Slipknot is an American heavy metal band from Des Moines, Iowa. Formed in 1995, the group was founded
by percussionist Shawn Crahan and bassist Paul Gray.
Slipknot is well known for its attention-grabbing image, aggressive music style, and energetic and chaotic live shows.
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
Heavy metal, nu metal, alternative metal
The Black Dots of Death
Scar The Martyr
To My Surprise
In 1995, the band made their live debut playing a benefit show using the name "Meld".
In late 1995, Joey Jordison suggested changing the band name to "Slipknot" after their song of the same name.
("Slipknot" the song
Sid Wilson – turntables
Chris Fehn – custom percussion, backing vocals
Jim Root – guitars
Craig "133" Jones – sampling, media
(1996–present), guitars (1996)
Shawn "Clown" Crahan – custom percussion, backing vocals
Mick Thomson – guitars
Corey Taylor – lead vocals
Anders Colsefni – lead vocals, custom percussion
Greg "Cuddles" Welts – custom percussion
Brandon Darner – custom percussion
Josh "Gnar" Brainard – guitars, backing vocals
Paul Gray – bass guitar, backing vocals
Joey Jordison – drums, percussion
members wear matching uniform jumpsuits (most of which have UPC barcodes printed on them) and each has a unique mask
It came about as our "anti-image" message. You know, we're not really worried about what cool hairstyle we have or what cool clothes we're wearing. We're about our music first. With the coveralls and the masks it takes the emphasis off of a "cool-guy," "rock-star" image.
Yeah, it's a little more. It's our way of becoming more intimate with the music. It's a way for us to become unconscious of who we are and what we do outside of music. It's a way for us to kind of crawl inside it and be able to use it. There's a little aspect of, I guess, our personality in them, but in a way, it's almost like wearing the music. That's the way it is for us. The music for us is so tangible that you can wrap it around yourself and feel safe. You can get inside it and explore it. You know what I mean?
The songs are totally different every night because we are comfortable enough to be able to just do anything we want. It's one of the best things about it.
Basically, I was saying that we don't give a @#$%& about the media; we don't give a @#$%& about the record industry; we don't give a @#$%& about MTV, radio, any of that shit. We play this for us and for the kids who believe in us. They really got behind it.
You can only stare at a clown mask so long. After a few minutes it's no big deal anymore. So people start paying attention to the music instead of what the clown is doing, or what he is wearing, or how cool his spikey hair is.
We built the band that we wanted to hear. We added members until it sounded right. In the beginning, we had the idea around the three percussionists. We got the two guitar players, bass player, singer. We used sampling, so we got a sampler, and a DJ. We built the band that we wanted to hear and see live. It was all for us. If it was a band that required twenty members, and we thought we needed it... or two members.... We never had any set plan. We just kept doing it until it sounded right.
Well, I'm not really from Des Moines. I'm the only one who is not. I'm from Los Angeles, but I moved to Des Moines nine years ago. I had never really gone anywhere besides LA and Des Moines, so it's amazing. It's the best thing in the world. To get to come to a different country and play your music and actually have people there wanting to see you and hear your music. It's just mind blowing to me. I'm totally thankful to every kid that comes out to see us.
"He was everything that was wonderful about this band and about this group of people. The only way I can sum
up Paul Gray is 'love'."
-Corey Taylor, on the death of Paul Gray
Grammy Award - Metal Performance: Before I Forget