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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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Nokia Theatre Release Initial Show Lineup

New York City's newest venue the Nokia Theatre, a midsize theater located in Times Square, has released it's initial lineup of shows, which includes the following:

October 17 - DANZIG, CHIMAIRA, BEHEMOTH, HIMSA, MORTIIS, THE AGONY SCENE
October 21 - LES CLAYPOOL
October 26 - BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
October 30 - SLIPKNOT
October 31 - SLIPKNOT
November 1 - SLIPKNOT

The following is an excerpt from a Billboard.com article:

"New York's 2,100-capacity Nokia Theatre Times Square, AEG's newest concert venue, will open in September, with tickets for many shows set to go on sale Aug. 12. The venue is being developed and operated by AEG subsidiary AEG Live, who spent nearly $21 million renovating the old Loews Theatre at 1515 Broadway in Times Square.

Designer David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group are the architects and designers of Nokia Theatre Times Square. The auditorium will feature two VIP mezzanines with lounge seating, a state of the art in-house lighting system and an in-house sound system by JBL.

The Nokia Theatre Times Square marquee is an 85 foot long LED, high definition screen, capable of displaying both live and digital video. It is one of the largest marquees on Broadway, directly connected to the MTV marquee and is manufactured by Mitsubishi. It will have interactive text messaging capabilities with the fans and live events will be able to be broadcast from the stage directly to the marquee in real time."

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Roadrunner All-Stars To Appear In October

Roadrunner Records has put together a groundbreaking record to mark the label’s 25th Anniversary. The group is called ROADRUNNER UNITED and the album titled "The All-Star Sessions". This full-length release, in stores on October 11, 2005, is a "master class" in hard rock/metal. Boasting 57 artists from 45 of Roadrunner's past and present bands, the album will contain original tracks that are collaborations between numerous Roadrunner stars.

Four central musicians were originally chosen to produce and write the songs. Joey Jordison (SLIPKNOT), Dino Cazares (ex-FEAR FACTORY/BRUJERIA), Robert Flynn (MACHINE HEAD) and Matthew Heafy (TRIVIUM). These four musicians play on the songs they have written and have also assembled a unique team of artists to appear on each track. In order to cover as wide a spectrum as possible, no musician has played for more than one writer/producer and each song features a different vocalist.

In addition to these stellar teams of musicians, there will also be special additional tracks from ex-Roadrunner artist, Josh Silver — TYPE O NEGATIVE's longtime producer/keyboardist. In the spirit of the project, Silver has included Roadrunner artists on his tracks as well… OPETH's Mikael Åkerfeldt appears on the Silver-written "Roads".

Track names from the Jordison team include "Constitution Down" (with vocals by Kyle Thomas of FLOODGATE/EXHORDER), "Tired ‘N Lonely" (with vocals from Keith Caputo of LIFE OF AGONY) and "Annihilation by the Hand of God" (with vocals from Glen Benton of DEICIDE), among others. Flynn's camp has completed songs like "The Dagger" (with vocals from Howard Jones of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE) and "The Rich Man" (with vocals from Corey Taylor of SLIPKNOT), among others. "The End" (with vocals from Matt Heafy of TRIVIUM) and "The Enemy" (with vocals from Mark Hunter of CHIMAIRA) are some of the team-Cazares product. And tracks from Heafy's sessions include "The Dawn of a Golden Age" (with vocals from Dani Filth of CRADLE OF FILTH), "Superheroes" (with vocals from Michale Graves of the MISFITS) and "Blood and Flames" (with vocals from Jesse Leach — ex-KILLSWITCH ENGAGE singer). More...

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Slipknot Replica Masks Go On Sale

Fright Catalog, a Halloween mask and accessory dealer who is also a client of Morbid Industries — the company that was reportedly in charge of manufacturing the official SLIPKNOT replica masks — is currently accepting orders for the masks via their official catalog. Check out scans of the catalog pages featuring the official SLIPKNOT replica masks: Page#1, Page#2.

If you're interested in ordering one of the masks or a jumpsuit, give Fright Catalog a call at: 1-888-4-FRIGHT.

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Slipknot: "Self-Loathing Is A Great Motivator"

contactmusic.com reports: Slipknot guitarist Mick Thompson deliberately makes himself as miserable as possible when he's recording a new album.

The mask-sporting rocker insists a negative attitude is instrumental to his success, and often likes to contemplate just how much he hates himself just before entering the studio.

He says, "It was always negative fuel and negative reinforcement that worked better for me.

"Self-loathing is a great motivator. You basically have to always think you suck.

"My thing is that I'll just go away and just sit around being miserable and angry."

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Roadrage DVD Tracklisting Revealed

Roadrunner Records has announced this year's Roadrage DVD tracklisting:

1. Slipknot – Before I Forget
2. Slipknot – Vermilion
3. Killswitch Engage – The End Of Heartache (Band Version)
4. Machine Head – Days Turn Blue To Gray
5. Trivium – Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr
6. 36 Crazyfists – Bloodwork
7. Chimaira – 'Cleansation (Live)'
8. Fear Factory – Archetype
9. Fear Factory – Bite The Hand That Bleeds
10. Cradle Of Filth – Nymphetamine
11. Wednesday 13 – I Walked With A Zombie
12. Devildriver – Hold Back The Day
13. Devildriver – Nothing's Wrong
14. Soulfly – Roots Bloody Roots (Live)
15. Hatebreed – Live For This
16. Caliban – The Beloved & The Hatred
17. Still Remains – The Worst Is Yet To Come
18. The Agony Scene – Prey
19. 3 Inches Of Blood – Deadly Sinners
20. Obituary – Insane
21. Betzefer – Down Low
22. Illdisposed – Still Sane
23. Blood Has Been Shed – She Speaks To Me
24. Zao – The Rising End
25. A Life Once Lost – Vulture
26.Terror – Overcome
27. Open Hand – Tough Girl
28. Walls Of Jericho – There's No I in F**k You
29. Hopesfall – Icarus
30. Throwdown – Burn
31. Madball – Heavenhell

The DVD will be available in September.

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Devildriver Announced As Opening Act For Slipknot

According to Devildriver.com "Attention Las Vegas!! DevilDriver is coming for you! We are playing a one time only, special show with our good friends Slipknot (headlining) at the House of Blues on August 22nd. Don't miss it."

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Slipknot Tribute Album In The Works

Cleopatra Records is reportedly putting together a SLIPKNOT tribute album, tentatively due before the end of the year. Among the bands set to appear on the CD is Northeast, PA's CYPHILIS, who contribute their version of "Liberate". With regards to how they approached their cover of the song, CYPHILIS frontman Nick D. told Electric City, "It's actually pretty dead-on with the CD. It's not one of their crazier songs. Some of their songs, there's just so much going on, that it's tough to do with just four guys. So we picked a song we knew we could do, and we recorded it. We play it live sometimes, but not too often, because I have to sing our own songs, and then to do a SLIPKNOT song ... it takes a lot."

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Slipknot Plan Live Album, More US Tour Dates

Multi-Platinum rockers, SLIPKNOT, are enjoying the spoils of their hard-won success. The band are still on the road and promoting their record that came out over a year ago while simultaneously readying a live album for release in October of 2005.

The band’s third album debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 on May 31, 2004 after its May 25th release. The album, entitled VOL. 3: (THE SUBLIMINAL VERSES), has been hanging in the Top 200 ever since that release, marking over one full year of chart success.

The album’s third single “Before I Forget” is the band’s third Top 10 rock single. The video for the track premiered on MTV2’s Headbangers Ball this weekend and it can also be seen on Fuse on Rockzilla, Metal Asylum, Uranium and Ovenfresh. This follows the success of the album’s previous hits – "Duality” and “Vermilion.”

October 2005 will see the release of the band’s first live album (title TBD). The album promises to convey the excitement of SLIPKNOT’s unparalleled live sets. In the spirit of this release, SLIPKNOT are due back in the USA in the fall of 2005 for another round of successful American touring. Dates are scheduled between 10/15 – 11/15 thus far.

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Slipknot Add Second Vegas Show

ABC ePrep is reporting that SLIPKNOT have added an additional August show at the Las Vegas House of Blues. The band are now set to play there on August 21 and August 22, following their sole Ozzfest appearance on August 20 in San Bernardino. At this point, those are the only U.S. shows on the band's itinerary.

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Metal Hammer Award Winners Announced

The following are the award winners at last night's Metal Hammer awards ceremoney:

Best UK Band: LOSTPROPHETS
Best Live Band: SLIPKNOT
Best International Band: THE USED
Best Underground Band: MESHUGGAH/MASTODON
Best Metal Record Label: Roadrunner
Incoming Award For Best Newcomer: NIGHTWISH
Best Video: MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE 'Helena'
Riff Lord Award: Zakk Wylde
Shredder Award: Herman Li, DRAGONFORCE
Best Metal Band: ANTHRAX
Best album: JUDAS PRIEST 'Angel Of Retribution'
Icon Award: Ville Valo
The Spirit Of Hammer: BLACK SABBATH
The Golden God Award: Lemmy

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More Roadrunner "All Stars" Announced

Roadrunner Records has advanced in the process of putting together the ground-breaking "Roadrunner All-Stars" record to mark the label's 25th Anniversary. The full-length release will contain original musical collaborations between past and present Roadrunner artists. Approximately 50 musicians are expected to participate in this record, making it a most elaborate collaboration project.

Four central musicians have been chosen to produce and write all the songs. Previously announced were Joey Jordison (Slipknot), Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria) and Robert Flynn (Machine Head). The fourth writer/producer has recently been selected - 19 year-old metal prodigy Matt Heafy will take the lead of the fourth team. His band, Trivium, has been called "the valedictorian(s) of the 2005 metal class" by Hit Parader Magazine. "It blew my mind to be asked to participate on this album and write a few tracks," says Heafy "It's an amazing honor to be able to record with artists that I used to emulate and listen to growing up." These four musicians will not only play on the songs they have written but also assemble a unique team of Roadrunner artists to appear on each track.

Notable progress has been made in Jordison's, Cazares' and Flynn's teams. Music has been laid down, but vocals have yet to be added. The vocalists for the tracks have not been confirmed as of yet. The artists that have contributed to the tracks recorded thus far are: More...

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Slipknot Do One-Off Show, No Tour

It's bad news for Slipknot fans hoping that the band would tour U.S. clubs in late summer. The Las Vegas House of Blues has confirmed that Slipknot will be playing there on August 21, leading to some speculation over whether that gig would be part of a tour. But a spokesperson for the band says it's simply a one-off performance. At this point, the only other U.S. show on Slipknot's itinerary is a single Ozzfest appearance on August 20 in San Bernardino.

In related news, Slipknot have once again delayed the release of their upcoming, as yet untitled DVD to October 11th via Roadrunner.

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Stone Sour To Enter The Studio In January

SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor has told Holland's Toazted.com that he and SLIPKNOT guitarist Jim Root will be entering the studio in January 2006 with their side-project STONE SOUR to record the group's sophomore album, tentatively due next spring/summer via Roadrunner Records.

According to Taylor, the band have written over 30 songs for the follow-up to the group's 2002 self-titled debut, which was certified gold in March 2003 by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of more than 500,000 copies in the U.S.

You can listen to Corey Taylor's entire 25-minute interview with Toazted.com, conducted on June 6 before SLIPKNOT played a club show at the Paradiso in Amsterdam.

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New Slipknot DVD Release Date

Slipknot's as-yet untitled new DVD release has once again been met with a delay. It is now eyeing an October 11th release date through Roadrunner

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Sanctuary Talks Included Warner, EMI

Reuters is reporting that Sanctuary Group's discussions with potential investors included meetings with larger rivals EMI and Warner Music, a person familiar with the situation said on Sunday.

The talks have been preliminary, no firm offer has been submitted and a deal is not imminent, the source added.

Sanctuary, the music company which handles artists such as GUNS N' ROSES, IRON MAIDEN, SLIPKNOT and SLAYER, said on Friday it was in ongoing talks with several third parties that could lead to a partial or outright sale of the company.

In addition to EMI and Warner, several private equity firms also have held talks with the company.

Shares of Sanctuary, the world's biggest independent record label and a major player in artist management, touring and merchandising, are up more than 20 percent since May 31.

Sanctuary, EMI and Warner all declined to comment.

The company's shares closed at 43-1/2 pence on Friday, giving Sanctuary a market capitalization of 161 million pounds ($293 million).

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Greek Church Seeks Ban On Slipknot Show

Newsday.com reports that Greece's Orthodox Church urged concert organizers Monday to cancel a planned show by Slipknot because of the group's violent lyrics and references to the devil.

The band from Des Moines, Iowa, were performing Monday night at the open-air Lykavitos theater. Concert organizers could not be reached for comment.

Slipknot's song "I Am Hated," includes the lyrics: "The whole world is my enemy -- and I'm a walking target / Two times the devil with all the significance / Dragged and raped for the love of a mob / I can't stay -- because I can't be stopped."

The church, citing a local press report, said in a statement: "The members of the band have a shocking appearance, wearing black uniforms and masks that look like skulls."

The statement added: "Public institutions must do their duty and protect Greek citizens, especially people, from any public event that promotes Satanism."

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Matt Heafy Tapped To Produce Roadrunner All-Stars

According to MTV.com, the fourth mystery producer behind Roadrunner Records' forthcoming "Roadrunner All-Stars" disc — which is expected to contain original tracks that are the product of collaborations between past and present members of the label's roster — has been revealed.

Joining producers/composers Joey Jordison of SLIPKNOT, Dino Cazares of FEAR FACTORY and MACHINE HEAD's Robert Flynn will be Matt Heafy of TRIVIUM.

All four musicians will not only play on the songs they've written, but will assemble a team of artists to record the tracks. In order to cover as wide a spectrum as possible, no musician will play for more than one writer/producer and each song will feature a different vocalist.

The project is being overseen by longtime Roadrunner A&R man Monte Conner. Mixing duties will be handled by legendary hard rock producer Colin Richardson. The album is tentatively scheduled for release in the fall of 2005.

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Slipknot Rely On LA Forum's Ignorance

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor is convinced the Christian owners of Los Angeles venue the LA Forum are oblivious of the band's true persona - otherwise they would never be allowed to perform there.

The wild rock band are happy to let the Christian Fundamentalist bosses believe they are a "cartoon band" if it means they can continue to perform at the 16,000 seater amphitheatre.

He says, "Maybe they're too intimidated to say no to us or either they don't understand what we're doing or they take it on the cartoon value, they think it's just a show, when we're very passionate about what we do and what we say.

"Thank God for ignorance otherwise we wouldn't be able to play here."

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Subliminal Verses Report from Green Bay, WI

Well, here I am again seeing Slipknot again. Probably my sixth or seventh time, but the main reason I am here is for Lamb of God. I guess I shouldn't complain seeing I am in lowly Green Bay Wisconsin. There hasn't been a quality show here in quite a while. More...

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Corey Taylor Turns Linguist For Slipknot Fans

contactmusic.com reports:

Slipknot frontman, Corey Taylor, cares so much about making his fans all over the world happy, he learns as many languages as possible so he can interact with the audience wherever he's performing.

The wild "Duality" rocker is aware most bands simply expect their international fans to understand English, but he is determined to go the extra mile to get his message across and make audience members feel special.

He says, "It shows them that you care enough and you're not just some p**ck American band who assumes they understand what you're saying.

"You can actually interact with them and see their faces light up. When you can make these kids' day, week, life... it's gold!

"It makes me feel good that I'm doing my job and I'm doing it right. I want you to understand me so I learn your language."

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