Personalities | Slipknot | Twenty-First Century | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1995–present)

Iowa-based metallers Slipknot – Corey Taylor (vocals), James Root (guitar), Nathan Jordison (drums), Sean Crahan, Chris Fehn (both percussion), Sid Wilson (DJ), Mick Thompson (guitar), Paul Gray (bass) and Craig Jones (samples) – are literally unrecognizable. When playing or posing for photographs, this nu metal band (very much in the vein of bands like Limp Bizkit but far heavier and less rap-oriented) wear a selection of masks and boiler suits, giving them a menacing anonymity.

Word-of-mouth meant their debut album Slipknot (1996) sold close to a million copies and is widely considered their best. Follow-up Iowa (2001) saw an almost commercial (for Slipknot) approach to marketing, with the group even appearing as a cameo in the 2002 film Rollerball. After a two-year break, the band returned in 2004 with Volume 3: The Subliminal Verses, while 2008 brought their fourth studio album, All Hope Is Gone, which debuted at the top of the Billboard 200.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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