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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After the grey and miserable weather the day before, it was nice to awake on the final day of Graspop and be greeted with plenty of sunshine. While that may not have been the most metal sentence I have ever written, the roster of bands on display may well have been the most extreme of the weekend.
Like the previous day, we wasted a little time in the campsite before heading into the main area to catch the second main stage band, in today's case, Canadian heavy metal heroes, Anvil. Of course, everyone knows the story of Anvil by now, and perhaps that's made this set such a special one. From the opening guitar shrieks of "March Of The Crabs/666" there were smiles all around, not least from frontman Steve "Lips" Kudrow. The fact that everyone could see how much fun the band were having made the fans enjoy it all the more, which I'm sure in turn only fueled the smiles on the faces of Anvil. It might seem a strange word to use to describe a performance from a metal band, but Anvil are a really fun live experience. It's impossible to watch them and not headbang or raise the horns. Kudrow's interaction with the crowd is simply great, not least because he doesn't patronise the audience with cliche lines like "Are you ready to party?" I was also impressed by his ability to perform his guitar duties flawlessly, while still singing. Drummer Rob Reiner and bassist Glenn Five also deserve alot of credit, as their skills were on full display today, particularly Reiner's during, "White Rhino." Having only a fairly short set, only three songs from the group's new album, "Juggernaut Of Justice" were performed today, namely the title track, "On Fire" and "New Orleans Voodoo," but they all went down well with the crowd, who did their best to sing along to the latter. Another highlight came during Kudrow's guitar solo, which he did by playing his axe with a vibrator. An unorthodox method, but effective. As one might expect, they closed their set with the anthemic, "Metal On Metal," which went down a treat for all viewing. While they may not be the greatest heavy metal band to ever grace the Earth, they might well be one of the most enjoyable and were a great way to start the day.
It was then over to Marquee 2 for a little crossover thrash from D.R.I. (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles.) There were plenty of old school thrashers in attendance for them, complete with upturned caps and white shoes, and they all seemed to enjoy what they were witnessing. As much as I've always liked the band and crossover in general, I found watching them for as long as I did to be a little much, as most songs follow a similar formula, resulting in the performance getting a little boring after a short while. It seems I was not alone in this opinion, as there were plenty who came in to watch, then left after a couple of songs. D.R.I. are, like Anvil, all about having fun, but they don't possess the same stage presence. Songs like "Snap/I'd Rather Be Sleeping" and "Asleep At The Wheel" are always good to hear, but they felt rather tame today. Perhaps it would be better to catch them in a small club setting, because they weren't able to make it work in the Marquee. More...
New fan-filmed concert footage has made its way online featuring American modern metallers Slipknot performing its single "Psychosocial." The footage was captured during the band's June 29th performance in Moscow, Russia. You can check out the footage in the player below.
A new video interview has been posted online featuring Stone Sour/Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor. You can check out the interview in the player below.
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has revealed that the band has just been declared the "the most influential rock group of the last 30 years" by Kerrang magazine. Ulrich commented on the announcement by saying;
"It gives me a very warm and fuzzy feeling that Kerrang! magazine have voted Metallica as the band that most changed their lives. I remember the first issue of the magazine in 1981. I had made a pilgrimage to England because I was obsessed with the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. I travelled all over the country and that first issue accompanied me everywhere."
The poll, which was voted on by Kerrang readers, is included in the next issue of the magazine, which celebrates 30 years since its launch in June 1981.
The top 10 bands included:
2. Green Day
3. Iron Maiden
5. My Chemical Romance
6. Linkin Park
7. Bullet For My Valentine
8. Blink 182
9. Ozzy Osbourne
10. Foo Fighters
Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison has posted the following statement online, reflecting on the late Paul Gray on what is the one-year anniversary of his passing.
"It was so great hanging out with you yesterday and today. Talking and reminiscing about old times and seeing you respond with some of the strongest gusts of wind I've ever felt.
"Paul, you always told it like it was. You're the same guy that wouldn't let me stay home on New Year's Eve back in 1992, and once drove over in four feet of snow during a storm, just to hang out! There was no one like you. That's why you were my best friend.
"All the music that we've done together, all the times that we've shared, will live on forever. I miss you each and every day.
"All right, Balls, I'll see you on stage! Let's destroy.
"There will never be another #2. I love you.
"Fuck it all! Fuck this world!
Fuck everything that you stand for!
Don't belong! Don't exist!
Don't give a shit! Don't ever judge me! More...
The "Fallen Heroes" video tribute which was played during the 2011 Revolver Golden Gods Awards has been posted online. The video pays tribute to Ronnie James Dio, Slipknot's Paul Gray, Avenged Sevenfold's The Rev, Type O Negative's Peter Steele and Alice In Chains' Mike Starr. You can view the video in the player below.
Reunited nu-metal act System of a Down has announced that it will be participating in the forthcoming Rock In Rio festival. The 2011 edition of the event is set to take place between September 23 - October 2, 2011 in Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca/Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Other notable acts scheduled to appear include;
GUNS N' ROSES
COHEED AND CAMBRIA
Slipknot members Joey Jordison and Shawn "Clown" Crahan spoke with Barebonesmusic.com during the third annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards in regards to the possibility of a new Slipknot album being released as well as the band's forthcoming live shows. You can view the video interview in the player below.
Metal Injection has posted a video report from the 2011 Revolver Golden Gods Awards black carpet. Some of the names featured in the report include Corey Taylor of Slipknot/Stone Sour, Chris Jericho, Vince Neil, Volbeat, Asking Alexandria, Sebastian Bach, Machine Head, The Ozzy Osbourne Band, Suicide Silence, Anthrax, MMA Fighter Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy, and Sirius/XM radio personality Jose Mangin. The entire clip can be seen below.
Slipknot members Shawn "Clown" Crahan (percussion) and Joey Jordison (drums) have released separate statements online commemorating what would have been the 39th birthday of the band's late bassist, Paul Gray. You can read the statements below.
"Today is a day that will have a special place in my heart forever. It's a special day for all, for not only me and the guys in our band and families, but for everyone to put smiles across their faces and to celebrate the emotion and beauty of one of the greatest souls to ever grace music and humanity.
"I spent all of last night watching our videos since our days as little kids who had a dream, and fuck, Paul, we did make that dream come true. I fell asleep last night only to wake up minutes ago with a smile on my face as my slumbers were filled with memories I'd long forgot.
"Even as I write this, my eyes are getting a little watery. He loves all of you who embraced his music. God bless to Brenna, October and all his friends and family as well.
"I wish that all of you that couldn't share time with Paul will by playing his records 'til your ceilings crack and your ears bleed and by celebrating his memory in the glory that it is. I love you, Paul, and I'll see you again soon, but not yet… not yet.
"Hail Paul, hail SLIPKNOT.
"Your friend, Joey." More...
The organizers of Belgium's largest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that six more bands have been confirmed for this year's edition of the event. Atlanta based metal outfit Mastodon will be performing, as will Gwar, Moonsorrow, Kylesa, Protest The Hero and the recently reunited Corrosion Of Conformity. The festival will be held in the town of Dessel from June 24th - 26th and now features the following lineup: More...
Just For Fun
For the latest of the horribly hilarious (or hilariously horrible?) mashups, we have Slipknot and Justin Bieber combining for "Psychosocial Baby." If you really like it, you can even download it here (just don't admit it if you want to keep your metal cred or dignity).
The nominees have been revealed for the forthcoming edition of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards. The 2011 event is set to take place on Monday, June 13 in London, England. The list of nominees and the award categories can be viewed below. You can vote for the award nominees at this location.
Best International Band:
1. AVENGED SEVENFOLD
2. DIMMU BORGIR
3. STONE SOUR
4. CHILDREN OF BODOM
Best U.K. Band:
1. IRON MAIDEN
2. BRING ME THE HORIZON
5. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
Best Live Band:
1. CANCER BATS
3. ROB ZOMBIE
5. MACHINE HEAD
Best New Band:
1. THE DEFILED
4. THE DAMNED THINGS
4. THE DEAD LAY WAITING
1. PARKWAY DRIVE
2. A DAY TO REMEMBER
1. Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE)
2. Mark Tremonti (ALTER BRIDGE)
3. Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM)
4. Marc Rizzo (CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SOULFLY)
5. Synyster Gates (AVENGED SEVENFOLD)
Metal As Fuck:
4. Zakk Wylde
Event Of The Year:
1. Rob Zombie's return
2. Manowar's return
3. System of a Down reforming
4. The "Big Four" U.K. announcement
5. "Beavis And Butthead"'s resurrection
Iowa-based modern metal act Slipknot has revealed its full summer festival touring schedule. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below. In other recent news; Slipknot announced that its original guitarist Donnie Steele will be joining the band as its new bass player. You can read a comment on Steele from the band at this location.
06/17 Athens, GRE – Sonisphere Festival
06/21 Sofia, BUL – Sonisphere Festival
06/24 Basel, SWI – Sonisphere Festival
06/25 Imola, ITA – Sonisphere Festival
06/26 Dessel, BEL – Graspop Metal Meeting
07/02 Helsinki, FIN – Sonisphere Festival
07/08 Amnesville, FRA – Sonisphere festival
07/09 Stockholm, SWE – Sonisphere Festival
07/10 Stevenage, UK – Knebworth House
09/25 Rio de Janiero, BRA – Rock In Rio Festival
Iowa based nine piece Slipknot has revealed that Donnie Steele, the band's original guitar player, will be joining the band as bass player on their forthcoming tour dates. Speaking on their decision to recruit Steele for the job, the band stated:
"Donnie was in the band at the very beginning, and rather than get an outsider, we thought it would be a fitting tribute to Paul to play with someone from within the family. Donnie was great friends with Paul and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate his memory than with someone who was there with us at the very beginning. The eight of us are looking forward to being onstage again and honoring Paul’s legacy with our families in Europe and Brazil this summer."
The organizers of Belgium's premier heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced three more names for this year's edition of the festival. Thrash metal super group Dublin Death Patrol, which features Testament frontman Chuck Billy and Hatriot/former Exodus vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza, will be performing at the event, as will Rise To Remain, which includes Austin Dickinson, the son o iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, as well as All Shall Perish. The festival will take place in the toen of Dessel from June 24th-26th.
The lineup is now as follows: More...
The organisers of the British leg of the Sonisphere festival has announced eight more bands for this year's event. Amongst the new confirmations are rap legends House Of Pain, Swedish metal outfit Arch Enemy and Fozzy, the band fronted by wrestling superstar Chris Jericho and featuring members of Stuck Mojo. Also newly confirmed for the bill are Youmeatsix, Sum 41, All Time Low, Periphery and Grinspoon. The festival will be held at Knebworth from July 8th-10th and features the following lineup:
All Time Low
House Of Pain
Kids In Glass Houses
One Minute Silence
Protest The Hero
Sisters Of Mercy
The organizers of Belgium's largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that Black Label Society, Kreator, Duff McKagen's Loaded, Monster Magnet, and Legion Of The Damned have all been confirmed to play at the festival, which will take place in the town of Dessel from June 24th -26th. The lineup is now as follows:
The Damned Things
Masters Of Reality
Duff McKagen's Loaded
Heaven Shall Burn
The Black Dahlia Murder
Will Haven has posted the following update online from the studio:
"Thought we would give you a little update on the Haven, the record is just about done, Grady is doing some finishing touches on his vocals tommorow night, then its on to mixing, after that its really on!! some of the song titles for the record are 'when the walls close in,' 'urban agoge,' 'object of my affection,' and 'harvesting our burdens.' There are a total of 11 songs on the record. We are beyond happy with the way it has turned out. Cant wait to get it out there.
"As for show news we are playing with Papa Roach here in Sacramento the 25th of February. Were pretty excited because this will be our first show with our new bass player Chris Fehn (Slipknot). He has been in the studio with us during the whole record but we havent played live yet, so we are excited to have the whole band up there, and yes we will play some new jams ; ) So all is good here, thanks to everyone for the support and will get back to you this week with some photos from the studio tomorrow…"
The organizers of the British leg of the Sonisphere Festival have confirmed a further nine bands for the event, which include Limp Bizkit, Gojira, Volbeat, Protest The Hero, Kids In Glass Houses, Gallows, One Minute Silence, Inme, and The Sisters Of Mercy. The event will be held at Knebworth from July 8th - 10th and will feature the following lineup:
The Sisters Of Mercy
Kids In Glass Houses
Protest The Hero
One Minute Silence