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


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.

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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's "The Final Volume" Tour Dates Announced

Roadrunner has posted intitial tour dates for Slipknot's "The Final Volume Tour," with support by Unearth and As I Lay Dying and Dillinger Escape Plan splitting dates. Slipknot's complete (known) tour itinerary from this point forward is as follows:

Misc. Upcoming Slipknot Tour Dates:

8/20/2005 Hyundai Pavillion, Devore, CA - OZZFEST 2005
8/21/2005 House of Blues - Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV - SLIPKNOT headlines, Arch Enemy is direct support.
8/22/2005 House of Blues - Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV - SLIPKNOT headlines, DEVILDRIVER is direct support.
9/18/2005 Simon Bolivar Park, Bogota, Columbia
9/20/2005 Poliedor Indoor, Caracas, Venezuela
9/23/2005 Skol Arena, Sao Paulo, Brazil
9/29/2005 Obras Sanitarias, Buenos Aires, Argentina
9/30/2005 Obras Sanitarias, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Final Volume Tour: Slipknot headlining w/ support by Unearth and Dillinger Escape Plan: More...

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Tentative Slipknot Live CD Tracklisting Revealed

Here's the TENTATIVE tracklisting for Slipknot's forthcoming double live CD:

01. The Blister Exists
02. (sic)
03. Pulse Of The Maggots
04. Vermilion
05. Duality
06. Wait And Bleed
07. Everything Ends
08. Surfacing
09. Spit It Out
10. Liberate
11. People=Shit
12. Disasterpiece
13. The Heretic Anthem
14. Left Behind
15. The Nameless
16. Iowa
17. Purity
18. Three Nil
19. Eeyore
20. Eyeless

The release is scehduled for October/November.

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Slipknot Fanclub Selling Tickets To NY Shows

The official Slipknot fanclub is selling tickets to 3 NY area shows right now:
Oct 30
Oct 31 (Halloween)
Nov 01

Log-in to get tickets before 12 PM (EST) Saturday. See outsidethenine.com for all details.

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Kerrang! TV To Dedicate Weekend To Slipknot

From this Friday at 6pm until Monday morning, Kerrang! TV will be dedicating the whole weekend to Slipknot. There will be live exclusive gig footage (from the Astoria show), Loads of Slipknot videos, special programming and a loads of rare and signed Slipknot goodies to be won.

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System Of A Down Lead Kerrang Awards Nominations

The 2005 Kerrang Awards nominations have been announced at this year's Day Of Rock. In the middle of sets by Bullet For My Valentine, InMe, Nine Black Alps, Towers Of London and The Mascara Story, Kerrang! editor Paul Brannigan named Green Day and System Of A Down as leaders of the pack, with five nominations apiece. Coming a close second were My Chemical Romance with four nominations, including Best Band. The winners will be announced at the Kerrang! Awards on August 25 - to vote for your favourites, head for www.kerrangawards.com.

The full nominations are: More...

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Slipknot Drummer: Next Tour Will Be More Intimate

Launch Radio Networks reports: SLIPKNOT will hit the road in North America this fall, with the trek likely to begin on or around October 15. Details of the stage show are still being finalized, but drummer Joey Jordison did tell Launch that the band will scale things down a bit on this run. "We can still play and pack the big places right now, and we're gonna do a few of those, of course, but we were like, if we do one more tour, hit some places that we haven't hit before, play some smaller venues, and do, like, multiple nights in each city, we can make it a little bit more of an intimate, special event again," he said.

Jordison added that SLIPKNOT will play different songs on this tour, including some they haven't played in a few years.

SLIPKNOT will take UNEARTH and AS I LAY DYING out as main support on the tour, with other bands yet to be announced. The only dates revealed so far are a three-night stand in New York City on October 30, October 31 and November 1.

The band is also preparing its first live album, a two-CD set, for release this fall.

SLIPKNOT has been touring for over a year in support of its platinum 2004 album, "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)", and this run of dates is likely to be the band's last for this record.

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The Red Chord Frontman Credits Slipknot

Wormwood Chronicles recently conducted an in-depth interview with THE RED CHORD singer Guy Kozowyk. An excerpt from the chat follows:

Wormwood Chronicles: It's very obvious to me that THE RED CHORD will never release the same album twice. How do you see yourself changing over time?

Guy Kozowyk: "There was a lot of time between the last record and this one. We're going to get a certain amount of shit automatically because we didn't rewrite the first record. That's the case for any band that tries to change their style. We're still going to be a heavy band. I think personally that with a lot of bands becoming lighter and lighter, we are more inclined to go heavier, because if all these bands are mellowing out their sound, who needs another singalong type band? You don't need another SOILWORK or KILLSWITCH ENGAGE or any of that stuff. There's plenty of people doing that. However, I felt with this record, given that the scene is getting really big, that our band definitely has a buzz. There hasn't been a band since CARCASS or SUFFOCATION to all of a sudden go and sell hundreds of thousands of records. I felt like 'Clients' was going to be big. I don't know exactly how big...it might sell 20,000, it might do 10,000, it might do 200,000, I have no clue...but it was our obligation to our roots and our obligation to our fans to write a record that was going to be heavier than the first one, that was going to have more blast beats and more diversity. We definitely wanted to mature as musicians and songwriters and define what THE RED CHORD was. I feel it is our obligation to the whole grindcore/death metal genre to do what we're doing."

Wormwood Chronicles: A lot of heavy bands now use clean vocals and it's getting really overdone.

Guy Kozowyk: "I have a lot of respect for SLIPKNOT for including blast beats on their newest record. Those guys are coming from death metal and hardcore backgrounds. Even though they kind of sell out somewhat and write these big radio hits, they took an extra step and put blast beats on their record. That's cool. THE RED CHORD doesn't do the choruses. We're going to use three times as many blast parts and stay just as heavy and just as crazy."

Wormwood Chronicles: SLIPKNOT must certainly be the biggest "gateway" band.

Guy Kozowyk: "I'll definitely give 'em that. I enjoy some of their stuff. I believe the drummer at one point was in ANAL BLAST. I like the fact that he's coming from that background. You know he's a sick drummer who can do all the crazy fast stuff. Percussion-wise, they're a great band. Energy wise, they're a great band. More than anything, they are expanding the potential for bands like mine. I'm not making a good living doing this, but at least I'm making a living. I can at least tour and get gas money to make it from show to show. There's so many times in the past where we'd have to work and work and work to save money just to go on tour."

Read the entire interview at www.wormwoodchronicles.com.

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Slipknot To Tap Unearth, AILD for Next Tour

SLIPKNOT have tapped UNEARTH and AS I LAY DYING to open for them on their fall tour. Unlike SLIPKNOT's spring outing, which saw the Iowa-based nine-piece performing in arenas, the upcoming month-long trek will consist primarily of multiple dates in smaller venues. So far, only a three-show run in New York City has been announced:

Oct. 30 – Nov. 2 – New York City, NY @ Nokia Theatre

SLIPKNOT are scheduled to release their first live album in October. The CD promises to "convey the excitement of SLIPKNOT's unparalleled live sets," according to a press release.

SLIPKNOT's third album, "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)", debuted at #2 on The Billboard 200 on May 31, 2004 after its May 25 release. The CD has been hanging in the Top 200 ever since that release, having sold 1.2 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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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 21 - LES CLAYPOOL
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 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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