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Slipknot Profile




Roadrunner Records

Early Days:

Slipknot formed in 1995 in Des Moines, Iowa. The 9 piece band at first didn't use names, but the numbers 0 through 8. They also wore homemade Halloween type masks on stage. After recording a demo in 1996 they drew the attention of several labels. They signed with Roadrunner Records and released their self-title debut album in 1999.


Slipknot immediately began drawing legions of fans with their intense brand of alt metal/nu-metal and live shows. Appearing on Ozzfest in 1999 was a big help as well. Their debut album went platinum and their second album, 2001's >Iowa debut at number 3 on the album chart.

Top Of The Charts:

Proving they weren't a flash in the pan, Slipknot's third album, 2004's Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses) debuted at number two on the album chart. The group also released a live album in 2005 called 9.0: Live. Slipknot remains one of the best selling current metal bands.

Death Of Paul Gray:

Bassist Paul Gray was found dead in an Iowa hotel room in May of 2010. He was 38 years old.

Current Slipknot Band Members:

Corey Taylor - Vocals (Bloodfest, Dead Second, Soulfly, Stone Sour)
Jim Root - Guitar (Atomic Opera, Dead Front, Stone Sour)
Mick Thompson - Guitar (Body Pit)
Sid Wilson - DJ
Craig Jones - Samples (Modifidious)
Joey Jordison - Drums (Anal Blast, Avanga, The Havenots, Hell Pig, Modifidious, Murderdolls, Satyricon)
Shawn Crahan - Percussion
Chris Fehn - Percussion (Heretic Anthum)

Former Band Members:

Kun Nong - Guitar (1995)
Anders Colsefni (Andrew Rouw) - Vocals (1995-1997)
Donnie Steele - Guitar (1995-1996)
Josh Brainard - Guitar (1995-1999)
Paul Gray - Bass (1995-2010) R.I.P.
Greg "Cuddles" Welts - Percussion (1997-1998)

Slipknot Discography:

1999 Slipknot (Roadrunner)
2001 Iowa (Roadrunner)
2004 Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses (Roadrunner)
2005 9.0: Live (Roadrunner)
2008 All Hope Is Gone (Roadrunner)

Essential Slipknot Album:

For better or worse, Slipknot's debut album helped skyrocket the popularity of nu-metal. 9 guys can make a lot of noise, and this is one aggressive album. The vocals combine rap metal with some black metal stylings.

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