Slipknot is a hard band to ignore. Their style of alternative metal can best be described as an all-out aural assault, combining elements of heavy metal, death metal, hardcore, industrial, and hip-hop into an eclectic sound often referred to as nu metal. Slipknot is also known for their violent and enigmatic image, with the nine members of the band donning jumpsuits and macabre masks during music videos and live performances to obscure their identities, a practice the band adopted in their early days as a means to ensure anonymity. Slipknot is widely considered to be one of the most popular and influential bands in the nu metal genre, alongside contemporaries like Korn, P.O.D., and Linkin Park.The band has its roots in Des Moines, Iowa, where it was originally formed in 1995 by drummer Shawn Crahan and bassist Paul Gray. Slipknot spent much of their time practicing in private during their early days, only rarely playing gigs and donning masks to obscure their identity when they did - a tradition that continues to this day, and has become one of the band's distinguishing features. Slipknot independently released the album Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. in late 2006, an album that many fans consider to be Slipknot's first record, though the band itself regards Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. as just an early demo. Nonetheless, Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. remains a fan favorite, and will sell for hundreds of dollars on online auction sites like Ebay because it is fairly rare - only 1000 copies were pressed. Slipknot underwent a series of lineup changes after Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat., with Crahan and Gray eventually recruiting a nine-member lineup - including two guitarists, a drummer, a sampler, a DJ, and two percussionists - to produce Slipknot's signature sound. Slipknot recorded a second demo in 1998 with their new lineup, attracting the attention of production legend Ross Robinson (Norma Jean, Machine Head) who was instrumental in securing Slipknot a record deal with metal megalabel Roadrunner Records (Killswitch Engage, Atreyu), the band's current label. Backed by Robinson's top notch production skills, Slipknot made their major label debut with the release of their first album, Slipknot, in 1999. Slipknot's raw, percussion-heavy sound shone through on their wildly successful self-titled debut, which featured such singles as "Wait and Bleed" and "Spit it Out". Slipknot would go on to become the first album released by Roadrunner to receive a Platinum certification by the RIAA, marking Slipknot as a metal band with both niche and mainstream appeal. After touring heavily in support of their debut, Slipknot returned to the studio in 2000 to begin working on their hotly anticipated sophomore album, Iowa, which saw an August 2001 release. Both heavier and more technical than their debut album, Iowa rose to the #3 spot on the Billboard 200 and nabbed Slipknot two Grammy nominations - not bad for a gang of masked freaks from Des Moines. Hits from Iowa include "My Plague", "The Heretic Anthem", and "Left Behind". Following the release of Iowa, Slipknot embarked on a nationwide tour with fellow rockers System of a Down throughout 2001. Though now at the height of their popularity, Slipknot went on hiatus throughout 2002 amidst breakup rumors, with band members devoting their time to a number of side projects like glam metal band Murderdolls and indie rock outfit To My Surprise. The breakup rumors proved untrue when the band reunited in 2003 under the wing of esteemed producer Rick Rubin (Slayer, Johnny Cash), who masterminded the 2004 release of Slipknot's third album, Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses). With a more melodic and experimental sound than their earlier releases - even incorporating acoustic guitars into the mix - Slipknot demonstrated a degree of maturity with Vol. 3, even going so far as to cite Radiohead as an inspiration. Vol. 3 has spawned some of Slipknot's biggest hits, among them "Duality", "The Blister Exists", and "Before I Forget". Though Slipknot showed off a bit of their softer side with Vol. 3, the band decided to make their fourth album All Hope Is Gone their hardest and heaviest album to date. Recently released in August 2008, All Hope is Gone is as brutal as Iowa and then some - just take one listen to tracks like "Psychosocial" and "Dead Memories". Currently, Slipknot is on a worldwide tour with fellow metal bands Machine Head and Children of Bodom, a tour that is expected to last well into 2009.
Slipknot has had a lot of changing members in their first couple of years and the name of their band changed a couple of times too. In about 1996 the name "Slipknot" was brought up by Jordison. Slipknot nowadays has 9 members.Ex-members:Paul Gray - bass guitar (1995-2010)Donnie Steele - lead and rhythm guitars (1995-1996) Anders Colsefini - vocals, custom percussion (1995-1997) Greg "Cuddles" Welts - custom percussion (1997) Josh "Gnar" Brainard - lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals (1995-1999) Patrick M. Neuwirth - guitar (1989-1993)Brandon Darner - percussion (????-????)Quan "Meld" Nong - guitar (????-????)
There is more than one artist with this name: 1) Slipknot is an American alternative/nu metal band from Des Moines, Iowa. Formed in 1995, the group was founded by percussionist Shawn Crahan and bassist Paul Gray. After several lineup changes in their early days, the band consisted of nine members for the greater part of their tenure: Sid Wilson, Paul Gray, Joey Jordison, Chris Fehn, Jim Root, Craig Jones, Shawn Crahan, Mick Thomson, and Corey Taylor. However, the death of Paul Gray on May 24, 2010, left the band with only eight remaining members.
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Slipknot is an American heavy metal band from Des Moines, Iowa, formed in 1995. For the greater part of their tenure the band consisted of nine members; however, the death of bassist Paul Gray on May 24, 2010 left the band with only eight remaining members-Sid Wilson, Joey Jordison, Chris Fehn, Jim Root, Craig Jones, Shawn "Clown" Crahan, Mick Thomson, and Corey Taylor-each of whom is known for wearing their own grotesque mask.
Slipknot formed in 1995 and underwent several line-up changes following the independent release of their first demo Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. in 1996. That album featured original lead vocalist, Anders Colsefini. Their self-titled debut album was released in 1999, featuring permanent new lead vocalist, Corey Taylor, and was followed by Iowa in 2001 and Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) in 2004. On August 25, 2008, the band returned to release their fourth studio album, All Hope Is Gone, which debuted at the top spot on the Billboard 200 charts. The band has released three DVDs, including Disasterpieces, which was certified quadruple-platinum in the United States. The band has sold over 14 million records worldwide.