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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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More Download Fest Confirmations Announced

More acts have been confirmed for Download Festival, which takes place on 10th, 11th & 12th June, at Donington Park, Leicestershire.

New for the Main Stage on Saturday are Anthrax, Alter Bridge, and Bowling for Soup, while new for Sunday are Nightwish, and Killswitch Engage.

There's also new bands for the Snickers Stage, with the Bled added for Friday. Saturday has added Meshuggah, Unearth, and Every Time I Die, and Sunday has added DKT/MC5, Lacuna Coil, Caliban, and As I Lay Dying.

These join bands previously announced, including Feeder, Garbage, Black Sabbath, Velvet Revolver, System of a Down, Slipknot, Mortorhead, and more. Click here for the full day and stage listings (so far) - more bands will be added in the coming weeks.

Three-day tickets are on sale, priced at £105, with camping costing an extra £22.50 (and with parking thrown in). Those not camping will (if required) need to buy an extra ticket to park their car, costing £5 if bought at the same time as festival tickets, or costing £10 on the day. Click here to buy tickets.

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Slipknot Drummer Launches Label

Slipknot drummer M. Shawn Crahan, better-known as Clown or #6, has launched his own label, Big Orange Clown Records. The imprint falls under the Sanctuary Records umbrella; its first signing is Gizmachi, a metal quintet from upstate New York. The band will on May 3 release its debut album, "The Imbuing."

Clown's intense passion for finding new music and introducing it to bigger audiences is what led him to start the label. As its A&R head, he is open to signing artists of every genre.

"I'm always looking for that song -- whether it's classical, country, rap, hip-hop, hardcore, metal, whatever -- I'm looking for people who dig into their souls and they mean it," he tells Billboard.com. "If they do, I'm going to be involved, because they might write that song that will for one minute make the world take a second to think about it and maybe bring on change."

Clown went directly to Slipknot fans to solicit material, and he says thousands of submissions have poured in from around the world. And while artist-run labels don't have the best track record for success, Clown is confident that he knows talent when he sees it, along with what music fans do and don't like.

"I believe I have a Ph.D. [in this], and that's what all those people in the industry need to know, all those punk-ass A&R guys who sit there at their desks and tell me what they think," he says. "I tour eight or nine months a year talking to the kids, listening to the kids, watching them boo or applaud the openers."

Clown has certainly taken Gizmachi under his wing. Having befriended vocalist Sean Kane at a concert a few years ago, the two kept in touch, with Clown giving the band pointers to help it develop its sound and presentation. He produced "The Imbuing" and directed the video for the first single, "The Answer."

Gizmachi plays metal that is at times old-school, thrash and progressive, with Kane alternately singing and screaming the lyrics. Asked how Clown helped shape the album, Kane says, "He took our music and he didn't change it. He added all the great elements of the Clown to it and turned it into something different."

Gizmachi also secured the opening slot on six dates during Slipknot's current Subliminal Verses tour, which includes Shadows Fall and Lamb Of God. Although he wants to work closely with his acts and do more producing/directing, there is no guarantee that he will be involved with everyone to that degree: Gizmachi lucked into the tour because of timing, and also because Slipknot gave its approval. The label's artists "have to prove [themselves], and that's what I expect with anyone," he says. "I'm here because of nothing but sacrifice."

In other Slipknot news, Clown is filming the tour for footage to be included on the band's next DVD. The group is also re-releasing its album "Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses)" on April 12 as a double-disc set. The new edition sports alternate versions of tracks like "Danger -- Keep Away" and live renditions of "The Blister Exists," "Three Nil," "Disasterpiece" and "People=S***."

"I'm proud of the way 'Subliminal' came out," he says. "I wouldn't change it for the world. I wouldn't put anything on it that's not on it ... but I'm just also pleased that the fans can get the [other songs that were scattered on different releases]. We just want to give our kids everything they need to be happy, because it's all about them."

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Slipknot Guitarist On Grammy Awards

The following excerpts were taken from an article from BostonHerald.com of Slipknot guitarist Mick Thompson speaking about the band's Grammy nominations:

Grammy nominations are starting to become old hat for Slipknot but winning one would be more of a novelty than a true honor for guitarist Mick Thompson.

"It would be something to sit on top of my television and joke about,'' said Thompson, also known as Number 7. "But I wouldn't be any cooler today than I was before I won a Grammy. Winning a Grammy doesn't validate our existence.''

"Obviously, we wear masks and the stage show is crazy but when it comes right down to it, it's about the music,'' Thompson explained. "Plus we know how to write a song. It's one thing to play but another thing to write a memorable song that makes you want to listen to it again.''

It's the songs that have ultimately set Slipknot apart from its peers - and likely caught the ears of the Grammy folks. "Slipknot: Vol. 3'' is a perfect balance of speed, power and finesse. There's classic speedcore thrash ("The Blister Exists,'' "Pulse of the Maggots''), catchy metal anthems (the radio hit "Duality,'' "Before I Forget'') and soul-searching acoustic ballads ("Vermillion Pt. 2,'' "Danger - Keep Away'').

"There's nothing else like it. It's very unique,'' Thompson said. "We didn't sound like anything that was out there and we just did our own thing and it worked for us. And it was about honesty.''

Touring the world has taken its toll - physically and mentally - but in the end, the hectic stage show is the band's therapy.

"When it's time to go onstage and play, we definitely function as a unit. Especially with that many people,'' he said. "No matter what we happen to be doing that day or how anyone is feeling, we always manage to bring it together no matter what and focus. At least for the show.''

As for the Grammys, Thompson skipped it at the last minute and wasn't in the crowd when his band lost out in the metal category to Motorhead.

"Last I checked, they were a rock 'n' roll band,'' Thompson said, laughing. "I guess it would be cool to win, but unless your label is the biggest in the world, it's all very corporate. If we ever should have won, this would be the time.''

Read the full article at BostonHerald.com.

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Slipknot Masks And Costumes To Be Sold This Summer

PulseoftheMaggots.com spoke with a representative of Morbid Industries, who have confirmed that SLIPKNOT haved signed a license agreement for the company to begin production of SLIPKNOT masks and costumes for fan purchase beginning summer 2005.

"It has not been officially released yet, but the deal is done," the representative said. "SLIPKNOT has entered into a licensing agreement with Morbid Industries for the production of SLIPKNOT masks and costumes beginning summer 2005. Morbid displayed the prototypes of the masks at the Halloween & Party Show in Chicago last week.

"Morbid Industries specializes in high-end masks, props and decor. We have been in business for three years and this is our first license. As you can imagine, we are extremely excited about the chance to work with SLIPKNOT, helping the band bring the maggots something they have always wanted. An official release from SLIPKNOT is forthcoming. Info and pix will be up on the SLIPKNOT and Morbid web sites soon."

Tiy can check out a picture of the masks on display in Chicago.

For more information on Morbid Industries, visit their website.

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Slipknot To Release "Verses" Double Disc

On April 12th, Slipknot's "Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses" double disc special edition will street. What to expect from disc 2 of this release? The new bonus CD (with 2 new live tracks) totals 8 songs and is 41:22 in length. Of these 8 songs, none have ever been released on CD in the US.

Track listing is as follows:

1. "Don't Get Close"
2. "Scream"
3. "Vermilion" (Terry Date Mix)
4. "Danger - Keep Away" (Full-Length Version)
5. "The Blister Exists" (live)
6. "Three Nil" (live)
7. "Disasterpiece" (live)
8. "People = Shit" (live)

Slipknot is currently touring the US on Subliminal Verses tour.

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More Acts Confirmed For Download Festival

More acts have been confirmed for Download Festival takes place from 10th, 11th & 12th June, at Donington Park, Leicestershire.

All of these new bands are to play the Snickers Stage, with In Flames and Lamb of God playing on the Saturday, and with Motorhead, Mastodon, Chimaira, and Bullet For My Valentine all playing on the Sunday.

They join the bands previously confirmed: Feeder, Garbage, Dinosaur Jr, Megadeth, Biffy Clyro, JJ72, Billy Idol, The Used, My Chemical Romance (all Friday), Black Sabbath, Velvet Revolver, HIM (all Saturday - an Ozzfest day), and System of a Down, Slipknot, and Slayer.

Three-day tickets are on sale now, priced at £105, with camping costing an extra £22.50 (and with parking thrown in). Those not camping will (if required) need to buy an extra ticket to park their car, costing £5 if bought at the same time as festival tickets, or costing £10 on the day.

Click here to buy tickets.

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Subliminal Verses Tour Show Report From Philly

I had the chance to attend the Subliminal Verses Tour in Philadelphia, PA. The tour included bands such as: Lamb of God, Shadows Fall and of course, Slipknot. The date of the show I attended was on March 5th and the show was at the Wachovia Spectrum. I took some pictures which are now up in the gallery section and also did a show report. The following is how the night transpired: More...

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Slipknot Photos From Philadelphia, PA Show

I was able to attend the Subliminal Verses show featuring Slipknot, Lamb of God, Shadows Fall and Gizmachi show on March 5th in Philadelphia, PA at The Wachovia Spectrum. I had the chance to photograph Slipknot as well for this feature on Metal Underground, and the pictures are now up in the gallery section.

I also am working on the show review, that will be posted tomorrow afternoon.

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Slipknot's "Subliminal Verses" Certified Platinum

Slipknot's latest album, "Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses," has been certified platinum (one million copies sold). Also, their self-titled debut has now gone 2x platinum, and the "Disasterpieces" DVD 3x platinum.

"The last six years have taken ten years off of all of our lives, but receiving these awards and feeling the response all over the world has made all of it, every sacrifice, worthwhile," told vocalist Corey Taylor during his spirited plaque-acceptance speech backstage at the band's Continental Airlines Arena show on March 6th. He concluded with a smile, "This is the ultimate middle-finger to every one of my high school teachers," as he went on his way to take the stage.

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Wednesday 13 Hand Puppet Coming Later This Month

Measuring in at 19 inches long / 8.5 inches wide, and crafted carefully in a demon sweatshop just outside the 9th circle of hell, Wednesday 13's hand puppet will be available later this month. For more information, click here.

Also coming later this month, the Wednesday 13 "I Walked With A Zombie" video. An ecard featuring more music from Wednesday's upcoming "Transylvania 90210: Songs of Death, Dying and the Dead" will be in stores Wednesday the 13th of April.

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Slipknot's Clown Miss Show Due To Wife's Illness

Slipknot percussionist Clown (a.k.a. Shawn Crahan) was forced to miss the group's appearance on NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" Tuesday night (March 1) after his wife was taken ill. "The band actually dedicated their performance to him and his family — that is what [Slipknot frontman] Corey Taylor said as the song started," a Roadrunner spokesperson told Blabbermouth.net. Crahan's wife reportedly suffers from Crohn's Disease.

Slipknot will kick off their "The Subliminal Verses Tour" with Lamb Of God and Shadows Fall on March 4 in Hartford, Connecticut.

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Submit Subliminal Questions

Metal Injection will soon have a whole special on the Subliminal Verses tour, featuring interviews with all three bands on the bill: Slipknot, Lamb of God and Shadows Fall. They want fans to submit questions for the bands to answer. Go here to fill out the form.

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Slipknot, LoG, Shadows Fall To Guest On "Rockline"

Slipknot, Lamb of God and Shadows Fall will will be the featured guests on the "Subliminal Verses Tour" special edition of the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" airing Monday, March 7. The live show begins at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET, and fans are encouraged to call in with questions during the program at (800) 344-ROCK (7625). To find a station near you, check out www.rocklineradio.com.

"The Subliminal Verses Tour", featuring Slipknot, Lamb of God and Shadows Fall, kicks off March 4 in Hartford, Connecticut.

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Slipknot Promises "Unique" Tour Experience

Slipknot percussion Clown talks about their upcoming tour:

"We've been touring 11 months almost in a scaled-down production, so this tour coming up, we're bringing the hydraulics back out and we're going to be doing some film," percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan tells Billboard.com. "It's not going to be anything like the 'Iowa' set, which was crazy."

He adds, "Everybody who is coming to the shows will see something that we'll never do again and that we haven't done in the past, so every Slipknot tour is unique unto itself. And kids know that. This is a whole separate tour, video and different things that have never ever been, so it's going to be really unique and really cool."

One thing fans can look forward to this summer is the group's second DVD release. Crahan says he's spent the last four weeks reviewing footage recorded over the last year.

"I will tell you that it's not a concert," he offers. "It's a little bit of everything. It's a little bit of everybody." When asked if the band will be taping its upcoming tour, Crahan replies, "We always have someone filming us. If you're guilty, you'll be filmed."

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Slipknot, Slayer To Play Hultsfred

Slipknot and Slayer have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Hultsfred Festival, set to take place June 16-18 in Hultsfred, Sweden. Also scheduled to perform are the Haunted, System of a Down and Marilyn Manson. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

Slipknot
Slayer
System of a Down
The Haunted
Marilyn Manson
The Hives
The Ark
Le Tigre
The Donnas
Looptroop
Moneybrother
Ani Difranco
The Hidden Cameras
Flogging Molly
Son Kite
Ana International Penetrator
Johan Netz
Jason Ringenberg
Hans Appelqvist
Convoj
Johnossi

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Slipknot's Clown Looking For Extreme Art

The Clown, of Slipknot fame, has started his own label, Big Orange Clown and he's interested in getting extreme musicians to submit their unsigned CDs - in fact, anything connected to extreme art. Send them to: The Clown, c/o Sanctuary Group, 75 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10011, USA.

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Slipknot's Stockholm Show To Be Webcast

Slipknot's concert in Stockholm, Sweden, recorded on October 14, 2004, will be broadcasted on Sveriges Radio's "P3 Live" radio show on Thursday, February 17 beginning at 9:00 p.m. CET, reports Blabbermouth.net.

To listen to the streamed concert, go to the "P3 Live" web site and click "Webbradio" and choose P3.

Slipknot is scheduled to be the featured musical guests on the Tuesday, March 1 edition of NBC-TV's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien". It's not known what song the band will perform, although the group has chosen "Before I Forget" as the next single from "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)". The track will make its way to radio stations in early March.

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MSNBC: Darkthrone A Better Grammy Choice?

CONVERGE, SATYRICON and... DARKTHRONE...? Those are the unlikely alternate Grammy nominees suggested to MSNBC recently by "Sound of the Beast" author Ian Christe. "Then again," Christe told the Microsoft-backed news network, "DARKTHRONE already refused their nomination for the Norwegian version of the awards. These back-slapping events are viewed by most metalheads with a lot of skepticism."

Christe also told MSNBC this year's real Grammy nominees for Metal Performance (CRADLE OF FILTH, MOTÖRHEAD, HATEBREED, KILSWITCH ENGAGE, and SLIPKNOT) are "a shock... they actually represent what metal kids are into - instead of the usual out-of-date record company executive's misunderstanding of heavy metal... All five bands nominated began on indie-specialty labels, then worked their way to the mainstream over years. Normally, I'd hope in vain that MOTÖRHEAD would win, just as an excuse to see Lemmy wearing a tuxedo. But it would really be a boon to heavy metal for any of the younger bands to take the prize."

The Grammys will be handed out Feb. 13. The Metal Performance award will NOT be televised.

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Few More Subliminal Verses Tour Dates Added

More dates are coming in as Slipknot prepares to hit the road on March 4th to embark on The Subliminal Verses Tour. The arena outing will also feature metal heavy hitters Lamb of God and Shadows Fall as well as a variety of support acts.

Fuse has signed on a sponsor for the tour and you can expect some heavy coverage of the outing on the cable music channel. According to Roadrunner Records, Slipknot will appear on Fuse's Daily Download on March 1st and the channel plans to air a tour special in early April on Uranium. Fuse will document the first three stops of the tour for the special.

Latest tour dates (with Otep):

Apr. 26 Green Bay, WI - Resch Arena
Apr. 27 Springfield, IL - Priarie Capital Convention Center
Apr. 29 Council Bluffs, IA - Mid-America Center
Apr. 30 Madison, WI - Alliant Energy Center

In other Slipknot news, the band has just confirmed an appearance on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien on March 1st.

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First Nine Acts For Download Festival Confirmed

Feeder, Black Sabbath, and System Of A Down will headline this year’s Download festival, with organisers confirming that the Donington event will be held over three days for the first time ever.

Garbage, Billy Idol, Velvet Revolver, HIM, Slayer and Slipknot will also play at the third annual Download Festival, which takes place at Donington Park from 10-12 June.

Download organisers confirmed nine of the acts that are set to play over the weekend, with over 70 more expected to be announced in the coming months.

Garbage and Billy Idol join Feeder on the newly added Friday, as part of a bill which aims to broaden the musical scope of the festival by bringing in more ‘indie’ acts. Feeder singer Grant Nicholls enthused: “We are really excited about playing Download. This will be our biggest headline show yet and there's a bit of pressure on us to get the weekend off to a rocking start but we're used to playing on big stages and we'll put on a good show"

The following evening, Velvet Revolver and HIM will warm up for headliners Black Sabbath, the first time Ozzfest has been held since 2001. Topping the Sunday bill, prior to System Of A Down, will be Slipknot and Slayer to help close the festival in its true metal spirit!

As well as masses more bands, organisers have also promised to extend the fun of the festival to the campsite, adding a massive entertainment zone, featuring a cinema tent, a third stage bar and several campsite bars. Skate and BMX fans will be pleased to hear that the Soul Bowl will be back again and this year open until much later, with some very special guests appearing on stage.

Tickets for this year's three-day rock extravaganza went on sale at 9am this morning (Wednesday, 9 February) and are priced at £105 for a three-day ticket.

Camping tickets are to be purchased separately at a cost of £22.50, with hot showers and weekend car parking included. Festival goers purchasing three-day festival tickets but not wishing to camp will be able to purchase car parking for an additional £5 but only if the passes are purchased at the same time as the festival tickets. Car passes purchased on the day will costs £10.

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