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Slipknot (sometimes typeset as SlipKnoT to fit their logo) is a Grammy-winning American nu metal band from Des Moines, Iowa. The nine-piece formed in 1996 and is currently signed to Roadrunner Records/Nuclear Blast. German-based record company Nuclear Blast Records handles the record sales of the band in Scandinavia while Roadrunner handles the sales worldwide.
Their albums and home videos have achieved platinum sales status. The band's Grammy award nominations include Best Metal Performance, which their song, "Before I Forget", won after six successive years of nomination.
Slipknot has an extreme performance style provided by their massive line-up featuring a typical heavily downtuned guitar setup (lead, rhythm, and bass guitars), two percussionists in addition to the primary drummer, and electronics (samplers and turntables). Robert Cherry of Rolling Stone compared the band's sound to "a threshing machine devouring a military drum corps."
Their early work hosted a large range of vocal styles, ranging from rapping to occasional singing to grindcore-esque growling. Death metal growls can also be included. In more recent work, this vocal style remains present, but now includes more melodic singing. The lyrics generally follow a very aggressive tone, "[are] not generally quotable on a family website", and feature themes such as darkness, nihilism, anger, disaffection, love, Misanthropy and psychosis.
Corey Taylor — Vocals
Mick Thomson — Guitar
Shawn Crahan — Custom Percussion
Craig Jones — Samples/Media, Keyboards
James "Jim" Root — Guitar
Chris Fehn — Custom Percussion
Paul Gray — Bass
Joey Jordison — Drums
Sid Wilson — Turntables
Patrick M. Neuwirth - Guitar
Quan "Meld" Nong - Guitar
John Green - Guitar
Donnie Steele - Guitar
Anders Colsefini - Lead Vocals / Percussion, Backing Vocals
Greg "Cuddles" Welts - Percussion
Brandon Darner - Percussion
Josh "Gnar" Brainard - Guitar, Backing Vocals