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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Heavy rockers Slipknot have slashed the competition for the 2005 annual readers' poll in rock magazine Revolver by claiming the major four prizes.
The hardcore nine-piece claimed Best Band, Best Album ("Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses"), Best Live Act and Best Song ("Duality"), while Good Charlotte finished bottom of the pile, with dishonours as Worst Band and Worst Album ("The Chronicles of Life + Death").
Among the other winners were Judas Priest + Rob Halford (Best Comeback); My Chemical Romance (Best New Band), and Napoleon Dynamite (Best Movie).
According to official sources, Slipknot have not parted with Paul Gray. The bassist hasn't played any shows with the band since late April, but is said to be suffering from 'exhaustion'. He intends to re-join Slipknot for their upcoming UK and European tour commitments.
Courtney Brummer of The Daily NonPareil has issued the following report:
Two people were arrested as the result of a disturbance during the SLIPKNOT concert at the Mid-America Center [in Council Bluffs, Iowa] Friday night.
The incident began during the concert when audience members rushed a door that was to be used to enter the main floor of the arena, Council Bluffs police reports stated.
When they weren't allowed to enter, some people in the crowd started to push on the door and throw tables and chairs.
At approximately 8:45 p.m., Council Bluffs Police officers who were working at the concert made calls asking for assistance from other officers. At that time, additional officers, deputies from the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office and Iowa State Patrol troopers arrived to assist. More...
Upstate New York's GIZMACHI are rumored to have landed one of the "mystery band" slots on the second stage of this year's Ozzfest. An official confirmation is said to be coming sometime this week.
GIZMACHI will release their debut CD, "The Imbuing", on May 3 on Big Orange Clown Records, an imprint of Sanctuary Records. "The Imbuing" was produced by SLIPKNOT's M. Shawn Crahan (who also founded Big Orange Clown Records), engineered by Josh Wilbur and recorded at Spin Studios in New York City. GIZMACHI is comprised of Sean Kane on vocals, Jay Hannon and Mike Laurino on guitars, Kris Gilmore on bass and Jimmie Hatcher on drums.
The band filmed the video for their first single, "The Answer", in February in New York. The video was directed by Crahan and produced by Doug Spangenberg (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, LAMB OF GOD, EVERY TIME I DIE).
Omaha's WOWT is reporting that authorities were called to the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa Friday night (April 29) after violence broke out at a concert featuring the band SLIPKNOT. At least one person was arrested.
There were two levels of tickets for the performance: balcony and floor.
Authorities say that an estimated 200 people rushed security guarding the entrance to the floor. The crowd overpowered security and overcrowded the floor.
Council Bluffs Police, Pottawattamie County Sheriff's deputies and the Iowa State Patrol were all called in to restore order.
One person was stunned by a Taser, arrested and taken to the hospital.
Additional officers were called in early to maintain order.
Approximately 6,000 people were attending the concert.
Slipknot bassist Paul Gray was forced to miss the band's latest central Iowa homecoming Saturday night (April 23) at Hilton Coliseum in Ames after being hospitalized for an unspecified reason, according to singer Corey Taylor's announcement from stage. Gray is reportedly due to make a speedy return to the tour, which performed in front of 5,053 maggots at the Iowa venue (the back of Hilton was curtained off to lend the show a more intimate feel).
"Thank you so much for making a dream come true for a bunch of guys from Iowa," was how Taylor said goodbye, according to the Des Moines Register. Then the band posed for a photo on stage with the arena of fans as their backdrop — holding up Gray's mask in the photo in his absence.
Despite a previous announcement to the contrary, PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul will continue to write his advice column for Revolver magazine. In a statement posted in the magazine's May 2005 issue, Revolver editors write that there was a miscommunication between Vinnie and Revolver and that when SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison (Vinnie's projected replacement) learned that Vinnie still wanted to work with Revolver, he stepped down so Vinnie could carry on with his advice column. Any questions concerning Dimebag or Nathan Gale will be thrown in the trash. The e-mail address to ask Vinnie for advice is AskVinnie@aol.com.
The Subliminal Verses show at the E Center in Salt Lake City, UT tonight (April 19) has been CANCELLED, due to medical orders from the doctors of Slipknot singer Corey Taylor. However, Shadows Fall and Lamb of God have decided to play.
Shadows Fall / Lamb Of God (co-headline)
at the Lo Fi Cafe
165 S. West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 8410
Drs: 7 PM
Tickets available at:
Smith Tix: www.smithtix.com or 801-467-8499 www.24tix.com.
Slipknot was forced to cancel Sunday night's (April 17) show in Spokane Washington for the same reason.
The Slipknot Tour Special will be aired on Fuse's Uranium at the following times:
Apr. 15, 8pm ET
Apr. 16, 12:30am & 4am ET
Apr. 17, 12:30am & 4:30am ET
Apr. 18, 12:30am & 8pm ET
Apr. 19, 3am ET
Apr. 29, 8pm ET
Apr. 30, 12:30am ET
This special feature includes individual interviews with Joey, Sid, Chris, and Corey.
More acts have been announced for this year's Download Festival, augmenting what is shaping up to be one of the biggest hard rock festivals seen across Europe in years.
US garage rockers The Mooney Suzuki, British band A and Japan's hardcore techno rockers Mad Capsule Market have all been added to the main stage, joining headliners Black Sabbath, System Of A Down, Feeder, Velvet Revolver, Slipknot, Slayer and Billy Idol.
Making an appearance on the Snickers second stage are InMe, Apocalyptica, Underoath, Lordi, Shadows Fall and Finch, among others. Flogging Molly will also be playing the event, an Irish-American punk act which features wrestling superstar Chris Jericho on vocals.
Snickers have launched a competition that will see one unsigned band will be making the journey to the festival and playing on the Snickers stage alongside other acts. For more information go to snickersunsigned.co.uk.
Nominees for UK's Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2005 awards have been announced in the following categories:
Best UK Band:
Bullet for My Valentine
Viking Skull More...
Papa Roach will play just before Nightwish, their first UK Festival date since Ozzfest in 2001.
Performing just before them, Mudvayne are set to make a welcome return to Download, having played at the inaugural festival in 2003.
System Of A Down, Slipknot, Black Sabbath, MC5, Velvet Revolver and HIM are just some of the bands to have already been confirmed. More will be announced in the coming weeks.
Download 2005 takes place at Donington Park between 10-12 June, extending to the Friday for the first time in its three year history. Weekend tickets cost £105, plus an extra £22.50 for camping.
The following excerpts were taken from an article from the Arkansas Traveler website about the fall of nu metal:
In the mid-90s Nu-Metal was an exciting, emerging twist in modern rock music that promised to exchange the best ideas in rock and rap for a single - hybrid music that could expose each style's audience to the other. However, as the 90s gave way and the millennium changed, the second wave of Nu-Metal (NM2) got further away from its hip-hop roots and closer to the dark side of heavy metal. The genre is virtually dismissible, but can it come back from the edge of death?
The first wave of Nu-Metal (NM1) was a hybrid of rap and rock music pioneered by soon-to-be staples of the genera Korn, the Deftones and Rage Against the Machine. It was pioneering and new because, unlike the oft-noted collaborations between Run DMC and Aerosmith or between Public Enemy and Anthrax, the NM1 scene wasn't based on a rock musician pounding out the beats and the emcees simply rapping over the established record.
Rather, NM1 musicians familiar with the repertoire of hip-hop's percussion section transcribed and played those beats (especially the snare and high-hat parts) as rhythm on a detuned, overdriven electric guitar. Ergo, the importance of the riff, which itself had been so dominant in eighties rock, was largely missing.
As a result, Nu-Metal made the listener want to jump up and down rather than pump twin, clenched fists in the air. It was ultra-aggressive hip-hop, or it was modest, unassuming rock. Either way, it was crossing genres and exposing new listeners to the ideas inherent in the parent style's musical genotype.
There ended the exciting part. In the late 90s Nu-Metal got heavier and louder. Korn gave way to Limp Bizkit, to Taproot, then to Mudvayne. By the time Slipknot had entered the scene, the double-kick drum was back, the screaming was incessant, and virtually no rapping was taking place.
Whereas, visually, earlier bands projected an image of body piercing, seriously baggy clothes and short haircuts, the post-Slipknot NM2 had opted instead for tattoos, long hair and regular-fit, all black clothing. By 1999, things were again starting to look orthodox
Read the full article at The Arkansas Traveler.
Slipknot has been forced to drop all of the opening acts on their Subliminal Verses Tour according to a posting on the official From Autumn to Ashes website.
From Autumn to Ashes report: Due to unforeseen Union enforced time constraints with venues, From Autumn to Ashes were removed from Slipknot's Subliminal Verses Tour, along with all of the opening act bands. The tour will remain a three band bill with Shadows Fall and Lamb of God as the openers.
From Autumn To Ashes want to apologize to all you who bought tickets to the Slipknot shows they were on. A number of alternatives were presented to the unions and the venues, but in the end, an agreement was unable to be reached. From Autumn to Ashes and Slipknot both deeply regret letting the fans down.
The band was really looking forward to playing the west coast and hope they see all of you at the Sounds of the Underground tour this summer.
After five years, 30 columns, and more than 180 pieces of sage wisdom, Vinnie Paul has retired from the advice game. But, Slipknot's Joey Jordison will be taking over Vinnie's regular column in Revolver magazine.
Send questions to:
1115 Broadway, 8th floor
New York, NY 10010
Joey and the rest of Slipknot are currently on their Subliminal Verses tour with Lamb of God. Slipknot's "Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses" Special Edition CD in stores April 12.
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.