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This article is about the heavy metal band. Slipknot (band)_sentence_0

For their eponymous debut, see Slipknot (album). Slipknot (band)_sentence_1

For other uses, see Slipknot (disambiguation). Slipknot (band)_sentence_2

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Background informationSlipknot (band)_header_cell_0_1_0
OriginSlipknot (band)_header_cell_0_2_0 Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.Slipknot (band)_cell_0_2_1
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Years activeSlipknot (band)_header_cell_0_4_0 1995 (1995)–presentSlipknot (band)_cell_0_4_1
LabelsSlipknot (band)_header_cell_0_5_0 RoadrunnerSlipknot (band)_cell_0_5_1
Associated actsSlipknot (band)_header_cell_0_6_0 Stone SourSlipknot (band)_cell_0_6_1
WebsiteSlipknot (band)_header_cell_0_7_0 Slipknot (band)_cell_0_7_1
MembersSlipknot (band)_header_cell_0_9_0 Slipknot (band)_cell_0_9_1
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Slipknot is an American heavy metal band from Des Moines, Iowa. Slipknot (band)_sentence_3

The band was founded in 1995 by percussionist Shawn Crahan, drummer Joey Jordison and bassist Paul Gray. Slipknot (band)_sentence_4

After several lineup changes in its early years, the band settled on nine members for more than a decade: Crahan, Jordison, Gray, Craig Jones, Mick Thomson, Corey Taylor, Sid Wilson, Chris Fehn, and Jim Root. Slipknot (band)_sentence_5

Gray died on May 24, 2010, and was replaced during 2011–2014 by guitarist Donnie Steele. Slipknot (band)_sentence_6

Jordison was dismissed from the band on December 12, 2013. Slipknot (band)_sentence_7

Steele left during the recording sessions for .5: The Gray Chapter. Slipknot (band)_sentence_8

The band found replacements in Alessandro Venturella on bass and Jay Weinberg on drums. Slipknot (band)_sentence_9

After the departure of Jordison, as of December 2013 the only founding member in the current lineup is percussionist Crahan. Slipknot (band)_sentence_10

Fehn was also dismissed from the band in March 2019 prior to the writing of We Are Not Your Kind. Slipknot (band)_sentence_11

Slipknot is well known for its attention-grabbing image, aggressive style of music, and energetic and chaotic live shows. Slipknot (band)_sentence_12

The band rapidly rose to fame following the release of their eponymous debut album in 1999. Slipknot (band)_sentence_13

The 2001 follow-up album, Iowa, although darker in tone, made the band more popular. Slipknot (band)_sentence_14

After a brief hiatus, Slipknot returned in 2004 with Vol. Slipknot (band)_sentence_15 3: (The Subliminal Verses), before going on another hiatus and returning in 2008 with its fourth album, All Hope Is Gone, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. Slipknot (band)_sentence_16

After another long hiatus, Slipknot released its fifth studio album, .5: The Gray Chapter, in 2014. Slipknot (band)_sentence_17

Their sixth studio album, We Are Not Your Kind, was released on August 9, 2019. Slipknot (band)_sentence_18

The band has released two live albums titled 9.0: Live and Day of the Gusano: Live in Mexico, a compilation album titled Antennas to Hell, and five live DVDs. Slipknot (band)_sentence_19

The band has sold 30 million records worldwide. Slipknot (band)_sentence_20

History Slipknot (band)_section_0

Background Slipknot (band)_section_1

In the years before Slipknot formed, a state of shifting band membership existed throughout the heavy metal scene in Des Moines, Iowa. Slipknot (band)_sentence_21

In 1991, the biggest heavy metal band in Des Moines was Atomic Opera, with Jim Root on guitar. Slipknot (band)_sentence_22

Drummer Joey Jordison founded a thrash metal band called Modifidious, playing at a club called Runway. Slipknot (band)_sentence_23

Modifidious opened for Atomic Opera on December 1, 1991, at the Runway, after which their guitarist left for the more successful Atomic Opera. Slipknot (band)_sentence_24

Jordison replaced him with local guitarist Craig Jones. Slipknot (band)_sentence_25

Drummer Shawn Crahan formed another Des Moines band called Heads on the Wall, playing funk metal cover songs at clubs and releasing a demo tape in July 1992. Slipknot (band)_sentence_26

A fourth Des Moines band called Vexx played death metal with Anders Colsefni on drums, Paul Gray on bass, and Josh Brainard on guitar and vocals. Slipknot (band)_sentence_27

Colsefni later took over vocal duties, but Vexx never recorded. Slipknot (band)_sentence_28

During this time, Crahan often went to the Runway on Sundays when the club opened to all ages, where he met other young musicians with whom he could jam. Slipknot (band)_sentence_29

By March 1993, Crahan was jamming with vocalist Colsefni, bassist Gray and guitarist Pat Neuwirth, writing and playing songs in Gray's basement, discussing possible band names such as Pull My Finger, but never making a final decision. Slipknot (band)_sentence_30

One of the songs they recorded was titled "Slipknot"; another was titled "Painface", which Colsefni later used to name his band Painface. Slipknot (band)_sentence_31

In 1993, a new band called Inveigh Catharsis formed in Des Moines, with Gray on bass, Brainard on guitar and Colsefni on drums. Slipknot (band)_sentence_32

Jordison jammed occasionally with this group. Slipknot (band)_sentence_33

Brainard eventually left to join Jordison and Jones in Modifidious, participating in demo recordings at the end of '93 and early in '94. Slipknot (band)_sentence_34

During 1994, Modifidious sometimes played the same shows as Crahan's Heads on the Wall band. Slipknot (band)_sentence_35

Gray formed a death metal band called Body Pit, soon becoming popular in the local scene. Slipknot (band)_sentence_36

Modifidious stopped playing in the wake of death metal's increasing pull. Slipknot (band)_sentence_37

Gray failed to get Jordison to join Body Pit, but soon after he recruited local guitar teacher Mick Thomson, the band broke up. Slipknot (band)_sentence_38

In September 1995, Crahan and Gray started a band named the Pale Ones. Slipknot (band)_sentence_39

The lineup was made up of friends who met through the local music scene, including vocalist Colsefni and guitarist Donnie Steele. Slipknot (band)_sentence_40

Not long after their inception, Gray invited Jordison to a rehearsal because the band was interested in experimenting with additional drum elements. Slipknot (band)_sentence_41

Jordison subsequently joined the band as their main drummer, moving Crahan to percussion. Slipknot (band)_sentence_42

Furthermore, Colsefni also took up percussion while remaining the band's vocalist. Slipknot (band)_sentence_43

The band then decided to invite Brainard as their second guitarist, bringing their lineup to six members. Slipknot (band)_sentence_44

On December 4, the band made their live debut; playing a benefit show using the name Meld. Slipknot (band)_sentence_45

Demo recording and beginnings (1995–1998) Slipknot (band)_section_2

Much of the band's early development was retrospectively attributed to late-night planning sessions between Gray, Crahan and Jordison at a Sinclair gas station where Jordison worked nights. Slipknot (band)_sentence_46

It was there, in late 1995, that Jordison suggested changing the band name to Slipknot after their song of the same name. Slipknot (band)_sentence_47

In December, Slipknot began recording material at SR Audio, a studio in the band's hometown. Slipknot (band)_sentence_48

As they didn't have a recording contract, the band self-financed the project, the costs of which came to an estimated $40,000. Slipknot (band)_sentence_49

In February 1996, guitarist Donnie Steele, a Christian, left Slipknot after discussions regarding the band's lyrics with the producer, Sean McMahon. Slipknot (band)_sentence_50

Jordison said of Steele's departure: "(he) was having these God talks, when we were supposed to be working...We were prepared to keep him on, but he didn't want to stay." Slipknot (band)_sentence_51

Steele himself has said: "I left for a few reasons...I had a lot on my mind spiritually." Slipknot (band)_sentence_52

During the mixing stages of their project at SR Audio, Craig Jones was recruited as Steele's replacement on guitar. Slipknot (band)_sentence_53

However, throughout their time in the studio, the band were adding samples to their recordings but could not produce these sounds live. Slipknot (band)_sentence_54

Subsequently, Jones became the band's sampler and Mick Thomson was brought in as the replacement guitarist. Slipknot (band)_sentence_55

After a complicated time with mixing and mastering, the band self-released Mate. Slipknot (band)_sentence_56 Feed. Slipknot (band)_sentence_57 Kill. Slipknot (band)_sentence_58 Repeat. Slipknot (band)_sentence_59

on Halloween, October 31, 1996. Slipknot (band)_sentence_60

Distribution for the demo was initially left to the band and their producer Sean McMahon, before it was handed over to the distribution company -ismist Recordings in early 1997. Slipknot (band)_sentence_61

Slipknot received a small amount of airplay on local radio stations off the back of the demo. Slipknot (band)_sentence_62

However, it did not lead to any kind of interest from record labels, so the band returned to the studio to develop new material. Slipknot (band)_sentence_63

It was at this time that the band sought more melodic vocals for their music. Slipknot (band)_sentence_64

As a result, Corey Taylor was recruited from fellow Des Moines band Stone Sour; this moved Colsefni to backing vocals and percussion. Slipknot (band)_sentence_65

While working in the studio, Slipknot continued to do local shows, during one of which in September 1997, Colsefni announced on stage that he was leaving the band. Slipknot (band)_sentence_66

The gap on percussion was filled by Greg Welts, who was affectionately known as "Cuddles." Slipknot (band)_sentence_67

In early 1998, Slipknot produced a second demo featuring five tracks exclusively for record labels. Slipknot (band)_sentence_68

The band began to receive a lot of attention from record labels, and in February 1998, producer Ross Robinson offered to produce their debut album after attending rehearsals in Des Moines. Slipknot (band)_sentence_69

Soon after, DJ Sid Wilson was recruited as the band's ninth member after showing great interest and impressing band members. Slipknot (band)_sentence_70

In late June, Slipknot received a $500,000, seven-album deal, from Roadrunner Records; the band signed the deal publicly on July 8, 1998. Slipknot (band)_sentence_71

Two days prior to this, Welts was fired from the band, something which Slipknot refuse to comment on. Slipknot (band)_sentence_72

Welts was replaced by Brandon Darner, who departed from the band shortly after joining. Slipknot (band)_sentence_73

Slipknot and emergence (1998–2000) Slipknot (band)_section_3

Chris Fehn was brought in to replace Darner on percussion before Slipknot traveled to Malibu, California, to work on their debut album in September 1998. Slipknot (band)_sentence_74

Partway through the recording process of the album, Slipknot returned to Des Moines for the Christmas period. Slipknot (band)_sentence_75

During that period, guitarist Brainard decided to leave the band. Slipknot (band)_sentence_76

Brainard said, "some decisions were made that I wasn't particularly happy with". Slipknot (band)_sentence_77

Slipknot later recruited Jim Root to complete their lineup and the band returned to Malibu to continue work on the album. Slipknot (band)_sentence_78

Work on the album concluded in early 1999, allowing the band to go on their first tour as part of the Ozzfest lineup in 1999. Slipknot (band)_sentence_79

Ozzfest greatly increased Slipknot's audience, furthering the band's success with their self-titled album that was released on June 29, 1999. Slipknot (band)_sentence_80

Slipknot released its first home video Welcome to Our Neighborhood, which was directed by Thomas Mignone, and the singles "Wait and Bleed" and "Spit It Out", which were also directed by Mignone. Slipknot (band)_sentence_81

The singles received some airplay, but Slipknot quickly developed a large following, mainly from touring and word of mouth. Slipknot (band)_sentence_82

The band toured several countries throughout 1999 and 2000 in support of the album. Slipknot (band)_sentence_83

In early 2000, Slipknot was certified platinum; a first for an album released by Roadrunner Records. Slipknot (band)_sentence_84

Iowa (2001–2003) Slipknot (band)_section_4

Anticipation for Slipknot's second album was intense. Slipknot (band)_sentence_85

In early 2001, the band began recording the second album at Sound City and Sound Image studios in Los Angeles. Slipknot (band)_sentence_86

Around this time, conflicts arose between band members due to extensive touring and recording schedules. Slipknot (band)_sentence_87

Recording of their second album ended in February 2001 and the band embarked on their Iowa World Tour. Slipknot (band)_sentence_88

Entitled Iowa, Slipknot's second album—released on August 28, 2001—peaked at number three on the Billboard charts and at number one in the UK. Slipknot (band)_sentence_89

The album produced three singles; "The Heretic Anthem" (promotional single), "Left Behind" and "My Plague", which appeared on the soundtrack for the film Resident Evil. Slipknot (band)_sentence_90

In 2002, Slipknot appeared in Rollerball (2002), performing "I Am Hated". Slipknot (band)_sentence_91

The release and intense promotion of the album resulted in sold-out shows in large arenas in several countries. Slipknot (band)_sentence_92

In mid-2002, Slipknot went on hiatus because of internal conflicts, and band members focused on side projects. Slipknot (band)_sentence_93

Vocalist Taylor and guitarist Root revived their band Stone Sour, drummer Jordison created Murderdolls with vocalist Wednesday 13, percussionist Crahan founded To My Surprise and DJ Wilson went solo as DJ Starscream. Slipknot (band)_sentence_94

For a while, the future of Slipknot was uncertain and there was much speculation about whether there would be a third album, or if the split would become permanent. Slipknot (band)_sentence_95

"I don't have a problem with anyone in Slipknot," Jordison protested. Slipknot (band)_sentence_96

"I've seen comments from Corey saying there are things to be resolved, but I have no fucking idea what he's talking about." Slipknot (band)_sentence_97

Nonetheless, on November 22, 2002, Slipknot released their second DVD, Disasterpieces. Slipknot (band)_sentence_98

Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) (2003–2007) Slipknot (band)_section_5

After several delays, Slipknot moved into The Mansion in Los Angeles, California, in mid-2003 to work on their third album alongside producer Rick Rubin. Slipknot (band)_sentence_99

By early 2004, work on the album had finished and the band began The Subliminal Verses World Tour with their appearance on the Jägermeister Music Tour in March 2004. Slipknot (band)_sentence_100

Vol. Slipknot (band)_sentence_101 3: (The Subliminal Verses) was released on May 24, 2004; it peaked at number two on the Billboard album charts. Slipknot (band)_sentence_102

The album produced six singles; "Duality", "Vermilion", "Vermilion, Pt. Slipknot (band)_sentence_103 2", "Before I Forget", "The Nameless", and The Blister Exists. Slipknot (band)_sentence_104

Slipknot recorded its first live album, 9.0: Live, while touring in support of the band's third album. Slipknot (band)_sentence_105

Released on November 1, 2005 9.0: Live peaked at number 17 on the Billboard album charts. Slipknot (band)_sentence_106

Touring in support of Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) continued through 2004 and up to the end of 2005 before Slipknot went on hiatus for the second time. Slipknot (band)_sentence_107

In 2005, several members of Slipknot were involved in Roadrunner United: The All-Star Sessions, an collaborative album recorded by artists signed to Roadrunner Records for the label's 25th anniversary. Slipknot (band)_sentence_108

2006 saw Slipknot win their first Grammy Award, picking up the Best Metal Performance award for the single "Before I Forget". Slipknot (band)_sentence_109

The single went on to be featured on the set list of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. Slipknot (band)_sentence_110

On December 5, 2006, Slipknot released its third DVD Voliminal: Inside the Nine. Slipknot (band)_sentence_111

While Slipknot was on hiatus, several band members again focused their attentions on side projects; vocalist Taylor and guitarist Root returned to Stone Sour, drummer Jordison toured with several bands and produced 3 Inches of Blood's third album Fire Up the Blades, Crahan founded Dirty Little Rabbits and Wilson returned as DJ Starscream once again. Slipknot (band)_sentence_112

All Hope Is Gone and Gray's death (2008–2010) Slipknot (band)_section_6

Preparation for Slipknot's fourth album began towards the end of 2007; work began at Sound Farm Studio in Jamaica, Iowa, with producer Dave Fortman in February 2008. Slipknot (band)_sentence_113

The album was finished in June, and the band went on the All Hope Is Gone World Tour on July 9, 2008. Slipknot (band)_sentence_114

Slipknot's fourth album, All Hope Is Gone, was released on August 20, 2008, debuting at number one on the Billboard albums chart. Slipknot (band)_sentence_115

The album produced five singles; "All Hope Is Gone", "Psychosocial", "Dead Memories", "Sulfur" and "Snuff". Slipknot (band)_sentence_116

2009 marked the 10th anniversary of Slipknot's debut album; to commemorate the event, the band released a special-edition version of Slipknot on September 9, 2009. Slipknot (band)_sentence_117

The band toured in support of the album throughout 2008 and continued until October 31, 2009, resulting in Slipknot's third hiatus. Slipknot (band)_sentence_118

During the hiatus, several band members focused on respective side projects; Taylor founded Junk Beer Kidnap Band and returned to Stone Sour with guitarist Root; Crahan continued working with his band Dirty Little Rabbits; and drummer Jordison returned with his band Murderdolls and became the new permanent drummer of Rob Zombie. Slipknot (band)_sentence_119

Percussionist Fehn is a full-time bassist with metalcore band Will Haven and Sid Wilson founded the eponymous band Sid. Slipknot (band)_sentence_120

In 2010, Gray was planning to tour with the supergroup, Hail! Slipknot (band)_sentence_121 , but on May 24, 2010, he was found dead in an Urbandale, Iowa hotel room. Slipknot (band)_sentence_122

Circumstances surrounding his death at the time were not immediately known; an autopsy suspected his death was not intentional but did not reveal the cause. Slipknot (band)_sentence_123

The day after his death, the remaining eight members of the band held a live, unmasked, press conference alongside Gray's widow and brother. Slipknot (band)_sentence_124

On June 21, the cause of death was confirmed as an accidental overdose of morphine and synthetic morphine substitute fentanyl. Slipknot (band)_sentence_125

The band was hesitant to comment on the future of Slipknot. Slipknot (band)_sentence_126

The members made conflicting statements in interviews; drummer Jordison told The Pulse of Radio "there is another Slipknot record already kinda in the making". Slipknot (band)_sentence_127

Vocalist Taylor told FMQB Productions he was "very conflicted about whether or not [he wants] to do anything with Slipknot". Slipknot (band)_sentence_128

The band released their fourth video album (sic)nesses on September 28, 2010; it debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Music Video Charts. Slipknot (band)_sentence_129

The DVD features Slipknot's entire live performance at the 2009 Download Festival and a 45-minute film documenting their tour in support of All Hope Is Gone, and served as a tribute to Paul Gray. Slipknot (band)_sentence_130

Return to the stage, Antennas to Hell and Knotfest (2011–2012) Slipknot (band)_section_7

Regarding the continuation of Slipknot, Taylor told NME Gray would want them to continue and he felt they should but he was ambivalent about returning to the band. Slipknot (band)_sentence_131

Slipknot returned to touring in 2011, performing a small number of shows in Europe. Slipknot (band)_sentence_132

They headlined the Sonisphere Festival and Rock in Rio alongside Iron Maiden and Metallica, and performed at Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting. Slipknot (band)_sentence_133

Donnie Steele substituted for Gray in the concerts; he was positioned behind Jordison and obscured from the audience's view. Slipknot (band)_sentence_134

Slipknot also said the band would complete and release the band's fifth studio album, and that there were no plans to replace Gray. Slipknot (band)_sentence_135

Jordison said the writing process for the album had already begun and that he had written 17 songs. Slipknot (band)_sentence_136

Slipknot performed at the Mayhem Festival tour of 2012. Slipknot (band)_sentence_137

On May 29, 2012, Roadrunner Records posted a teaser video titled Antennas to Hell on its website. Slipknot (band)_sentence_138

Later that day, on Twitter, Corey Taylor said Slipknot will release a greatest hits album on June 17, 2012. Slipknot (band)_sentence_139

He also said the band was not yet recording new material but was putting together demos for a new album. Slipknot (band)_sentence_140

Slipknot's first annual music festival, called Knotfest, was held on August 17, 2012, at Mid-America Motorplex near Pacific Junction, Iowa, and on August 18, 2012, in Somerset, Wisconsin. Slipknot (band)_sentence_141

Deftones, Lamb of God, and Serj Tankian also performed at the festival. Slipknot (band)_sentence_142

The festival shows also debuted a Slipknot museum. Slipknot (band)_sentence_143

On 14, June 2013, Slipknot headlined the Download Festival for a second time. Slipknot (band)_sentence_144

The band performed to roughly 90,000 people and was twice forced to stop the set—once in the middle of a song—to allow the front barricade, which had split open under crowd pressure, to be repaired. Slipknot (band)_sentence_145

Jordison's departure, .5: The Gray Chapter, and new members (2013–2016) Slipknot (band)_section_8

Production of the band's fifth album began in late 2013. Slipknot (band)_sentence_146

Taylor described the album as "very dark" and a cross between Iowa and Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses). Slipknot (band)_sentence_147

Guitarist Jim Root did not participate in Stone Sour's January tour so he could write material for Slipknot. Slipknot (band)_sentence_148

On December 12, 2013, the band announced through its official website that Joey Jordison had left the band after 18 years, citing personal reasons. Slipknot (band)_sentence_149

On his official Facebook page, Jordison later said he "did not quit Slipknot" and that he was "shocked" and "blindsided" by the news. Slipknot (band)_sentence_150

Both Jordison and Slipknot independently promised to release further details about the split. Slipknot (band)_sentence_151

Taylor said Jordison would not be appearing on the new album because he did not participate in any songwriting sessions before his departure. Slipknot (band)_sentence_152

After years of both sides being silent and evasive as to the reasons for his leaving the band, Jordison revealed in June 2016 that he suffered from Transverse myelitis, a neurological disease that cost him the ability to play the drums toward the end of his time with Slipknot. Slipknot (band)_sentence_153

However, Jordison currently plays drums in the blackened death metal act Sinsaenum, which he joined in 2016. Slipknot (band)_sentence_154

In July 2014, Slipknot began releasing teasers for the new album on the band's website and social media using cryptic messages and gory imagery. Slipknot (band)_sentence_155

"The Negative One", the band's first song in six years, was released on August 1; it was accompanied by a music video directed by Crahan that was released four days later. Slipknot (band)_sentence_156

The video did not feature any band members. Slipknot (band)_sentence_157

On August 24, Slipknot released an official radio single titled "The Devil In I", and the name of the upcoming album was announced as .5: The Gray Chapter on iTunes, with an expected release date of October 28. Slipknot (band)_sentence_158

The release was later preponed to October 17 for the Netherlands and Australia, October 20 for the UK and October 21 worldwide. Slipknot (band)_sentence_159

Slipknot began touring North America in support of the album on October 25 at the second iteration of Knotfest. Slipknot (band)_sentence_160

The tour dubbed the "Prepare for Hell" was co-headlined by Korn with King 810 as support. Slipknot (band)_sentence_161

The band also performed at 2015's Soundwave festival in Australia. Slipknot (band)_sentence_162

A bassist and drummer were brought in to replace Gray and Jordison respectively; Crahan designing a mask that would differentiate them from the band. Slipknot (band)_sentence_163

The official video for "The Devil In I", featuring musicians wearing modified versions of the band's old masks—with the exception of Taylor, Wilson and Crahan who all wore new masks — was released on September 12. Slipknot (band)_sentence_164

Fans speculated upon the identities of the drummer and bassist shown in the video but the band did not officially name them. Slipknot (band)_sentence_165

Taylor later said he was upset at the leak of the identity of the bassist, alleged to be Alessandro Venturella because of a unique tattoo on his hand. Slipknot (band)_sentence_166

Root told Guitar World the drummer's identity would not be released, and that the bassist and the drummer were not permanent members of the band. Slipknot (band)_sentence_167

On December 3, a former Slipknot road crew member posted a photograph of a touring band personnel list that confirmed bassist Alessandro Venturella and drummer Jay Weinberg were members of the tour. Slipknot (band)_sentence_168

The new musicians had been viewed unfavorably by some of the band members; Shawn Crahan told Kerrang! Slipknot (band)_sentence_169

magazine, "This is Slipknot, fuck both of those guys ... [t]hey'll never be in the band. Slipknot (band)_sentence_170

Never." Slipknot (band)_sentence_171

Taylor also said the two "got a crack at designing their own masks and they failed miserably", and they were wearing masks given to them by the band. Slipknot (band)_sentence_172

"The Negative One" was nominated for the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Slipknot (band)_sentence_173

On March 11, 2015, while the band was not touring, guitarist Mick Thomson was hospitalized after a drunken knife fight with his brother at Thomson's home in Iowa. Slipknot (band)_sentence_174

The pair sustained serious, but non life-threatening, injuries. Slipknot (band)_sentence_175

On August 2, 2015, during a concert in Hartford, Connecticut, the band was forced to stop performing after Venturella was suddenly rushed to hospital, after undergoing a medical emergency. Slipknot (band)_sentence_176

After 20 minutes, singer Taylor told the audience the band would continue the concert, performing without Venturella. Slipknot (band)_sentence_177

It was later discovered that Venturella had collapsed because of extreme dehydration. Slipknot (band)_sentence_178

During the band's following three concerts, Venturella played bass from backstage, returning to the stage on August 8. Slipknot (band)_sentence_179

On September 25, 2016, the band performed at their annual festival Knotfest, which was altered to include Ozzfest this year. Slipknot (band)_sentence_180

They performed the Iowa album in its entirety. Slipknot (band)_sentence_181

In the meanwhile, Crahan made his directorial debut with the feature film Officer Downe, based on a graphic novel of the same name and starring actor Kim Coates. Slipknot (band)_sentence_182

In November 2016, Slipknot percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan revealed during an interview with Rolling Stone that he and fellow guitarist Jim Root would be teaming up in February 2017 to begin writing new material for a new Slipknot album because "we want to write." Slipknot (band)_sentence_183

We Are Not Your Kind and Look Outside Your Window (2017–present) Slipknot (band)_section_9

Slipknot singer Corey Taylor regrouped with his other band Stone Sour in 2017, and they released their album Hydrograd on June 30. Slipknot (band)_sentence_184

Talking about his first work in cinema and the other Slipknot members' plans, in an interview with WRIF's Meltdown, Crahan revealed that "we're beginning to write some music for Slipknot for the new record. Slipknot (band)_sentence_185

We have songs that we've written that are amazing." Slipknot (band)_sentence_186

In December 2017, Crahan appeared on The Jasta Show podcast, where he stated that the next Slipknot album could be his last with the band. Slipknot (band)_sentence_187

Corey Taylor revealed in October 2018 that the band would enter the studio in early 2019, with a targeted release for their sixth album that same year, followed by a world tour. Slipknot (band)_sentence_188

On October 31, the single "All Out Life" was released, as was an accompanying music video. Slipknot (band)_sentence_189

On March 4, 2019, the band announced that the release date for the next album would be August 9, 2019 and that they would be embarking on the Knotfest Roadshow along with support by Gojira, Volbeat, and Behemoth to support the album. Slipknot (band)_sentence_190

On March 7, Slipknot were revealed to be the opening act for Metallica's six WorldWired Tour dates in Australia and New Zealand from October 17 through October 31. Slipknot (band)_sentence_191

On March 14, 2019, Chris Fehn filed a lawsuit against the band citing withheld payments. Slipknot (band)_sentence_192

Fehn specifically accused Corey Taylor and Shawn Crahan of setting up several band-related business entities, in different states, that collect money from the band. Slipknot (band)_sentence_193

Fehn called for full forensic accounting to be done on all of the band's companies and assets in order to collect any profits and damages he may be owed. Slipknot (band)_sentence_194

On that same day, Taylor responded via Twitter with a tweet stating, "You're gonna read a lot of bullshit today. Slipknot (band)_sentence_195

This is all I'll say. Slipknot (band)_sentence_196

JUST YOU WAIT TIL THE TRUTH COMES OUT. Slipknot (band)_sentence_197

Long Live The Knot". Slipknot (band)_sentence_198

On March 18, 2019, the band officially announced, via their website, that Chris Fehn was no longer a member of the band, stating, "Slipknot's focus is on making album #6, and our upcoming shows around the world, our best ever. Slipknot (band)_sentence_199

Chris knows why he is no longer a part of Slipknot. Slipknot (band)_sentence_200

We are disappointed that he chose to point fingers and manufacture claims, rather than doing what was necessary to continue to be a part of Slipknot. Slipknot (band)_sentence_201

We would have preferred he not take the path that he has, but evolution in all things is a necessary part of this life. Slipknot (band)_sentence_202

Long Live The Knot". Slipknot (band)_sentence_203

However, a few days later, the message was removed from the website and according to Fehn's lawyer, the percussionist's employment status with the band had not changed since his initial filing. Slipknot (band)_sentence_204

By May 2019, Fehn's employment status with the band had apparently changed, as evident by his missing name on the band's Instagram posts for their new masks. Slipknot (band)_sentence_205

He was replaced by a percussionist, whose identity is concealed, who the fans have dubbed "Tortilla Man". Slipknot (band)_sentence_206

Loudwire has reported that fans have linked his identity as Michael Pfaff, a former member of Crahan's side project Dirty Little Rabbits. Slipknot (band)_sentence_207

The band themselves have not confirmed this claim. Slipknot (band)_sentence_208

On May 13, 2019, the band teased something was coming on May 16, ahead of their performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Slipknot (band)_sentence_209 , as well as screenshots of their new masks. Slipknot (band)_sentence_210

On that day, the album's title was revealed to be We Are Not Your Kind, along with its tracklist and a music video for "Unsainted", where the new masks and outfits for the nine band members were shown for the first time, including an as-yet-unknown new percussionist. Slipknot (band)_sentence_211

on July 22, they released the second single, from their upcoming album, titled "Solway Firth". Slipknot (band)_sentence_212

This was accompanied by a music video which featured live footage from their 2019 shows as well as clips and audio from The Boys upcoming TV series airing on Amazon. Slipknot (band)_sentence_213

On August 5, "Birth of the Cruel" was released as the album's third single, accompanied by a music video. Slipknot (band)_sentence_214

On August 9, four days after they had released “Birth of the Cruel” they released their sixth album We Are Not Your Kind. Slipknot (band)_sentence_215

In August 2019, Crahan announced the band will release an experimental album of outtakes from the 2008 All Hope Is Gone sessions, titled Look Outside Your Window. Slipknot (band)_sentence_216

The album was recorded with just 4 members (Crahan, Taylor, Root, and Wilson), in a different studio away from the other members, is expected to have 11 tracks that Taylor described as having a "Radiohead vibe", and Crahan saying in 2018 "it is not a Slipknot album". Slipknot (band)_sentence_217

The band also released a twenty-minute experimental short film directed by Crahan and titled Pollution. Slipknot (band)_sentence_218

One of the segments of the film is the music video for the song, "Nero Forte". Slipknot (band)_sentence_219

Musical style, influences, and lyrical themes Slipknot (band)_section_10

Slipknot is considered a nu metal band. Slipknot (band)_sentence_220

The band's members prefer to distance themselves musically from other nu metal bands such as Korn and Limp Bizkit. Slipknot (band)_sentence_221

Slipknot describes its sound as "metal metal" and regards the link to nu metal as coincidental and a result of nu metal's emergence being concurrent with that of Slipknot. Slipknot (band)_sentence_222

The band's sound typically features a heavily down-tuned guitar setup, a large percussive section, sampling, keyboards and DJing/turntablism. Slipknot (band)_sentence_223

Using a variety of vocal styles, the music typically features growled vocals, screaming, backing vocals, as well as melodic singing. Slipknot (band)_sentence_224

The band has continually experimented with its sound, most notably developing tracks led by acoustic guitars and melodic singing that first appeared on Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses). Slipknot (band)_sentence_225

Slipknot's lyrics are generally very aggressive; they sometimes include profanity while exploring themes such as darkness, nihilism, anger, disaffection, love, misanthropy, and psychosis. Slipknot (band)_sentence_226

They often draw upon topics including the music industry, politics, personal strife, and reflection, among others. Slipknot (band)_sentence_227

Rick Anderson of Allmusic said, "those lyrics that are discernible are not generally quotable on a family website". Slipknot (band)_sentence_228

On Vol. 3, Taylor deliberately avoided using profanity in response to claims he relied on it. Slipknot (band)_sentence_229

The album All Hope Is Gone is considered a groove metal album with elements of death metal and thrash metal. Slipknot (band)_sentence_230

The band has also been described as heavy metal, alternative metal groove metal, death metal, hard rock, grindcore, thrash metal, and rap metal. Slipknot (band)_sentence_231

Slipknot cited both Korn's self-titled album and Limp Bizkit's album Three Dollar Bill, Y'all$ as influences. Slipknot (band)_sentence_232

The members of Slipknot are also influenced by Kiss, Black Sabbath, Slayer, Jimi Hendrix, Deicide, Pantera, Anthrax, Metal Church, Judas Priest, Megadeth, Sepultura, White Zombie, Alice in Chains, Malevolent Creation, Mr. Slipknot (band)_sentence_233 Bungle, Nine Inch Nails, Neurosis, Led Zeppelin, Converge, The Melvins, Johnny Cash, N.W.A, Skinny Puppy, Mayhem, Dimmu Borgir, Iron Maiden, Emperor, Suicidal Tendencies, Beastie Boys, Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Misfits, Gorefest, Run-DMC, Black Flag, Faith No More, Dead Kennedys, and Metallica. Slipknot (band)_sentence_234

In 1999, Chris Fehn said Sid Wilson is influenced by jungle music and rave music. Slipknot (band)_sentence_235

Stage performances Slipknot (band)_section_11

Slipknot is known for its chaotic, energetic live shows that contributed to the band's success. Slipknot (band)_sentence_236

During performances, most of the band's members headbang heavily. Slipknot (band)_sentence_237

The band's early performances included extreme acts such as stage dives from high balconies and band members setting each other on fire. Slipknot (band)_sentence_238

Clown was known to go into the crowd and tie people up with the microphone cord. Slipknot (band)_sentence_239

In later years, they tended to refrain from acts this extreme. Slipknot (band)_sentence_240

Former bassist Paul Gray said this was due to receiving lawsuits and to avoid harming other people, and that it was a "better move" for the longevity of the band. Slipknot (band)_sentence_241

Along with the energetic and unpredictable performances, Slipknot often use elaborate stage setups that use pyrotechnics, elevated stage areas, hydraulic drum risers, and computer screens. Slipknot (band)_sentence_242

Reviewing a Slipknot performance, Alistair Lawrence of Kerrang! Slipknot (band)_sentence_243

said, "the choreographed chaos is too multi-faceted to fully describe". Slipknot (band)_sentence_244

and NME described one Slipknot show as "a scene of chaos". Slipknot (band)_sentence_245

Image and identities Slipknot (band)_section_12

The band is known for its attention-grabbing image; the members perform wearing unique, individual facemasks and matching uniforms—typically jumpsuits—while each member is typically assigned and referred to by number based on their role in the band (#0 through #8), although the latter practice has diminished following the death of Paul Gray. Slipknot (band)_sentence_246

The band has said the idea of wearing masks stemmed from a clown mask that Crahan took to rehearsals when the band first started. Slipknot (band)_sentence_247

Crahan later became known for his clown masks, adopting the pseudonym "Shawn the Clown". Slipknot (band)_sentence_248

The concept developed; by late 1997, the band decided every band member would wear a unique mask and matching jumpsuit. Slipknot (band)_sentence_249

Taylor said in 2002, "it's our way of becoming more intimate with the music. Slipknot (band)_sentence_250

It's a way for us to become unconscious of who we are and what we do outside of music. Slipknot (band)_sentence_251

It's a way for us to kind of crawl inside it and be able to use it." Slipknot (band)_sentence_252

The concept of wearing matching jumpsuits has been described as a response to commercialism in the music industry and led to the idea of assigning the band members numerical aliases. Slipknot (band)_sentence_253

According to Taylor, "Originally, we were just going to wear the jumpsuits ... we figured we might as well take that further and number ourselves ... We were basically saying, 'Hey, we're a product! Slipknot (band)_sentence_254

'". Slipknot (band)_sentence_255

During their careers, the members of Slipknot have developed their images, updating their uniforms and each member's mask upon the release of each album. Slipknot (band)_sentence_256

The appearance and style of the masks do not usually differ significantly between albums; members typically maintain the established theme of their mask while adding new elements. Slipknot (band)_sentence_257

Jordison, in an interview in 2004, said the masks are updated to show growth within each individual. Slipknot (band)_sentence_258

Slipknot's members have worn special masks for specific occasions, most notably for the music video and live performances of "Vermilion" in 2004 and 2005 when they wore life masks made from casts of their own faces. Slipknot (band)_sentence_259

In 2008, the band wore a set of large masks titled "purgatory masks" during photograph shoots before the release of All Hope Is Gone; in the music video for "Psychosocial" they are seen burning them. Slipknot (band)_sentence_260

Shortly after its inception, Slipknot's masks were homemade, but since 2000 they have been custom-made by special effect artist and musician Screaming Mad George. Slipknot (band)_sentence_261

The band's image has been the subject of much criticism and controversy, with critics generally accusing it of being a sales gimmick. Slipknot (band)_sentence_262

The band's members object to these claims; according to them the masks are used to divert attention from themselves and put it on the music. Slipknot (band)_sentence_263

Several band members have said wearing the masks helps to maintain privacy in their personal lives. Slipknot (band)_sentence_264

During an interview in 2005, percussionist Fehn said the masks were a "blessing" because they meant the members are not recognized in public. Slipknot (band)_sentence_265

In 2012, Slipknot released an app for iOS and Android called Slipknot: Wear the Mask, which invites fans to construct their own masks, defining the kind of Slipknot fans they are. Slipknot (band)_sentence_266

Slipknot logo and nonagram Slipknot (band)_section_13

An essential element for the band's image is the Slipknot logo. Slipknot (band)_sentence_267

The nonagram was created by the band's members around the same time the band was founded. Slipknot (band)_sentence_268

The nonagram is arguably the best-known sigil of Slipknot and it represents a 9-point star—a symbol of unity, loyalty, friendship and remembrance. Slipknot (band)_sentence_269

The logo is composed of three equilateral triangles each rotated at 0, 40, and 80 degrees. Slipknot (band)_sentence_270

Each star point was meant to stand for each of the nine members of the original band, with at least one member, Chris Fehn, possessing a nonagram tattoo. Slipknot (band)_sentence_271

Despite popular belief, the nonagram is not a Satanist symbol and instead represents Slipknot's "battle with the fake world." Slipknot (band)_sentence_272

The pre-release of the 2014 album .5: The Gray Chapter also witnessed a major change in the band's logo and branding strategy. Slipknot (band)_sentence_273

A new nonagram drew the public's attention towards the band, announcing the beginning of a new era. Slipknot (band)_sentence_274

The black and red color scheme and the minimalist, elegant design received public appreciation and it is still used today. Slipknot (band)_sentence_275

Clothing brand Slipknot (band)_section_14

The clothing line, 'Tattered and Torn', was launched by the band Slipknot in 2008 and runs as an imprint of Bravado, a company that runs the band's merchandising. Slipknot (band)_sentence_276

While the band recognize that their merchandise is their biggest revenue income, they insist Tattered and Torn is more than just band merchandising. Slipknot (band)_sentence_277

Vocalist Corey Taylor said, "It's a way for [the fans] to get cool clothing at affordable prices." Slipknot (band)_sentence_278

The first items from the clothing line went on sale in late July 2008 through Hot Topic stores across North America and the Hot Topic website. Slipknot (band)_sentence_279

Currently the line is limited to shirts and hoodies but was expected to develop into a full-range clothing line. Slipknot (band)_sentence_280

Controversies Slipknot (band)_section_15

Slipknot's music and image have been the subject of many controversies throughout its career. Slipknot (band)_sentence_281

The lyrical content of some of Slipknot's songs has been linked to several violent and criminal incidents. Slipknot (band)_sentence_282

In 2003, two young killers blamed the lyrics of "Disasterpiece" for their crime. Slipknot (band)_sentence_283

In 2006, the lyrics of "Surfacing" were found at the site of a grave robbery. Slipknot (band)_sentence_284

In 2008, Corey Taylor commented on a slashing incident at a South African school to which Slipknot was linked; he said: Slipknot (band)_sentence_285

Slipknot had a longstanding feud with the band Mushroomhead which—along with their fans—said Slipknot "stole their image". Slipknot (band)_sentence_286

While Slipknot acknowledged their images had similarities, its members were not actively involved in the feud, saying the similarities were coincidental. Slipknot (band)_sentence_287

Taylor said, "we both started at the same time—neither one of us knowing anything about each other". Slipknot (band)_sentence_288

Taylor also said that at a live show in Cleveland, Ohio, several Mushroomhead fans threw objects including a fistsized padlock at Slipknot and that when Slipknot's set was finished, Machine Head and Amen went into the crowd and "handled it right there". Slipknot (band)_sentence_289

In 2009, former Mushroomhead vocalist Waylon Reavis said his band's members were no longer interested in feuding with Slipknot, saying, "they're not the first masked band, we're not, no one was". Slipknot (band)_sentence_290

During an interview with Rock Rage Radio, Reavis praised Slipknot as he criticized his former bandmates after a dispute with the band's founding members which led to his dismissal. Slipknot (band)_sentence_291

He stated that Slipknot was better and he admitted that his thoughts were personal, since he was not involved with Mushroomhead when the feud started. Slipknot (band)_sentence_292

Slipknot's 2005 lawsuit against Burger King said the company created the advertising-based band Coq Roq to capitalize on Slipknot's image. Slipknot (band)_sentence_293

Burger King responded with a countersuit, saying many other bands, such as Mr. Slipknot (band)_sentence_294 Bungle, Mushroomhead, Mudvayne, Kiss, Insane Clown Posse, and Gwar have used masks as part of their images. Slipknot (band)_sentence_295

After negotiations, the advertising campaign and lawsuit were withdrawn. Slipknot (band)_sentence_296

Members Slipknot (band)_section_16

Timeline Slipknot (band)_section_17

Awards and nominations Slipknot (band)_section_18

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Slipknot Slipknot (band)_sentence_297

Grammy Awards and nominations Slipknot (band)_section_19

Slipknot have been nominated for ten Grammy Awards and have won one. Slipknot (band)_sentence_298

Slipknot (band)_table_general_1

YearSlipknot (band)_header_cell_1_0_0 Nominee / workSlipknot (band)_header_cell_1_0_1 AwardSlipknot (band)_header_cell_1_0_2 ResultSlipknot (band)_header_cell_1_0_3
2001Slipknot (band)_cell_1_1_0 "Wait and Bleed"Slipknot (band)_cell_1_1_1 Best Metal PerformanceSlipknot (band)_cell_1_1_2 NominatedSlipknot (band)_cell_1_1_3
2002Slipknot (band)_cell_1_2_0 "Left Behind"Slipknot (band)_cell_1_2_1 NominatedSlipknot (band)_cell_1_2_2
2003Slipknot (band)_cell_1_3_0 "My Plague"Slipknot (band)_cell_1_3_1 NominatedSlipknot (band)_cell_1_3_2
2005Slipknot (band)_cell_1_4_0 "Duality"Slipknot (band)_cell_1_4_1 Best Hard Rock PerformanceSlipknot (band)_cell_1_4_2 NominatedSlipknot (band)_cell_1_4_3
"Vermilion"Slipknot (band)_cell_1_5_0 Best Metal PerformanceSlipknot (band)_cell_1_5_1 NominatedSlipknot (band)_cell_1_5_2
2006Slipknot (band)_cell_1_6_0 "Before I Forget"Slipknot (band)_cell_1_6_1 WonSlipknot (band)_cell_1_6_2
2009Slipknot (band)_cell_1_7_0 "Psychosocial"Slipknot (band)_cell_1_7_1 NominatedSlipknot (band)_cell_1_7_2
2015Slipknot (band)_cell_1_8_0 "The Negative One"Slipknot (band)_cell_1_8_1 NominatedSlipknot (band)_cell_1_8_2
2016Slipknot (band)_cell_1_9_0 "Custer"Slipknot (band)_cell_1_9_1 NominatedSlipknot (band)_cell_1_9_2
.5: The Gray ChapterSlipknot (band)_cell_1_10_0 Best Rock AlbumSlipknot (band)_cell_1_10_1 NominatedSlipknot (band)_cell_1_10_2

Discography Slipknot (band)_section_20

Main article: Slipknot discography Slipknot (band)_sentence_299

Studio albums Slipknot (band)_sentence_300

Slipknot (band)_unordered_list_0

Notable tours Slipknot (band)_section_21

Main article: List of Slipknot concert tours Slipknot (band)_sentence_301

Festivals Slipknot (band)_sentence_302

Slipknot (band)_unordered_list_1

  • Ozzfest (1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2013)Slipknot (band)_item_1_6
  • Knotfest (2012, 2014–present)Slipknot (band)_item_1_7

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