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Music: Slipknot
aka: Slip Knot
From left to right: 6, 0, 2, 3, 1, 7, 8, 5, 4
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 Nu Metal/Heavy Metal band from Des Moines, Iowa, known for their masks, nine-person membership, 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 (confirmed by Corey himself)
  • #?: Jay Weinberg: Drums (as yet unconfirmed)

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 Music Is Politics are probably the reasons behind his leaving/getting kicked out.)
  • * #2: Paul "The Pig" Gray (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)


Other popular songs:

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

The band and the media around them provide examples of:

  • Arc Number:
    • 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.
  • The Big Guy:
    • 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.
  • Black Sheep Hit: "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.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Several:
    • Wilson is very skilled as a turntablist and is famous outside of Slipknot as 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, lights himself on fire, does backflips off equipment and has managed to bruise his pelvis and break his collarbones in the process, and more.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Behind The Player: Paul Gray is one of the few outlets by the band focusing on a single member.
  • The Faceless: Photographs of Jones without his mask on are exceptionally hard to come by. Crosses with The Voiceless and/or The Quiet One 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.
  • Genre Shift: Slipknot started out as a Nu Metal band, but with their album All Hope Is Gone have moved into more of a Groove Metal direction.
  • Gentle Giant: Thomson. Whilst he looks pants-pissingly terrifying, he is apparently really a tender, poetry-writing, cat lover.
    • As one YouTube commentator (rather simply) put it: "He looks scary and angry but has a nice voice."
  • Iconic Logo: The nine-pointed star, stylized S, and unique font for the band name.
  • I Am the Band: Shawn, given that he's the only original member.
  • Juggalo: Some overlap; see Fan Community Nicknames.
  • Limited Wardrobe: 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.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Not as badly as Trans-Siberian Orchestra, 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.
  • Long Runner Line Up: 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.
  • Malevolent Masked Men
  • Mascot: That goat from Iowa perhaps?
  • The Merch: 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 (a rather unfortunate name to be sure). Taking many cues from the Affliction brand, T&T doesn't explicitly specialize in Slipknot merch, but many designs. These are sold at HotTopic...
  • Mondegreen: "I wonder how why you can't see/Inside Michelle  I wait and bleed" from "Wait and Bleed".
    • Also, "Pikachu's a virgin" from "Psychosocial".
  • Monster Clown: Crahan, especially his Iowa-era mask.
  • Nintendo Hard: "Before I Forget" is one of the harder songs on Guitar Hero III. As of 12/4/09, a Slipknot pack has been announced for Rock Band. Drummers beware.
    • "Before I Forget" will be making a comeback... on Rock Band 3 with Pro-modenote  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  "Pulse of the Maggots" is one of the two.note 
  • Pig Man: Gray's mask during the Slipknot days was a pig head with a padlock in the nose.
  • Public Medium Ignorance: They don't and have never played Death Metalnote . Yet they've somehow become the public face of extremity in metal.note 
  • The Quiet One: 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.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: 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.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: 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.
  • The Rockumentary
  • Shout-Out: Their masks in regards to old horror movies.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: Paul Gray's wife was a few months pregnant with his child. You can tear up now.
  • Special Guest: They make an appearance in the 2002 remake of Rollerball and are playable characters in Infected. This is a game about mowing down hordes of zombies. As Slipknot.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": 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.
  • Spikes of Villainy: ...sort of. All of Jones' masks have had long spikes as part of their theme.
  • Stage Names: Each member has several.
  • This Song Goes Out To TV Tropes: Taylor loves this.
  • Updated Re-release: Slipknot has been released five times (six if you count the demo version).
    • The 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 sample 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 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, go download it instead.
  • You Are Number Six: Subverted. While they do use the numbers as monikers, every fan knows the members' names and they're not really secretive about it.

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alternative title(s): Slipknot
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