[[caption-width-right:342:From left to right: 6, 0, 2, 3, 1, 7, 8, 5, 4]]
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Related Acts:
+Stone Sour (Taylor and Root)
+Dirty Little Rabbits (Crahan)
+Murderdolls (Jordison)
+DJ Starscream (Solo)
+To My Suprise (Crahan)
+Junk Beer Kidnap Band (Taylor's solo career back-up band)
+Will Haven (Fehn, as Bassist)
+Hail! (Supergroup involving Paul Gray; going on without him)
+Scar the Martyr (Jordison)
Slipknot is a NuMetal[=/=]GrooveMetal band from [[DownOnTheFarm Des Moines, Iowa]], known for their masks, nine-person membership, [[LimitedWardrobe identical jumpsuits]], and chaotic live performances. Each member is given a number from 0 to 8 (in the order that each member joined the band). They're sometimes referred to collectively as ''The Nine''. They are one of the most successful and popular bands in the metal genre.

'''[+Current Members+]:'''
* #0: '''Sid "DJ Starscream" Wilson''': Turntables
* #3: '''Chris Fehn''': Custom percussion, backing vocals
* #4: '''Jim "The Jester" Root''': Guitar
* #5: '''Craig "133 mHz" Jones''': Samples, media
* #6: '''Shawn "Clown" Crahan''': Custom percussion, backing vocals
* #7: '''Mick Thomson''': Guitar
* #8: '''Corey "The Great Big Mouth" Taylor''': Lead vocals
* #?: '''Alessandro Venturella''': Bass ([[http://loudwire.com/slipknot-corey-taylor-new-bassist-identity-leak-so-upset/ confirmed]] by Corey himself)
* #?: '''Jay Weinberg''': Drums (was intended to stay unconfirmed for a while for various reasons in spite of a preponderance of evidence in his favor; nevertheless, his identity was leaked in late 2014 by a former drum tech)

'''[+Notable Former Members+]'''
* #1: '''Joey Jordison''': Drums. (was in the band from its inception until December 2013. The reasons from his departure are unknown as at time of writing neither Jordison nor Slipknot can say why, but his new project ''Scar the Martyr'' and MusicIsPolitics are probably the reasons behind his leaving/getting kicked out.)
* * #2: '''Paul "The Pig" Gray''' ([[AuthorExistenceFailure 1972-2010]]): Bass guitar. (Probably would have lasted longer if it wasn't for his untimely death.)
* '''Donnie Steele''': Bass Guitar (temporary touring replacement for Gray from 2011-2014; previously played guitar 1995-1996)

* 1996 - '''''Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.'''''
* 1999 - '''''{{S|elfTitledAlbum}}lipknot'''''
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1zCN0YhW1s Wait and Bleed]]"
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPUZwriSX4M Spit It Out]]"
* 2001 - '''''Iowa'''''
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRNYp1IiUuE&ob=av2n My Plague]]"
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7GLLlOQ52I The Heretic Anthem]]"
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1jQKpse7Yw Left Behind]]"
* 2004 - '''''Vol 3: (The Subliminal Verses)'''''
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__8OqgtqYuE The Blister Exists]]"
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fVE8kSM43I Duality]]"
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKcbYUwmmlE Vermilion]]" & "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvetJ9U_ Vermilion, Pt. 2]]"
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qw2LU1yS7aw Before I Forget]]"
* 2005 - '''''9.0 Live'''''
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9jsELTA3AM The Nameless]]"
* 2008 - '''''All Hope Is Gone'''''
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAAvNmoqDq0 Sulfur]]"
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5abamRO41fE Psychosocial]]"
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiaFz07y7oc Dead Memories]]"
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXEKuttVRIo Snuff]]"
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1xxHQBIITA All Hope Is Gone]]"
* 2014 - '''''.5: The Gray Chapter'''''
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wKw3oGb9-g The Devil in I]]"
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjglgnLQyls The Negative One]]"

Other popular songs:
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDcwBWWKGIs Surfacing]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3NWauwd4bA (sic)]]"
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFJIBtqunHY People = Shit]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xtPqRB9hTY Disasterpiece]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS15UZoJCCs Everything Ends]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJAkeYFf9sU My Plague (uncensored)]]"
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HFyPoRGe00 Opium of the People]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbmAbT81NmM Pulse of the Maggots]]"
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbiI5ll20Tc Gematria (The Killing Name)]]"

Taylor also performs guest vocals for the Music/{{Apocalyptica}} song "I'm Not Jesus".

!!The band and the media around them provide examples of:

* ArcNumber:
** ''[++9++]''.
** 742617000027 (the UPC number for their EP ''Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.'') and its accompanying barcode are a standard decoration on their jumpsuits; "742617000027" is also the title of the first track on ''Slipknot''.
* TheBigGuy:
** Root and Thomson. Root is actually a little taller, but lanky; Thomson is bulkier.
** Inverted with Jordison, who is by far the shortest member of the band.
* BlackSheepHit: "Snuff" from ''All Hope Is Gone'' is a slow, mournful ballad that sounds very different from Slipknot's usual stuff. It went on to become Slipknot's most successful single ever, reaching number 2 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Several:
** Wilson is very skilled as a turntablist and is famous outside of Slipknot as [[{{Transformers}} DJ Starscream]]...but he's frequently gotten into fistfights with Crahan on stage, and broken Fehn's drum kit with his headbanging. He even ''broke both his feet'' by jumping from a piece of equipment, which Taylor later poked fun at by yelling "You broke your fucking feet, Sid!" while Wilson was on stage in a wheelchair.
** Crahan hits ''everything'', [[ManOnFire lights himself on fire]], does backflips off equipment and has managed to bruise his pelvis and break his collarbones in the process, and more.
* ADayInTheLimelight: ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behind_the_Player:_Paul_Gray Behind The Player: Paul Gray]]'' is one of the few outlets by the band focusing on a single member.
* TheFaceless: Photographs of Jones without his mask on are exceptionally hard to come by. Crosses with TheVoiceless and/or TheQuietOne as you can see below.
* {{Garfunkel}}: Fehn originally wanted to be a drum tech; his early years were mainly spent as 'the oft-hazed new guy', even though Root was newer.
* GenreShift: Slipknot started out as a NuMetal band, but with their album ''All Hope Is Gone'' have moved into more of a GrooveMetal direction. ''.5: The Gray Chapter'' on the other hand, returns to their nu metal roots while still keeping elements of their later albums.
* GentleGiant: Thomson. Whilst he looks pants-pissingly terrifying, he is apparently really a tender, {{poetry}}-writing, [[KindheartedCatLover cat lover]].
** As one YouTube commentator (rather simply) put it: "He looks scary and angry but has a nice voice."
* IconicLogo: The nine-pointed star, stylized S, and unique font for the band name.
* IAmTheBand: Shawn, given that he's the only original member.
* {{Juggalo}}: Some overlap; see FanCommunityNicknames.
* LimitedWardrobe: The jumpsuits, although when ''All Hope Is Gone'' came around each member came up with a unique costume design, as can be seen in the current page image. They now bounce back and forth between these getups and the jumpsuits.
** Also, currently Alessandro and Jay, the new members, wear the same temporary mask, as the band feels that to immediately give them the same status as their predecessors would be seen as disrespectful.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Not as badly as Music/TransSiberianOrchestra, but still... nine people is an awful lot, especially for rock bands. It doesn't help when people still question if Jones actually ''does'' anything.
* LongRunnerLineUp: Believe it or not, they fit. The band was Sid Wilson, Joey Jordison, Paul Gray, Chris Fehn, Jim Root, Craig Jones, Shawn Crahan, Mick Thomson, and Corey Taylor from 1999 (when Root replaced Josh Brainaird) to 2010, when Paul Gray died.
* MalevolentMaskedMen
* {{Mascot}}: That goat from Iowa perhaps?
* TheMerch: In perhaps one of the more ill-thought moves of their career, the band launched their own clothing line in 2008, titled ''Tattered and Torn'' after the song ([[UnfortunateNames a rather unfortunate name to be sure]]). Taking many cues from the ''Affliction'' brand, T&T doesn't explicitly specialize in ''Slipknot'' merch, but [[http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=101703 many designs]]. These are sold at [=HotTopic=]...
* {{Mondegreen}}: "I wonder how why you can't see/Inside [[labelnote:Michelle]]my shell[[/labelnote]] I wait and bleed" from "Wait and Bleed".
** Also, "[[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pikachu's]] a virgin" from "Psychosocial".
** "Won't let this build up in sodomy" from "Vermillion".
* MonsterClown: Crahan, especially his ''Iowa''-era mask.
* NintendoHard: "Before I Forget" is one of the harder songs on ''VideoGame/GuitarHero III''. As of 12/4/09, [[http://www.rockband.com/zine/slipknot-dlc a Slipknot pack has been announced]] for ''RockBand''. [[OhCrap Drummers]] [[ThisIsGonnaSuck beware]].
** "Before I Forget" will be making a comeback... on Rock Band 3 with Pro-mode[[note]]Actual strings[[/note]] guitar playing and two added cymbals.
** As of December 2012, there are only 2 of over 2100 Harmonix-charted songs that have never been full-comboed on guitar.[[note]]hitting 100% of the notes without overstrumming or mishitting[[/note]] "Pulse of the Maggots" is one of the two.[[note]]To be fair, this is because both of the solos are charted in an incredibly haphazard and flat-out nonsensical manner that outright ''does not match the actual music whatsoever''. Blame Harmonix for this one.[[/note]]
* PaperThinDisguise: Weinberg. Root has gone on record as having vowed to never reveal the drummer's identity, as none of them are sure if he'll stick around or not; that being said, his height, hair color and length, and disclosed background elements line up with Weinberg, and the setup that was seen at Knotfest (SJC Custom snare, toms, and kicks and Zildjian cymbals, both of which have been used extensively by Weinberg over the course of his career; additionally, SJC is a fairly small-time manufacturer, so there's less of a chance for false positives) is probably the strongest indicator that the rumors are true. Sometimes called the worst-kept secret in music of 2014; within a few months of his joining, a disgruntled former drum tech leaked an itinerary list onto Instagram that finally confirmed both him and Alessandro Venturella.
* PigMan: Gray's mask during the ''Slipknot'' days was a pig head with a padlock in the nose.
* PublicMediumIgnorance: They don't and have never played DeathMetal[[note]]though it does show up in some of their influences, and they are known to be friends with various death metal acts, with Thomson in particular being known for his friendship with [[Music/{{Suffocation}} Dave Culross]][[/note]]. Yet they've somehow become the public face of extremity in metal.[[note]]Though, their first album/demo, Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat, was pretty heavy and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwDed5zAjE8 the closest they've come]] to being DeathMetal[[/note]]
* TheQuietOne: Jones both uses and subverts this. While he can be chatty and usually talks to fans after concerts, he typically doesn't show up for group interviews or, if he does, usually only answers the question of what he would be doing if he weren't in a band: he would be out driving a forklift somewhere, or out killing people. It's been insinuated by the other band members that he is simply a very private person who is uncomfortable with fame and has cultivated a standoffish persona in an effort to get people to leave him alone.
* RealMenWearPink: Crahan showed up to the 48th Grammys to accept Slipknot's award for "Before I Forget" wearing the only thing he could call fancy clothes: a pink jumpsuit.
* RedOniBlueOni: Slipknot is the red oni to Stone Sour's blue. While the latter still qualify as metal, they are much more melodic and much less chaotic. The members of Stone Sour are also much less likely to injure themselves on stage.
* TheRockumentary
* ShoutOut: Their masks in regards to old horror movies.
** To be specific, Jones' mask is probably a reference to Pinhead of the ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' series.
** Taylor most likely took inspiration for his Volume 3 era mask from Leatherface of ''Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre''.
** Gray's later mask was styled around ''TheManInTheIronMask''.
** Fehn's might be a reference to Alex of ''Film/AClockworkOrange'' during the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faML0QvVb2A#t=1m04s rape scene]][[note]][[NotSafeForWork Just safe enough for work]][[/note]].
** Thomson's is basically a stylized hockey mask a la ''Franchise/FridayThe13th''.
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: Paul Gray's wife was a few months pregnant with his child. [[TearJerker You can tear up now]].
* SpecialGuest: They make an appearance in the 2002 remake of ''Rollerball'' and are playable characters in ''VideoGame/{{Infected}}''. This is a game about mowing down hordes of zombies. ''[[RuleOfCool As Slipknot]]''.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: While he doesn't seem to be bothered too much by it, Mick's last name is spelled "Thomson", not "Thompson" with a '''P''' or any variations thereof.
* SpikesOfVillainy: ...sort of. All of Jones' masks have had long spikes as part of their theme.
* StageNames: Each member has several.
* ThisSongGoesOutToTVTropes: Taylor loves this.
* UpdatedRerelease: ''Slipknot'' has been released five times (six if you count the demo version).
** The [[VanillaEdition basic edition]] released in 1999
*** The Digipak special edition accompanying it (contains two bonus tracks and two demos). The hidden track "Eeyore" originally appeared after the final song "Scissors", while this version contains "Eeyore" after the final bonus track "Despise" (this version of "Scissors" is edited to include only the basic song).
** The reissue months later after the copyright controversy concerning the song "Purity" (the lyrics were inspired by a copyrighted story which Taylor thought was true).
*** The Digipak special edition accompanying this version. Excludes "Purity" and the {{sampl|ing}}e drama "Frail Limb Nursery" accompanying the removed track. This version includes "Get This", a faster version of "Spit It Out", and a version of "Wait and Bleed" mixed by producer Terry Date, along with a live performance of "Surfacing" as the final track. "Eeyore" is ''once again'' moved to a different track ("Surfacing" live) in order to appear at the very end of the album (appears after "Porn and Weed", which itself appears after "Surfacing" Live, making for three hidden tracks in a single track).
** The [[MilestoneCelebration 10th Anniversary Edition]] is effectively the definitive edition. It contains nearly every song mention above, including "Purity" ("Frail Limb Nursery" was not included, possibly because there literally wasn't enough room for it on the CD); "Eeyore" is finally made into a separate track (placed in the middle of the album). This edition contains "Snap" (a song only released on the demo version), three new remixes for "Wait and Bleed", "Surfacing" and "(sic)", and a live DVD.
*** To the point, a true 'Maggot' has bought this album three times: Original (contains "Frail Limb Nursery"), the reissue bonus edition (contains "Surfacing" live and "Porn and Weed") and the 10th Anniversary Edition (contains everything). Word to the wise, [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil go download it instead]].
* YouAreNumberSix: Subverted. While they do use the numbers as monikers, every fan knows the members' names and they're not really secretive about it.

!!Their music provides examples of:

* AlbumTitleDrop: Twice in ''All Hope is Gone'', both for the title track and during the opening track ".Execute."
** Also note that the title track is the [[{{Bookends}} final song on the album]].
* {{Angrish}}: Not a completely straight example, but the sheer rage present in some of the songs can cause Taylor to mumble or become incomprehensible. Can overlap with CarefulWithThatAxe.
* AntiLoveSong: "Snuff" from ''All Hope Is Gone''.
* BasedOnATrueStory: "Purity", or so Taylor thought. (The story turned out to be a hoax.)
* BrokenRecord: Bridge of "Get This".
* ClusterFBomb: ''Slipknot'' and ''Iowa'' are rife with cursing; ''The Gray Chapter'' has a lot but is not quite as bad as the former two. [[AvertedTrope In contrast]], ''All Hope is Gone'' had just enough to earn a Parental Advisory label, and ''The Subliminal Verses'' was [[InvertedTrope almost curse-free]] due to Taylor getting tired of claims that he couldn't write lyrics without profanities.
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: Crahan + baseball bat + beer keg = [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1mTcLTMBGg instant percussion]]. Also, in one scene in the 10th anniversary DVD, Crahan is shown walking down a hallway dropping a metal pipe on the floor in a rhythmic pattern.
* EvilLaugh: ...near the end of "[sic]".
* FandomNod: "Pulse of the Maggots".
* GriefSong: "Skeptic" and "Goodbye" are dedicated to Gray.
-->The world will never see another crazy motherfucker like you
-->The world will never know another man as amazing as you

-->So the last thing on Earth I am ready to do is say... Goodbye
* HarshVocals: Taylor is all over the map on this, going from true {{Metal Scream}}s to more guttural growls and everything in between.
* HeavyMithril: Occasionally.
* IAmSong: "Eeyore"
-->"'''I AM THE GREAT BIG MOUTH!!!'''"
* LastNoteNightmare
* LoudnessWar: ''The Subliminal Verses''.
* LyricalTic: Corey Taylor is quite fond of muttering "huh..." or grunting between lyrics or at the beginning of a verse (i.e. "huh...WE WILL BURN YOUR CITIES DOWN!") He also tended in earlier albums to pant heavily into the mic from the force of screaming so harshly. This can be heard in songs such as "Eyeless" and the outro of "The Blister Exists."
* MetalScream
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Softer songs a 6, softest songs a 5 and most songs a 7-8. On a bad day (in other words, good) they'll write something in the range of 9, while their live performances usually creep up to a 10. They do have at least one level 2 song in the form of "Vermilion Pt 2."
* MurderBallad: "Iowa", a SerialKiller's ode to his first victim.
* NewSoundAlbum: From ''Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses'' onward, they began to use more traditional and melodic metal song structures (including several acoustic ballads), began to incorporate guitar solos and did not rely on electronics as heavily. That said, ''The Gray Chapter'' amps up the electronic and scratch work, although not back to pre-''Vol. 3'' levels.
* NumberOfTheBeast: "The Heretic Anthem" starts with an electronic voice counting "8, 7, 6, 6, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, '''0'''...", then continues throughout the chorus.
--> If you're 555 then I'm 666!
* ObsessionSong: Both versions of "Vermilion", although more so the first. Also: "The Nameless", "Iowa", "The Virus Of Life" as well, in a somewhat...rape-ier kind of way. Not to mention "Gehenna" on ''All Hope is Gone'', as well as "Prothestics" on the self-titled album. Corey enjoys writing about obsession.
** "Danger, Keep Away" although it's kind of hard to tell from the IndecipherableLyrics.
* PsychoStrings
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Taylor likes to do this a ''lot''.
* PureIsNotGood: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zy1YaLe1D0E Purity]]"
* PurpleProse[=/=]MeaninglessMeaningfulWords: Throughout the band's body of work, you'll sometimes find unusual lyrical choices placed awkwardly in the middle of a song otherwise made up of simpler language, almost as if Corey Taylor [[AuthorVocabularyCalendar skimmed through a dictionary, found a word he liked and decided to incorporate it into the song somehow]].
** Taylor acknowledges and confronts this in the Stone Sour song, "Freeze Dry Seal", admitting that while he may not be a flowery poet, that doesn't make his lyrics (and his beliefs) any less real. SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped at its best.
* SopranoAndGravel: Taylor switches between clean singing and hardcore shouting la [[Music/{{Pantera}} Phil Anselmo]] in most songs.
* SpokenWordInMusic
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: ObsessionSong or not, "Vermillion Pt. 2" is a very slow and gentle track that those more familiar with the band's nu-metal side and aggressive reputation would not have expected.[[note]]In fact, it's the song that inspired the trope.[[/note]] Also, "Circle" and "Snuff".

!!Their music videos provide examples of:

* AnimatedMusicVideo: One of the two versions of "Wait and Bleed".
* TheCameo: Creator/MalcolmMcDowell as the desk clerk in "Snuff".
* {{Crossdresser}}: [[spoiler:TheReveal in "Snuff" - Taylor's character is dressed like his former lover.]]
* ForcedPerspective: The video for "Dead Memories" uses this to make the already-huge Thomson Literature/{{Ha|rryPotter}}grid-sized against Taylor.
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: One possible interpretation of the video for "Dead Memories"; it could also be a DisneyAcidSequence, but with less Disney and more acid.
* PerformanceVideo: "Wait and Bleed" (live version), "Spit It Out" (intermixed with the scenes from ''The Shining''), "The Blister Exists", "Left Behind", "Duality", "Before I Forget", "Psychosocial", "Sulfur"
* ShoutOut: The "Spit It Out" music video, to ''Film/TheShining''.
* TheUnreveal: "Before I Forget"; the band is in street clothes and unmasked, but you never see their full faces.