saw him behind the drum kit, while also playing bass on all songs, and rhythm guitar on all but two songs.

"The album was written by Joey and lead vocalist Henry Derek, and joining them in the studio were keyboardist Chris Vrenna (Nine Inch Nails), as well as guitarists Jed Simon (Strapping Young Lad) and Kris Norris (Darkest Hour) who collectively handled all lead guitars on the album.

"Scar The Martyr sees Jordison treading in new sonic territory and expanding upon his already remarkable abilities as songwriter and performer. A searing rock record that draws elements from post-punk and industrial music to create an immersive and modern attack, Scar The Martyr creates a menacing and enveloping palette of surging synthesizers layered under heavy guitars and Jordison's trademark precision drumming. More...

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Corey Taylor Reads From New Book

Slipknot and Stone Sour member Corey Taylor's second book, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven: Or, How I Made Peace with the Paranormal and Stigmatized Zealots and Cynics in the Process," will be published next month by Da Capo Press.

In the clip available below, Taylor reads an excerpt from the book. Corey will also be making a few personal appearances to promote the book, as well as the comic based on Stone Sour's "House of Gold & Bones" album. Details are as follows:

July 16 - Bookends, Ridgewood, NJ (book)
July 17 - Fourth World Comics, Smithtown, NY (comic)
July 17 - Book Revue, Huntington, NY (book)
July 19 - Book Soup, West Hollywood, CA (book)
July 20 - Camp Pendleton, San Diego, CA (book and comic) More...

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Ozzfest Japan Adds Tool, Slash, And Deftones

The line-up for the first ever Ozzfest Japan - set for Saturday, May 11th and Sunday, May 12th, 2013 at the Makuhari Messe arena just outside of Tokyo - has now expanded with Tool, Slash, Deftones, and Stone Sour joining previously announced headliners Black Sabbath and Slipknot.

“We’ve assembled an amazing lineup for the first ever Ozzfest Japan. Black Sabbath, Slipknot, Tool, Slash, what more could you ask for?” says Sharon Osbourne “And we still have plenty of surprises to come. The Ozzfest Japan line-up will rival any of our previous festivals.”

“It took a long time for Ozzfest to come to Japan but I know the fans here are going to feel it was worth the wait,” Massy Hayashi of Hayashi International Promotions says. “Of course, any time you have living legends like Black Sabbath on stage you know it is going to be a memorable event.” Last year, Hayashi International Promotions produced the sold-out one-day punk rock festival Air Jam at Yokohama Stadium.

Tickets pre-reservation started on November 25th and ticket prices are as follows: single-day tickets are JPY 14,000, weekend passes are JPY 27,000, and weekend passes including an official festival t-shirt are JPY 30,000. All prices include consumption tax, box office commission, and ticket printing fees. The latest information on Ozzfest can be found at this location. More...

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Six More Bands Confirmed For Download 2013

The organizers of the Download festival have announced a further six additions to next year's edition of the event, which will be headlined by Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein. The new names include legends such as Motorhead and Alice In Chains, as well as Queens of the Stone Age, Thirty Seconds To Mars, The Gaslight Anthem and Finnish outfit, H.I.M.

The festival will take place at Donington Park from June 14th-16th and will be the eleventh year of the festival. The lineup is presently as follows:

Slipknot (Headliner)
Iron Maiden (Headliner)
Rammstein (Headliner)
Alice In Chains
The Gaslight Anthem
H.I.M.
Motorhead
Thirty Seconds To Mars

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Black Sabbath, Slipknot to Headline Ozzfest 2013

Few details have emerged in the recently announced Ozzfest 2013 in Japan, which takes place on the weekend of May 11th and 12th. The latest announcement reveals headliners for both days. Slipknot will headline the festival on Saturday, May 11th and Black Sabbath with headline Sunday, May 12, 2013. More information will be reported as it is revealed.

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Slipknot To Headline Download 2013

The organisers of Britain's Download festival have announced that Iowa based act Slipknot has been confirmed as the headlining act for the first day of next year's edition of the festival.

"We are extremely honoured to have been asked once again to headline the Download Festival," said Slipknot’s Clown. "It’s always good to have the church of the Knot, the alter of the Knot, giving the sermon of the Knot to the congregation of the Knot, the culture of the Knot.

"This summer cannot come soon enough. Partake in the imagination or don't bitch."

This follows the news that British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden will be headlining over the weekend, along with German industrial metal veterans, Rammstein. The festival will take place at Donington Park from June 14th - 16th. More details will be revealed as soon as they become available.

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Paul Gray's Physician Charged With Manslaughter

The Des Moines Register has reported that Daniel Baldi was charged with several counts of involuntary manslaughter for the crime of allegedly over-prescribing painkillers to patients who subsequently passed away after overdosing.

Among the deaths that lead to the charges was that of Slipknot's Paul Gray, who died in 2010. Slipknot has now issued the following statement about the development:

"As the loss of our brother Paul Gray is still very fresh for us in the Slipknot family, this new development has us all in a state of anger and sadness. The fact that this person took advantage of our brother’s illness while he was in a position to help others has outraged everyone in our family.

"We can only hope that justice will be served so this can NEVER happen to anyone else ever again! Our thoughts go out to the families of the other victims. We plan to cooperate as much as we possibly can to ensure this tragedy is never repeated, and to make sure this man pays for what he has done."

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Slipknot Guitarist Pulls Out Of Rockstar Tour

American heavy metal outfit Slipknot has announced that guitarist Jim Root will not be participating in the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem tour due to health issues for an unknown length of time. This follows Root missing the bands show in San Bernardino, California. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"Jim has been seriously sick for the past two weeks and went to the hospital last week where he was advised that his appendix burst a couple weeks before and that it could have been life-threatening. Jim is at home recovering and is awaiting surgery to have pieces of his appendix removed and hopes to join the tour as soon as he is able. Slipknot will continue to headline the Mayhem festival and all other shows. We refuse to let our fans down and will not miss a single date. We will miss Jim greatly and our thoughts are with him. Jim sends his love to each and every one of our fans."

The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem tour will continue until August 5th and also features such bands as Slayer, Motorhead, Anthrax and As I Lay Dying.

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Slipknot Reveals "Antennas To Hell" Details

After posting several teaser videos online, Slipknot has now officially revealed the full details for the upcoming best-of album "Antennas to Hell." The album is due for release on July 24th, 2012 and Slipknot has issued the following press release:

"The time is right for a 'best of' collection from the band, as it captures the first chapter of Slipknot—a chapter where they’ve gone from unknown to the one of the biggest rock bands in the world, all on their own terms.

"This summer's Mayhem and Knotfest outings celebrate the band and the life of late bassist Paul Gray, and will serve as 'the end of the beginning' for Slipknot—this summer's performances will be the fans' last chance to see them as they are now. Of course the band will continue, but just as inevitable with Slipknot is the fact that the band will evolve, and the future is unwritten. Antennas to Hell serves as a companion to that celebration.

"The two-disc version of Antennas to Hell includes a bonus live CD that captures the band's 2009 performance at the legendary Download Festival in the UK. The live disc showcases the band playing a set of career-spanning classics in front of 80,000 rabid fans. The journey from '(sic)'—track 1 on their self-titled debut—to 'Snuff,' the haunting No. 1 rock track from 2008's All Hope is Gone, proves that. The album features fan favorites, live classics and well-known radio hits.

"Furthering the immersion in the band’s culture, this summer will see the release of the band's first-ever mobile application, Wear the Mask. Part mask builder, part social connector for fans, and 100% Slipknot in its look and execution, the app brings the Slipknot mindset into previously uncharted territory—the mobile devices of fans worldwide. Wear the Mask will be released simultaneously with Antennas to Hell."

The track listing is as follows: More...

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