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.
Tim Higgins of Des Moines Register is reporting that Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has rejected Internet reports declaring his death.
A prank — fueled by the Internet and radio — led many to believe that Taylor, who also fronts Stone Sour, had died this week. "First it was an overdose, than a fatal car crash," wife Scarlett Taylor said Friday night (Sept. 17).
She had already received dozens of calls from worried friends and fans, known as maggots.
The buzz began Tuesday (Sept. 14) when Chicago radio shock jock Mancow Muller started talking about the death, Taylor said. A prank web site declared Taylor's death Friday.
Even Taylor's own manager had called concerned, the family said as it took a break from pizza and chocolate cake at a party to celebrate Corey and Scarlett's son's second birthday.
Worried neighbors had feared the worst and reported seeing "not the usual crowd" entering the Taylors' tony South of Grand Avenue home Friday night. The guests were there for the toddler's party.
"I am not dead," Taylor yelled from the front patio. His father-in-law laughed and said, "Reports of his death are greatly exaggerated."
Slipknot have announced plans to follow up a Top 5 single, entitled "Duality", with their own brand of duality: a radio campaign that takes two versions, "Vermilion" and "Vermilion Pt. 2", to Slipknot fans simultaneously.
The two versions of "Vermilion" are songs that represent the expression of the myriad of artistic and technical strengths this groundbreaking act possesses. Both will simultaneously impact all rock radio formats and national video channels in early October and both appear on Slipknot's critically-acclaimed album, "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)", which is quickly approaching platinum sales status.
The song "Vermilion" begins the story of obsession, with a gothic rock beat and frustrated, aggressive vocal. "Vermilion Pt. 2" is a haunting continuation of the story, complete with acoustic guitar, violin and Corey Taylor's pained, vulnerable delivery. The melody and the overriding theme run through both versions, making them integral pieces to the same complex puzzle. "The differences (between the two tracks) are subtle — 'Vermilion Pt. 1' is about the enrapturing, the buildup, the anticipation and the neurosis," says Taylor. "'Part 2' is the aftermath, the pieces that have to be picked up later, and maybe the guilt of having lived through it."
A separate video was shot for each version of the track in Los Angeles in late-August. The clip for "Vermilion" was directed by Tony Petrossian and M. Shawn Crahan, co-directors of the "Duality" video. The video for "Vermilion Pt. 2" is being directed by Mark Klasfeld (whose work includes videos for Nelly, Vanessa Carlton, Sum 41, and Shyne). Expect both videos to defy your expectations of Slipknot and show the band as you have never seen them before.
The concept of the "Vermilion" video follows a young woman whose life is completely out of phase with the rest of the world. For every day that goes by her, she grows further away from her imprint of time in this reality. All she can do is stand alone and contemplate her isolation. Throughout the video, the only things in balance are her visions of the members of Slipknot in her subconscious. "This is REAL," says the co-director (also known as the Clown) "We chose to go down an artistic wormhole, and give our fans a beginning look of what else lies within our thought process. Whereas 'Duality' captured the real intimacy of what we share with our fans, with 'Vermilion', we finalize that chapter by grabbing a hold of our fans and taking them deeper into the experience of Slipknot. It's all starting over again — THIS IS REAL!"
Slipknot will play their first concert in South Korea in November. This highly anticipated gig will finally take place after the cancellation of the group's original show in early February due to delays in the production of the band's latest album, "Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses)." Hardcore Slipknot fans in South Korea previously had to travel to Japan to see the group perform in concert, and this first gig in Seoul, South Korea is expected to be a monster rock event. "Women and the physically weak are being advised to take the upper seat sections, allowing the standing section to be filled with men and foreigners living in South Korea," according to a posting on the Korean Slipknot fan site SlipknotMania.com. Tickets go on sale on September 20.
As previously reported, Slipknot will be releasing their third DVD sometime next year. The exact timing and content of the DVD has yet to be determined.
The day was August 26th, the day of the Ozzfest, the festival all metal-heads know and worship. Bringing the heaviest tour to the masses year after year. This year was a year to remember with bands like Slayer, Judas Priest, Lamb of God, Slipknot, and upcomers Atreyu, Bleeding Through, and Lacuna Coil; among others. More...
SLIPKNOT, METALLICA, THE DARKNESS, H.I.M., RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS and BLINK-182 are battling it out for the "Best Band" award at the Kerrang! Awards 2004, according to the BBC News.
The nominees for Kerrang! were revealed at a live gig in London on Tuesday (August 24), where bands like the LOSTPROPHETS, BIFFY CLYRO and MINUS performed for 500 delighted rock fans.
Previous big-name winners include FOO FIGHTERS, BON JOVI, MARILYN MANSON, AC/DC and IGGY POP.
Seven of this year's awards have been voted for by the public, with the remainder judged by the Kerrang! team.
The awards themselves will take place at a top-secret location on Thursday.
Kerrang! Awards 2004 nominees:
Best British Newcomer:
Best International Newcomer :
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE
ASH – "Orpheus"
LOSTPROPHETS – "Last Train Home"
THE RASMUS - "In The Shadows"
H.I.M. - "Funeral Of Hearts"
LINKIN PARK - "Breaking The Habit"
EVANESCENCE - "Going Under"
SLIPKNOT -"Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)"
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE -"The End of Heartache"
MUSE – "Absolution"
LOSTPROPHETS - "Start Something"
BLINK-182 – "Blink-182"
THE DISTILLERS - "Coral Fang"
THE OFFSPRING - "Hit That"
BLINK-182 - "I Miss You"
SLIPKNOT – "Duality"
NEW FOUND GLORY - "All Downhill From Here"
H.I.M. - "Funeral of Hearts"
Best Live Band:
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND
Best Band On The Planet:
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball and Revolver magazine are teaming up to bring you the Best Metal Videos of the New Millennium (so far) picked by you. So put your pedal to the metal and vote for your favorite video here. Then, catch the two-hour premiere Saturday, August 21 at 10 PM during Headbanger’s Ball, on MTV2. Plus check out the final list in the October issue of Revolver.
Videos you can vote for: More...
This past weekend in LA, new Slipknot videos were shot. The songs, "Vermilion" and "Vermilion Pt. 2." Shoots for both the videos should wrap today.
The following guest musicians will be appearing on MC Necro's new album, "The Pre-Fix For Death":
Jamey Jasta and Sean Martin of Hatebreed , #0 of Slipknot aka DJ Starscream (Sid Wilson), Trever Perez of Obituary, Away of Voivod, Dan Lilker of Nuclear Assault, S.O.D., Brutal Truth, and Danny Diablo of Crown of Thorns, Scarhead.
Necro's official biography says the following: More...
On Sunday, July 18, 2004 I enjoyed one of the best Ozzfests I've witnessed at the Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Virginia, despite a day that started off pretty bad. To put it all in perspective, I'll start at the beginning. I awoke to prepare for the day and immediately noticed that my right eye which was slightly irritated the day before was swollen half shut. After 30 minutes or so of being awake, I was developing a serious headache from the pressure of my swollen eyelid being open. Although I had fully intended to arrive at Ozzfest by 9:30 and see every band perform, I quickly resigned to going in to the hospital to have my eye checked out. The decision was an easy one because the headache was already terrible and I could only imagine the situation worsening throughout the day as dust, rain, sweat, and/or sun screen got into my eyes.
After two hours in the hospital to get some antibiotic eye drops, I was on my way. One side effect of the eye infection was that I was forced to wear glasses instead of contacts, which totally sucks - it's kind of hard to headbang with glasses on.
Factoring in travel time, I arrived at Ozzfest just two hours into the show. The weather was overcast and comfortably cool 70's. They were calling for a 60% chance of rain, but the weather was holding, despite passing through some rain on the drive to Bristow. More...
Albany's Capital News 9 has posted a two-minute video report from this weekend's Aggressive Music Festival, which featured performances from a number of national heavy metal bands, including Slayer, Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Chimaira, Superjoint Ritual, Shadows Fall, Hatebreed and Life Of Agony. Watch the video here.
Around 4,000 music fans from the Capital Region and as far away as California packed the Glens Falls Civic Center for the festival, which was organized in part by Hatebreed singer Jamey Jasta. Back in May, a group of local people went around getting residents in the Glens Falls area to sign petitions (watch video here) against the concert due to some of the groups' questionable lyrics. But organizers, bands and fans said there's nothing wrong with this type of music.
Promoter Ted Etoll said, "They took one little isolated lyrical content and made everybody here to look like demons, which they aren't."
Mark Wellington of Queensbury said, "You know a lot of people were shaky about having guys like us come up here and have a festival, but overall it's just fans coming to listen to good music."
The tracklisting for the forthcoming Headbangers Ball Vol. II, which will be making it's way onto store shelves in late September: More...
So, after quite some time and many doubts I have finally decided to share my thoughts about this year's Ozzfest. Actually, it's my first time on this festival since I'm from Europe and I've only been living in U.S. for two years now. Please, do consider this as you read along :)
I got to the Tweeter Center around 10:15 in the morning. Being my first time there, I wasn't sure how the whole thing was gonna go. The first thing that looked very weird were all those people on the parking lot who had brought BBQs and coolers and were hanging out by their cars. Very American, I thought. More...
Some setlist info is starting to filter in from bands at this years Ozzfest. Here they are so far:
Someone's Standing On My Chest
Right Side of The Bed
Lip Gloss and Black
Broken Promise More...
SLIPKNOT have announced that 'Vermillion' will be the next single off of their recent RoadRunner release "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)".
Rob Zombie and A Perfect Circle will contribute new recordings to the fist-pounding soundtrack to the flick "Resident Evil: Apocalypse," which comes out August 24. Other artists signed on for the disc include Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Lacuna Coil, and some unnamed emo/metalcore acts, according to a spokesperson for the project.
Read the full article at MTV.com.
A live video of METALLICA members James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo performing the track "Enter Sandman" with SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison at the Download festival in England on June 6 has been posted online at the following locations: Server#1, Server#2 (62 MB).
As previously reported, METALLICA's regular drummer, Lars Ulrich, was taken to hospital with an undisclosed illness just hours before METALLICA were due to headline the festival. Rather than pull the show and risk a revolt from fans, METALLICA called upon SLIPKNOT and SLAYER drummers, Jordison and Dave Lombardo (respectively), alongside Ulrich's long-standing drum tech Flemming Larsen, to rescue the gig. Jordison played in his SLIPKNOT mask.
Olivier Rouhet of Rock Hard France sent us the following report from the 2004 edition of Fury Fest, a three-day event held June 25-27 at the Park Des Expositions in Le Mans, France:
"Headlining the last day of the Fury Fest Festival in Le Mans (France), SLIPKNOT had to endure the hostility of French so-called music 'fans'. Before going on stage, a majority of the audience (hardcore and black/death metal fans) organized themselves in order to sabotage the SLIPKNOT show. It started before the band went onstage with a non-stop 'SLIPKNOT, enculé' (Translation: SLIPKNOT, fuckers).
"When [drummer] Joey Jordison went on stage, the battle started: a large part of the audience started throwing anything [they could find] on stage (the security crew allowed bottles in the venue!). Pretending to defend the integrity of music, those so called 'fans' ruined the show. SLIPKNOT played 48 minutes (they were supposed to play 90) and it must be said that it's a very courageous move as any band would have left the stage after one song.
"The rumors provoking the furor was that SLIPKNOT had a very long soundcheck in the morning (this is true) but nobody can believe that this was a spontaneous move. The people there had planned to ruin the SLIPKNOT show: a real silly move. If you don't agree with SLIPKNOT, the best way is to leave the festival. By provoking violence, the fans have given France a bad name.
"During 'People = Shit' chorus, Corey sang (it depends who you talk to !) 'You are full of shit' or 'people throw me shit'. As Rock Hard France is a sponsor of the Fury Fest, we can only condemn the attitude of all these so called 'fans.' The SLIPKNOT show for the opening of METALLICA (23rd June) at Le Parc Des Princes was perfect.
"Some days ago, I had the chance to talk by phone with [singer] Corey [Taylor] about his love for France. I just hope that the attitude of those hooligans in Le Mans won't affect the relationship with true fans of music.
"To sum up everything, let's say that it's everybody's right to dislike SLIPKNOT, but it's a shame to ruin a show, for the band and the fans, and the best way to show his dislike is to boycott. Shame on the Fury Fest audience. For the first time, young French people organized a good festival. The audience ruined it. No surprise if bands don't play in our country anymore (not being Parisians, this kind of stuff would not have happened in Paris). SLIPKNOT is a good band. If you don't like them, don't look at their show, and don't ruin the fans' pleasure."
A bunch of photos of SLIPKNOT performing live at the Sound Advice Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida last Wednesday (March 31) have been posted online at this location (courtesy of Error 404 Media).
A brand new SLIPKNOT track, entitled "Pulse of the Maggots", has been made available for download.
"Pulse of the Maggots" comes off the group's much-anticipated third album, "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)", due on May 25 through Roadrunner Records. Other songs on the 13-cut Rick Rubin-produced CD include "Vermillion", "Circle", "The Blister Exists" and first single, "Duality", for which the group shot a video last Saturday (March 27) in West Des Moines. A B-side from the recording sessions, "Don't Get Close", plus some instrumental pieces, recently appeared in the Activision video game "MTX: Mototrax".
SLIPKNOT kick off the fourth installment of the Jägermeister Music Tour today (March 30) in Orlando, Florida. FEAR FACTORY and CHIMAIRA are also onboard for the six-week trek, which wraps up May 14 in Sacramento.
WHO TV in Des Moines, Iowa is reporting that SLIPKNOT fans traveled from as far off as the Ukraine and Great Britain to attend the filming of the group's new video, which took place Saturday (March 27) in West Des Moines. 500 fans were selected to take part in the shoot, which saw the group performing inside a rented house as it was being "invaded" by "maggots." Check out a KCCI TV video report on the "maggot" auditions at this location.
Commented SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison during the filming: "We wanted to come back and just do a video here with our friends in Iowa and make it more real and this has been a blast so far, we're just getting started."
Lead singer Corey Taylor added: "It's basically gonna looked cramped and wet, a lot of stink and ugly, it rules basically what this band is all about."
Security was on-hand, but there were no reports of any problems at the filming, according to WHO TV.
The "Duality" video shoot was helmed by the directing duo of Mark Klasfeld and Tony Petrossian. The track comes off the band's new album, "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)", due on May 25 through Roadrunner Records. The first song released will be "Pulse of the Maggots", which will be made available for download on the group's web site on Tuesday, March 30. Other tracks on the 13-cut Rick Rubin-produced CD include "Vermillion", "Circle" and "The Blister Exists". A B-side from the recording sessions, "Don't Get Close", plus some instrumental pieces, appear in the Activision video game "MTX: Mototrax".