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Slipknot Shocks Fans By Dropping 1st Song In 4 Years On Halloween

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1. Clown predicts Slipknot's future success before the band is even signed
Before he managed Slipknot, Cory Brennan worked at Roadrunner Records. At the label's first meeting with the band, which took place at the Roadrunner offices, co-founding percussionist/conceptualist Shawn "Clown" Crahan approached him. "Clown shook my hand and said, 'How does it feel to meet your first platinum artist?'" Brennan recalled. "And he did that to everybody, including the president and owner of the company. Then the three of them sat there and told us how they were gonna, one day, have hydraulic drums that they would weld themselves, which would go 15 feet in the air and turn upside-down, and how they were gonna be the biggest band in the world. Everything he said they'd do came true."

2. Corey Taylor claims the number eight because of a childhood obsession with the number
When the members of Slipknot first picked their numbers for their coveralls, Corey Taylor immediately insisted that he get the number eight. "Eight has always been my lucky number," he explained to us years later. "I was born on the eighth of December. I used to count everything by eights. I had OCD when I was a kid and when I walked, I was obsessed with even numbers but eight most of all. Because I was right-handed, all of my even steps would have to fall on my right foot and all of my odd steps would have to fall on my left foot. And I would count them in my head, and if I fucked up and shuffled my feet, I would freeze until I reset my mind. Even now, if I'm ever sitting somewhere and just hanging out, you can always see me tapping my thumb from one finger to another, counting the segments on my fingers, one-two-three-four-five-six-seven-eight. I do that constantly."

3. Sid Wilson claims his spot in the band through a spontaneous act of violence
Slipknot were originally on the fence about enlisting a DJ into their ranks. Wilson knew he had to pull out all the stops to seal the deal. He went to the band's next show as a fan, and when the group kicked into the song "Tattered and Torn," during which Clown was known to enter the pit and wrap kids up with his microphone cord, Wilson went on the offensive. "I was on his ass like a fucking Jedi Knight," he said. "I grabbed him by the head while he was still on the stage. I counted to five and headbutted him on six, which is his number. He fell down on his fucking ass. It almost knocked him out. He went back to Joey [Jordison, Slipknot's original drummer] and said, 'I don't care what anybody in the fucking band says, that dude's in.'"

 

4. Slipknot's gruesome live video projections lose Corey Taylor a friend
For their Halloween shows, Slipknot cut together an hour of crazy animation, porn scenes and clips of real-life death. It all climaxed with footage of the suicide of Bud Dwyer [the disgraced Pennsylvanian state treasurer who shot himself in the head during a 1987 televised press conference], which the band looped and slowed down. "We lost half of our fans after that show," Taylor said. "I had a friend who, still to this day, will not talk to me. She looked at me straight in the face and said, 'This is disgusting, this is not gonna go anywhere. You are wasting your fucking life. And quite frankly, because you backed that decision, you are not the person I thought you were.'"


5. Ross Robinson torments the band in the studio
Producer Ross Robinson (Korn, Sepultura, Limp Bizkit) is infamous for his terroristic in-studio techniques, and he brought them out in full force when faced with putting the Nine's insanity down on tape. He threw potted plants at Jordison so he would have to duck them while he was playing drums. He made Chris Fehn drink two gallons of water 'til he was on the verge of throwing up to get a mic'd mallet sound out of his stomach. He would try to knock instruments out of band members' hands while they were playing, shouting at them, "You can play that shit harder!" The nonstop assault eventually broke Taylor. "By the end, I was literally broken completely in half and wide open and bawling and I couldn't stop crying," the singer recalled. "I was throwing up all over the fucking place. At one point, the vocal booth smelled so bad."

6. Joey Jordison sets the studio on fire
One night during the mixing of the record, Jordison slept at the studio and, in his sleep, knocked a pillow onto a nearby space heater. "Next thing I know, I'm smelling something and I jumped up," the drummer said. "I almost burned [the recording studio] Indigo Ranch completely down. The whole thing was filled with smoke and flames. We had to literally take fire extinguishers all over the place and open all the windows. It took about a week to get the smell out."

7. Sid Wilson busts his head open before Ozzfest. Clown makes it worse.
"We did a warm-up show for Ozzfest, and right before 'Eeyore,' I did two good head-butts into Clown's beer keg, then the lights went out, my knees buckled, and I hit the floor," Wilson recalled. "When the lights went back on, I couldn't get up and blood was gushing down my face and pouring out of the mask. Our security guy got me backstage to our dressing room and I looked in the mirror. The wound was wide open and I could see my skull, but there was a song coming up that I had parts for, so I put a towel on my head and strapped the mask on tight to try to stop the bleeding. Then, when I go back out there, Clown's giving me this look that says, 'You look like a fucking idiot.' So, he punches me in the head right in the gaping wound. I pushed him away and crawled over to Corey because he had never beat on me. But he grabbed my head and banged it on the floor to the beat of the music. I went to the hospital after the show and got 16 stitches."

8. Corey Taylor eats vomit and swallows blood
Playing in a mask sucks — a lot. Take it from Taylor: "There were a lot of times when it was so hot and I'd been raging so hard that I'd throw up in my mask and have to eat the puke because there was nowhere to spit it," he told us, looking back on Slipknot's first Ozzfest run. "Also, I broke my mouth so many times coming up too hard on the mic. I went from having to swallow blood to puking and having to swallow that."

9. Joey Jordison sets himself on fire
While on the road with Coal Chamber, Jordison would pour lighter fluid over his drums and set them on fire on a regular basis. One night he caught fire, too, and suffered third-degree burns. With that sort of madness going on, perhaps it's no surprise that Coal Chamber tried to kick Slipknot off the tour. Their manager Sharon Osbourne wasn't having it, though. "Slipknot are the only reason the fucking tour's selling any tickets," Paul Gray recalled her saying. "You can't kick them off."

10. Slipknot get into it with Mushroomhead fans
The longstanding beef between the 'Knot and rival masked metal outfit Mushroomhead is well-documented; when the former swung through the latter's hometown, Cleveland, in support of their debut album, tensions flared into violence. "There were about 20 kids in the crowd that were Mushroomhead fans that were whipping batteries at us," Gray told us of the show. "Me and Jim [Root, Slipknot guitarist] jumped offstage and took our masks off and started swinging at people at the end of one song. When we were done with that set, everything came off and we went straight through the crowd to try to find those people and we ended up finding those dudes and we threw down. One of the guys in our crew got maced by the cops and arrested."

11. Sid Wilson plays shows with broken ribs
At a concert in Germany, Wilson leaped off a balcony, and the crowd, unfortunately, failed to catch him. He hit the floor hard and broke two ribs, but he didn't know it at the time and, in denial, kept playing gigs afterwards. Eventually, it hurts so bad that he was forced to go to a hospital. "They said, 'Oh, your ribs are broken. You have to lay down in bed for weeks and heal.'" he remembered. "And I said, 'I can't. I've got shows to play. So give me a rib brace.'" Wearing a brace and back support, and using inhalers to breath better, he went on his way.

12. Chris Fehn pees on Sid Wilson
One night, while on tour in Cincinnati, Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn got really drunk, and as Paul Gray told us, he woke up in the middle of the night needing to piss. Mistaking his bunk for the bathroom, he lifted his mattress like a toilet seat and proceeded to urinate on the bunk below him, where Wilson happened to be sleeping. "I had no idea what was happening," Fehn recalled. "I woke up with Sid yelling, You pissed in my bunk!' And I said, 'I did not. Shut the fuck up.' But I totally did. Before I die, I have to let Sid piss on me."

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Ex-SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison has told Metal Hammer magazine that he has a pile of unreleased demos at home that were originally meant for his former band.

He said: "I have a ton of SLIPKNOT demos that I have at home. Maybe some day they'll surface, maybe they'll never be heard, but I don't translate them to any other band; they still stay in the SLIPKNOT safe. I won't use them for anyone else besides SLIPKNOT, if that ever happens again."

Asked if he still writes music in the style of SLIPKNOT, Jordison replied: "It depends. I play guitar all the time and I'm constantly thinking of songs. I sleep music. I wake up and there's a riff in my head, every step I take there's a riff, a beat, or something. That's the way a musician is. You're isolated in a weird way because music is haunting you as much as it's loving you. It's non-stop. Every time I pick up a guitar, I come up with different riffs all different bands I've been in. Sometimes there is a song or riff that could only belong with SLIPKNOT and I just can't use it for anything else, regardless of whatever happened. It just stays in the bank and I can't use it for anything else; I just won't do it."

Joey Jordison, singer Corey Taylor and percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan were interviewed for the new issue of Metal Hammer, which celebrates the 10th anniversary of SLIPKNOT's fourth studio album, "All Hope Is Gone".

SLIPKNOT announced its split with Joey Jordison in December 2013 but did not disclose the reasons for his exit. The drummer subsequently issued a statement saying that he did not quit the group.

Back in 2014, Taylor told Metal Hammer that firing Jordison after 18 years was "one of the hardest decisions" the group ever made, adding that Joey is "in a place in his life" which is "not where we are."

Joey recently revealed that he is working on his first-ever book. The 43-year-old musician just completed a European tour with the international death metal supergroup SINSAENUM.

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#Slipknot announce #European #TourDates for 2019!!!

Jun. 07-08 - Hyvinkää, Rockfest, Finland 
Jun. 07-09 - Nuremburg, Rock Im Park, Germany 
Jun. 07-09 - Nürburg, Rock Am Ring, Germany 
Jun. 13-15 - Nickelsdorf, Novarock, Austria 
Jun. 13-16 - Interlaken, Greenfield, Switzerland 
Jun. 14-16 - Derby, Download Festival, UK 
Jun. 17 - Leipzig, Arena, Germany 
Jun. 18 - Hannover, TUI Arena, Germany 
Jun. 19-22 - Copenhagen, Copenhell, Denmark 
Jun. 21-23 - Dessel, Graspop, Belgium 
Jun. 25-26 - Kraków, Mystic Festival, Poland 
Jun. 27 - Bologna, Sonic Park, Italy 
Jun. 28-30 - Madrid, Download Festival, Spain 
Jul. 01 - Nîmes, Amphitheatre Nîmes, France 
Jul. 03-06 - Lisbon, VOA, Portugal 
Jul. 04-05 - Viveiro, Resurrection Festival, Spain

SLIPKNOT will also perform at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand for the first time ever on August 10, 2019. Tickets for the concert go on sale November 2 at 10 a.m. via IowaStateFair.org, costing $43, $53 or $60 before fees and fair admission. An opening act is yet to be announced.

The Iowa State Fair runs August 8-18, 2019.

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Slipknot are rocking Halloween 2018 with a brand new song in four years! 
Listen to their surprise release of ‘All Out Life’ here!

 

It’s a good day to be a Slipknot fan. The band has released their first single in four years! The new track, entitled “All Out Life,” arrived on Halloween, and only rightfully so. The guys brought their classic dark psyche to the heavy track, and fans were thrilled to finally see new music from the rock band. “I LOVE THE NEW SLIPKNOT SONG HOLY SH–T” one fan wrote on Twitter after listening to the track. The song arrived with a music video as well directed by the band’s M. Shawn Crahan aka “Clown.”

 

Slipknot's Corey Taylor released a statement regarding the song’s release. “All Out Life” is a song that is trying to do 2 things: bring everyone together, but also remind everyone that the past is not something to be discarded with disdain. People are so eager to find the Next Big Thing sometimes that they shit all over the bands and artists that have come before, thus making the past feel disposable, like a dirty thing. Fuck that: Why should we pay attention to your mediocre future when you can’t be bothered to celebrate an amazing past? I’d rather listen to a guaranteed hit than a forced miss. “All Out Life” is the anthem that reminds people that it’s not the date on the music—it’s the staying power.”

 

For fans hoping to see even more new music from the band – you’re in luck. “The album is underway, and it’s going to be one of the darkest chapters in Slipknot’s history; it’s that good,” Corey said during an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1, He continued, “It’s complicated; it’s dark; it’s heavy; it’s melodic; it’s fierce; it’s angry and it’s real; it’s raw as hell and it’s gonna be talking about a lot of things that people are going to need in their life right now.”

 

 

“All Out Life” might be one of Slipknot’s heaviest tracks yet! What better way to ring in Halloween than with new music from the iconic band. Listen to the new track above!

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Slipknot look like they could be back in the studio after the band posted a new photo online.

Shawn Crahan and frontman Corey Taylor has appeared on the band’s Twitter page. It was captioned “2019”, leading fans to speculate they have begun working on a new release for next year.

shawn crahan and corey taylor in studio 2018

Corey Taylor gave fans an update on new material earlier this month, saying:

“I know that we’re gonna try and put an album out next year – however, that is all speculation. The best way to make God laugh is to announce your plans out loud. So I’m just going with the flow. The plan right now is next year but that is a huge plan because we still haven’t narrowed anything down, so we will definitely see what happens.”

He also explained that the band had been “writing tons of music” while he had “written lyrics to almost all of it.” “We’re going to start trying to put together demos here and there with the time off that I have and really try to get ahead of the curve as far as what happens next.”

 

 

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Slipknot’s mad professor opens up on the band’s epic new concert film, Day Of The Gusano

 

It's been three years since Slipknot's last album .5 The Gray Chapter but the Iowan wrecking machine have kept us satiated with the release of new live movie Day Of The Gusano. Filmed at the band's first-ever show in Mexico City, headlining Knotfest, the historical performance was captured on multiple cameras and directed by Slipknot's purveyor of darkness Shawn Crahan aka Clown.

We caught up with Clown to talk about their Mexican experience and what the future holds for The Knot.

Why did it take Slipknot so long to play Mexico?

“It’s finances, it’s the right time, it’s wondering about that society. It’s very difficult for kids there to pay for tickets. They have to work months and months and months. So it’s just not easy to pick up and go to Mexico City and do a show.”

Why did you film this show in particular, though?

“We’ve heard from day one in our career how crazy Mexican people go off at a show, how unified they are. You say ‘jump’ and they all jump, and you can feel it. So we thought, ‘Why not make this show a Knotfest?’ And we documented it, because it was a really special thing.”

What was your experience in Mexico City?

“I came in about a month or so early to do press and I hung out with all the promoters – they took me to all the food places. I ate all the authentic stuff. I ate crickets, I ate ants, larvae… I will eat anything you want. I love all that stuff.”

Were you concerned about going to Mexico, given it can be dangerous?

“I’m into going anywhere, man. I’ve been told not to go into places, gotten there and they’ve become my favourite places. So I’m very blessed with rock’n’roll pushing me into situations that feel scary or I’m a little insecure about or I don’t know. Rock’n’roll is not politics – I’d never want to be in politics because it’s not my thing, but who doesn’t like rock’n’roll? The police like rock’n’roll. The army like rock’n’roll. Religious people like rock’n’roll. You go into these territories you’re scared of, you’re usually pretty much welcomed with open arms because everybody loves music.”

There are some seriously obsessed fans in the film. Is meeting them still inspiring for you, even at this stage?

“It is, man. It makes me rethink a lot of things. I look at it now, at my age, as being my family, my culture. So if the world continues to be fucked up, I wanna be with my family.”

Where are we at with the new Slipknot album?

The Gray Chapter was pretty much the final learning velocity of our career. We had to replace a bass player, we had to replace a drummer – one of them was walking the earth, the other was buried in the earth. It was a very hard time. People were telling us, ‘How is the band gonna write, Joey and Paul are gone?’ Fuck you. We made a fucking awesome album that we love. And we’re gonna continue to do that. I actually have a date that some of us are gonna get together in a studio and get things going for the next one…”

Really?

“Myself, Jim and Jay went to LA and organised everything we had written out on the road. We wrote 50 fucking ideas. We spent two weeks organising all that, and also adding some stuff that was written a year ago. We have over 27 ideas ready to go – seven or eight of them are full songs. These songs can change, they can be written over, nothing is in stone. But it’s great that we have concrete ideas to begin with. So the future has never been sweeter for Slipknot music. I don’t know what Corey’s got in mind, because he will bring his own songs, too, but we’re just writing music and getting ideas and moods and soundscapes – getting it all fucking together.”

What about the art side of it, you're usually very involved with that process. Any ideas forming?

“I’m studying new forms of art to introduce to the maggots. Because not only will all the old maggots need to be inspired, but what about that whole new generation that we will grab when we come back out? They need to say, ‘Hey, you guys have had Slipknot your whole lives, but this new art is made for us.’ New logos, new videos, new masks, new outfits, new songs, new show. That’s what’s great about Slipknot.”

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