Slipknot is an American heavy metal band from Des Moines, Iowa. Formed in September 1995, the group was founded by percussionist Shawn Crahan and bassist Paul Gray .
After several line-up changes in their early years, the band settled on nine members for more than a decade: Corey Taylor, Mick Thomson, Jim Root , Paul Gray, Craig Jones , Sid Wilson, Shawn Crahan, Chris Fehn and Joey Jordison . Gray died on May 24, 2010, and was replaced from 2011 to 2014 by former guitarist Donnie Steele . Jordison departed from the band on December 12, 2013. The reason for this is still debated. Steele left during the recording sessions for .5: The Gray Chapter as he wanted to focus on getting married.
The band is now touring with replacement musicians Alessandro Venturella on bass and Jay Weinberg on drums. After the departure of Jordison, the only founding member left in the current lineup is percussionist Shawn Crahan, however, all of the other remaining members in the band have been a part of it since their 1999 eponymous debut .
Slipknot is well known for its attention-grabbing image, aggressive style of music and energetic and chaotic live shows.
The band enjoyed a somewhat meteoric rise to success following the release of their eponymous debut album in 1999. The 2001 follow-up album, Iowa, further increased the band’s popularity.
After a brief hiatus, Slipknot returned in 2004 with Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) , before going on another hiatus and returning in 2008 with their fourth album, All Hope Is Gone , which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 . After a longer hiatus, Slipknot released their fifth studio album, .5: The Gray Chapter , in 2014. Additionally, the band has released a live album, 9.0: Live , a compilation album, Antennas to Hell , and four live DVDs. In 2015, the band headlined the UK’s biggest hard rock and metal festival, Download Festival , for the third time.
Early days (1995–1998)
Slipknot was formed in Des Moines, Iowa, in September 1995 when drummer Shawn Crahan and bassist Paul Gray started a band named The Pale Ones. The lineup was made up of friends who met through the local music scene, including vocalist Anders Colsefni and guitarist Donnie Steele. Not long after their inception, Gray invited Joey Jordison to a rehearsal because the band was interested in experimenting with additional drum elements. Jordison subsequently joined the band as their main drummer, moving Crahan to custom percussion.
Furthermore, Colsefni also took up custom percussion while remaining the band’s vocalist.
The band then decided to invite Josh Brainard as their second guitarist, bringing their lineup to six members. On December 4, the band made their live debut; playing a benefit show using the name Meld.
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. It was there, in late 1995, that Jordison suggested changing the band name to Slipknot after their song of the same name.In December, Slipknot began recording material at SR Audio , a studio in the band’s hometown.
Without a recording budget, the band was forced to self-finance the project, the costs of which came to an estimated $40,000. In February 1996, guitarist Donnie Steele decided to leave Slipknot due to his Christian beliefs.
When questioned in 1999 about Steele’s departure, Jordison explained: “We were prepared to keep him on, but he didn’t want to stay.” During the mixing stages of their project at SR Audio , Craig Jones was recruited as Steele’s replacement on guitar.
However, throughout their time in the studio, the band were adding samples to their recordings but could not produce these sounds live.
Subsequently, Jones became the band’s sampler and Mick Thomson was brought in as the replacement guitarist. After a complicated time with mixing and mastering , the band self-released Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. on Halloween , October
Iowa and hiatus (2001–2003)
Anticipation for Slipknot’s sophomore effort was intense and in early 2001, the band began recording their second album at Sound City and Sound Image studios in Los Angeles.
It was about this time that conflicts began to arise between band members due to their extensive touring and recording schedules.
Despite this, recording on their second album came to a close in February 2001 and Slipknot embarked on their Iowa World Tour. Iowa, the band’s second album was released on August 28, 2001, peaking at number three on the Billboard album charts and at number one on the UK album chart.
produced three singles; “The Heretic Anthem” (promotional single) ” Left Behind ” and then ” My Plague ” which appeared on the soundtrack for the film Resident Evil .
In 2002, Slipknot made their first (and to-date only) appearance in a movie, performing the song “I Am Hated” in a scene in the remake of Rollerball.
The release of the album and the promotion in support of it resulted in sold out shows in large arenas in several countries. However, in mid-2002, Slipknot went on hiatus for the first time due to internal conflicts, seeing several band members focus on side projects.
Vocalist Taylor and guitarist Root revived their band Stone Sour, drummer Jordison created the Murderdolls , percussionist Crahan founded To My Surprise and DJ Wilson went solo as DJ Starscream.
At this time, the future of Slipknot was unclear and there was speculation over whether the band had split and the possibility of a third album.Despite this,on November 22, 2002 Slipknot released their second DVD Disasterpieces .