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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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Slipknot's "Fury Fest" Performance Gets Sabotaged

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."

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Live Slipknot Pictures Posted Online

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).

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Listen to Slipknot's 'Pulse of the Maggots' Online

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.

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Slipknot Finish Video Shoot, Comment On The Event

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".

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Joey Jordison Talks About Meeting Trent Reznor

In the March issue of Sweden's premiere rock/metal magazine Close-Up, SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison talks about playing the song "The Blister" from the band's upcoming album, "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)", for NINE INCH NAILS mainmain Trent Reznor.

"Me and Greg [Fidelman], our engineer, were sitting at the mixing desk listening to this shit. [Producer Rick] Rubin comes down — this is at his house — with Trent and I shake Trent's hand. Rubin tells Greg, 'Why don't you just play that song, let Trent hear it.' I fucking cranked it up, and right after the song, Trent was like, 'Dude, I gotta go lay down, I feel like a pussy now!' It was awesome! That's Trent Reznor right behind me. It was cool. A really, really humbling experience, the fact that he would say something like that about our new record. He's a lovely guy."

SLIPKNOT's "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)" is scheduled for release on May 25 through Roadrunner Records. The band are currently preparing to hit the road as part of the fourth installment of the Jägermeister Music Tour, beginning March 30 in Orlando, Florida. FEAR FACTORY and CHIMAIRA are also onboard for the five-week trek, which wraps up May 14 in Sacramento.

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Steve Richards Dies Of Brain Cancer

Steve Richards, the founder of No Name Music and former manager of SLIPKNOT and MUDVAYNE, passed away on Sunday, after a long battle with brain cancer. Services for Richards will be held on Friday, March 26 at 12:00 noon at Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, 91364.

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Slipknot Tribute Band Disasterpiece Meet Slipknot

Members of SLIPKNOT attended a show by the first-ever SLIPKNOT tribute band DISASTERPIECE on Thursday, March 18 at The House of Bricks in Des Moines, Iowa.

Commented DISASTERPIECE in their newsletter: "It was a most exciting and surreal experience for all of us here in DISASTERPIECE. Especially Joe Lohr #4 who received from [SLIPKNOT guitarist] Jim Root his personal first custom-made Fender guitar that he used on the last tour and Jim's second original mask. This is the first time any fan has received an original mask ever. Jim's first mask is in the custody of the ink god Paul Booth.

"Mick, Jim, Sid, Corey, Joey, Paul and Chris attended the show and were blown away and Mick [was] quoted [as] saying, ' That was the coolest thing I have ever seen.' And Jim [was] quoted [as] saying, 'This is weird... I'm watching us... They got it down.' So we have received the ultimate compliment and the band gave us their permission to continue. Mick did not threaten to kill any of us, so we must [have] done it right.

"Not only did the members themselves come out but many of the SLIPKNOT crew members attended this show as well and they were very impressed as well."

Mar. 26 - The Elixir - Rockford, IL
Mar. 27 - Canopy Club - Urbana, IL
Apr. 02 - Clearwater Theater - West Dundee, IL

Pictures from DISASTERPIECE's March 6 show at Champs Rock Room in Burbank, Illinois can be viewed at this location.

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Slayer, Cradle Of Filth On Download Festival 2004

The 2004 Download Festival is scheduled to take place in Donington, UK on June 5th and 6th, and in Glasgow, Scotland on June 2nd and 3rd.

The latest confirmations come from CRADLE OF FILTH and SLAYER.

The confirmed lineup for the festivals in shaping up to look like this:

June 2nd - Glasgow, Scotland: METALLICA, KORN, SLIPKNOT and H.I.M.

June 3rd - Glasgow, Scotland: LINKIN PARK, LOSTPROPHETS, IGGY & THE STOOGES, THE DISTILLERS and MACHINE HEAD.

June 5th - Donington, UK - Main Stage: LINKIN PARK, SUM 41, IGGY & THE STOOGES, THE HIVES, THE DISTILLERS, CRADLE OF FILTH and MONSTER MAGNET. Game On Stage: ELECTRIC SIX, SOIL, AKERCOCKE, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and MILLION DEAD.

June 6th - Donington, UK - Main Stage: METALLICA, KORN, SLIPKNOT, SLAYER, MACHINE HEAD, ILL NINO and GODSMACK. Game On Stage: H.I.M., BOWLING FOR SOUP, TAKING BACK SUNDAY, DAMAGEPLAN, BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION, LIFE OF AGONY and HATEBREED.

For more info visit the official website of the festival


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Slipknot Singer Gets Married!

SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor has posted the following message at StoneSourBoard.com:

"On March 11th, 2004, [longtime girlfriend/fiancée] Scarlett and I became Mr. & Mrs. Corey Taylor in a small ceremony @ the Botanical center in Des Moines, Iowa. The wedding was small, attended by family, both bands and a few friends. The reception was held @ the house, with karaoke carrying on well until 4AM (we tried to get [SLIPKNOT guitarist] Mick [Thomson] to sing 'Safety Dance', but he threatened to kill us all).

"Just wanted to post a little something about it and say the wait is over, we did it, now we can fight like a normal couple — happily ever after in holy matrimony."

Corey and Scarlett have an 18-month old son named Griffin Parker Taylor.

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Paul & Chris From Slipknot Talk About New Material

Holland's FaceCulture recently spoke to SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray and percussionist Chris Fehn in the Jolly Carlton Hotel in Amsterdam for almost half an hour each. The first audio clips from their respective interviews can now be heard online at this location.

As reported here yesterday, SLIPKNOT have set "Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses" as the title of their long-awaited follow-up to 2001's "Iowa", due on May 25 through Roadrunner Records. The first track released will be "Pulse of the Maggots", which will be made available for download on the group's web site on March 30. A performance video for the album's first "official" single, "Duality", will be shot later this month in the group's hometown of Des Moines, Iowa, with Mark Klasfeld and Tony of Vem and Tony.

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Slipknot Set Album Title, Speak About CD As Well

SLIPKNOT have set "Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses" as the title of their long-awaited follow-up to 2001's "Iowa", due on May 25 through Roadrunner Records. The first track released will be "Pulse of the Maggots", which will be made available for download on the group's web site on March 30.

"It's got the feel of MINISTRY crossed with SLAYER," SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison told MTV.com. "It's heavier than fuck and it's really cool. Also, it's the first introduction to the shredder old-school guitar solos of Mick [Thompson] and Jim [Root]. Mick and Jim are two of the best guitar players I've ever heard, and I think it's cool that we never really showcased their talent at playing technical metal solos. But when you hear them play back-and-forth solos on that track, it's so insane that it kind of makes you laugh."

According to Jordison, SLIPKNOT chose the name "Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses" because it emphasizes the album's underlying theme of bonding and unification.

"I don't necessarily look at it as a negative or evil title," Jordison told MTV.com. "I just think there are so many internal thoughts and so much intensity within the lyrics that there are a lot of different meanings that can be pulled out of it. A lot of feelings went into the making of this record, and after digesting the whole thing you can really see that we're dealing a lot with getting back together and learning how to be a band again."

The album's first "official" single, "Duality", is being described as "the most experimental" single the band have ever released. "It's got one of the heaviest grooves we ever came up with," Jordison told MTV.com. "It's a dark song, but the chorus is very liberal as far as tones and things that we've never done before, and the things we've done with [singer] Corey [Taylor]'s voice are really wild."

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Slipknot Release "Pulse Of The Maggots" March 30th

A brand-new SLIPKNOT song, titled "Pulse of the Maggots", will be made available for download at the group's official web site beginning on March 30. This date will also mark the release of an interactive section on the web site, made whole by nine individual parts that are going to be unveiled one by one during the next few months, five before the official album release and the remaining four after May 25. The fans will be granted access to new and original stuff by SLIPKNOT, starting with skins, images of the studio recording of the album, and pictures from the shows on the Jägermeister Music Tour tour with FEAR FACTORY and CHIMAIRA. Later on, two new songs will be added to the web site: the final version of "Don't Get Close" and "Duality". By the time the record hits the shops, the web site will contain material that can only be accessed though the original CD. Fans who purchase the new CD will be able to enter exclusive areas and will be able to listen to a song NOT included on the album. They will also be given the opportunity to win various prizes, including nine signed jumpsuits used by SLIPKNOT at their live shows. In addition, owners of the new CD will be able to access nine chat rooms (one for each member of the band) where the group will communicate with the fans.

As previously reported, SLIPKNOT will release the track "Duality" as the first single from their as-yet-untitled new CD, due out on May 25 through Roadrunner Records. The song will impact radio stations on May 4.

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Slipknot Post New Look Pictures Online

SLIPKNOT have unveiled their brand-new look in a new ad to promote the group's upcoming album and tour. Check it out here.

As previously reported, SLIPKNOT will release the track "Duality" as the first single from their as-yet-untitled new CD, due out on May 25 through Roadrunner Records. The song will impact radio stations on May 4. The band will make the first song off their forthcoming album available for download via their official web site, www.slipknot1.com, on March 30. The group are currently preparing to hit the road as part of the fourth installment of the Jägermeister Music Tour, beginning March 30 in Orlando, Florida. FEAR FACTORY and CHIMAIRA are also onboard for the five-week trek, which wraps up May 4 in Denver.

EDIT: Message on HeadTrip reads "DUE TO LEGAL ISSUES, THE NEW MASKS PICTURE HAS BEEN TAKEN DOWN"

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Possible Slipknot Track Listing Rumored

Slipknot have chosen the track "Duality" as the first single from their upcoming new album. The song will impact at radio on May 04th while the as-yet untitled new album will follow, arriving in stores through Roadrunner/Island/Def Jam on May 25th. In other news, what is rumored to be the tentative list of tracks set to show up on the bands upcoming new album has been floating around the net as of late, it is as follows:
"Before I Forget"
"Vermillion"
"The Blister"
"Exists"
"Scream"
"Prelude"
"Opium Of The People"
"Three Nil"
"Welcome"
"Paradox"
"Triggers Yearn"
"Need To Learn"
"The Pessimist"
"Holes Hide"
"These"
"Duality"
"Manic Half"

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Slipknot Post Song Title To Be Released March 30th

SLIPKNOT will release the track "Duality" as the first single from their as-yet-untitled new album, due out on May 25 through Roadrunner Records. The song will impact radio stations on May 4.

In other news, SLIPKNOT's track "Don't Get Close", which appears in the recently released Activision game "MTX: Motocross", will NOT be appearing on the upcoming album in any form, according to Roadrunner Records. "Seems that SLIPKNOT and producer Rick Rubin have a little problem in that there's too much great shit to choose from, and only so much material they can fit on the new CD," reads a post on Roadrunner's web site.

As previously reported, SLIPKNOT will make the first song off their forthcoming album available for download via their official web site, www.slipknot1.com, on March 30. No further details are currently available. The band are currently preparing to hit the road as part of the fourth installment of the Jägermeister Music Tour, beginning March 30 in Orlando, Florida. FEAR FACTORY and CHIMAIRA are also onboard for the five-week trek, which wraps up May 4 in Denver.

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New Slipknot Song To Be Released March 30th

SLIPKNOT will reportedly make the first song off their forthcoming album available for download via their official web site, www.slipknot1.com, on March 30. No further details are currently available.

SLIPKNOT's as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2001's "Iowa" is due on May 25 through Roadrunner Records. The band are currently preparing to hit the road as part of the fourth installment of the Jägermeister Music Tour, beginning March 30 in Orlando, Florida. FEAR FACTORY and CHIMAIRA are also onboard for the five-week trek, which wraps up May 4 in Denver.

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Slipknot Announce Plans To Shoot Video In March

Slipknot look to have completed tracking their upcoming as-yet untitled new album and are planning to begin mixing it at the end of the month/beginning of next month. The group are also planning to shoot a video for their as-yet unannounced first single in early March. The album itself is currently on track for a May 25th release date through Roadrunner/Island/Def Jam.

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Official Lineup For Ozzfest 2004 Announced

Ozzfest's ninth incarnation kicks off July 10 in Hartford, Connecticut and will find Ozzy Osbourne sharing the main stage with Judas Priest, reunited with longtime singer Rob Halford; Slayer; Norwegian black metal sextet Dimmu Borgir; Black Label Society; and Superjoint Ritual, fronted by Pantera's Phil Anselmo. Fans voting on www.ozzfest.com helped choose the second-stage bands, which include Slipknot (headline the second stage), Hatebreed, Lamb of God, Atreyu, Bleeding Through, Lacuna Coil, Every Time I Die and Unearth. Additional artists are expected to be announced later. (UPDATE: God Forbid is also listed on the official Ozzfest site)

Twenty-six cities are scheduled for the trek, which starts on the East Coast, heads west to California, then takes the southern route back to wrap up in West Palm Beach, Florida, on September 4. Tickets go on sale February 28.

Ozzfest tour dates, according to its publicists: More...

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Slipknot Want To Emulate Van Gogh

Slipknot's Corey Taylor and Joey Jordison spoke with Blender magazine about progress on the group's forthcoming album. "We're trying to go where we've never gone before," Jordison said. "If you don't take risks, the possiblity of failure is greater. Van Gogh never did the same painting twice." Taylor added, "Yeah! And he cut off his ear only once. We're trying to cut off our ear on this record!"

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Judas Priest And Slayer Confirmed For Ozzfest 2004

Billboard.com is reporting that SLAYER, JUDAS PRIEST and SLIPKNOT will join OZZY OSBOURNE as the mainstage acts on this year's Ozzfest, set to begin in early July. Details of the tour will be announced next week in Los Angeles Other bands said to be "all-but-confirmed" are: Hatebreed, Superjoint Ritual and Dimmu Borgir.

Other bands who are said to be "in-talks" with playing Ozzfest this year are as follows:
In Flames, Lacuna Coil, Fear Factory, Black Label Society, and Unearth.The official press-release for bands and dates will be announced Thursday, February 19th.

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