Slipknot - Band Profile
Slipknot are a band that you either love or hate - but you can’t deny that they are one of a kind. With frantic stage shows, band member in masks and boiler suits and three drummers playing different beats - they are awesome live and have brought out tons of songs you can always mosh to!
Slipknot are from Des Moines in Iowa and are Nu-metal. They formed in 1995 and started out writing and playing songs in a basement. They were initially known as Pyg System, but decided to name themselves Slipknot, after their one of the first songs they wrote (a couple of years later they ran into trouble with a knitting magazine with the same name!)
They have had many members of the group (one of which became a Christian and decided that he couldn’t be in the band anymore) but the current membership of the group hasn’t changed since 1999: Sid Wilson, Joey Jordison, Paul Gray, Chris Fehn, Jim Root, Craig Jones, Shawn Crahan, Mick Thomson and Corey Taylor. Instead of using their names in the band, each person is known by a number ranging from 0-8 and is recognised by a specific mask that they wear.
In 1999 the band released their debut album Slipknot which was acclaimed for its intensity and brute force. Their second album Iowa was released in 2001. By then the band had built up a strong base of fans - who were known as maggots.
In 2004 the band released Vol 3: (The Subliminal Verses). Their fourth album will be released in August 2008… Other Clothing can’t wait to hear it!!
As there are many members of Slipknot, there are also many side projects. Corey Taylor and Jim Root were in a band called Stone Sour before they joined Slipknot whilst Joey Jordison was in the Murderdolls. Jordison also stood in for Lars Ulrich when Metallica played Download in 2004.
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