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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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Slipknot Addresses New Member Speculation

As part of Metal Injection's Knotfest report, west coast correspondent Johnny Orlando Jr. had a chance to speak with Slipknot's Clown, who addressed the speculation about the band's new bassist and drummer:

"We got a new drummer and a new bass player. Get the fuck over it. Oh well! You know it’s so funny how stupid people are. Even though everybody thinks they know, they keep asking.

"So I don’t have to say shit and I’m going to sit here for the rest of my life and just wait for everybody to figure it out. If you think you know, maybe you do, maybe you don’t. But don’t ask me because I don’t care. And it’s awesome, because people can’t let that go."

The band's new full-length album ".5: The Grey Chapter" was just released last week.

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Slipknot Streams Full New Album

After releasing single tracks day by day, the wait is finally over and fans can now see if new Slipknot material stacks up against the old.

Today you can stream all of ".5: The Gray Chapter" by heading over to this location (use the buttons at the top-right corner to switch between songs).

Be sure to also check out our latest weekly podcast, in which we reviewed the album ourselves.

Due out October 21st, the band's first full-length studio album since the death of Paul Gray can be pre-ordered at iTunes here.

The track listing is as follows: More...

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 35

In addition to the upcoming Attila show at Fort Lauderdale’s Revolution Live on Friday, November 14th (supported by Crown The Empire and Like Moths To Flames), we at the MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast are now staging another ticket giveaway contest through the same venue: The Ghost Inside (supported by Every Time I Die and Architects) on Sunday, November 30th. If interested, submit your full name matching your ID to podcast@metalunderground.com with one of the headlining bands in the subject line.

We launch this week’s episode with the song “These Empty Skies” from Keychain, a melodic hard rock five-piece based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The band formed in Novi Sad, Serbia, in 2009 covering songs by Godsmack, Shinedown, and (hold your tongue) Nickelback. After a disbandment and reformation, Keychain is currently working on a full-length original studio album.

Then co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) reports on his adventures this week on the road. He joined members of Lynchburg, Virginia metallers Mourn The Illusion on a whirlwind trek through North Carolina, starting with a headlining show by Italy’s Lacuna Coil at Greensboro’s Greene Street Club and a lively interview with the warm and lovely Cristina Scabbia (vocals). The following day came a jaunt over to Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte, an intimate, underground, sparsely promoted show, and a “special evening with” Soulfly and the entire Cavalera Tribe. Stay tuned for Mike’s rundown of events.

Finally - and you knew we couldn’t leave this one alone - Mike and co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) serve up the in-depth review and analysis you’ve been anticipating (or dreading) for months: Slipknot’s upcoming fifth full-length “.5: The Gray Chapter.” While reactions on at least one of our parts are a tad early, and a patented opinion might require a few more listens, we nonetheless do our enthusiastic best to describe in thorough detail the essence of this fascinating and rather unpredictable work of metal (and yes, Slipknot IS metal).

Listen in here, subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed, and enjoy! And not to worry - after today, we’re finished with Slipknot for the foreseeable future. Perhaps.

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Slipknot Streaming "Killpop"

The barrage of new Slipknot material continues today!

".5: The Gray Chapter" - the band's first since full-length release since the death of Paul Gray - is due out October 21st via Roadrunner Records.

Today you can hear the new song "Killpop" online by heading to the album's official website here.

Previously released tracks include "AOV" as well as "Custer" and "Sacrastrophe."

The full track listing is as follows: More...

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Slipknot Streaming "AOV"

Slipknot keeps on bringing the pain!

After just streaming the new songs "Custer" and "Sacrastrophe" (listen in over here), the reunited band today drops the track "AOV."

Check out this newly released song over at the official Slipknot website.

These new tracks hail from Slipknot's impending comeback album, ".5: The Gray Chapter," which will be the band's first since the death of Paul Gray.

".5: The Gray Chapter" is due out October 21st via Roadrunner Records and the album's track listing is as follows: More...

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Slipknot Streaming New Tracks Online

Slipknot has now released two more tracks online from the band's forthcoming comeback album ".5: The Gray Chapter."

You can now hear the new song "Custer" in the YouTube player provided below.

Another new track titled "Sarcastrophe" is also available for streaming online at the band's website here.

".5: The Gray Chapter" will be available this coming October 21st via Roadrunner Records.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. XIX
2. Sarcastrophe
3. AOV
4. The Devil In I (watch the video over here)
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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Knotfest Announces Onsite Attractions

Slipknot’s Knotfest has announced new details about the onsite attractions and activities for fans at the October 24th - 26th destination festival held at San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds in San Bernardino, CA.

From the Slipknot-curated Slipknot Museum to an onsite tattoo parlor, flaming carnival games, and even the unforgettable Scent of Knotfest, the festival promises an epic experience for Maggots and metalheads even apart from the five stages of earsplitting music.

Knotfest’s massive lineup features Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Of Mice & Men, Anthrax and dozens more playing on five stages on Saturday and Sunday.

A Friday night VIP pre-party bash will feature exclusive performances from Suicide Silence, The Black Dahlia Murder and more, as well as other activities for those that have purchased VIP or camping packages.

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.

In addition, all Knotfest online ticket purchasers (and those that purchase tickets before October 5th to Slipknot's headline tour with Korn and King 810) will receive a digital download of the new album ".5: The Gray Chapter" delivered 24 hours early.

The following attractions at the festival have now been revealed: More...

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 30

Before we summarize this week’s MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast, your fabulous co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure), who rather enjoys referring to himself in the third person, is about to lazily copy and paste an important notice from last week… and the week before.

“We,” meaning Token Hispanic co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead), are hosting two upcoming ticket giveaways through Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. First comes The Black Dahlia Murder (supported by Suicide Silence) on Monday, October 13th, followed by Attila (supported by Crown The Empire and Like Moths To Flames) on Friday, November 14th.

If interested, please 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.

Additionally, if you’re an unsigned metal band with a kickass song you’d like to hear featured as our weekly intro music, we’d like to hear it! Please contact us via the email address above.

Kicking off this week’s topics, Mike relays the recent announcement by Swedish death metallers Bloodbath regarding the upcoming fourth studio album “Grand Morbid Funeral,” due out November 17th on Peaceville Records. He also shares some thoughts concerning the group’s as-yet-unidentified new vocalist, so pay attention.

Next, it’s - put a sock in it - more Slipknot. Hey, activity in the Iowan legends’ camp is newsworthy, so we’re going to discuss it. This sour little tidbit revolves around the band’s revelation that percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan is designing two identical masks for the new rhythm section, deliberately distinct from the rest. Whether this bit of ritualistic “othering” is the start of a Newstedian hazing campaign is yet to be determined.

Bummed about the disappointing new In Flames album? So were we. Which is why this week we’re overjoyed to gush about “Exit Wounds,” the ripping, thrashing, and successful return to form by The Haunted, a Swedish band that’s done what most of us wish In Flames had. Stay tuned to hear our full thoughts; we hope you agree!

Tune in here, enjoy, and don’t forget to subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed.

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Slipknot Posts New Music Video

Slipknot has a new music video out now for "The Devil In I," taken from the upcoming album, ".5: The Gray Chapter," which will be available October 21st on Roadrunner Records.

You can also stream the previously released track "The Negative One" over 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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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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