21 "Eeyore" (hidden track) : 2:28
The debut studio album 'Slipknot' was a 'self-titled' release. It was released on June 29, 1999 via Roadrunner Records, and later reissued in December 1999 with a slightly altered track listing and mastering, as a result of lawsuit. It is considered to be one of the band's darker, more agressive albums to be produced.
It was also the first album by the band to be produced by Ross Robinson, who sought to refine Slipknot's sound rather than alter the group's musical direction.
The album spans many genres, but is generally noted for its extensive percussion and overall heavy sound. Slipknot was well received by fans and critics alike and was responsible for bringing Slipknot a large increase in popularity. The album peaked at number 51 on the Billboard 200, and has gone on to become certified double platinum in the United States, making it the band's best selling album.
The musical style of Slipknot is a constantly contested issue and the genres that the band are categorized in vary depending on the source, however, the band is generally regarded as nu metal, while showing influences of many different genres. The influence of death metal on the album is clear and on the subject Jordison stated; "the roots are death metal, thrash, speed metal, and I could go on and on about all those bands." The album also shows influences from alternative metal and rap metal. Slipknot has a raw, live sound due to the band performing in the studio as they do during their live shows, which are often considerably loud.
Due to the band's large line-up consisting of additional percussionists and electronics the album has a very dense, layered sound. Alternative Press stated that the album used "inventive sampling, creative guitar work and an absolute percussive overload", while Q described the album as "a terrifying racket". Slipknot also includes melody, most notably in the single "Wait and Bleed" and is considered to be done with expertise and precision.
(#8) Corey Taylor - vocals, cover art and package concept, production
(#7) Mick Thomson - guitar, cover art and package concept, production
(#6) Shawn "Clown" Crahan - custom percussions, backing vocals, cover art and package concept, production
(#5) Craig "133" Jones - samples, media, cover art and package concept, production
(#4) Jim Root - guitar (on "Purity" and "Me Inside"), cover art and package concept, production
Josh Brainard - guitar (all tracks except "Purity" and "Me Inside"), cover art and package concept, production (uncredited)
Greg Welts - custom percussion (on demo tracks)
(#3) Chris Fehn - custom percussion, backing vocals, cover art and package concept, production
(#2) Paul Gray - bass guitar, backing vocals, cover art and package concept, production
(#1) Joey Jordison - drums, cover art and package concept, production, mixing
(#0) Sid Wilson - turntables, cover art and package concept, production
Ross Robinson - Producer, mixing
Rob Agnello - Engineering
Chuck Johnson - Engineering, mixing
Joey Jordison & Sean McMahon - Additional mixing
Kevin Miles - Mixing
Steven Remote - Location recording engineer
Eddy Schreyer - Mastering at Oasis Mastering, Studio City, CA
Stefan Seskis - Album cover, tray card photography
Dean Karr - Band photography
T42Design - Album Design, lettering
Lynda Kusnetz - Creative Directior
Slipknot - Packing concept
Steve Richards - Worldwide Management for No Name Management
Ross Robinson A&R
Monte Conner A&R for Roadrunner Records
Jeffrey Light - Legal Representation
Dave Kirby - Booking for The Agency Group
On September 9, 2009, Slipknot released a Special Edition version of the album to commemorate the 10th anniversary of its release. It was released in two forms, a digipak and a box set.
The release date (09/09/09) is a reference to the fact that the band had nine band members and have sustained the same lineup since the original release of the album.
The Special Edition box set included: a CD and DVD set featuring all new digipak packaging, with a total of 25 songs, including the original album plus several previously unreleased cuts, demo tracks and "Purity". The DVD, which was directed by percussionist Shawn Crahan, features footage of the band in 1999 and 2000, titled Of the Sic: Your Nightmares, Our Dreams. The DVD also features all three music videos released in support of the album, an entire live concert recorded at the Dynamo Open Air, 2000 and "other surprises". A "super deluxe" box set version of the re-release contains a T-shirt, patch, collectible cards, key chain, beanie and a note from vocalist Corey Taylor, and come in packaging that resembled a safety deposit box.