Band Photo: Slipknot (?)
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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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Legendary death metallers OBITUARY will be playing with SLIPKNOT and SHADOWS FALL at the Forum in Inglewood, CA on Saturday, April 9.
OBITUARY were added to the bill as the replacement for LAMB OF GOD, who were banned from the church-owned venue in February because church leaders were offended by the group's previous name.
As previously reported, OBITUARY have finished recording and mixing their new CD for a tentative summer release via Roadrunner Records. The as-yet-untitled new album, which was self-produced by the band, with Mark Prator and Scott Burns engineering, will mark the group's first collection of new songs since 1997's "Back From the Dead".
Metal musicians congratulate Anthrax on their 20th anniversary:
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine: "Anthrax is a band that I have always respected, that has always mattered and was very important to the American metal scene. As part of the 'big four' they were responsible for an enormous amount of the credit for helping establish American metal bands as serious contenders in the world of metal."
Metallica's Kirk Hammett: "Anthrax's music matters. In the pantheon of modern metal, ANTHRAX are certainly a cornerstone, and if one listens, one can hear their influence on any number of up and coming bands of the new generation."
Deftones' Abe Cunningham: "Anthrax plays a huge role in Stef and me meeting and starting to jam together; we met through a mutual friend who gave me my first copy of 'Among the Living'. Deftones started in 1988, but before that it was just the two of us in his mom's hot ass garage with the dryer on and the washing machine overflowing trying to make it through 'Indians' and 'Caught In A Mosh'. I would like to thank you guys for the inspiration, your precision, your tones, your dedication and for having the nut sacks to try shit that no one would. Happy 20th Anniversary!!! All the best."
Judas Priest's Rob Halford: "Everyone in Judas Priest congratulates our good friends from Anthrax for passing their 20th-year metal milestone. We have always been fans of the band and had the pleasure to do many shows together. Anthrax are true pioneers with their unique style, sound and heavy brand of metal. They have always and will continue to inspire and influence those around them within the metal world." More...
The members of Slipknot are known for wearing nefarious masks and matching jumpsuits, but don't think it's all a gimmick. They insist they're artists. Their sound is driving, loud and complex. Members go by numbers 0 to 8, which are sewn onto their black uniforms.
Their gruesome masks are worn to make sure fans listen to the music and not watch the faces. They look so unsettling because, well, that's how the music makes them feel.
Lead singer Corey Taylor (No. 8) recently talked with The Associated Press.
Question: How did you come up with the concept for this band?
Answer: Just looking at not only what was going on at a local level but an international level and just kind of being disgusted. It was all flash and no filling. It was very plastic with no presence. The thing we wanted to do was make a statement. It occurred to us that, if we remove ourselves from the equation and just presented a unified front, it would have a greater impact, a more artistic impact. It's really a physical manifestation of what the music is.
Q: Will you run out of stuff eventually to write about?
A: Just when we stop talking about the past, the present gives us enough stuff to be angry about for the rest of our lives. Just being in this band and seeing the way people interpret us is enough to frustrate even the most ardent artist.
Q: How are you interpreted?
A: I think we're interpreted as a novelty, and that really bothers me because there is so much substance in this band. People get stuck on the aesthetic . . . ..
Q: Do you still live in Iowa?
A: Yeah, a few of us have moved around now and then, but we've all come back. There's something about Iowa that just keeps you there.
Roadrunner Records is in the process of putting together a groundbreaking record to mark the label's 25th Anniversary. Tentatively titled "Roadrunner All-Stars", the full length release, a 'master-class' in hard rock, will contain original tracks that are collaborations between past and present Roadrunner stars.
Four central musicians will be chosen to produce and write all the songs. Those chosen thus far are Joey Jordison (Slipknot), Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria) and Robert Flynn (Machine Head). The fourth writer/producer is yet to be named. These four musicians will not only play on the songs they have written but also assemble a unique team of artists to appear on each track. 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.
Musicians who have already recorded for this project are Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Paul Gray (Slipknot), Roy Mayorga (ex-Soulfly), Logan Mader (ex-Machine Head), Marcelo Dias (ex-Soulfly), Dave McClain (Machine Head), Nadja Peulen (ex-Coal Chamber) and Mike Sarkisyan (Spineshank). More...
In a recent interview posted on CNN.com, members of Slipknot, namely Joey Jordison, Chris Fehn and Corey Taylor, talked about their music, their new album and the masks. Here are a few excerpts from the interview:
How did you come up with the concept for this band?
COREY TAYLOR: Just looking at not only what was going on a local level but an international level and just kind of being disgusted. It was all flash and no filling. It was very plastic with no presence. The thing we wanted to do was make a statement. It occurred to us that if we remove ourselves from the equation and just presented a unified front, it would have a greater impact, a more artistic impact. It's really a physical manifestation of what the music is.
And what is the music?
JOEY JORDISON: Dark, very dark, but at the same time very moving and beautiful in its own way.
Why wear masks?
JORDISON: It shows we're a solid unit. All of us coming together for a purpose. The masks are a physical representation of how the music makes us feel.
It must make you feel bad. One mask looks like Leatherface from "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre."
TAYLOR: It's really easy to compare us to stuff like that, because we wear masks. But we don't write about horror movies, we don't go out of our way to act like a horror movie.
CHRIS FEHN: I think this band is made up of a mental sickness. When I joined the band, before and after practice, they'd be looking online at murder photos, death and bondage photos.
TAYLOR: We had issues.
What kind of issues?
TAYLOR: You don't have enough time, or tape. And you'd have to go get help afterward. All you have to really do is listen to our music.
Seriously, what is your problem?
TAYLOR: As far as our beefs go, you'd have to grow up in Des Moines, Iowa, and really deal with the things that we had to deal with. I don't want to get into my background because I already talked about it on albums so I don't want to rehash. But there are real beefs that we have, and it hasn't changed since day one why we do this.
JORDISON: I hate the cliche of it, but growing up is hard. For anyone. So there's that backdrop. You find something to grasp onto like music, and you try to get it going and be creative and you get put down, and get your fliers torn down.
Will you run out of stuff eventually to write about?
TAYLOR: Just when we stop talking about the past the present gives us enough stuff to be angry about for the rest of our lives. Just being in this band and seeing the way people interpret us is enough to frustrate even the most ardent artist.
How do you think you're interpreted?
TAYLOR: I think we're interpreted as a novelty, and that really bothers me because there is so much substance in this band. People get stuck on the aesthetic, and it's (expletive).
JORDISON: We're not an easily digestible band on the first listen.
Are you pleased with this album?
JORDISON: I think it's our best album yet. We will always be a metal band with aggro and high risk, but this album shows there's not just one Slipknot sound. We're capable of such range.
TAYLOR: "Iowa" was a very bleak, dark album. But this one you can hear colors, traces of reds and I think that shows how we've evolved as musicians. Plus, coming back together and working together was really a joy.
Read the full article at CNN.com.
Otep is tour with Slipknot starting in April. Dates are as follows and can be reached at ticketmaster or either band's site. The first dates are as follows:
4/26 Resch Arena- Green Bay, WI
4/27 Prairie Capital Convention Center- Springfield, IL
4/29 Mid-American Center- Council Bluffs, IA
4/30 Alliant Energy Center Memorial Coliseum- Madison, WI
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.
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."
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.
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.
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"
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.