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Here you will be able to read some of the articles, and interviews with my drummer god, Joey..........Enjoy mutha fuckers.->


Here is a interview that was with a fan, you can also see this at her site at,

Exclusive Joey Interview
November 22, 2001 - teartearcrycry22

Ok here maggotz.. ya know that interview that I got to do with Joey.. well here it is for ya! Enjoy!!!!!<

>I wanna know how long he's been playing and if he
>considers himself a good drumer compaired to the rest
>of the band drumers out there.Asked by: CyberMaggot

I've been playing drums since I was in the 5th grade, I'm a pretty good
drummer compared to some out there. I still dont compare to some but
getting there every day.

>I'd ask if he's every been with two women at the same
>time. Also i would ask him what he does on his free
>time when their on the road. Asked By: Downfind

Two chicks at do remember going home with two chicks
Hairy Marys one night...then have oral sex....oh wait that was's
pretty much covered by Music, video games, phone, sex, and drums.

>i'd ask joey: if given the chance, would you be the
>president of the
>U.S., and if so, what would be your platform? Asked
>By: Kaos

yea I would take that chance, but I don't know if I'd be able to handle
everything in the office. I'd give it a try, then make Slipknot even
bigger then my goal will be made! WORLD DOMINATION FOR SLIPKNOT!!

>Some questions i wanna ask:
>Is slipknot starting to turn satanic??
Is Slipknot starting to turn satanic? Hm..wouldn't that seem right for the goat, 666, pentagrams.......

>What are some of your other hobbies??
Drinking with Dizzy, hanging with the knot', drumming, and what I said, games, music...24/7

>What are some of the best things about touring?? What
>are some of the worst??

Best things would have to be meeting new people and seeing new
get to go different places everytime. It's cool! Plus we see
bands...worst things are we hardly ever see our family, parents,

>Do you got any funny/strange stories that happened
>while you guys were on tour??

no..funny would have to be when some of the people working at a stadium
mistaken me for a fan and wouldnt let me get backstage! Until I
found my pass in my back pocket!!

>What kind of relationships do you have between the
>rest of band?? I mean.. how close are you guys??

We are all really close ya know? We like broz, we are broz! and no we
f*ck each other...not gay!

>Is it true that you and Talena Atfield are going out??
>If not.. have you ever??
No that is not true, and no I have never...she's a really good friend
Shes pretty cool.

>Is Sid engaged??

ha...not that I know of..but Sid can be kinda weird, I gotta find that
He didnt tell me shit.

Haven't checked out your site yet! But i will be soon. Thanxz for
spreading the sicness!! STAY SICK MAGGOTZ!!


PART 1...Interview from KERRANG!....

The full monty on SLIPKNOT'S pint sized drum demon JOEY JORDISON

What is your nickname and why?

"Superball. Because one time we played this terrible show and I was so angry
that I was bouncing around the room. It had to be seen to be believed.
Dude, I was so f**cking mental I could have given Michael Jordan a run for
his money."

At school, were you a dunce or a teacher's pet?

"More of a pet, because there was this one teacher that I had a real crush on
and I'd always drop my pencil to look up her skirt. I got decent grades, but
I mostly hung out by my locker with my headphones on. I hung out with nobody
- I was really introverted."

What was your first shag like?

"The girl was 14, I was 17. She was mental. I go over to her house and she
starts throwing shit at me while cranking Madonna out of the stereo. She
turns out the light and throws a rubber at me, which hits me on the forehead,
and then she goes, 'Now it's time'. The thing is, she had a broken leg and
I'm trying to get her pants off like a moron. I get in there, do three or
four strokes, blow my load and say, 'We shouldn't be doing this'. I pull
out, leave her standing there with her gimp leg, walk home with the condom
on, clean it out with water, and let out the biggest scream of victory you've
ever heard. It's the best sex I've ever had. I f**cked a charity case."


Who's your best friend?

"My mom. She's always supported me from day one."

What's the best pet you've ever had?

"I had a tom-cat that liked to fight dogs and he always came out a bloody
mess: trails of blood through the house, tail ripped to shreds. I called him
Not My Cat. He ruled. I used to dress him up, hang cigarettes from his
mouth, crazy shit."

Have you ever been arrested?

"No, but next time I go to Australia I probably will be."

What would you do if you weren't a rock star?

"I'd be trying to get as close to the stage as possible by being a drum tech
or sound man."

How would you describe yourself on a blind date form?

"I'm cheap!"

What's the most extravagant thing you've ever bought?

"My car, but that wasn't very expensive. It's a 1990 two-door red Chevy

Who's gagging for a shagging?

"Fiona Apple. I'm completely and utterly obsessed with her. I met her once
and she flirted with me. I don't give a f**k what anyone says, she was
definitely flirting with me."

Who's gagging for a smacking?

"Fiona Apple on her ass when I'm doggy-styling her."

What the worst job you've ever had?

"I've never really had one. I'm in one of the finest bands ever."

When did you last call home?

"We haven't been on tour long, so I haven't called home yet."

What was your most embarrassing moment?

"Once in grade school, we were watching a movie with the lights out and I
puked all over my desk. I was so freaked out that I tried to scoop it all up
in my arms. It ruled, though, because it started a 'vomitory' - three or
four other people puked."

Who would you least like to see naked?

"My tour manager Danny. It might turn him on."

What's the best rumour you've ever heard about yourself?

"That it was me who got Rayna from Coal Chamber pregnant. It was all over
the internet at one point. I've never even met her."

What's in your wallet right now?

"A credit card, Kiss plectrums from when I met them, keys to these handcuffs
that I got for the chicks, and a rubber."

What's your favourite joke?

"Oasis. Those guys suck dick and we want to fight them."

If you were marooned on a desert island without food, which member of
Slipknot would you choose to eat first?

"Chris (Fehn, percussionist), because he eats the most."

Which Slipknot song would you choose to donate to a compilation album called
'Crap songs of our time'?

"None of them. Zero."

What's your drug of choice?

"I don't do drugs. Caffeine, I guess."

What does God look like?

"He's the guy with the beard and the white robe. Or he looks like Kiss."

When you die, how would you like to go?

"While slamming at the drum kit or doing Fiona Apple."

Taken from - Kerrang magazine issue #796 - April 5, 2000


January 25, 2000

Most metal bands that "break through" commercially start by forming a bond with the "underground" community. Through touring and independent label releases they build a core audience, then later leverage their carefully-crafted street credibility into a more mainstream type of acceptance with subsequent releases. Slipknot is, perhaps, in the opposite position. In the first days of the 21st Century, Slipknot is selling tons of records to mainstream kids. While their debut Roadrunner album has sold over 300,000 copies, it has primarily done so without the support of the underground metal community. Too much media hype, too many fourteen year old Korn fans, too much of a "nu-metal" vibe for the true metalheads to embrace, right? Well spend a minute talking with drummer Joey Jordison, a.k.a. #1, and you might just change your mind. Once you get to know him, you'll realize the fact that Joey's personal metal credibility is undeniable. And once you hear him talk of what's next for Slipknot, I dare you not to become curious about this unique commercial juggernaut of a band who doesn't want to turn its collective back on metal and is willing to fight for the acceptance of our scene.

Metal Update: How important is it to you to go back and establish the core foundation of fans from the metal underground that might have disregarded you thus far due to the band's almost immediate massive mainstream acceptance and early hype?

1: The weird thing about this band was . . . underground people have certain bands that are so special to them - the whole thing really means so much. And then like, some fucking eighth grade kid wearing a Korn shirt has the record and they feel the band has cheapened. A lot of times that's not the band's fault. If you listen to a song like "Eeyore", which is a bonus track on the record, or if you listen to "Get this" from the digipack, or "Surfacing" or "[sic]" or even like fucking "Scissors" the roots are death metal, thrash, speed metal, and I could go on and on about all those bands. I know all the songs, and I know every fucking label.

MU: Well, that's what we hope to do here, Joey. The whole point of us talking to you today is to address the question, "Is Slipknot a metal band?". . .

1: Yes, we're a metal band! With a capital "M"!

MU: (laughs) Cool. But does Slipknot care about the underground metal scene? Basically, what I'm asking is, can you guys hang, and do you want to?

1: I'm right where you are. I'm a fan of music, I still go to shows. The records I buy are sure as hell not top 40. The current success of the band is due to the fact that we speak to a lot of those kids in a way they haven't been spoken to before. And, a lot of that music that they hear - even though, to me, I've heard it and know that bands have been doing this a long time - these kids have never heard it because it is a completely different audience. Kids that listen to Slipknot now have never heard Suffocation, even though that's what is in my CD player.

MU: Well then I guess asking straight up if you yourself are a metalhead at this point is a silly question.

1: I'm wearing a Venom t-shirt now, dude! My t-shirt collection ranges from like Mercyful Fate to Venom to old Kiss, Black Sabbath, etc.

MU: Musically speaking, does Slipknot have more in common with Limp Bizkit or Morbid Angel?

1: Morbid Angel.

MU: Why do you say that?

1: Let me tell you why. If you listen to the riff in "Eyeless", to me that's a complete Morbid Angel ripoff. I admit it. It's got a ghost bend in the guitar which is a complete Immolation and Morbid Angel trademark. Where the string is bent up before it is even hit and then released when it is stricken down. It's a riff in "Eyeless", a break down part - "duh-duh-duh . . . weeeooowwwn . . . duh-duh-duh dudda-duh." That's Morbid Angel. Listen to "Here in After" by Immolation. That's where we get that from.

MU: I think you guys get lumped in with the whole "nu-metal" thing.

1: We do.

MU: And thus, a lot of the underground metalheads never gave you a chance.

1: That's because we happened so quick. That sucks for us because . . . Hey. Everyone who has the Slipknot record is a dedicated fan, and I appreciate it, and I will go above and beyond the realms of anything to do anything for them because they are the reason we are here. But the underground metal kids should also be happy because the current success of Slipknot, on songs like "Surfacing" and "[sic]" that have super-fast sixteenth-note double-bass -- none of those other fuckers in the other bands they lump us with could contend with that. Wait till you hear our fuckin' next record. This is just like the - dude, we've got three songs, and you wanna hear some serious shit. It smokes our first album. The shit's twice as technical, three times as heavy. The first track on the album's gonna be called "People=Shit". It opens up with a grindbeat with sixteenth-note double-bass and four layers of black metal and death metal screams.

MU: You're obviously a killer drummer.

1: Thank you.

MU: What were you doin' prior to Slipknot?

1: Ever hear of the band Anal Blast?

MU: Sure.

1: Me and Paul, the bass player started that band. That CD that they have out called 'Vaginal Vempire' - We wrote every song on there.

MU: Doesn't somebody from that band have something to do with Milwaukee Metalfest?

1: Don Decker. He helps book a lot of the bands. He runs metalfest shows. Anyway, I used to be in a thrash band and Paul and Mick were in this death metal band called Body Pit. And a lot of their songs that they wrote in Body Pit that are really technical and ultra-heavy are gonna be on the next record. 'Cause we saved 'em. This is our template: we've got a lot of the new-school kids who like our band, we've got a lot of the underground kids who like our band. When the next record comes out, a lot of those new-school kids are gonna be really turned on to the whole underground metal thing. 'Cause we've got mainstream success, but we want to use that mainstream success to throw in our old influences and ultra-heavy shit on the next record. And everyone will hear it.

MU: That's fantastic.

1: You know, bands like Cannibal Corpse, bands like Immolation, and say, Internal Bleeding have a lot in common with what we do. And these bands might have more success because of us.

MU: There is a rumor going around right now that Pantera is considering taking Satyricon on the road with them. A lot of people would be down on Satyricon for taking that tour. Some people would say that's them selling out.

1: They're not selling out, man. There's so many kids that aren't smart enough and don't have the resources to go out and find music like that. Honestly, they're not smart enough, they don't have the magazines, how can you blame someone? They just don't know. But if they hear the music, a lot of people will be like "I never knew this shit existed, but it fuckin' rules! I'll drop on the album."

MU: Whatever else you think of Pantera. at least Phil Anselmo uses his mainstream success to try to prop up underground acts.

1: I know those guys. They're good friends of ours.

MU: Phil's a metalhead.

1: Dude, they're all metalheads. They're white trash, rebel flag wearin', we don't give a shit, we're fuckin' drunk, it's metal time. Yeah, they don't sound like Immortal, but they're metal, dude. There's a bunch of forms of metal. And I hate the mentality but I used to be this way too: anybody who's sold more than 100,000 records can fuck off. Well, I'm in the situation now where we have. And, you know, the greatest thing about all of the naysayers now who don't really think that we are necessarily metal, even though songs like "[sic]" and "Surfacing" and "Eyeless", all those songs are full-on metal songs, sorry, we have a lot of other influences that aren't black or death metal, but this next record's gonna shut a lot of fuckin' people's mouths.

MU: What other kinds of influences are on your current record?

1: There's a lot. We were on the cover of Terrorizer this last month, and I think they got it. They go, when the record first came out, they were very skeptical. Ross Robinson produced it and all that shit. Does that mean it will have more in common with Korn than it should? And I remember they reviewed the album a few issues before and said that the first opening track has more in common with Suffocation than Spineshank. I was like, finally. They understand it. This is a magazine dedicated to a lot of the underground, you know, traditional metal, power metal, black metal, and death metal. None of that trendy new shit.

MU: What other influences are on the record?

1: Well, like I said, I'm wearing a Venom t-shirt, and that has a lot to do with it. If you listen to a song like "Red Light Fever", off 'Welcome to Hell', if it was cleaned up and produced a lot better, I think it would have a lot to do with the tempos that we play on the album. Songs like that. Of course old Mercyful Fate and King Diamond, even though we don't use that kind of vocal, Mickey Dee is a great drummer, and I learned a lot of shit from that guy. Black Sabbath . . . the whole death metal movement had a lot to do with the structures of our songs. Even though we try to write a little bit more traditional song structures, the tempo changes - if you listen to like "Surfacing", there's this break where I stop and the bass goes "budda-da didda-di dadda-da . . . ," I'd like to see anyone who follows Korn try to play that riff.

MU: What do you think of Limp Bizkit?

1: They can fuck right off.

MU: Korn?

1: They can fuck right off.

MU: Don't you think that Korn has elements . . .

1: You know what? I can't say that about them because they at least did start that whole neo-metal movement, but their last couple records have sucked.

MU: Is there a Roadrunner sound?

1: No. It's trendy, dude. Roadrunner's gettin' too trendy with shit, tryin' to make more records, they're tryin' to become a major label. When we signed to them, all they said was "don't say that you're metal in interviews." I'm like, "dude, you signed Malevolent Creation!" 'Retribution' is one of the best fuckin' death metal albums ever recorded. Don't tell me we're not metal.

MU: You are what you are. But Roadrunner is obviously putting a lot behind you guys as well.

1: Well, the funny thing was . . . it was a big choice. Ross mainly helped get our deal there. And Monty came and saw us, saying that this is cool and exciting and that nothing had gotten him this excited in a while 'cause there are so many elements covered within this band, we need to jump on it now or someone else will. Now we had a bunch of offers from major labels. But the first thing was that we wanted to remain underground. We were like, we're gonna go with Roadrunner, 'cause at the time they weren't breaking anybody. The biggest thing they had was Sepultura. And the 'Roots' album, a lot of people disagree, but I think it is a great record.

MU: What do you think of the new Machine Head?

1: 'Burn My Eyes' is still the favorite. But, 'The Burning Red', which also has "burn" in the title, I don't get that, but it's got some good stuff on it, I do like it. People get in that mood where if it mellows out a little bit, they hate it.

MU: To my ears, the difference between 'Burn My Eyes' and 'The Burning Red' is what you would call the Roadrunner sound.

1: Definitely. That's what sucks about it.

MU: But obviously the relationship is working for you guys, at least from a business perspective.

1: That's 'cause we don't listen to anybody but ourselves.

MU: Let's talk about Ross Robinson. There's rumors . . .

1: Are you talking about the Emperor thing?

MU: Yeah. Does he listen to stuff like that?

1: Dude, he comes from - he came to a practice before he saw one of our shows. He heard the demo, he flew in, and when we played he had a smile on his face from ear to ear. And the reason was - he stopped the song. He's like, "man, I've waiting for a band like you guys, 'cause you got the elements covered of what music has today, but you come from a school . . ." - first bands he names: Morbid Angel and Carcass.

MU: So you're saying that Ross is a smart guy who knows how to sell records, but he is a metal fan too.

1: When he first did Korn, there was not a band remotely like that in the world. So it was new. He wants to do bands like that, he wants to pick up on new bands. He doesn't want to get with a band who imitates what he has done before. Even though he did Limp Bizkit, they were more rap oriented, and it was still a new thing. All he wants to do now - when he picked us up, he picked Amen up, we're like his whole initial project to get away from that sound. Now he's talked to Emperor, told them how he'd like to do it. Now think of how all the Emperor fans would react if they found out Ross Robinson was producing the next Emperor record!

MU: They'd freak.

1: They'd freak.

MU: It's because the fans would expect that the choice of Ross as producer would signal Emperor's desire to change to a more mainstream approach. Like, say, Sepultura did.

1: Yeah, but they were changing on 'Chaos A.D.' They had the drums already going, they had the tempos slowin' down to more kinda crunchy thrash shit. I never considered Sepultura a death metal band, ever. They never had the death metal thing, they were a heavy, heavy thrash/speed metal band.

MU: What do you think Emperor would sound like if Ross Robinson produced it?

1: I think the tone - they have this really . . . you know, the black metal reverb. A really tinny sound, treble out the fuckin' ass. Ross would bring a more immediate, probably a darker tone. The drums would have darker tones, it would be probably more pleasurable to the ear to listen to. Now people that listen to black metal shit, that's what they're down with. All those fuckin' bands that they listen to have that shit fuckin' production. But I think after a while you become accustomed. Just like in the old days when Terry Date was producing Dark Angel and Overkill and all those fuckin' bands, they all had that slick, fuckin' loud cymbals but punchy low-end type of sound, kinda like the Deftones are doin' now. But I think Ross would bring a more pleasurable tone to listen to, but I think the vocals and the performance out of the instruments would be better than anything they'd ever done before. And I think it would be Emperor - just with a different production, a different look on things. I think it would be great. I would love to hear it. Because I know the way Ross is, the dude's a metal guy. He used to play guitar in a band that had a song on like Metal Massacre Volume 3 or Volume 4. It was complete metal, thrashy shit. Then he started doin' production, doin' internships with W.A.S.P. and shit, makin' W.A.S.P. records. When you are a young kid, W.A.S.P. is pretty metal. I mean, it's cheese, but . . .

MU: W.A.S.P. are cool.

1: They played Warlocks! Speaking of which we just got a Warlock endorsement from B.C. Rich. (laughs)

MU: I gotta confess that I am more of a fan now than I was when we began this interview.

1: Well, I gotta tell you. We get so many different groups of kids that come to our shows. We get straight up black metal . . . we went to Europe, and I went out to this club, hoping to meet some fans. Now, Europe is a weird place, dude, 'cause those kids fucking live metal. I mean, all our shows were sold out. But they seem to pay more attention there. And I was talking to this girl who said "I hate Slipknot's commercial success." But what she didn't realize, was that I was there with my Marduk shirt on. And she said, "you're not the drummer of Slipknot, he would never wear a shirt like that." And I had a studded metal belt on, and these boots, but she knew the red stripes in my hair. Then I got to talking to her about all of these bands, and we were talking about black metal. She went home, listened to the record, and then I saw her the next day at the show and she realized where all of those influences come in. It's like, you listen to the record and you think one thing. You come to see the show, and then you realize where a lot of that shit comes in, you actually see the band perform it, then you actually go back and listen to the record and it makes a ton more sense.

MU: I didn't think Slipknot was for me. But I listened, and the shit is intense.

1: It's so cool. This is the only interview I've been excited to do. I did Alternative Press yesterday, I did Spin the other day. And I hate - I don't like doin' 'em. I have to do them though because I have a responsibility to those kids. I haven't had this much fun doin' an interview. You guys are like me. We could be friends. Not even talking about the band, just being fans of metal.

MU: Absolutely. Let's shift gears for a second. What do you think of Marilyn Manson?

1: I have mixed opinions on the guy. It rules that I have mixed opinions because he brings that reaction out. Everyone has a reaction to Marilyn Manson and most people dis him, but I'm not going to dis him. I'll tell you what, to do the things he has done, and get it out to that many people, especially with MTV showing videos of pigeons takin' a shit on him . . .

MU: But is he doing crazy shit which happened to become successful, or is he successful because he's doin' some pretty crazy shit?

1: Hmmm . . . interesting question . . .

MU: Scratch that question. Let's keep it about Slipknot. How do you explain the crazy costumes and the masks to the underground metal scene?

1: That's where most of the problems come in with the underground metal scene. 'Cause to us, that shit ain't funny, that's serious. We never wanted to be about the Marilyn Manson rock star fashion thing. I don't speak over kids. I speak directly to them. Day in, day out, reactions to fuckin' life itself. We keep our lyrics open-ended so that they can get a positive reaction from them, or could be a negative reaction to bring out positivity. Those masks that we wear - we literally feel that way. We wear the scan bar code system and put tribal markings on the outfit and number ourselves 0-8. How many pictures do you see of the band . . . Have you seen the band live?

MU: Well . . . I went to Ozzfest, but I think I was drinkin' a beer waiting for Slayer to come on during your set. (laughs)

1: I don't blame you dude! You didn't come to see us. But when you see pictures of the band, do they look funny to you or cartoony?

MU: No, I mean . . . are you asking me if it looks like you're trying to be silly?

1: Yeah.

MU: No, not at all.

1: OK. That's what I'm asking. 'Cause our guitarist, Mick, just got asked to join Brutality. And he already knew all the songs, he's ready to go. But this is the unit, and this is where he actually felt more accomplished as an artist to get his creative desires out. Because, where we came from, all the finger pointing and ridiculing for trying to do hard music brought about the masks and the trying to keep the rock star cliches bullshit out of it. 'Cause I'm not gonna cheat any of those fans. And that originally means all my friends in the underground music scene. Those are the original kids, those are the people who are carrying it on! Magazines like Metal Maniacs and people who listen to say, Satyricon - some of those fans think that even being in that magazine is selling out for them. How am I gonna explain myself to them? Even though I listen to the same shit. They just don't want to fuckin' hear it.

MU: You're right about that, for a certain portion of the underground community, their whole game is to be holier than thou, or, if you will, unholier than thou. (laughs) I guess you lose them, and you can't be for everybody I guess. So will you ever give up the costumes or phase them out?

1: No, because our band is so over-compulsive with art, our imagery, and most importantly our music. Down the road . . . it's gonna be a Slipknot album. Everything you like about Slipknot is gonna be on the next record. Except, for the majority of our fans, it's gonna be something that they will not have the nearest clue where it came from. But, to the fans who are a lot of naysayers and skeptics, I think they will embrace the second record a lot more than the first.

MU: What was your favorite band on the Ozzfest tour you did?

1: Slayer, dude. (laughs) Well, I actually gotta say Black Sabbath because they are the forefathers of metal. But after Black Sabbath, definitely Slayer.

MU: Did you hang with those guys?

1: Sure.

MU: What is Slayer's place in modern music?

1: I've seen those guys live, like five times. I've never seen them go for it as much as they did on Ozzfest. Jeff Hanneman hasn't banged his head as much as he did on Ozzfest ever before. I'm talkin' even back in the 'Hell Awaits' days. And that dude has done thousands and thousands of shows.

MU: Why do you think he went so crazy?

1: He was giving the middle finger to all the trendy-ass bullshit. We burned a fuckin' picture of Fred Durst on stage the other night. This month's Teen People has a fuckin' spread of that drummer from Korn in a Calvin Klein jeans ad! That's why we wear the masks, and don't let the faces and the clothing endorsements take over. We wear stuff that cannot be the subject of an endorsement to make the band more cheesy, to get more money or to get involved with ego shit. Now I'm not sayin' that we'd would do that anyway, but we're takin' a safety precaution and we're rebelling against all of that. We're like a musical hit squad that will fuckin' kill anything. The most important thing is this. I want your audience to know we give them the four-horn devil salute, and that our music is completely influenced by the same music they listen to, and when they hear the next record, it is for them. We do a cover of Terrorizer's "Fear Napalm"!

MU: Cool! Any last words for the metallic legions out there?

1: Thanks to all our fans who bought our record. I do have to thank them first and foremost. And if there are other people, your readers, who want to venture out and listen to something different than what they are hearing right now, they should know that I listen to the same stuff as they do, and the next record is for them. I promise.

Interviewed by: Micheal Beker
An interview with Slipknot
DATE : 12/6/99

MIKE:You guys know about mtv and what they do for bands' careers. Will you ever feature a censored video or something that is not you just so you can be on mtv?

Shawn: We did submit a video called "Spit it out", we did a rendition of the Shining, they didn't take it so we are not doing anything else for mtv. We then put it on home video at a low price, and gave it to our fans. We can give two shits less for what's going on.

Joe: We recognize that the current success of the band is thanks to the fans and the fans only not because of mtv or magazines cause you want see us much in either one of those. However, thanks to our current success, they might in turn look at our next video and actually play it.

MIKE: I noticed on your cd, the opening is really sick and it reminds me a little bit of Marilyn Manson. What is your opinion of him?

Joe: The first two records are really good...

MIKE: Do you like his old shit?

Joe: Yeah...

MIKE: What do you think about the new image that he is trying to get out there?

Shawn: I just think he's out there to do his thing, and i don't think "Slipknot" is anything like him. We never met him, but if you' re a musician and you are working very hard at it, we respect you.

Joe: I think he's just pushing the limits of what he can do.

MIKE: How do you feel about Korn and their success?

Joe: The first record was really good, the second has some good stuff on it, but the third one, i didn't care much about. The latest one, i haven't heard much of.

MIKE: Do you guys fuck with your masks on?

Joe: (Laughter) I think Shawn might have, but i haven't yet.

MIKE? Have you ever slept with anybody so ugly that you had to put the mask on her?

Joe: Oh, no.

Shawn: That's what the lights are for.

MIKE: The sound effect at the end of your cd... what is that. Some kind of fucked up porno?

Shawn: We can't tell you.

Joe: You gotta keep something secret.

MIKE: To me it sounds like some nasty ass porno.

Shawn: It's like this man... number one, we are against the whole hidden and track thing. A whole bunch of bands that were doing well started doing it. But with that particular thing going on in our lives, it was so real and so disgusting...

Joe: It was one of those things you' ll remember even when you're eighty.

MIKE: How did your appearance on Howard Stern affect your popularity?

Joe: I don't think it did shit! If we didn't do it we'd bit at the same level of popularity that we are at now. We were only on for a second and i don't think when people heard us it made an impact.

MIKE: If you were a New York City cab driver, would you pick up a black guy?

Joe: Yeah, sure, why not?

MIKE: How do you feel about the internet and the distribution of MP3's?

Shawn: I'll be honest you with man... I think the Internet is the greatest invention the world has ever seen. If a kid can't be at a "Slipknot" show, he could be with you intimately at home, regardless of where he is around the world. MP3's I think are fine, but it's very dangerous when certain people get a hold of an album before it is released and leak it out to the public. Then people download it and distribute it... You have to understand; if you're a musician, you learn how to, and i'm gonna quote something from Henry Rollins here: "you learn how to starve creatively". This is our livelyhood, and MP3's can be very dangerous. I'm a great supporter of the Internet. Our "Slipknot" page got over 230,000 hits last month, and it's a great way of reaching out. Joe: It's more fun to me to go out and buy a CD from a record store, than to just get it off the Internet. Shawn: I think the corporate world needs to wake the fuck up and make it more fun for fans to go online and get educated about their favorite bands.

MIKE: What's the hot cd's in your player right now?

Joe: The new "Amen" record is really good and the new "Accused".

Shawn: And i got to say, the new "Nine Inch Nails", whether you like them or not, is an awesome album

MIKE: What about "Limp Pizkit"? What's the story between you and them?

Shawn: Let's go on the record and say something right now: We live of the most common things in life, number one of which is respect. I don't talk shit about anyone, unless i have something to say. A couple of people in that band said that we're with RoadRunner so we'll never go anywhere. And also that we speak for fat ugly kids. So take that for what it is, but when we see "Limp Pizkit" for the first time, we are going to get naked and take it in cromag style. I'm gonna have a fucking quarter in my hand and we're gonna flip for fucking punches.

Joe: Punches in the face. Fifty fifty chance of winning.

Shawn: We'll give them the benefit of the doubt. I'll flip for a punch with those cock suckers any time! But if they didn't say anything, then we're all good.

Joe: Let me make something clear about them. Wes, the guitar player, fucking rules. Wes is the shit.

Shawn: Few people have the gift, and Wes is one of them.

Joe: He can jam with us any time.

Shawn: The rest of the band, whatever, but Wes is the man.

MIKE: What kind of background are you guys from?

Joe: As far as musical asperations, we grew up with "Black Sabbath", then we got into the black metal shit like "Venom", and "Slayer". Then we started getting into the "Jane's Addiction" type of staff. Pretty much a wide range of everything. Right now, we're so involved with "Slipknot" we don't listen to anything except from the few we just mentioned. From an attitude perspective, we were all raised pretty well, but we were raised in an environment were you had to develop your own sense of individuality. I had 16,000 imaginary friends. I had my own fucking army. Where we came from you don't really have an outlet to let go. This is why we stuck with this for ten years.

Shawn: It's beautiful because we know were we wanna be, and it's easy because we're all guys and we're all best friends. We're doing it all and it's easy. We're just starting, so this is just fucking foreplay.

(At this point Shawn gets very excited and sticks his head through the wall. The interview was then abruptly ended...)


Details: Joey Jordison has been awake all of 20 minutes.

But the Slipknot drummer says it's no problem.

"I've done interviews hung over, hanging upside down, even while (making love)," he says. "I don't lie to you."

It's an appropriate choice of words considering that Jordison -- #1 in your Slipknot programs -- insists that his band's music is all about the brutal truth, even when we may not want to hear it.

After selling 2.5 million copies worldwide of their self-titled debut, becoming the first platinum album on the Roadrunner Records label, Slipknot is back for more.

They continue to perform in tribalistic masks and coveralls with bar codes on the back, pummeling each other on stage and referring to themselves by single-digit numbers.

This intense Midwestern big band of rockers has released their new album, "Iowa," which has been highly anticipated by Maggots, the name Slipknot gives to their fans.

"We're not a band that has a sophomore slump. The media started writing us off right after the first one. But we went really deep with this album," Jordison says.

He believes a lot of people are going to be surprised.

"We want to separate ourselves from black metal and death metal and other categories. We want to show people how it's done and get musicianship back in."

He says Slipknot tries to express their love of music in the live arena.

"It's the interaction between us and the fans. Half the show is the band and half is the crowd. It's about creating one big ball of energy between us and them," Jordison says.

The Slipknot experience live is different than your average band, he says. "Absolutely, it's out of control and off the hook."

The band is headlining with System Of A Down on the multi-act "Pledge of Allegiance" tour.

The goal is to provide nonstop entertainment with a main live music stage and an enhanced second stage that will present new artists and alternative forms of entertainment.

Jordison hopes that Slipknot's music not only provides enjoyment but also is a catalyst to help give listeners a positive outlook on life.

"People say our music is about violence and death," he says. " We think it helps people live."

Slipknot doesn't worry about public perception, he says. He recognizes that some people seem to be afraid of the band.

"I don't want to be safe," Jordison says. "I'm not into rock 'n' roll to be totally safe. We play dangerous music, dangerous and irresponsible."


"We are very responsible to our fans. I'm trying to give them life through the music."

Influences: A variety of rock bands

Style: Heavy rock

By Tyler Michael, for the Times

TAKEN FROM Slipknot surface from underworld in Cleveland shows
Beacon Journal staff writer

..........lazy apathy is still very different from conscious nihilism. That's the core worldview for Slipknot, arguably the most depraved thing ever to hail from Des Moines, Iowa.

``Yeah, that's an accurate description,'' said drummer Slipknot Joey Jordison. ``We're nihilistic. But we try to keep the lyrics open-ended so that kids don't get the wrong idea. A lot of people accuse us of talking about negative things, and we do. But someone has to. We're heretics.''

Jordison is also known as the digit ``1,'' as all nine members of Slipknot are numbered 0 (that's DJ Sid Wilson) through 8 (that's vocalist Corey Taylor). Even Slipknot's detractors will admit the band is an incredible live act, punctuated by the hyper-intense guitar work of James Root (he's 5) and Mick Thomson (he's 7).

Locally, Slipknot is better known as the band Mushroomhead fans tend to despise. The two bands are incredibly similar in composition and look (both wear garish masks), and there continue to be unsubstantiated rumors that Roadrunner Records created Slipknot from scratch after Mushroomhead declined to sign a recording contract.

``First of all, neither band was the first group who tried to be theatrical. It's not like either of us invented anything,'' Jordison said. ``Secondly, the only similarities are the masks and the idea of having a lot of guys in the same band. We don't sound anything alike. I will swear on my mother's life that I had never heard of Mushroomhead when we started. I'm just glad they finally got signed (to Eclipse Records) so that they can get out of Cleveland. I have no problem with that band.''

Slipknot is currently headlining the Pledge of Allegiance Tour with System of a Down, Rammstein and Mudvayne. The name of the tour was picked before the Sept. 11 terrorist acts, but Jordison said it's taken on a new meaning in the event's aftermath: Songs like I Am Hated suddenly feel like patriotic anthems against the al-Qaeda network.

Without necessarily trying, the members of Slipknot are carrying on an important musical tradition: They're the latest in a long line of hard rock bands who overtly appeal to alienated, disaffected youth and -- as is so often the case -- they continue to be ignored by critics. Slipknot's eponymous debut album went platinum, and this year's Iowa opened at No. 3 on the Billboard charts, with first-week sales of 255,000 units. However, Rolling Stone's just-released Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll doesn't even mention them.

``It was the same way with the Misfits,'' Jordison said, referring to Glenn Danzig's seminal punk band. ``People always talk about them now, but they should have paid attention to them when they started. It will be 10 years before anyone appreciates us.''



The Knot's percussionist Joey Jordison spoke to Ian Watson about the "international tensions, current conflict and growing safety problems involving our country".

What was your reaction to the terrorist attack?
"It was a ****ing shock. I've never seen anything like that. It's a ****ing horrific image. I've never seen a country pull together like we have. With Bush in office, they've taken polls, do you support his decision, should we go to war, it's 95% in favour and that's never happened either. Because, like Vietnam everyone was like **** that, peace. Now it's **** it. Every car has an American flag on it, which is cool. Right now everyone digs their neighbour more than ever."

Hasn't that weakened Slipknot's position as an anti-establishment group?
"We're not really anti-establishment. We've never talked about a **'*ing war. Or the fact that this would come into play. We're not ****ing prophets. We're very non conservative, we're very liberal as far as being your own person and that, but not as far as not supporting our president, dude."

Shock tactics in rock have less of a place now, though. Do you deliberately go out to shock people?
"No, not at all. If people get that out of our show, whatever .We've never been a shock rock band. We're something way beyond that. First of all, there's nothing shocking about masks. If they get shocked it's because of our perception through music and what we do onstage, just through the energy of it. I think that's cheating, that¹s an easy way out. What we do is not easy."

Is there anything that is too shocking to be dealt with in a song?
"No. I don¹t think that exists."

Rape, child abuse?
"Well, there's a song called 'Necrophiliac' that Slayer have which they still play live to this day, on Halloween. None of them has gone and ****ed a corpse. Like Venom. It was just stupid shit they were talking about. It was just shock value. Which fades really easily. It's more the truth that sticks with you, as blatant as it can be, as truthful as it is. Fantasy lyrics that a lot of people talk about, they fade really ****ing quick."

Do you worry about Slipknot becoming a parody of itself?
"Yeah, but we're going to quit before we let that happen. We've always said that. I only see this band lasting another two records. It's just too big. I remember Johnny Rotten saying the best thing to do is just stop. It's the easiest thing to do in the world. Don't want to do it anymore? Don't do it! I want to stop before I can ever become a parody, dude. I¹m not going to ****ing make a mockery of our band. It's too special to me."


Wouldn't you like to be a maggot, too?

Hey, kids, lock up your parents! Slipknot, the unhinged destructo-metal band famous for its ghoulish masks, onstage puking and cult of fans lovingly known as "maggots” is back with a new CD that's harder, faster and more repulsive than ever! Says the Clown: There's a lot of hate there.

By Bob Mack

There's some brutal kids out there who make me go Jesus!" says Corey Taylor, pacing the concrete floor backstage at the Mark of the Quad Cities concert hall in Moline, Illinois.

There's a statement to give you pause. The 27-year-old Taylor is the lead singer of Slipknot, currently the most notorious band on the planet: the band whose members mysteriously refer to one another not by name but by number and who are never seen in public without their grotesque masks. The band whose percussionist, Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. the Clown, a.k.a. 6), used to carry around the decaying corpse of a crow to help him vomit during gigs. The band whose stage show is so physical that at last count, Slipknot's nine members claimed 45 broken ribs among them.

In short, it's impossible to believe that mere kids, no matter how brutal they might be, could do anything to make Taylor take the Lord's name in vain.

Then again, maybe Blender just isn't thinking hard enough.

I get letters signed in blood all the time from girls who want me to punch them in the face and throw them in cages, the singer elaborates. But the weirdest thing we've ever seen was in Australia. We were doing an in-store, and these three huge guys come running up, throw their shirts off, turn around, and carved in their backs was PEOPLE. EQUAL. SHIT.

And then, this is the kicker, they hand us the videotape of them doing it!

Given such tales, it is a little easier to understand the aging record-company executive who recently moaned that if Slipknot were the future of music, he no longer wished to continue living. Unfortunately, at least for him, there is every indication that Slipknot are the future of music. Certainly they are the present of eardrum-bursting, kill-them-all shock metal, having struck a resounding chord with junior-high kids suckled on violent video games, pro wrestling, Pokamon and horror movies. Their 1999 self-titled Roadrunner album makes Slayer and Metallica sound like Seals and Croft, and has already sold more than 2 million units. Its predecessor, 1996's self-financed Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat., changes hands on eBay for more than a pop.

Meanwhile, their soon-to-be-released new record, Iowa, has become one of the year's most eagerly anticipated; when a track from the album was made available on Roadrunner's Web site in June, more than 50,000 fans downloaded it. And if the band's mixture of thunderous drumming, heavier-than-death guitars, apocalyptic vocals and bizarre samples may not be every record exec's cup of tea, Slipknot's influential supporters include peers Ozzy Osbourne and Trent Reznor.

Slipknot win my approval, says the Nine Inch Nails overlord. I'd much rather see them than fucking Creed, or a disposable rap-rock crew going, Look how mad we are we're fat kids from California!

Nor has the band's rapid elevation from overstaffed no-hopers to their current status as Next Big Scary Thing done much to dissipate their legendary work ethic. Currently on the Ozzfest tour with Black Sabbath and Marilyn Manson, Slipknot should be enjoying a well-earned day off today, but they seem unfamiliar with the whole day off concept so they're headlining their own parallel Off-fest tour, playing smaller venues such as this one in Moline with supporting acts Mudvayne and Papa Roach.

We play a lot of places other bands don't go, explains drummer Joey Jordison (a.k.a. 1), looking eerily normal without his kabuki-style mask on. Those kids deserve to see the band, just like a kid in New York or L.A. or Chicago gets to.

Jordison may be referring to Moline's teenage population, but he could just as easily have in mind his own childhood in Des Moines, Iowa a city rock acts rarely visited and whose homegrown musical scene, until the arrival of Slipknot, was made up almost entirely of cover bands.

There's a lot of hate there, says Crahan, the band's most demented onstage performer and, perhaps more bizarrely, a happily married father of three. Our detractors told us we were diseased from a very young age. But instead of dying, we created our own vaccine in Slipknot.

When you get that middle finger as much as we did, adds Jordison, you just want to throw it back in their faces.

Yet despite the Iowans who put them down, for Iowa itself they have nothing but praise.

Iowa's our badge of honor, Taylor says. The only problem I have at home is that I get recognized all the time. We're like hometown heroes. People I shared a locker with in high school are now my best friends. It's like, Dude, fuck you!"

One musician who did stop in Des Moines was Ozzy Osbourne. In January 1982, Ozzy not only performed there but infamously bit the head off a bat an incident that would change the then 6-year-old Joey Jordison's life forever.

I immediately thought Ozzy ruled, Jordison told Slipknot's biographer (that's right, they have a biographer). I knew something was going on with that music, and I had to get my hands on it.

It wasn't long before Jordison became a man possessed, musically speaking.

I was in the drum corps! he laughs today. I won all-state jazz competitions four years in a row in high school. But if you look in my old yearbooks, you'll see me in marching band with a Death Angel shirt!The self-described total band dork still lives with his parents, in fact, in the same bedroom he's slept in since he was 2. My mom brings me food, basically shoving it under the door, he grins.

By autumn 1995, Jordison had joined forces with Crahan, a professional welder who shared both a love of all things heavy and a reluctance to spend his evenings knocking around in cover bands. Over the next few months, a nascent incarnation of Slipknot came together and began working on Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. Around this time, they started experimenting with face paint and the masks which, combined with their subsequent adoption of bar-coded jumpsuit uniforms, give Slipknot the appearance of a particularly unhinged cult, an impression the band played with when they got their break a couple of years later straight-facedly informing gullible journalists that each Slipknot member had a trained replacement back in Des Moines ready to leap into action should any of them screw up.

The truth? While Crahan and company now often explain the outfits as an anticommercialism statement, their original motivation had far more to do with a shared love for Kiss, Halloween's Michael Myers and role-playing games. In fact, Slipknot are not so much terrifying as borderline geeky: Most of the songs on Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. are about a werewolf-oriented Dungeons & Dragons style game called Werewolf: The Apocalypse. Jordison remembers that when they first rehearsed with the masks, we could hardly play songs, we were laughing so much.

Still, Crahan relishes the unnerving effect his clown mask has. Clowns are the ones who teach our children, he says solemnly. Children walk around feeling very protected, very safe until they look at a clown one day and learn that life has its weird twists. That's why people get very upset around clowns. They don't feel safe. And they shouldn't, he adds helpfully. Especially around me.

Not content with mere face armature, Crahan soon added dead bird?sniffing to the band's nstage activities.

I had the same dead bird in a jar for five weeks, ays the percussionist, for whom ranting and raving is not so much a way of talking as a way of life. Every week I would come out with my dead bird, which was starting to liquefy. I would open the jar lid, then puke in my mask all over myself, I made sure I ate before the show. Then I'd hand the jar to the kids and they'd put their hands in, touch this bird, then wipe it on their faces.

Thanks to such live weirdness, which in time would also come to include setting each other on fire, Slipknot rapidly gathered a large following in Iowa. But the real Slipknot story, by general agreement, begins with the recruitment of Corey Taylor. The band's handsome fire hydrant of a lead singer was born in Des Moines but raised two-hours away in Waterloo, which he describes as a hole in the ground with some buildings around it. Basically the kind of town where you either had sex or you did drugs. Most times, Taylor chose the latter, and by 15 he had already survived two overdoses. When Slipknot recruited him from fellow local big fish Stone Sour, the singer had moved back to Des Moines and was working the midnight-to-8 shift in a sex shop (People treated me like a freak. I thought, You're in a porn shop at 4 a.m., what are you looking at me for?").

The new lineup (which also included bassist Paul Gray, keyboardist Craig Jones and guitarist Mick Thompson) recorded a three-track demo, which found its way to Ross Robinson, who produces Limp Bizkit and Korn. Suitably impressed, Robinson agreed to produce Slipknot's album. Released in June 1999, Slipknot sold 15,500 units in its first week, a remarkable figure for a supposedly unknown act on an independent label and has continued to sell ever since, helped immeasurably by the band's growing reputation as the world's most extreme live act. Determined to up the ante at every opportunity, Slipknot soon began urinating on themselves during songs a performance which, during their first major U.K. tour last year, prompted one local councilman in Wolverhampton to comment: I know I'm old, but I don't think that some of this band's actions are quite the thing we want at our Civic Hall. As a representative of some of the people of Wolverhampton, I can say that they would not find this band acceptable at all.

Jordison's response?

I'm going to shit in a box and send it to the Wolverhampton council! he told Kerrang! magazine at the time. We'll see how acceptable they find that!

Listen up, you sick motherfuckers! shouts Jordison at the 2,000-strong Slipknot congregation in Moline. This next fucking song is from our new fucking album, which comes out August fucking twenty-first and which is a big fuck you! to all those sugarcoated cocksuckers out there. And you know who I'm talking about!

That Slipknot have a strong sense of humor cannot be denied. It wasn't so long ago that Crahan did an entire gig dressed as Barney (It was one of the hardest things I've ever done in my entire life, but I made Barney look like he was on crack!). What they are deadly serious about is putting on a show to remember, and tonight they don't disappoint from Jordison's rabble-rousing to Crahan's manic performance (one that finds him running back and forth across the stage, periodically poking fellow percussionist Chris Fehn, a.k.a. 3). Fehn, in turn, is busy humping a specially designed cluster of tom-toms, which rock like a Satanic mechanical bull.

But Slipknot is not just here to entertain, but to make the maggots think. Tracks such as their breakout single, Wait and Bleed, may carry the message that life is nasty and brutish, but the band's vibe testifies that these things can change. Sure, Slipknot refer to their fans as
maggots, but as Crahan has pointed out, maggots help turn death into life. As Taylor says from the stage: If nine ugly guys from Des Moines can do this, you can too!

How long Slipknot will continue doing this remains uncertain. Absolutely not. One hundred percent no!Crahan insists, asked if Slipknot will be around for the long haul. I think we're gonna do three albums. There are numerous side projects to consider plus the issue of whether Slipknot can maintain their intensity given their burgeoning media profile, which includes a movie cameo in the forthcoming Rollerball remake. Doll companies have offered to market a line of Slipknot action figures. Fame is such that their masks, once homemade, are now designed by Hollywood special effects pro Screaming Mad George. Finally, given that Crahan has already required the services of a plastic surgeon after one mistimed fall into his drum kit, how much more outrageous can their stage show get before someone is permanently disabled?

The flesh is starting to be a little more unforgiving, Crahan admits. I can't walk upstairs right now because my legs are all bruised from the continuous brutality. Plus I'm overweight. We should work with a trainer, but if I felt like I was a Backstreet Boy, I'd just have to go home.

Battered though Crahan is, once zipped into the uniform, the Clown feels no pain and tonight Slipknot have come, seen (albeit through sweat-soaked mask slits) and thoroughly conquered the maggots. After the show, Blender speaks with an 18-year-old whose diehard commitment to the Slipknot cause is demonstrated by his costume homemade coveralls and a proxy of Taylor's mask.

The teenager explains that Slipknot reflect his own vague, but nonetheless often all-consuming, sense of rage. What, exactly, is the source of that rage? Did he get teased at school by jocks and other jerks?

Oh, no,he replies. I have lots of friends. In fact, I was the valedictorian of my graduating class!

Somewhere an aging record-company executive begins praying for a painless, but most of all swift, demise.

August/September 2001


-What is your name and birth date?
-What is your band's hometown?
Des Moines, IA
-How did the members of your band meet?
We all played in various bands before Slipknot and we all met at a local club called, "The Runway". After trials and tribulations we decided to form together a band that would push the envelope and assembled the band that we would like to see if we were a fan.
-Name the three records you've listened to the most in the last year
Mr. Bungle - California, Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits, Slayer - Reign and Blood
-Which rock & roll figure (living or dead) would you most like to be on tour with and why?
KISS - The original line up and they were their album KISS ALIVE was the first album I bought. They started the whole thing for me. They shaped my perception of the music and Peter Criss became like an Icon for me.
-What's your favorite Sunday morning ritual?
Thinking up tragedies to fatten up my special purpose.
-Who will you call first if your record goes gold?
I will call my mom first.
-What is your favorite vacation spot?
In my bedroom between a chick's legs
-What's your favorite tour story/ show experience?
An interesting show experience for me was when I dove out into the crowd in Edmonton, Canada and they tour off my coveralls to shreds, but did not get my mask.
-What is your #1 pet peeve?
Bad Breath.


Slipknot Interview by Kristin Thorgren_9/9/99

Kristin: How was your experience at Ozzfest?

#1 (Joey): Ozzfest was probably the best thing that could have happened
to our band at that time, reason being our record wasn't even out yet
and Sharon Ozborne, Ozzy's wife, promotional pack with a video on the
band. That's new, that's fresh, that's exciting. Something like I've
never seen before to keep the tour interesting and fresh every year
need a new buzz band on there. She specifically picked us and put us
on there and it was really cool cause Roadrunner and our street teams
have been doing so good at promoting us at that time our record was
coming out in a month and a half so when we went to go do the shows the
response was overwhelming we had the biggest crowds on the second stage
throughout out the whole thing and our record wasn't even out yet we
had CDs and shirts and sold a lot of merch it was really good it was
the best thing that could've happened at that time it was very fortune
to grab that tour.

K: How do you feel about having 3 street teams, through Roadrunner
streetwise, etc?

#1:Its Awesome I mean it couldn't get any better the more people the
better, more response. I think we speak to kids in a language that most
metal bands don't speak to them and that's why we have so many fans and
we're so grateful to our fans. We stand outside every show for hours
just to make sure they all are thanked let them all know they are very
appreciated. Were very thankful that they are there for us.

K: What kind of musical influences do you have?

#1: Wide array of influences anything from like slayer to the police
to cannibal corpse to all that stuff we listen to it. It's easier for
me to tell you what I don't like than what I do. Same with everyone
else in the band. The fact is we have 9 guys in the band we have
kickass influences it all makes slipknot.

K: Where'd you get the idea for the costumes/masks?

#1: We didn't want to be about our names or our faces because there is
a lot of rock bands and metal bands that cheat their fans
because they worry about clothing endorsements and about a lot of
things that end up watering down the music and about watering down the
things that matter and that's the kids. We wanted to be about our music
and the best way to drive our music home that way is to put together a
package we we're not exploiting ourselves and were keeping
everything hidden and were not cheating our fans in rockstarism and the
best way to do that was to throw it all out and concentrate just on our
music and the best way to do that is to put on a uniform army,
industrial overalls and it seemed to work for us pretty well.

K: Finally, are there any plans for a headlining tour?

#1: Our Fans keep telling us that we need to do that obviously we
could do that. I don't know if we'd do as many people so we want to
stay at least on this Coal Chamber tour for as long as possible cause
theres a lot of good things. They hit a lot of B Markets and we haven't
hit those markets yet so its really good we get to go those places. So
the kids can see us they don't know about our band I mean were still
unknown in a lot of places so they more people we can hit. A kid in
Louisiana deserves to see us as much as a kid in New York they deserve
the same show so we need to go to as many places as possible that’s why
its great to be on tour with Coal Chamber to us out to those audiences

Kristin Thorgren

By Jess Redmon of AltRock World

Slipknot have redefined the confines of new metal with their mind-blowing and defining Roadrunner debut. In opening for Coal Chamber and touring non-stop across the United States, the 9-piece band from Iowa has brought upon a reputation not easy to beat. We sat down with Joey Joridson (#1) to discuss everything that is Slipknot.
Joey: Fuck the salt & pepper shaker, the sweet & low, the candle and the ash tray. That's the first thing you list when you print this.

ARW: How do you change when you're behind a mask?

Joey: We don't necessarily change. People are always asking us about the mask thing. They're like "you wear masks" and we're like "no we don't". That's the way we feel, that's the actual personality that we live everyday. The fact is that we just get to go on stage every night and be that, it is our medication and we're really lucky that we get to do that. We don't change at all. Whatever you see is exactly how we are, all day long.

ARW: Is it easier to express violence with anonymity?

Joey: No, I don't think in that way. Being of the anonymous factor is to keep all the rock star cliche and the ego bullshit gone, so the bigger the band gets we can remain grounded. We can keep the music focused and not rob the kids of any music. You see a lot of bands, as soon as they start getting big, closing endorsements, getting involved with money, producing videos, going out with fucking porn stars and that's not where it started. What got them big is when they were grounded. It got to a certain point and then they moved away from it and we don't ever want to move away from it. That's why the anonymity comes in.

ARW: Why do you think you guys express this pure hate, pure violence, pure emotion better than most people?

Joey: The way we portray comes from where we come from, our home town and the evolution of trying to come from somewhere, and make it out of somewhere, when there was absolutely no outlet for what we were trying to do. We were walking around with our wrists split open, going please look at what we're trying to do and there was no one there. Where we come from it's baron, there's nothing there as far as music's concerned, there's not one thing there. You really have to develop a sense of self, super early-on, to make sure you can take the music and have enough substance and content for people to see it for what it's worth. If you can make it in Des Moines, or come out of Des Moines, I think you can pretty much do it anywhere. There no one gives a fuck, I mean there's no outlet, there's nothing for heavy music. That's where most of that comes out because we were degraded for so long and had fingers pointing at us, no one really gave a fuck.

ARW: I've heard that it is rumored that Korn wants you guys to open for their upcoming tour?

Joey: I've heard that, but we haven't committed to anything. I don't think necessarily that it's that much of a true rumor. There's been certain talk, because our management works at their record label and helps a lot with a lot of their records, but as of now there's no plans to doing it.

ARW: Is that something you're opposed to?

Joey: No, we're not opposed to it at all. I'll go on the record saying I'm not a fan of Korn's latest record, I mean there's a couple good songs on it, or even their last one. I am a huge fan of the first two and I think what they did is they opened a lot of doors as far as this music is concerned. I would love to go out on the road with them because their crowd is so big. A lot of our crowd is the concert-going public, the really hardcore underground metal kids. We're like a huge underground metal band, we're getting so big so fast. Everyone that comes to these shows generally has our record, to where like a lot of people that might sell more records than this don't necessarily go to concerts because maybe they're 10-years-old and bought it because they're on MTV. Or they're on the radio all-the-time and there's a guy that has a 9-5 job with a wife and 3 kids who never even goes to shows. Those are the people we need to get out to next and that would be the perfect tour for them.

ARW: "Wait & Bleed" is hitting radio now. Is that a song you're glad is representing you?

Joey: We wouldn't have wrote a song if we didn't plan on it representing the band right, even though it's not one of the more hate-filled song, the emotion in it is so thick you can cut it with a knife. It showcases the songwriting structure that is really concise with the band where by everyone is still doing something in it, but it's not so complex where you lose your mind. Corey has a lot of good vocal melodies in that song so it really helps us out in that area too. So we're really glad that one is getting a little airplay here and there. Hopefully it will help sell a couple more records and turn more people onto your side, as far as liking the band, and make a couple more fans out of it.

ARW: What are the video plans for "Wait & Bleed"?

Joey: There's video plans and the video is going to be something that has never been done before. I think you guys will really like it. The video is complete complex with it. I can't put the cat out of the bag, but soon you'll be hearing about it on the internet and you'll be hearing about what we did with it. It's bad ass.

ARW: We just interviewed Dez from Coal Chamber and he was talking about their second album "Chamber Music" and how they moved a little more from the hate and rage because not every emotion in life is hate and rage. Do you ever envision you guys doing that?

Joey: I don't know necessarily about moving away from that type of sound, because that's what we're drawn to mostly. I do agree. You can't go through every element of life like that. The things that have been done to us and the evolution that we've tried to come through as a band, we have enough hate and rage to fill probably 3 or 4 records, we have a lot of shit to work out still. You keep someone in a cage and you cage them up for 24 years, then you let them out upon the word with what he wants to get out, he wants to live his life the way he wants to live it. You cage him up for 24 years and let him go, he's got some shit to work out and there's a lot of more years left of that. We still have a lot of fucking demons to exorcise, it's not nearly done yet.

ARW: I took a bus to Woodstock this Summer and went through Iowa, all through Iowa. I was listening to Slipknot the whole time.

Joey: That kicks ass dude.

ARW: I was just like, how the fuck did these guys come out of here?

Joey: That's what everyone's asking.

ARW: What are your guys goals?

Joey: We want our record to go gold, we want to nail a couple more tours. We want to tour for at least another 10 months on this record, taking as furthest as possible without becoming a parody of ourselves. Like only going out for touring for money and or scared to write the second record. We want to write a second record that buries this one. A lot of critics right now are like there's no way they can top the first record, in a way I can see where they're coming from. First of all, you have a 9-piece band with 3 drummers, 2 guitar players, a bass player, DJ, a sampler and a lead singer and come out with 15-tracks of mind-numbing noise. Selling fucking 10,000 records, plus without hardly any radio or video play. They're like there's something about this that when the next record comes it might not be as important. So that's why we're really concentrating, really trying to get in touch with ourselves to write the next record. That's the next goal. We don't have a plan, we go day-by-day and see what happens with it. That's what we've always done, it was never a plan that this would even happen. I can't believe it's happening, it's freaking us out. It's a real important part of the band's evolution to write the next record and have it be just as pointed as this one.

ARW: Would you be happy if "Wait & Bleed" was on MTV getting lots of play?

Joey: We don't plan for it. I'm not scared of it, but it's not something that I necessarily crave at all. I kind of like where we're at right now, playing for our hardcore fans, it's more personal that way. Sometimes if a band gets a lot of MTV play, the next thing you know people are like automatically not liking that band because some schmuck down the street, who has no clue what heavy music is, is listening to it now. The part that will pave the way for us will be the next album when it comes out, twice as heavy as this one, our true fans will understand and they'll stick with us. It's not something I necessarily want.

ARW: What might you draw on for the next record? How will life on the road change your perspective?

Joey: I'll tell you what, we come from a place, that when you actually get something through there, through yourself, you really appreciate it. You've got to respect your gift a lot. This is our gift and you can't take it for granted. Don't abuse your gift. It's not something that can be fucked with. I don't want to destroy it, I want it to last as long as possible, because I know it's not going to last as long as possible. We'll go on to do other things after a while, they might suck, they might be good, who knows. None of it will be Slipknot, none of it will have the substance of what we've already created.

ARW: Do you feel proud that you've sold this many records without radio play. Just because someone like me has told 20 people that you have to go out and buy this record.

Joey: Thanks man, we're totally proud of the factor of that. It's amazing. It's amazing for us and we're so thankful we have the fans, if we didn't have the fans we wouldn't be shit. We'll stand out in the rain, out in the show, every fucking night to make sure to sign as much of their shit.

ARW: Are you guys going to go back to Des Moines for the next record?

Joey: Yeah, we'll write it in Des Moines and we'll probably go out with our producer Ross Robinson in the confined hills of Malibu at Indigo to record it there. We'll probably mix it at a different place, to get a little more of a crisp sound out of it.

ARW: Any final words?

Joey: Thanks to our fans, keep coming out to the shows. Thank you so much for supporting. We have, You can go and check that shit out. Updates will be coming, we've had a hard time updating them lately. We run both those sites, we don't have some jackass at some fucking computer lab running those things that knows nothing about music. We handle everything by ourselves, we make all the decisions by ourselves and that way we'll make sure the fans never get fucking robbed out of any fucking thing. Thanks to everyone else and thanks to you guys for the interview, I appreciate it a lot.


Joey: Hello?

John: Hey Joey.

Joey: Yeah. John?

John: Hey, what's up.

Joey: Nothing much dude what's going on?

John: Ah nothing really. So how's the tour going?

Joey: It's going really great. Well when we first started the tour back in august, it was like the first couple days, it was rough. But things got straightened out and it's cool now. The support has been overwhelming towards our band.

John: What about Ozzfest this year?

Joey: That was the best thing that could have happened with our band. That was our first major tour, and going out with all those bands and all that exposure, it was just great. What was funny was that when we were at Ozzfest we didn't know how popular we already were and with kids coming with Slipknot shirts, we didn't expect that, but that was great having the support from all our fans.

John: Well I think you guys have one of the best performances I've ever seen. And when Sean just gets that adrenaline pumping, he cracked his head open twice.

Joey: Yeah dude, he just gets into the music. The worst was when he did it in Seatle, WA.

John: Do you have any plans after the current tour?

Joey: Oh, yeah, they're going to do a whole other leg of this tour since it's been pretty successful from Oct 9th to Nov 15th. After Nov. 15th we're going to Europe with Machine Head and Amen, I believe. We're going to Europe like Nov. 20th.

John: Do you know if you're going to be in the Ozzfest lineup this year?

Joey: Uhh... don't know.

John: How was it to work with Ross Robinson?

Joey: Well the good thing about that is that he's our friend so there is no extra pressure on us. He's like a complete fucking dork metal head just like we are. It's just so easy to work with him and he got the best performances out of us that we never imagined possible. The whole record just came out good. He didn't really change any of it, like he does with other bands, and didn't manufacture fake sounds. He's just cool.

John: So you think you're going to work with him in the future?

Joey: Yeah, he's going to do our next album.

John: Do you think that Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat will ever be re-released?

Joey: No, not at any point is that going to be released.

John: What about a video? Is there any word on a release on a video?

Joey: Well we had a video for "Spit it Out" and it's banned on MTV because they think that the band is morally wrong. So I don't see any future of the video being released on MTV or anything like that but we are going to put out a home video late next year that is going to have a bunch of different videos on it.

John: Yeah I heard about that. Have you ever tried getting the video on MuchMusic?

Joey: Well MuchMusic thinks it's violent, racist, and possibly homophobic. John: Oh, that really sucks.

Joey: All which are true of coarse.

John: (laugh)

Joey: (laugh)

John: Well can you describe the video a bit?

Joey: It's so violent, it's our interpretation of The Shining live. There is nothing wrong with it, it's just these people in the fucking media. They just point figures and pass judgements upon bands and rob the fucking video of what can be a good thing. It doesn't matter, we'll keep going out and playing live shows. When I heard the video was banned from MTV I thought it was a good thing because I didn't want it on there. Whether a band makes a video, it's not their choice who they want to play it.

John: Ok, here's a question that doesn't really fit in but many have asked me. What are the lyrics to the first track on your self-titled debut?

Joey: Oh, oh, yeah it's, "The whole thing, I think it's sick."

John: And Corey says that, right?

Joey: Yeah.

John: Also a couple fans asked if you are ever going to make your jumpsuits and/or masks available to purchase?

Joey: Masks -- don't know. Jumpsuits -- yes.

John: Everyone says how when each of you got a number it fit just right. How does the number 1 fit you?

Joey: Well it works for me because it's kind of a pivotal thing for being in the bands like have to lay all the drums and guitar work. I'm always the person that has to lay something down or be the cement of the band. That's where the 1 thing came from for me.

John: What about the mask that you chose?

Joey: I didn't want to be just held down by one thing, I wanted to keep the whole thing like all options open. Like it's not something you can be held down to. It can be beautiful, it can be ugly, it can be disgusting, it can be all those things. Right now it's got like weird looking scars on it and shit. I'm marketing it up a lot different so it doesn't necessarily look the same. It's cool man I just want people to get out of it what they want.

John: This question has probably been asked way to much but just to get it out for the interview, do you think you will ever take off the masks?

Joey: When we play live and put out albums I see no reason why we should take them off, it's the way the band was built. I don't think the fans want to see us any other way, I think we'd be robbing the fans then.

John: How did you come about with the name, Slipknot?

Joey: There used to be a song called "Slipknot" from our first album, Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat, and that is the song that we always opened with. It was just simple and sounded cool and it was pretty easier to remember. Like there is no actual meaning to the name and we don't even consider what an actual "Slipknot" is.

John: What's the best part of being in a band, for you?

Joey: Just like living out my dreams man, this is what I've wanted to do since I was 7 years old. We fucking love our fans. We make sure we stand outside our bus for like 3 hours to make sure our fucking fans are thanked.

John: How long have you been playing the drums?

Joey: I've played the drums since I was about 8 or 10 years old and I'm 24 now.

John: What got you into it?

Joey: Ummmm... Kiss, my peers are always playing music anywhere from The Cars to Led Zepplin to Black Sabbath. Basically my dad's record collection became mine. I'd just sit in front of the stereo and just learned, just listening and consuming. I just always liked fucking music. Like once I just started playing drums I never really had to learn how to play 'em, my friend had a drum set and I just went up and did it. I played guitar before I played drums.

John: So drums just came naturally?

Joey: Yeah cause I played guitar before I played drums. I was in a band and I was the guitar. The drummer at the time wasn't able to do the drums how I wanted it so I just went up and did it and after that I got stuck with playing drums. But I still play guitar and I write a lot of music for the band on guitar.

John: On the song, "Eyeless," who is Marlon Brando?

Joey: It's not necessarily about Marlon Brando's eyes, it's a pivotal figure of Marlon Brando being the untouched guy that he is and eye's being such a strong word, because that song is about Corey's dad and how he doesn't know him. So we're using a figure that everyone knows to amplify the song and with California being such a big fucking state. Like we just use them as articles or examples of a picture. Like the whole motto is unless you're going to be strong enough or realize what the outcome has been in life, don't try to see something that you're not going to fucking see.

John: Personally, for you, do you have a favorite song on the album?

Joey: Well it's probably "SiC," that's my favorite.

John: Yeah that's mine to, there is just so much emotion and power in that song.

Joey: The reason being, there is just something about all those riffs in that song are just some of the heaviest riffs put to tape. We always open our shows with that. I mean, I like all the songs equally, like our second would be "Surfacing" and I got soft spots for "Scissors" and "Eyeless." Also "Wait to Bleed," "Liberate," fucking I could go on forever man. But if I had to say one song, it would be "SiC."

John: What made you name it, s-i-c and not s-i-c-k?

Joey: Oh yeah, that means an era. It doesn't mean like the band is all fucked up. It's kinda like the sic as in an era and the sick as in gross. Like whatever you get out of the meaning for you, that's what it's supposed to mean. Like we're making a new word upon it.

John: Ah, that's it Joey.

Joey: Ok, cool, very nice talking to you. You obviously know the web site so I don't have to tell ya.

John: Yeah, I'd have to say that's one of the best looking sites I've seen on the web.

Joey: Thank you very much. Is this going to be on your web site?

John: Yeah

Joey: Yeah I've been there before. Didn't you guys like run a poll like on whose the best new band or something?

John: Yeah Band of the Month.

Joey: Yeah, thanks for doing that for us.

John: No problem, Slipknot is one of my favorite bands.

Joey: Aww. Thank you very much man.

John: Ok well thanks for everything and have a good night.

Joey: Yeah you too man.

John: Ok, later.

Joey: Bye man.


Slipknot are mental. Not wacky-guys-in-scary-masks mental or even eccentric-American-boys-making-big-noises mental. No, we're talking totally fucking unhinged, bone-breaking, critic-threatening, shit-slinging hat-stand mental here.

After the success of their self-titled debut album - the biggest selling extreme metal album ever - and an eighteen month world tour in which the Des Moines, Iowan nontet accumulated forty-five fractures and a new legion of fans and detractors alike, they went straight into the studio to record a follow-up, 'Iowa' with producer Ross Robinson before hitting Europe to spread the word on their own brand of 'sic-ness'. According to band spokesmen and percussionist Shaun 'The Clown' Crahan and drummer Joey Jordison, Slipknot are more fired up than ever. Something in their eyes prevents you from disagreeing.

"I had no break whatsoever," barks the burly Crahan of his pre-'Iowa' preparations. "I was on the phone every day and I was mental as fuck. I locked myself in the basement of my house and I literally spent five months sitting from midnight until five in the morning just sitting there, thinking, buzzing, writing and figuring it all out so that forty people can go out on the road. I thought the break was going to be good for us but it just made us more insane. I said it in the past, but I believe one of us is going to die doing this. This is not normal, this is something for ever."

If Slipknot's debut was the sound of a band trying to escape the stifling environment of a nowhere, Middle American farming town, then 'Iowa' takes a look at the bigger picture; the American Dream as it becomes a nightmare if you like. Given that there's nine members all vying to be heard, how did the actual recording go?

"There was no pressure doing the album," states the child-sized Joey. "No pressure at all. Once people start worrying about pressure and singles and reaching new markets they begin to over-analyse things and will ultimately fail. I really worked hard on this album, it's the hardest thing I've done but it's made me a better player. Like, on 'The Heretic Song' you'll hear the double bass drums through the whole fucking thing. I almost get tears playing a couple of the songs, but then I think 'Fuck it, I've got a mask on, no-one's going to see it anyway'. It just feels like it's the way it's supposed to be - us and our fans, the maggots."
Having seen the band at close quarters on a number of occasions, it's safe to say that unlike many of their US metal counterparts, Slipknot are the real deal. Pre-show rituals involve random acts of violence, pep talks and panic attacks as each member slips into The Zone, the dark space they occupy for ninety minutes when the masks are slipped on.

"Comfortable is not in our vocabulary," says Joey. "When we're comfortable is when this band doesn't exist, for sure. We thrive off the pain of playing in Slipknot. You don't see any other bands getting up and playing beneath masks and coveralls and still get the whole place slamming."

The days of struggling to get noticed behind them, Crahan has now turned his attention to the critics. Now is the time, he insists, for retribution.

"You fuck with me and it's your ass," he says with all the meekness of a WWF knucklehead hyped up on PCP. "I am playing with no one. The wound is open and it ain't gonna heal. In fact, I'm the kind of person who loves to put salt on it. Currently the industry is still winning and I have to deal with it everyday. I have to question everything that we're doing because all of this to me is an absurd dream and it's going kill me. Now I really don't want to trust anybody. I tried to use my personality, my intelligence, my charm, anger and hate to reach out to people and I've been burnt time and time again by the press, the media, the label, friends and other bands. The problem with Clown is I got my nose in everything and I can't just sit around and feel like we're being taken advantage of."

As the band prepare themselves for another full twelve months of masked lunacy, there's just time for one more question: How long do you think you can last?

"You know what I want?" concludes Shaun. "What I really want is for this to stop before it ever has a chance to suck. Right now I see us as several impressionist painters, all with different brush strokes and different colour choices. Some do still lifes, some do nudes. Some do social, some do surrealism. I'd like to see the Slipknot family branch out and do better things beyond the band. It'll be interesting if a voice like mine can be heard in other directions because, dude, I'll turn the world upside down."

Ben Myers


by Jeff Ashley

This is my third installment regarding this band. If you have read anything else I have written about them then you know how I feel. My long dormant metal spirit has been renewed to the point of crazed fanaticism. So without further ado, I bring you Slipknot's drummer, Joey Jordison, #1.

Okay, cool. Let's just dive right into this, how is this tour going?

#1 (Joey Jordison): Great! From city to city it's been awesome. It's been amazing since Ozzfest, before Ozzfest we had such a fanbase because of the tapes and the Internet and word of mouth. But because of Ozzfest and this tour we have sold in the U.S. over 200,000 copies of the record in three months, which is a world record for a metal band.

So Slipknot has the number one metal album right now?

#1:'s quite an experience for all of us. We're actually very humbled by it and very thankful for it.

Mark [Teppo] and I were at Ozzfest and had no idea who Slipknot was. [Click here to read eP's live review of Ozzfest. --ed.] My friend Rob had dropped your name so we walked up the hill to check it out and we were both like @!^*Holy fuckin' shit*&$#@. Because we were there to see Slayer and Black Sabbath and weren't really expecting anything that brutally assaulting.

#1: That's what I was there for! You cannot beat that for a summer vacation!

So we were so amazed to see nine red jump suits doing what you were doing.
#1: On that show, our percussionist Shawn (the clown) had to be rushed to the hospital because he split his eye open. He was slamming around and came down wrong and WAP!

How long have you been on this tour with Coal Chamber?

#1: For about four months, and it lasts another seven days or so.

And then what's up for you guys?

#1: We will take a week off, then go out headlining for a week. Then we go to Europe. Spend Christmas here and then back out on the road here in the U.S. headlining again.

What is the difference between headlining and being a support act?

#1: I like playing where we're at, I don't like headlining personally. But the band is just getting too big. So we will headline unless we go out with someone like Pantera, which we might be doing in January. Or say Tool, Deftones, Korn. Korn has a new album coming out and we would love to grab a tour with them, even though I don't like their new music much at all.

That would be a hot tour to be on.

#1: Yeah...because it's just so many people, and it's a crowd that we haven't necessarily hit yet. Right now we are the kings of the underground, you can't get much bigger than we are and still be considered "underground." So once we start getting tours with Korn we will start to become more known by the mainstream crowd. But when the next album comes out, I can promise that the music will not be diluted. We just want their audience.

Being such a physical band and having a live show that has so much movement involving nine guys, does coming off of the Ozzfest tour--where you were afforded a lot of room to move about--and put into smaller clubs like this seem to restrain you?

#1: Sometimes it hampers it. But every time we come off stage we look at each other like maybe perhaps that was good. We have played stages much smaller than this and still manage to go up there and create as much movement as possible. We find ways to do it, half the time we end up out in the audience just to create movement. The size of the stage has never been a problem, we're used to it.

This is a hypothetical question. You wake up tomorrow morning and you're dead.
#1: Oooh, I like it already.

Now upon following the Reaper out the door he turns to you and says, "Joey, we have a special deal for you, go grab five of your CDs and you can bring them with you." Which five is it gonna be?

#1: I'm going to Hell, so we need to party: Slayer, Reign in Blood. AC/DC, Back in Black. Merciful Fate, Don't Break the Oath. Fleetwood Mac, Greatest Hits. Depeche Mode, Violator.

Why Fleetwood Mac?

#1: My parents used to jam to it all the time. So it's been instilled in my head that that is what good music is. I've listened to it over and over and over, as a matter of fact I listen to it every night before I go to bed. A big fan of it I am.

There are a lot of bands right now doing the "Nu-Metal" thing. Korn, Deftones, System of a Down, etc. It seems like Slipknot definitely gets categorized in that same sort of thing. I'm not a fan of any of these bands, but Slipknot just absolutely fucking blows me away, and I think the reason why is that there is just so much more to Slipknot's music than the standard thing.

#1: There is a lot more substance and content. What I mean is you have a band that goes up there and rehashes the same mid-tempo, the same heavy riffage, basically the same song structures that everyone else uses. Intro/verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge/chorus. All those bands do the same thing: guitar, bass, drummer, singer. All the components that I've just mentioned are what Slipknot stays away from. We have two guitar players, a bass player, three drummers, a sampler, a DJ, and a lead singer. Most of our songs we play more up-tempo and fast, and play a lot of that old-style metal and bring in a lot of that new-style genre of the way people perceive music and listen to it right now. We kind of mix those two styles and we play with different song structures. There are so many different elements within the music that it gives the music a lot more texture. We are all very skilled musicians and we have been listening to metal for a lot of years. We are so overly compulsive that we are always trying to take it to the next extreme. And a lot of people ask: "Why do you have three drummers?" "Why do you have these extra people?" We ask: Why not? Why always have a band of 4 or 5 people?

My question back to them would be "have you listened to the album?" Because the album is just so far sonically "out there."

#1: The emotion, performance and uniqueness of the songs is so thick on the record it's like you can almost reach out and touch it.

One thing that Slipknot does--that kind of reminds me of sick industrial music--is the experimental noise terror.

#1: Yeah. Like "Tattered and Torn" or "Prosthetics" or "Scissors." It contains that hypnotic drive that boxes you in.

It's sort of a techno/industrial sound. What influenced Slipknot to have that element?

#1: Old Skinny Puppy, Godflesh and more jungle stuff like Roni Size. This is the sort of thing that influences that hypnotic drive, that pulse we like to have that sucks you in and hypnotizes you. The lyrics and riffs infect you and the songs bring out a yin-yang feeling that brings out emotions that range from hate to love, beauty to disgust, both positive and negative feelings. And it's because we're just as much into the industrial/techno/ambient thing as we are into metal.

How do you guys keep up the "we're killing something" sort of energy throughout the entire album?

#1: It has to do with the trials and tribulations that were forced upon us while we were trying to get signed. Our mission is based on being so frowned upon and outshined by all of these other bands because they were a certain type of music. People thought we were garbage and it fueled us to push harder. It just got sicker and sicker because there was no outlet for what we were doing and where we are from. It's just a barren wasteland as far as music is concerned.

Is Slipknot as angry as the album sounds, or is the anger something that most humans can basically understand?

#1: Well, it's like you said: "Listen to the album." The anger is so pure that it's as tangible as the music itself. There is nothing fake there. The fact that we had an album as an outlet is the only reason we are on an even keel with everything. This is our medication. If we don't have that then it's harder. If not for the album, all those years, shows, and being told "no" would have killed us by now. The baboon is one of the most mental animals on earth. If you put one in a cage for 24 years and then let it out, it's gonna have some shit to work out. And that's exactly what we are: nine baboons workin' some shit out every night. That question was a trip.

What is a Des Moines homecoming show like?
#1: We have done it two times so far, and I'll tell ya what, those people take us for granted. They don't appreciate us. When we come to Seattle, these kids have been waiting for so long for us to come--or a band like this to come out--that it's just a rush of emotion and they let it all out. We can create such a ball of energy between the band and the crowd. But when we go back home they have seen us before. They know what we look like without the shit on and we grew up with a lot of those people. So it's not necessarily special.

What do you mean: "A band like this?"

#1: A band that is not a trendy fashion show with mid-tempo riffs and all that shit. Using the same song structures as everyone. A band that MTV has not latched onto. We have nothing in common with that shit. I mean come on, we hide our faces and we don't have anything to do with rock star ego bullshit. We come out completely pissed off with weird song structures. We are completely nihilistic and apocalyptic towards the whole thing. And no one does that, as much as they try to.

Are you here to convert all of these kids to the church of Slipknot?

#1: Absolutely! That is what we do at every show. We want to get as many people into our legion as possible.

If you have or had kids would you permit them to listen to Slipknot?

#1: I wouldn't.

What age would they have to be before you would let them?

#1: You know that's kind of a weird question because I don't have kids. My opinion would probably change if I did. I was listening to some serious shit when I was thirteen and I think I turned out okay. My parents were always supportive of the heavy music even though they didn't understand it. I was wearing a Slayer shirt, so I think that 13 would be the age. But the thing is, Slipknot is a lot more vulgar than most bands as far as getting right to the point. Slayer would get gruesome with the lyrics; we just come out and say, "FUCK EVERYTHING!" Kind of how blatant 2 Live Crew would be about wanting to fuck bitches all the time. Maybe 15 years old.

Does the age of the audience affect the show at all?
#1: Honestly, no. We are all there to serve a purpose. And I don't feel like I should cheat the kids out. I'm there to give everyone a show and I'm gonna give everyone 150%. Blood, broken bones and all. We're getting hurt and not the kids. At least we give them something to talk about the next day at school.

Between the music and the way you guys look, which both are pretty diabolical, it seems like your fans would be a tad more rabid than the typical Coal Chamber or Deftones fan. Has a fan or fans ever done anything that freaked you guys out?

#1: Yeah...this one time a group of kids came in masks and coveralls, which is cool and happens all the time. [Laughs] I shouldn't laugh and I really don't know how to feel about this, but check this out: There was also a guy wearing one of the "People=Shit" shirts. The group asked the kid if he had the album and he told them, "No." So they took him into the bathroom, beat the shit out of him and went and bought Slipknot CDs with his money...just to add to their Slipknot shrine. You know, that's hardcore. That's not something we condone at all. It makes me question what in the hell we are doing. I can't be responsible for that. Rock and roll is not responsible. But the popularity thing has happened so fast that it's hard to not feel responsible. When we were doing this in the basement we felt lucky if we could sell 1000 records. Now it's 200,000. Where will we be in the next six months?

Will you stay with Roadrunner Records?

#1: Right now there are so many labels wanting to buy us out of Roadrunner. We'll see. Roadrunner treats us really well.

Letterman or Leno for Slipknot?

#1: I've met Leno and he's a real nice guy, but I prefer the sarcastic humor of Letterman.

Would you guys tie Paul Schaffer up and strap him to the van?

#1: I'll fuckin' smash his head into those keyboards.

Do you think that Ted Nugent is really a hunter?

#1: He's a hunter of the female gender. He was quite the ladies dude.

He's still got the "Wang Dang Sweet Poon Tang" attitude?

#1: Definitely.

Are the masks manifestations of your inner selves?
#1: That is exactly what it's about.

What is the concept behind the costumes?

#1: When we were forming the band, we wanted to put components together that other bands weren't doing that wouldn't rob from our music. It was a way to not be involved in the ego-trippin' rock star bullshit. Think about it. We can get off of the bus and no one knows who we are. We're not about being recognized.

Has Chris ever broke his nose off?

#1: Yup. Five shows ago.

Where is Slipknot five years from now?

#1: I can't envision Slipknot in five years. How do you take something this extreme and keep pushing it? If any band can do it, we can, but after two or three records I think that's all there's gonna be. I'd rather break up than become a parody of ourselves.

Got any closing thoughts as we cross over into the next millennium?

#1: We'll still be around to infect everyone's mind and be as apocalyptic as possible. It's gonna be the year of Skipknot...everyone else can fuck off!


Bang und Strum
Scare Tactics
Masked metal marauders Slipknot to come undone at the World Arena
by Alan Sculley

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2001:

Slipknot may seem like the perfect band to prove the theory that, in today's hard rock market, image can triumph over musical substance.

The thrashing band possesses a scary presence, with all nine band members dressed in jumpsuits and wearing masks that look like they came directly from the costume department for the Nightmare on Elm Street movie set.

But drummer Joey Jordison has a simple rebuttal for those who think Slipknot has ridden to success solely on the strength of their striking visual image.

"You don't sell 1.5 million records on a debut record if your music sucks," he said.

That point made, Jordison isn't oblivious to the possibility that the band's costumes might have contributed to their success.

"I admit that our look probably has something to do with our success," he said. "You say you've never heard the band before, but you see a picture of it, and it instantly gets you thinking. It captures your attention. Then once you listen to the record, you realize it's no bull----."

Certainly the meteoric rise of Slipknot to national prominence has been one of the big stories in heavy metal over the past two years. The band didn't come out of nowhere -- although in emerging from Des Moines, Iowa, a Midwestern city that has never spawned any kind of a prominent national rock act, this might qualify as the next closest thing. And Slipknot's success story is anything but the overnight variety.

In fact, the beginnings of the band stretch back to about 1995 when Jordison, bassist Paul Gray and percussionist Shawn Crahan began to map out a future for their new band. Seeking to create a sound that would separate Slipknot from other metal bands, the lineup kept expanding as the group added musicians to achieve the fury and density they wanted.

Eventually nine musicians joined -- including three drummer/percussionists. The lineup as it stands includes Jordison, Gray, Crahan, percussionist Chris Fehn, singer Corey Taylor, guitarist Mick Thomson, guitarist Jim Root, sampler Craig Jones and DJ Sid Wilson. Each musician, Jordison said, is an integral part of Slipknot.

"If we took the three drummers away, something would be missing," Jordison said. "We always said before, it's like if one guy is missing at practice, it's not the same thing. It doesn't sound right.

The masks were part of the Slipknot plan from day one, although Jordison said there was no grand scheme behind the particular costume each band member adopted.

"The thing was if we were going to shield ourselves with the masks, we had to make it look right," Jordison said. "I wanted it to look cool. I wanted to make sure the look was striking and everything. Basically everyone made up their own character out of what the music makes them feel like. When they hear the music, what kind of character does it bring out in you? And that's basically what we did."

With such a bold look, a raucous sound and songs that were laced with profanity and violent imagery, it's no surprise that Slipknot was not exactly embraced by the establishment in Des Moines.

Despite the resistance, Slipknot pressed forward, releasing a self-made CD, Mate, Feed, Kill, Repeat in 1996. That recording helped attract attention to the band beyond Iowa's borders. Eventually Ross Robinson, a noted heavy metal producer for groups such as Korn and Machine Head, took an interest in the band. He signed Slipknot to his label, I Am Records, which has distribution through the respected independent metal record company Roadrunner Records.

It didn't take long for metal fans to take notice of the masked metal marauders. By January 2000, sales of the debut CD had topped 300,000, and from there sales continued to accelerate past the million mark as the group grew into legitimate arena headliners.

Now Slipknot return with a new CD, Iowa, and a headlining slot on this fall's Pledge Of Allegiance tour, which makes a stop at the World Arena this Saturday. Despite the major success of the self-titled CD, Jordison said the guys in Slipknot were able to ignore the expectations that came with the new CD.

"I think where bands ultimately fail is they start worrying about it too much," he said. "They start listening to record labels too much, and the next thing you know, they fail. We handed in our record when it was done. We never even gave them demos. We didn't let them listen to anything. We made our record without any pressure at all and we just handed it in and said, 'There, put it out.'"

If anything, Iowa pushes the envelope further on Slipknot's sound. With Robinson again producing, the group achieves sonic mayhem on songs like "Everything Ends," "The Heretic Anthem" and "I Am Hated," which are a swirl of grinding guitars, drums and screaming vocals. Occasionally an element of melody seeps in (as in "My Plague"), but needless to say, no one has to worry that Slipknot has transformed themselves into a pop metal version of 'N Sync in hopes of bigger popularity.

"Our new record is a lot heavier than our first record that we put out," said Jordison, who along with bassist Gray writes the majority of the band's music. "That's ----ing cool because it just debuted at No. 3 on the top 200. That's like a big middle finger to this current industry, the ----ing s--- I have to watch on MTV."


Slipknot thrives on mask hysteria

By John Kenyon
Gazette staff writer
Friday, October 12, 2001, 5:19:52 PM

CEDAR RAPIDS -- Depending on your point of view, the fine people of Des Moines can be blessed or damned for unleashing the assaultive metal band Slipknot on the world.
No matter your stand -- and it's hard to imagine anyone being ambivalent about the nine-member, masked band -- you can thank the Capital City for turning a deaf ear to Slipknot. Where many bands would take that as a sign to hang it up or move on, the boys in Slipknot used the slight as motivation.

"When we were trying to get our music out, there was no outlet for it," says drummer Joey Jordison, reached on his cell phone while idly driving around the Des Moines area last week.

"We'd play all-ages shows at 5 p.m. on a Sunday," he says. "That was like Madison Square Garden to us."

The band has traveled light-years from those humble beginnings in the mid-'90s. Its third album, "Iowa," debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard charts last week, moving 250,000 copies. It also headlines the five-band Pledge of Allegiance Tour, a caravan of extreme metal bands, that brings it to the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids on Sunday.

Midwestern bands have ridden lesser success to New York or Los Angeles, and few look back. Yet Slipknot's members clearly have a love-hate relationship with Des Moines and Iowa. Though they rail against both at every turn, they alternate such rants with professions of love for the state and insist they'll never leave.

"There's so much magic about this state. That's what made this band what it is," Jordison says. "I would never want to come from any other state. I mean, stick us right in the middle -- no one comes here to scout bands. People still ask me where the state is at."

In a conversation punctuated every few seconds with any number of words that can't be printed in this article, Jordison talked about the band -- "the best band in the f---in' world" -- and provided running commentary about his fellow Des Moines drivers.

While the band's home state is a novelty and its music is among the most offensive, abrasive, brutal metal out there, those with even a passing knowledge of Slipknot know about the band because of its grotesque masks and uniform black-and-red jumpsuits.

Jordison wears a blood-spattered Kabuki mask. Lead singer Corey Taylor wears a mask with green dreadlocks. Percussionist Shawn Crahan wears a clown mask defaced with a pentagram and nails poking through the plastic.

The other members -- DJ Sid Wilson, bassist Paul Gray, percussionist Chris Fehn, guitarists James Root and Mick Thompson and sampler Craig Jones -- have their own personas as well. All nine are Des Moines natives.

The look and sound evolved as the band formed. Members came and went in the early days. An early self-released disc, "Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.", though tamer by "Iowa" standards, is a big earner on eBay. Now the group and its look are everywhere.

But don't make the mistake of calling the jumpsuits "costumes." Jordison is quick to correct that to "uniforms" or "suits."

The band members' names aren't listed on discs. They answer to the numbers 0 through 8; Jordison is "1." All of this is part of Slipknot's tightly controlled image, something the band prides itself on.

With such a marketable look in place and a growing fan base, the band could have softened its sound in a bid to garner radio and MTV exposure. Instead, it went in the other direction, making music that is more aggressive, violent and heavier than that found on its self-titled sophomore disc.

Don't expect to hear "The Heretic Anthem" or "I Am Hated" on the radio anytime soon, though songs like "My Plague" and "Left Behind" have discernible melodies amid the din.

"A lot of bands get that No. 3 spot after they soften their sound," Jordison says. "But it was a full-on assault this time."

Part of that aggression comes from the continued oppression the band says it feels in Iowa; the rest comes from its experiences in the music industry, Jordison says.

"It's horrible, dude," he says. "People are always trying to rip you off."

Then why do it? Jordison bristles at the question.

"Because this is our only way out of this hell hole," he says.

It's out of the hell hole and onto the stage for Slipknot in the next couple of months. The Pledge of Allegiance Tour takes it and like-minded bands System of a Down, Mudvayne, Rammstein, No One and American Head Charge across the country through the end of October.

Jordison says the band's new, more aggressive sound will be mirrored by a more intense live show. The band built a solid fan base with performances on Ozzfest tours the past couple of years.

"We pride ourselves on being the ultimate live band in terms of energy," he says. "If people come, they'll see stuff we couldn't do on Ozzfest. It's always been chaos, but we thrive off the spontaneity."

The band can also be seen in the upcoming remake of the 1970s film "Rollerball." Appearing as themselves, the band members perform a track in the film.

"It looks awesome," Jordison says. "It's futuristic and f---ed up. It's Slipknot."


Here Comes The Pain

Maggot brains unite. Slipknot have revamped their masks and reinforced their sound, but Scott Kara finds that they still don't know where to go to the toilet.
Some rock stars shoot up before going on stage. Others sit in silence. There's also those who pray to Elvis. Then there's Joey Jordison from Slipknot. He takes a piss on the floor and rubs his face in it. That's back stage, Joey says coolly from a hotel room. It's a rest day on the Ozzfest tour, metals traveling road show. Everyone has their things they do. Corey sits in silence and doesn't talk. Corey is the bullet proof vocalist who's also known in Slipknot code language as 8. He was a cocaine addict by the time he was 15-years-old but swears he's been off that shit for more that 10 years now.
Joey [drummer, code name 1] is good-friends with Marilyn Manson. Just after Rip It Up gets Joey on the line in his hotel room, another phone goes. Joey excuses himself and answers. It's Marilyn Manson. Manson wants to party and Joey says he'll call him back. You'd hardly know that it was the most well-known rock star who parents hate on the other end of the phone. Joey turns him away with the flippancy of talking to your best friend.
We'll probably go out and get some whores, says Joey. That's a joke, don't print that, when he comes back.
If parents and the powers-that-be hate Marilyn Manson, then Slipknot would have to be the band many wish didn't exist. What the parents of Slipknot fans think about what this nine-piece band from Des Moines is injecting their offspring doesn't concern Joey. He doesn't get involved in that. It's all about what our fans think. I love my fans and I'll do anything for them. That's probably a lot more than what a lot of parents do for their kids.
My mum's the biggest Slipknot fan you'll ever find. She won't wear anything but Slipknot clothes. Gimmicks, yes. Being abusive and radical because they can, yes. But the calibre of sound vented from this Des Moines nine-piece is beautifully brutal. There's nothing cheesy and gimmicky about Slipknot's up-for-it stomp.
While Manson executes puppies on stage, Slipknot take a shit on stage and induce puking by sniffing and licking dead animals. While Manson wears makeup and fake blood, Slipknot wear masks and draw their own blood by splitting a shin or two.
Clown has had his face stitched up twice man, he says, referring to Slipknot's percussionist and founder Shawn (code name, 6). The number of injuries Sid [DJ, code named 0] has had is endless man, Joey adds.
Probably the worst thing that's happened to Joey, who you'd think would be safe from harm behind his drum kit is splitting his shin. But last night [Sid] got 20 stitches in his hand, says proud Joey. Sid is part-DJ and part-demented. He's the one who shit in American disc-jockey Howard Stern's radio studio. But then again Slipknot crave public displays of excretions be it piss, shit or semen. Joey is distracted by the phone call and constant interruptions.
Rip It Up asks what Manson is like? There's a long silence and Joey comes back on the phone: Hold on man, I've got some fuckin bitches yelling at me. Away from the phone you can hear him saying: No, no dude, no. I'm trying to do an interview here. RIU: Who is it? It's just these chicks, yelling outside my door.
He [Manson] is a great man, very polite, intelligent, you gotta watch out what you say around him. We'll probably go to a strip bar, get some drinks on, Joey concludes. We'll occasionally drink or whatever but there's no illicit drug use, not in this band.

Getting nine guys with common musical goals, who want to wear masks and cause grevious bodily harm to themselves just happens naturally according to Joey. We've known each other for ten years. We went through different combinations together in other bands Me, Paul [2, bass player] and Mick [7, guitar] all used to jam together. I used to jam with Craig [5, sampling], I used to play with Corey, I've always
known Shawn [6] and we've always known Sid [0] from the local scene spinning records. All these bands seemed to disband at the same time and no-one was getting anywhere. Going nowhere fast.
It just felt natural to search the deepest part of our minds and create the band that we would like to see a band that doesn't even exist. We went completely toward that aspect and told everyone to just fuckin suck these nuts and we made it happen.
The Slipknot freak show started evolving in the mid-90s. Their first album Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. is rare because only 1000 copies were produced. Then along came the year 1999 and the world got Slipknot's self-titled album for the masses of maggots who craved metal. Heaving, thrashing and bashing anthems like Wait and Bleed and Spit It Out alongside slogans like People = Shit and here comes the pain were on the bleeding lips and stomping heels of every loving mosh-pit.
Now it's time for their latest album, Iowa. The first single, Heretic Song, is an apt first offering. Anarchic beats, haemorrhaging guitars and a roar that'll leave you running for the throat lozenges. Slipknot aren't heard much on the radio. Tune into the Rock, or perhaps Channel Z late at night. Their gimmick factor also detours student radio from lauding their noise.
But Joey is adamant the world will hear more of Slipknot and music like theirs on the radio soon because we're not giving them any other choice. We're giving them a heavy record and if they chose to play it, they play it, and if they don't I don't give a fuck. The band's going to get bigger and bigger regardless of MTV and radio play because we've never needed that.
It's a big conglomerate of each person's individuality that makes this band and ya know, if that didn't exist then it would be a completely different band. We're just as important as one another.
The masks are not necessarily just wanting to keep ourselves from meeting kids, or something like that because we always do. It has to do with the way music makes us feel. The music that we write doesn't make me feel like a normal guy. No one was like: ËœYou should wear this, or you should wear that. Everyone chose their own and it ended up looking phenomenal. We unified ourselves with the number codes, then our tribalesque markings and now everyone has their own specific number.
It's appropriate that the sickest member of Slipknot is the man who produces the samples. Craig [5] doesn't talk so his job in the Slipknot ranks allows him to let the rest of the world speak for him. He's a bum-arsed computer hacker and he will kill you dude. He'll kill me. I don't know why he's on samples but he just came to practice and no-one had the balls to tell him to leave.
Shawn [6, drummer, percussionist and founder of Slipknot] takes care of the artwork and business side of the band. Joey, Corey and Paul take care of most of the music and everyone else has their own jobs. We've got the best fuckin guitar players in the fuckin music scene now, as far as metals concerned. And the two percussionists help drive those riffs home a lot harder. That's exactly the way it should be.
We're a completely unique band and we're nothing like you've ever seen or heard. When we all get together it just fuckin goes down. Is it hard to do this? No it's not because it just comes out just like that.


New Slipknot: "Violent and truthful"
They came from the dark side of Iowa, touting pagan death metal, wearing masks
and forging a path others were quick to follow. Last year, during which they
played 275 shows, Slipknot saw their major-label debut album go platinum and
their home video go gold without radio or MTV support, proving once again, perhaps once
and for all, that there is a nation of youth seeking guidance in these confused
times. Fear not, kiddies, Slipknot have not slowed down. Their new album, Iowa,
due out this summer, promises to be as black and deep as a pothole in hell.
"It's dark," says the band's leader, Shawn Crahan, a.k.a. the Clown. "It's
really quick and violent, with a lot of truth in it."

After their final tour date last November, Slipknot returned home to Des
Moines, where main drummer Joey Jordison and bassist Paul Grey promptly began
recording new material. "I don't like days off," Jordison says. "I get
restless." They had worked out a few tunes on the road, including the album's
opener, "People=Shit," but nothing came together until the nine members got
back on their home turf. "When we got in the old practice spot, it started
happening," Jordison says. "Now 'People=Shit' has got some of the snakiest
riffs, man, it's probably one of the most brutal openings of an album, ever.
It's retardedly insane."

By November, Slipknot had a good stable of tunes, at which point lead singer
Corey Taylor began scrawling lyrics. "Corey listens to the songs develop the
whole time," Jordison says. "But he's careful about only writing when it's
finished. His lyrics are very personal, and if he writes something he has to
drop because we change a section, he's not happy."

The band members recorded from January to March with only four days off. They
holed up in Sound City, the legendary L.A. facility where Fleetwood Mac
recorded Rumours - and, more on point, where Ronnie James Dio recorded Holy
Diver. They worked from 1 P.M. to 1 A.M., once again led by metal maestro Ross
Robinson. Slipknot thrive on being uncomfortable (think about choosing to sweat
profusely in a latex helmet for 275 nights a year), but the producer bumped it
up a notch. "Ross broke his back in a motorcycle accident," Jordison says. "He
had to produce us basically lying on his back. He came into my drum room, and
he'd be lying down yelling because he couldn't stand up. This guy should have
been in the hospital - that's how much he cares. It made me try even harder. I
mean, thank God he got a broken back, dude, no offense."

"I overjumped a double jump," Robinson reports. "I was going too fast, and my
bike backended over me, and I landed on my head. It was great - motocross
rules! Anyway, I fractured a vertebra, so I took one day off. I could barely
walk, and I couldn't lean in any direction. I could sit in a chair by the time
we were finished." He agrees that pain was a good emotion to have on tap: "My
injury made everyone more on fire. Nobody was allowed to show up late. When
they weren't happy, they could just look at me and see the pain I was in. It
was part of our quest for the Holy Grail: the baddest album ever."

The band recorded in layers, beginning with percussion and ending with samples
and backup vocals. Jordison was first up, laying down the lightning-fast drum
lines that anchor the band's trademark iron-heavy beats. "It was the hardest
thing I've ever had to do," he says. "I had to run two miles a day in the
morning just to get my blood circulation correct, then I'd go in and ride the
spinner bike for half an hour. I took a lot of vitamins. We've got songs where
I play sixteenth notes for the whole song - over three minutes. If people
thought my drumming was fast last time, wait until they hear 'People=Shit,'
'Heretic Song' and 'Disasterpiece.' They'll hear the blazing-fast footwork."

Though they were in a big L.A. studio, Slipknot kept it true to the dank
basement that birthed them. "Sound City is known for its drum room," Jordison
says. "It's this big wood room that's so sought after. So I found the
shittiest, smallest fucking room in the place and did my drums in there. My set
took up almost the whole space." When it was time to get Jordison's parts on
tape, the other eight members joined him. "The room was only, like, nine by
nine," he says. "With all nine of us in there, it was so fucking small and so
fucking hot, dude. Everyone was in my face, bumping each other. It was like
being inside a dryer: fucking hot and everything moving." The band's other two
percussionists, Crahan and Chris Fehn, took a different approach. "I rented a
bunch of vintage drums and decked out the big room at Sound City with candles
and goats' heads," Crahan says. "Me and Chris just went nuts: playing mallets,
playing huge drums in a huge room. I just got fucking Braveheart on it -
straight-up pagan warrior beast."

On the road and back home, Crahan spent the last year pursuing photography and
working with band photographer Stefan Siskis on the Knot's imagery. "I've been
taking advantage of being a successful band on a smaller label," he says. "We
have the chance to really do what we want. They never fuck with us. It's
panning out artistically. I found out how powerful pictures of the masks
without us in them are. You see the mask and not the man. There's a lot of
power there." Crahan also brainstormed the group's new stage design for a
yearlong tour that will commence in America with the Ozzfest dates this summer.
"We've got some crazy lights and ramps," he says. "Nothing too outlandish, but
we've getting more into multilayered verticalness going." Expect new masks and
new coveralls - 275 sweaty, headbanging shows definitely require a change of
attire. "The imaging is extremely brisk and stark - it's all designed to be a
'fuck you,' " Crahan says. "The color is very dark, very red. It's very angry -
there's no other way. We have some variations in our masks, but our old stuff
is never gone. We keep them around. Sometimes you'll need something

As for the album title, Slipknot say their newest slab of plastic sounds like a
bomb aimed at their home state, but in their world, that's a tribute. "The song
'Iowa' is really moody and slow," Jordison says. "Kids will freak out on it.
It's probably got the scariest lyrics ever. All the times we talked bad about
Iowa and the black hole that it was - we wouldn't have had any of the success
if it wasn't for the fact that there were no outlets and no music there. We
would not be the band we are without it." Crahan realizes that their homage
will be miscontrued but he wholeheartedly agrees. "I am born and raised in Des
Moines, I was married there, I've raised three children there," he says. "We
had a lot of hate, but now we appreciate it. We're definitely the rat that's
been let out of the cage. The very first time my mom saw Slipknot, she said we
were like a band who played for the pagans before they went out hunting. I feel
like in today's society, all these kids with no direction are the same thing."


What the @#*! Is Slipknot??? An Interview
by Alex Zander
Meet 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8, the members of Slipknot a nine piece act of raw energy, and aggressive metalesque music from the pigpens and cornfields of Iowa. Actually, the music is more like an orgy of death metal, hip-hop, and art rock. The band members all dress in industrial coveralls and wear frightening self-made masks. The buzz on the band has been a plenty and with good reason. They put on the most energetic performance I, or anyone else has ever witnessed. 3 drummers, a vocalist, a DJ, a bass player, a sampler, and two guitarists round out the band. Imagine sharing a small stage at Ozzfest with 8 other freaks jumping up and down, and running back and forth. If you can put the image in your head then it should explain how drummer Shawn Crahan has split his head open on several occasions. The first time on Tuesday June 6th Shawn struck his head on his drumkit during their rather animated performance of the second song of the set. Despite the wound he finished the set and even signed autographs before going to the hospital where he received 5 stitches. Lightning struck a second time on July 20 when he knocked his head against the drumkit and wound up getting a gash that extended from the bridge of his nose and along his forehead. This time after again finishing the set Crahan received a minor concussion and 17 stitches.
Dedication and devotion are what make this band tick. And if the numbers for the debut CD on Roadrunner are any testament, the hard work is paying off. We caught up with the band after their set at Ozzfest '99 after they signed autographs to the mass of adoring fans who were still shaking off the frenzy of the Slipknot performance. The CD had just been released earlier in the week and the charts of some of the more credible music publications were already showing surprising standings. The boys went behind the bus, removed their sweaty masks and invited us on the bus to talk about what the hell it was we had just witnessed. Meet drummer Shawn Crahan a.k.a. #6 and drummer Joey Jordison a.k.a. #2 of Slipknot.

Alex: Here I am at Ozzfest with Slipknot after their energetic performance and I'm on the bus and I want to know why this seat I'm on is wet.
Joey: It's butt sweat dude. Some of our guys come in with the sweaty overalls and sit down, which they know they are not supposed to do. The band then passes around a set of panties and asks if anything can be smelled on them. They come to me and of course I have to testify that they smell clean and unworn.
AZ: What was that that we just saw out there? That was weird.
Shawn: That was the truth.
AZ: How did you come up with this kind of concept in Iowa of all places?
Joey: Have you ever been to Iowa?
AZ: No, fortunately not.
Joey: Well, there you go. Being from there, it really helps to develop your own sense of individuality. There's nothing to do there. The more you play the more you're not recognized for anything that you try to do. So when you do something you really gotta' push the envelope, and I mean really fuckin' push the envelope. There is no market, no fuckin' scene, I mean nothing for anything. Basically all of our old bands broke up and we said, "fuck it" and I got together with Shawn and Paul and said, "Let's search our fuckin' minds. Let's go completely far beyond anything we've ever done and become the band that we want to see. Let's not puss out, let's not be lazy, let's not be the traditional band with drums, bass, guitar and singer. It's been done."
Shawn: That's why we have stuff like 3 drummers. You have to remember we can take the masks, the coveralls, the fuckin' drums going up and down and shove them all up your ass because it's about the music. The fuckin' music first. It's the most important thing to us, it's the most driving thing, and we are our biggest fans. We come to practice gladly. I can't wait to play. We can't wait to play.
AZ: Nine guys…how hard is that?
Shawn: It's easy!!!
AZ: Really, some bands have a hard time working with four guys.
Joey: They're fuckin' idiots. They're morons.
Shawn: They don't understand their action is their result. They have no idea, man. Life is easy. Life is fateful but life is easy. The way that we roll and the way that we do things is the way we want. We know where we want to be mentally and we know where we want to be physically, and we know where we want to be musically. We have nine guys who are all on the same page and it's like (snaps fingers) clockwork.
Joey: We all get along. We have no fuckin' problems. Other people, they have like four fuckin' people on a bus twice the size as this fuckin' bus and they're bitchin'. I say shut the fuck up, that's why we are completely different from everyone else and our music is completely different. We're full tilt on everything. Our work ethic is completely different than everyone else's.
AZ: It looks like you put a lot of money into the show with the hydro and all.
Shawn: Look at it this way. I can't tell you that we will never do things like say we saved money because we didn't use explosives. It's always going to grow to the next step. Right now our show costs nothing. We're pure brutality that comes straight from the heart.
Joey: That's the best way. A lot of people have to rely on pyro and extra stage props to make their show. A lot of critics will say we contrived a gimmick, but the fact is we're not about our names or our face, we're about our music. When you come up there we're not fuckin' blowing anything up, there are no lasers shooting across the place, we don't even have a light show for Christ's sake. We don't have to rely on shit.
Shawn: How many choreographed bands you know split their heads open? Knock themselves out onstage?
Joey: He's constantly going to the hospital.
Shawn: I just spent over for plastic surgery around my eye.
Joey: That's what it costs keeping us alive.
AZ: How do you feel about the disgusting state of rock n' roll that it's in right now?
Joey: It shows in the way we play and the way we look and most importantly in the way our music sounds. That's how you should know how we feel. We have nothing in common with what's going on in the current state of metal or whatever you want to say we are.
Shawn: We don't have to bring other people from other bands on stage to add more energy to our set. We don't have to come out every night and thank Black Sabbath. We talk to Bill Ward, we talk to Ozzy, we talk to Sharon Osbourne, they know. They know where we're at, we don't have to jump on this fuckin' bandwagon every day. We're out there giving you the real thing. It's straight from the heart. It all comes together when the nine of us go onstage. We won't even practice without one guy. The sampler guy, all he does is this, (makes motion of turning knobs) we won't even practice. We won't practice without the DJ because it's religion to us.
Joey: We don't really care about any other fuckin' bands than our own. We don't spend much time thinking about what this or that band are doing because we're so far removed from everyone we can't keep ourselves in common with other music. I don't even know what type of music we would necessarily fit in unless you want to call us "metal", or whatever the fuck. Who knows what it is. That's why when you ask how do you feel about the current state of music, we don't think about it. We don't feel anything about it. We just do our thing.
Shawn: When we started in the beginning our state of mind was to practice alone with no one watching, and to walk up the stairs with our equipment at the first show with no expectations of what anyone thought. The only expectation was what we felt. And when we felt it was time to take that first step and play out that's what we did.
AZ: Your album just came out and there is a huge buzz for you being an unknown band until now.
Joey: It's fucked up man.
Shawn: We're in the top 10 in CMJ, which is unheard of for a band like us. We're #2 right under Machine Head in the album report in LA. Everyone needs to look out because our show doesn't change because of where we are. When we roll in we do things our way abiding by no rules. After Ozzfest we're looking at about six tours. Slipknot is a touring band. This is part of our dream. It's what we need to live as people, to be happy we must tour. Last night our toilet was overflowing with shit, and we're all sitting out here trying to watch a movie and almost puking on ourselves. Everybody is just about ready to SNAP, because we'd had enough, and I was like sitting right here and said chill out guys, we get to play tomorrow. Everyone said, "Yea, we get to play tomorrow", and all of a sudden the shit started smelling pretty good.

Terrorizer Article 99

Just how did slipknot become this year's rnaway extreme Metal success story?
With over 22,000 copies of their debut album sold in the UK already and over
100,000 stateside, it's a question that many are asking. Was it the band's blend of
death metal and Nineties crossover, or was it the subtle marketing of the label
Roadrunner? The only way to answer this was to talk to both the band and the
label. We sent our very own Dobting Thomas, Ian Glasper, to peer behind the
OKAY, Okay I admit it - I was one fo the doubters, cynical of the whole Slipknot circus,
and I'd already convinced myself that no band could possibly live up to the expectations generated
by so much industry hype. I mean, how could they, right? Which was exactly why Mr. Terry
assigned me to investigate the whole phenomenon that surrounds the band; he needed someone
clear headed and quick-thinking...oh, who was a jadded old bastard and all. You see we don't just
stick any band on the cover of this esteemed rag; there are certain requirements that have to be
met (and we're not talking dress codes either) - like, are the band any fucking good? Are they
heavy and nasty enough? Well, even tho' I was skeptical at first, it has to be said that Slipknot
smashed all my pre(mis?)conceptions into a hunderad jagged pieces, being more than worthy of
gracing the pages of any magazines hopelessly devoted to violent excess such as ourselves....and
no one can deny the huge impact they are having on the metal scene we all know and love.
So, without futher ado, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the deranged nightmare that is
Slipknot, and to help guide us through it's darkpassageways, I not only hooked up with quietly
spoken drummer Joey Jordison ( affectionatly known as '1' to his fans), but also with
producer-extraordinaire, Ross Robinson, who is widely credited with helping launch the band on
an unsuspecting world; Monte Conner, Roadrunners head of A&R; and Mark Palmer, the labels
manager here in the UK. With their help, I hope to shed some new light and perspective on what is
rapidly becoming a musical urban legend.
Humble Beginnings
Personally, one of the things I find most attractive about Slipknot is their humility before their fans.
After all, it's the fans that put any band where they are, and Slipknot comes from the kind of
musically sterile hellhole (Des Moines Iowa) that instills gratitude for any success, no matter how
small.... let alone the rollercoaster of notority the band is currently enjoying.
"Oh, it was real hard back then," remembers Joey. "We were going out to shows with backpacks
full of tapes, and we only really built up a strong local following about a year before the label
interest began. We realised the ammount of work that needed to be done and we were prepared to
bleed ourselves to death to do it. You see, we come from a place where you don't take shit for
granted; there is no outlet for hard's sparse enough for entertainment full-stop, let alone
metal. It's basically a bible-bashing place known only for corn [please note that c - IG], so we all
ended up collaborating to create the kind of band we wanted to see and hear ourselves, and take
some risks to do what we wanted. That's why we'll stand out in the rain after shows, and talk to
kids, and sign their shit for them. This is our gift, and we do it well, but we respect our fans, and
we'll never forget the sacrifices they make for us".
Such commitment to stay grounded in hardcore reality is obviously one of the reasons the band
appeals to their fans. Slipknot are an outrageous enough proposition to be able to escape your
mundane everyday life in the dark., twisted grooves, yet they dont place themselves beyind the
reach of their fans, who can all relate to the bands teenage purgatory in a town starved of
Was there ever a moment back then when you dremt you might actually achive such giddy
hights so quickly?
"Well, we all believed that if we could stay focused, we could get signed. We all had a little fire
inside us; maybe not to be a 'nig' band, but to at least satisfy our creative desires. We have to do
this, otherwise we would internally combust. You have to believe in yourselves, and none of us
ever dobted we could 'make it' in some way or other....and how will you ever know if you might
achive your dreams if you don't try?"
It was this unwavering self-beliefe that also drew that attention of people who were to be very
instrumental in the success of the band later on. People like platinum-plated producer Ross
"Absolute integrity," he quietly rants, from his Indigo Ranch studio in Malibu, trying to explain just
what it is that is so unique about Slipknot. "When I'm with a band that is all it's about, 100% full on
sincerity. I'm also very attracted to people who have to either do music, or they die; it really is a life
or death dicision for some artists, and Slipknot are just like that.
" They're totally driven, it's geniuine calling from within for them. It's no secret - in fact i think it's
blatantly obvious -their success is because they stand for something they truley believe in, and
everyone is drawn to it. It's the same reason that people believed in christ; who can resist
someone who is prepared to stand up and suffer, or die, for what they believe in? I've worked with
a lot of intense bands over the years, but Slipknot are probably the most intense of all"
Enter the RoadRunner
"I got sent their debute record ['Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat', on the bands own label - G], and to be
honest, when I heard it, it didn't do much for me!" laughs Monte Connor, the label's A&R guy who
was responsible for signing the band up. " IT sounded very little like the Slipknot of today, alto'
there were three songs on there that ended up being redone for this album....'sic',I believe was
called 'Slipknot' back then. They had a different vocalist, too, who was't nearly as versatile as
Coprey is.
" Basically I kept in touch with the band via their manager, and they really wanted to sign with
Roadrunner - they were big, big fans of everything on the label - so every six to nine moths, they
would send to me another demo."
When did you suddenbly realise the potential in the band?
"It was when I heard the demo of the song 'Spit it Out'. To me, it has every element of the Slipknot
sound in has Corey doing the really heavy aggressive vocals, and the singing style, it has all
the extras, crazy precussion and the DJ; it has that hyper-speed tempo that the band are already
famous for, the insane drumming...when I heard that song, the light bulb went off in my head.
" I thought, these guys are great, they're now ready. At the same time Ross Robinson had
heard it as well, and had flown out to Des Moines to see the band even before me. He called me,
and I flew out a few weeks later, and it all came together."
I know you must get a lot of tapes handed you, so what pricked up your ears about Slipknot?
" Yeah I do get a lot of new bands", sighs Monte. " I mean, the other day, I got a video off a band
from Bosto, and they come on stage wearing masks, with nine members, and, lo and behold,
they're playing the exact same instruments as was so blatant, it was unbelievable!"
Already the imitators are coming out of the woodwork!
" Well, in the wake of bands like Korn and Limp Bizkit, in the wake of that explosion in American
rock, there's now a trillion bands doing that rap rock metal thing, but to Slipknot's credit, they were
doing what they're doing three or four years back, long beofre all these other bands. They really
are unique! Musically they are totally different to any other bands out there, with the whole nine
member attack; the speeds they play at are incredible, Joey is such a crazy drummer... and I
haven't even mentioned their Image yet! They basically appealed to Roadrunner because they
looked and sounded completely different to everyone else."
No Pain, No gain
And you wanna know the est thing about these guys? The image might appear all consuming at
first, but one listen to the album reveals a band strong enough musically to more than back it up.
This is some seriously twisted shit that successfully combines the quirkiness of new metal with the
detuned ferociousness of primal death. For every song like 'Wait and Bleed' that bounds along with
infectious, irrepressible energy, there is a brooding onslaught of downright brutal malevolence to
counterbalance it, so even the true thra
" That is exactly what is so great about Slipknot," agress Monte Conner. " Any band who has
such a strong image leaves themselves wide open to a certain ammount of criticsim, but I'm
convinced that even if they went on stage in jeans and T-shirts, they'd still be amazing. The bottom
line is the music; the image is jaust a little bonus that helps the whole package along a bit. The
music on the cd is what the kids are really reacting to, and then when you go to a show, and see
their whole incredible live act, it just gets better!"
"It's so cool to have some real characters back on the scene again," Mark Palmer reckons.
"They have such an OTT live show, you just don't know where to look incase you miss anything.
And they're such an impressive band when you see them, how can nyone ignor anything like that?"
Of course, one of the dangers about such a powerful image is that it could possibly run away
from the band, and take on a life of it's own ( metaphorically speaking now...!).
" We are wary of getting too consumed by all the marketing shit" says Joey carefully. " We give
certain people a little leverage, but we wanna keep control of everything we possibly can. We don't
want stupid shit out there; we want affordable stuff that the fans will enjoy. You owe it to your fans
to maintain true integrity. We wear these masks as a reaction against all that
rockstar/fame/money/endorsements shit. That has nothing to do with music, and that has nothing
to do with Slipknot. We have to excel ourselves with every single record we do, rather than dilute
oyrselves. We're promising our fans that the next record will be even harder, even more can it not be? This band is too over-compulsive for that not to happen. We're 100%
up to the challenge of the next album; we're already working ourselves into a feeding frenzy just
thinking about it!"
" Their roots are in straight molten metal," exclaims Ross Robinson, in closing." "that's the
key: attitude; no one can fuck with that kind of intensity. It's very real, and anyone who hears this
record will recognise it instantly. They stand for totally ripping it up, and just destroying
everything!"sh heads out there won't feel short-changed by this
BUt, of course, such insane levels of intensity are not achived by every new band coming
through, and it seems like much of the secret behind the Slipknot album lies in the intimate
interaction between the band and their producer, Ross Robinson.
" He really helped free the inner demon that we all had in us," reveals Joey, " He had me playing
so hard, I had seventeen blisters on one hand, and nineteen on the other; me hands were
wrapped up like the fuckin' mummy - and this was just in pre-production! So when we recorded, I
was so on fire, and so in shape, I was crazy...I busted out eight songs in one night!
" Y'know? I think we might be the first band to have challenged him, instead of it being the
other way around. He didn't change any of the songs or anything, but he certainly helped get them
out of us in a more tangible form; he helped the songs flow. A lot of bands say shit like 'oh, our
producer is our extra member', but ROss Robinson really is the tenth member of Slipknot!"
" It was total chaos," recalls Robinson himself of the incendiary sessions that spawned
'Slipknot'." The band was slamming, just like at the show. They were all three feet in the air, with
shit getting slammed and hit, and drums getting thrown at the walls; it was very spontaneous and
very violent, a real vibe. Indigo Ranch is the perfect place to make a record like this. For a start, it's
too far away for people to keep calling by just to hang out, and it has a great atmosphere. The love
I have for the bands I work with is so great, they have no choice but to give everything they have
inside them."
So, was it ever a concern that the end result might be just a tad to intense for your average
punter? Ross scoffs at such notions of compromise:
" we made a magic record for us, and no one else. We just cared about how good it felt, how much
it was satisfying the craving within ourselves. The label and management had no real say; no one
interfered with us outside of the band and myself. We did what our hearts told us to, and we
created something that is pure and undiluted."
But is anything ever really pure, especially in the big sleazy business of music?
" If I'm told to do something, I always do the opposite," claims Ross, " And fortunatly I'm in a position
to be able to do what the hell I like, and that includes telling people to fuck right off if they try to
interfere with any of my bands. Believe me, none of my bands will ever get fucked eith, by anyone,
As if anyone is really going to fuck with nine masked madmen.....
Unless you've been living in a commune in Alaska, you ewill have been exposed to the
mighty publicity machine on behalf of this band. You've probably seen and heard their name so
many times by now that you already feel like an old school fan of the band - yet you probably
hadn't even heard of them before this last summer! Such is the power of shrewed marketing and it
sometimes seems hat no one does this better than Roadrunner.
"Well, obviously that played a major role in the record selling so well and so quick." argues
Monte Conner, when I suggest that the band landing themselves the opening slot on the US
Ozzfest must surely have been a pivotal moment in their meteoric rise through the ranks (if you
blinked, you missed it!), " But even prior to that we had manufactured between 50,000 and 60,000
promo cassettes of the songs 'Spit it out' and 'Surfacing', and we had given them out at key shows
all across America for, like, six months beofre the album hit. Chances are, if you were at any of the
cool tours during the summer - like Sepultura, Soulfly or Machine Head - you walked away with a
Slipknot tape. Which is why so many kids ran out and bought the album as soon as it appeared.
We used a company called Streetwise Marketing, and thise street teams played a big part in
creating that whole buzz leading to the ozzfest shows."
" We did the Ozzfest without a fucking record out " boasts Joey proudly, " And there were still
hundreds of Slipknot shirts there. They'd heard the free tapes, or seen us on the internet, and they
were really psyched to see us. We had a huge fanbase immediatly, and we just had to prove that
we could live up to the expectations. We went out and gave 150% of ourselves, and demolished
everything...including each other!"
Of course, the UK is a tougher nut to crack, being inherently more cynical than the U.S., but
even here the band have notched up incredible sales and generated such a profile for
themeselves that their debuteEnglich gig is to be headlining the London Astoria! And one suspects
they could have sold out a far bigger venue had they been booked into one....
"Yes, to be honest, they could have done the Brixton Academy," admitts Mark Palmer, calling me
from the Roadrunner London office. "The Astoria sold out within five days ot the tickets going on
sale, which is pretty astounding, so we could have done it somewhere far bigger, but we wanted
their first show here to be an intimate, exciting experience.
"Once in a while, a band comes along who captures everybody's imagination," he continues,
trying to explain away the phenomenon, as much for himself as for anyone else. " Machine Head
did it with 'Burn my Eyes', and Coal Chamber did it with their first album, and now Slipknot have
gone and done it, too. Months beofre Kerrang! really picked up on them, we were leaking testers
of their music on the web site, and on magazine cover mounts. There were Metal Hammer singles
club releasem and we gave away thousands of Stickers on the Internet. Kids actually discovered
this band themselves, gradually and organically. IT wasn't like we set out to ram Slipknot down
people's throats - people rammed it down themselves!"
And when exactly was it you realised just how fucking big the band was destined to be?
" The tuesday after the LP was realsed," replies Mark without hesitation. "It had a mid-week chart
placing at number 20, which is the second highest ever for us. We were hoping for a top 75
maybe, or perhaps even top that made us sit up. And then when HMV called and told us
that the record did 600 for them on the first day, it made everyone sit up!"
A History of Time to come.
So there you have it, a brief foray into the weird world of Iowa's most psychotic (not to mention
only)musical export. You can't help but have seen them garishy plasted over every damn rock
magazine out there, and your'e probably thinkiong, if you're one of those skeptics I mentioned
earlier, 'oh sure, here today, gone tomorrow,' friends, I, too, was lost, but now I've seen the light...
and there's some guy in a fetish mask jerking off there in the doorway!
I certainly don't think these guys are anotyher Mindfunk, destined to blow up briefly and then
go crawling back to their hick town with their gold record dragging in the dirt behind them.
Nosirree, there's so much intensity around this band, you hqave to shield your eyes when you look
upon them. Dare I say they are the real success? 'Cos when you stripnaway all the trimmings,
you're still left with a damn fine band.


Music Makes The World Go Around
by Jason Pepe

A bit of history: Shawn #6 started the band by recruiting Joey #1 (drums) first. One part of the initial concept was to have a triad of percussion. Shawn started on the kit, explains Joey #1.

Then I came in and I started playing the drum kit and he stepped up to the percussion. We always wanted to do it it's as simple as that. The idea is to bang things that aren't just drums. It's about making the drums, which Shawn does.

Then we move onto the masks. The band only recently decided to reveal limited information about the ideas and designs behind the masks and jumpsuits. Who designed them? What do they mean? The masks was me and Shawn's idea, explains Joey #1. The masks represent something about the person wearing it. The numbers are the same way. I designed the first set of coveralls. They have meaning too, but that's a lot of stuff do go through the masks, coveralls and shit. Now the first design of coveralls sells for more than five hundred dollars at certain Hot Topic type places. That's not what it's about (money),says Joey #1. I'm not going to stop them from selling it this is a free country.

If it's not about the money, then it must be about the art right? I'd say so, says Joey #1. So the first album had a numerical concept running throughout its veins. Songs ranged from personal feelings and abstract thoughts to cinema and art. Now the band has moved onward, discovering their path as it reveals itself. We never said that we would be somewhere by a certain time, offers Joey #1. We just see a path open up and take it if it feels right. You can't sit down and plan everything out perfect. You'll fail if you do. You have to watch what's going on around you, which can get hard when you're always on the road and doing interviews and dealing with the record label and the venues. It's everything.

Slipknot are known for their exceptional recorded material. The songs are structured and exact on DAT or so it sounds. The guitar tones are razor sharp on both albums. The drums and percussion rival that of the 1906 SF earthquake when played through any decent stereo. The vocals change on a dime, going from throat-ripping roars to heart-felt melodies. At times the bass sounds reminiscent of a tidal waves roar. The band is like a fine tuned machine, trapped and burned onto a metal circle called a compact disc. Perfect.

Yet, when one goes out and sees the band live, one encounters pure rage and utter chaos. It's almost like going to a New World jazz show. There's improv going on tripped out DJ noises, twacked guitar feedback, pure bass noise, random pounding on metal, an occasion drum roll, pure vocal expression and men in strange coveralls scurrying across a darkened stage much like a group of ants consuming a speck of jam. The songs are all there, but done in a different way at any given time.

The whole live thing is just something we've gotten used to, explains Joey #1. We practice a lot and everything. We let what happens just happen. We all give one hundred and ten percent all of the time. Then we're on stage and we start to feel each others vibe and we just know what we are all doing. We don't need to follow the formula or whatever; we just let it happen. It's a lot of fucking work though man. It's not easy, but it is because of the hard work we've put into our music.

It was this type of live insanity and pure passion that landed the band on a major motion picture. They recently filmed a live performance for the upcoming remake of Rollerball. We're pretty much one of the opposing teams theme band, reveals Joey #1. We play in the movie with a lot of fucking pyro and fire and a lot of fucking shit going off. Seems that they can even capture their live energy on film. The movie is a vessel to a larger audience.

So why, if the band has this new movie opportunity, a solid first album under their belt, a new album that is steadily climbing the charts and credibility throughout the industry, are they so angry? Maybe it's because, after the first album all of the critics and people in the industry talking shit, thinking that they've got the fucking band figured out, reveals Joey #1. Record label bullshit. You know what, there's a lot of people saying that we're not a true metal band and we're like we'll show you a true metal fucking band. We've been doing this shit religiously for like fifteen fucking years. They can hear one song and know that there is no influence from MTV, from the damn media, from the record labels, from the radio. We recorded this album so here you go put it out.

All this frustration over being metal. What the hell is metal anyway? Limp Bizkit? Korn? Celtic Frost? Ozzy? Overkill? Linkin Park? It's sure as hell not Papa Roach. It's not Linkin Park. You know, it's not Crazy Town, explains Joey #1. It's more down picking that makes it heavier. A lot of it comes from the singer. You can tell when people come from an older school. You can't just start playing metal now out of the current influences like Korn or Limp Bizkit. That's not it. It goes back to the Merciful Fate, Venom, Slayer to Cannibal Corpse to the new black metal like Enslaved. You take all of those influences and try and build upon it."

Now looking back on it, on our first album I think that we could have gotten a lot more extreme and shit, admits Joey #1. Then I consider the other stuff that was out at that time and currently getting compared to and I'm like the first album is way more metal than those other bands. Don't even compare us to those radio bands. Don't compare us at all. We just expand upon the true metal concepts and create our own thing. This is by far the most metal we've ever gone with this new album and there's more to come. Crazy Town please.

As far as writing a metal song goes? I play more guitar than I do drums during writing, admits Joey #1. Guitar is my first instrument, even though now I'm better at drums than I am at guitar. I still play guitar everyday. I was playing right before I called you. I'll usually start out with a guitar riff and maybe Shawn will hear a drum beat or I'll get on the drums. Maybe Mick hits on a riff or James does something. Or I'll start doing guitar shit and then the guitar section starts filling in shit and we'll start kicking shit around. Then we'll add the percussion in there like what Shawn is going to do on his set. Then we just all do it and it starts going on and Corey starts doing his shit. And the DJ, samples, slides -- everything. That's pretty much a song. You never know though. We may be doing a jam in the middle of practice or something that becomes a new song. It's always different, just like a live show.

How about the numbers? I mean, the band has a number after their names. They wear the number on their respective coveralls. What's up with that? Do numbers have meaning in the serendipity of life? Look at the Sept. 11 tragedy. 9 / 11 = 911. The numbers are everywhere, admits Joey #1. Look at it this way man when I go to check into my hotel room and I get a hotel number 1011 man, those are all my numbers. What's up with that shit? There's a lot of things that we see day in and day out that constantly remind us of the band.

So do they live by their numbers? Yeah we do, reveals Joey #1. Just the fact of what I do for the band. Just me being the first person on stage. Me being the glue (drums) to hold the band together. You know, I'm the concoction that holds it together. Joey #1 is the canvas for the rest of the band to paint on. Right on the money dude. And now the number is everywhere. It's my lucky number.

And speaking of numbers, Slipknot did the Pledge Of Allegiance tour, which began months before the September 11 New York disaster. It's just very ironic, explains Joey #1. I don't want to be in a political corner. I'm not a politician or anything. I just think it's a terrible thing and I've never seen the country come together so much as it (USA) has right now. And there's a spirit of making a comeback and striking back against this bullshit. Nothing is going to overcome us. We're too strong of a country and I'm proud to be a part of it.

Slipknot have been touring forever now. Has their attitude towards living on the road changed in light of these recent plane crashes and threats of bridge bombings? I mean, just look at the enormous crowd of youngsters that show up to their shows. You know, if it's my time than it's my time, says Joey #1. I'm not going to fucking be so scared that I'm going to stay put. Seems the masked men aren't going to let the war slow them down. It's a really weird time right now, but I think it is our responsibility to see that the music goes on, continues Joey #1. Music makes the world go around. How cliche.

The Interview

Like a percussive massacre, and defining guitar fury the nine madmen from Des Moines conspire to blow your mind and leave their collective slap mark across the face of today's heavy music. Damn yeah I'll be their bitch and let them slap me around! With the success of their self-titled debut album and the triumphant completion of Ozzfest 99, Slipknot has effectively left a mark. The sight and sounds of this heavily orchestrated industrial-metal hybrid will clock ya like a prizefighter.
Slipknot stands as an impressive nine man unit, intense with an intimidating presence in their numbered coveralls and psycho-killer masks. If the sight of them wasn't enough to get you interested then give them a listen. Songs like Eyeless, with its semi-techno syncopation and freeform flipped-out guitar should hook you. You'll be theirs by the serenely eerie Prosthetics. Frantic super-kinetic energy pours from every orifice of this giant nine member machine and what you hear is only a fraction of what you get in a live performance.

Assembling musical components that are commonplace on their own but collectively are astounding, you only think you've heard this all before. Lyrics spewed over the melodies in a rap-core flavor, scorched down-tuned guitars; so you think that's familiar?. Hold on, stir in a bit of sampling and a turntable tech, and three percussionists to bring you closer to the deep end of the abyss. Slipknot takes all those elements breaks em down and reconstructs them in to a new metal arrangement all their own.

The power of their assault is in the percussion, so brutally forceful it will beat you into submission. The Scene got to peek into the mind (but not behind the mask) of drummer Joey Jordison. Here are a few insights shared by the man who is the heartbeat of the insanity.

O to 8 questions with Joey Jordison ("1" in Kabuki Mask)

0. -How did you get into the band?

I was in touch with Paul, our current bass player, and Sean (the clown), and I always wanted to play in a band with Sean and Paul. My band had broken up and their bands were broken up. We all used to play together previous to Slipknot, and we all had been talking about forming something completely out of the ordinary, all f**ked up with extra percussion and samplers, extra guitars and extra heaviness. We wanted something kind of experimental with extra noise to make the sound bigger. I went to watch Paul and Sean play with another guitar player. They had an extra percussionist/singer at the time. I really liked what I saw. I said to myself " Man, I either have to get in this bad or destroy it." I got in the band and started playing the drum kit. At the time Sean was playing the drums, then he moved to percussion. At the time we only had three percussionists going, then we started adding guitar players and members accordingly to fit into the sound we wanted. We went through a bunch of different people. We started getting real tight when we added our vocalist Corey, and we started to really enjoy the music. We started to develop the style that we wanted to play.

-Slipknot is bringing metal to new levels, and breaking new ground with your sound. When and how was it decided to incorporate turntables and samples and the extra percussion into your music?

We didn't approach it as "lets add those particular things." We were looking for a certain sound and those are the members it took to get the sound that we wanted. It was a sound that I was hearing in my head that I wanted to do. I would throw out suggestions like "what about this, or what about that," and the guys would give feedback about whether it would work, or say "let's try this, or I know this guy." We all knew each other for ten years before, so we all knew exactly who it would be, but it never really occurred to us before. We never thought we'd need to over compose the sound of music all in one band until now. So basically, when it came time for it we just added members accordingly. It was just a sound I was hearing in my head along with the other guys. We wanted that sound. We didn't say, " Lets have a sampler, let's have a DJ," that's just what it took.

-What is the band's musical philosophy?

Our musical philosophy is not really any sort of label or statement or any certain outlook as far as what we think people should do. Our philosophy is, basically, believe in yourself as far as a musical entity, take your own aspirations, your own feelings and emotions, and the integrity within yourself, and even if you're scared to do it, do it anyway. That's the best exercise you can do as far as trying to make yourself an artist, or trying to make yourself emotionally fit as a musician. That's basically what we do. I think a lot of people, when they get into bands they're scared to do certain things. They're afraid of what people will say. Being misunderstood is the greatest form of art, we get misunderstood a lot. When people hear the record they may only understand certain parts, and when they see the live show they'll understand certain parts. You really have to see our band a couple of times, and listen to the record a few times, to really understand us.

-With nine members it seems like collaborating on songs would be almost impossible, but the CD credits you all with writing the songs. What is your songwriting process?

I played guitar before I played drums. That was my main instrument, so I help write a lot of the guitar riffs. I help to come up with a lot of the words. Everyone helps. Mic and Paul help come up with the lyrics. Corey writes most of the lyrics, actually. The rest of the guys, what they do they bring to the band, they kind of write their own parts. We kind of have a system. Like with percussion we all work together. The same with the samples and the DJ, they work together really well as far as coming up with things that are complementary to each other and the song.

-Part of what makes the Slipknot sound unique is the sheer impact of sound that comes out of you. Drums and percussion are a big part of your powerful sound. Tell me a bit about your drum technique.

I play in fours and eight's completely straight through, and they play in threes and sevens. Then they have to cut out major when it comes to fills and sh*t like that. We play in up-tempo, fast tempo to where it's like a techno-style tempo. Super fast. Most bands aren't playing like that right now. They're playing more half-time, more straightforward. We like to play where the percussion really pound through, and really accent the guitars.

-What is the significance behind your number and your Kabuki mask?

Everyone basically has a lucky number. Then there's a number that actually fits into the position that they play in the band. Those two factors led into the number assignment. Everyone picked their own mask because they felt that's what reflects their personality. That's the actual person that they are inside. People are always saying "you guys wear masks" and we're like, "no, we don't," because it feels that real to us

-Sorry, to bring the damn millennium into this, but with the new century approaching it's hard not to. Where do you see the future of heavy music going?

That's a hard one, I don't really concern myself too much with what other bands are doing, I just try to concentrate on what we're doing. I know that our next album will be way more disturbing than the album we have out right now. It will be far more disjointed, the song structures will be more mathematical than our first album. It's just a natural progression for us. We want to get heavier and more f**ked up than our first record, but doing it with musicianship that a lot of bands don't incorporate these days. I think people will keep expanding themselves and trying to do something different with heavy music. Look what happened with the whole grunge thing. It was supposed to make music more open-minded, but it became more closed-minded than ever. Still, heavy music persevered and came through, and look at the way it is now. Maybe it will die down, maybe it will shoot through the roof, maybe it will stay the same. I don't know. The main point is to have bands with the creativity and the integrity to make heavy music last with longevity, and I think it will. There are a lot of good bands out there.

-What are your thoughts on the state of "popular" music today?
I don't really concern myself much with it. I know I don't have anything in common with those types of bands, so I'd never really listen to it. I really wouldn't know who's who. I know that on the first week of our video coming out, we beat out both Ricky Martin and Shania Twain. Other than, that I don't know much about it. I don't watch MTV, I just concentrate on the fans. They're the whole reason we're here. They are the base, they keep us going. They're what keep us moving and that's what I think about. I have to thank them for out current success. They are without a doubt the reason we continue to do this.

-Back in 95 and 96, before the fame, what was it like playing the clubs in Des Moines?
Before they would be there with their jaws dropped to their knees, and they didn't understand what we were doing. Because we were so different, people would start to come out in droves, which had never happened before. They'd hear about this band that had three drummers, two guitar players, and a DJ and sampler. People started getting interested. There was actually something starting to go on in Des Moines that wasn't country or regular top 40 rock and roll covers or bar music, you know, lounge music. So that's where the appeal came from. Now when we play there we play at a place called "Super Toad Ents. Center," and we totally sold out our home-town. They oversold the show by about six hundred tickets. There were about twenty-four hundred people there in an eighteen-hundred club venue. It was pretty crazy! Now in the end, we're pretty proud, and we're very thankful to everyone in our home town who helped us get here. We're gonna continue with it and I hope we'll make a better record. We're thankful to everyone everywhere, like Milwaukee, L.A., or Sioux Falls, Miami, or in Texas and everywhere they're all mad Slipknot fans. We'd be nowhere without them. They're the sh*t!

Joey interview, prior Ozzfest UK

Stage time: 6:45-8pm

Kerrang! May 26 2001

-What can we expect from Slipknot, Joey Jordison:

Well right now this is the first week of the tour, so we have absolutely no idea of how things are going to go. We haven't played together, live for seven months. By the time we hit Ozzfest, it'll all have come together. The dates before Ozzfest are all a warm up.

-How does playing outdoors compare to playing indoors?

I like indoor shows. First of all, I don't like light at all. We'll probably be playing during the day and it will be sunny and it'll be hot. But that will be fine, because by the time we will be going on it will be getting dark, which is the perfect slot for us.

-What's the interaction between the band and the crowd like at a festival?

Things are always the same, regardless of whether we are playing outside or in a venue, to 5 people or 10 000, it's always the same thing. We'll make sure that every single one of our fans is taken care of, and they all get what they paid to see. It's really no different playing at Ozzfest.

-Is there ever and friction between bands playing at festivals like this?

We don't know many bands who are playing at Ozzfest. We usually keep ourselves to ourselves. We're out of our element and we're neurotic anyway.

-What do you think about playing with Black Sabbath in their home country?

It's awesome, I never see it as being just another show. I'm excited about every show, I even get excited about doing the sound check.

MTV Music Feature Interview

It's almost as if Slipknot was scientifically created to tap directly into the darkest corners of kids everywhere.
With self-styled creep-out rubber masks, matching coveralls, and a relentless metal racket, the band began wowing fans outside of its native Des Moines, Iowa on last summer's Ozzfest and never looked back. In the months that have followed that breakthrough turn on Ozzfest's second stage, the band has built a rabid and ever-increasing fan base. Its debut album has gone gold, its home video has gone platinum, and the band can even count TV's most connected adolescent, Robert Iler (best known as Anthony Soprano, Jr.) among its most vocal supporters.
Not bad for nine masked guys from Des Moines.
As the momentum continues to grow for Slipknot, drummer Joey Jordison, percussionist Shawn Crahan, and vocalist Corey Taylor (better known as #1, #6, and #8 respectively) stopped by our MTV studios and talked to Robert Mancini about how they got where they are. The group discussed its unique bond with its fans, its network television debut on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," and its plan to "infect as many people in this world as possible." Shawn also tried to put his head through the wall during the interview, but that's another story.
You can catch our conversation with the band, as well as plenty of performance and interview clips, right here in our MTV News Online feature interview.

MTV News: Have you guys rescheduled that infamous Oklahoma City show yet?
Corey Taylor: We're working on it right now. We're doing the Europe shows, then we're coming back to do some make-up shows in Canada, and then, hopefully, we're going to hit every city we've unfortunately had to cancel.
Joey Jordison: And then secondary markets that we haven't hit yet.

MTV: I can't imagine there are markets that you guys haven't hit yet.
JJ: Actually, we've hit all the markets. There are just certain cities... We were destined to go to places where other bands would not go. I mean, we play in a lot of places that a lot of bands don't go. Those kids take that to the grave, and it really means a lot to them when you go to a place that the population of the town is 2,000 people and 70 kids show up. But, still, it's a show, and those kids buy your record, therefore they deserve to see the band, just like a kid in New York or L.A. or Chicago gets to see the bands.

MTV: Is part of that approach based on your experience growing up in Iowa?
JJ: Exactly. Ozzy came, you know, in 1981 and bit the head off a bat...
CT: Which ruled.
JJ: Maybe that had something to do with the way we all turned out. But the fact is, he got banned from there. And every time he would try to come back, he would end up canceling the show. He was basically one of the biggest metal artists, you know, besides Kiss, that would really be able ever to come through Des Moines. So those were the shows. Half of them would get canceled and whatever, but as far as like underground bands and bands not of that stature, they would never come through, so that's why we want to go through all those markets and all those cities and make sure that happens for those kids.

MTV: Part of your big trip to New York was a "Conan O'Brien" appearance. What are your thoughts on that? What was your reaction when that was booked and it was a done deal?
CT: What do I get to break.
Shawn Crahan: You have to understand, Slipknot is based on the theory of infecting as many people in this world as possible. It's world domination, and we're big fans of the "Conan O'Brien" show. The ongoing joke was, "We'll see what we can do. Can we get on something like the 'Conan O'Brien' show or 'Letterman,' or something like that?" And it's happened. Personally, I can't speak for everybody, but I just think it's a huge victory for hard music. I love it. It's an honor. [RealVideo]
JJ: When we play there, we will be the heaviest band to have ever played on that show. So that is a huge victory for heavy music.
CT: We're breaking down a lot of walls. You know, people have always looked at this music with disdain, and that's fine, because anybody who doesn't like this music really doesn't get it to begin with. But for kids who want to see something special like that, want to feel something special like that, man, I mean, it's really cool. When you get a band that you really get into like that, that's something you can't take away and you remember that forever. I'm so sick and tired of these old people talking about, "I remember when I saw The Beatles on 'Ed Sullivan.'" Shut up! Okay? Who cares. But that was something special for them, so hopefully this will be something special for the kids.
JJ: I used to work at a gas station in Des Moines, and I used to have this little TV. Faith No More has been one of my favorite bands for a long time, and I never got to see them live because of where we come from and all that stuff. I didn't have the transportation to go elsewhere. Regardless, they were on "Conan O'Brien," I remember that, and that's the only time, besides videos and stuff, that I really ever got to see them.
MTV: You've gone a long way without a lot of help from mainstream outlets like our channel or mainstream rock radio.
JJ: We'll just go ahead and say about zero help instead of a little help. We'll say zero help.
MTV: All right... is there one thing that you credit the most with what you've been able to do so far? Is it getting on Ozzfest last summer?
JJ: No, I'll tell you what it is. The way I see it and the way all the guys in the band see it, when you go out and speak to a kid one on one and you speak in his language through songs about what that guy experiences day and day out, that's what I think makes it. I think a lot of bands go out, and even though they're kind of speaking one on one, they speak a little bit over a lot of these kid's heads. I mean, this kid gets up at 6:30 and stubs his toe on the way to the shower and has his mom yelling at him, and he has to go to school, and maybe he's not getting good grades, and his girlfriend's breaking up with him, and he has to come home, and then he has to do it all over again, and he goes to bed and it's "Groundhog Day" for him, and that's what it's like for us. And it's still like that for us every day when we're in Des Moines and we're writing music. You know, we're not going to go to some big, fancy recording studio and write the next record, because that's the poison that's infected us and made us write this great album that is speaking to kids in such a good language. [RealVideo]
CT: You got to keep it real, dude, or you're not going to keep anything.
MTV: You mentioned the idea of your next record. Do you guys have a timetable?
SC: We don't abide by anybody's time, but we're thinking about it. We're writing songs as we speak, so we'll be doing some of that stuff. We've always been a band that prioritizes what's most important, and right now we have a sold-out European tour, and we're hitting four new countries: Scotland, Spain, Italy, and Austria. We're over there for six weeks. That's the most important thing right now. But while we're over there, every time we do sound checks and stuff, we are writing. We're looking forward to making a new album. Exactly when that is going to be, I don't know.
JJ: Oh, you'll like that new record.
CT: If you don't, we'll cut your feet off.
JJ: The only plan right now is kill everybody.
CT: Kill everybody.
SC: Do you understand that? Did you get that?
CT: Do you understand what we're saying? Kill everybody.
JJ: The first song on the new record is "People Equal Sh**." Just because we're on MTV, don't you guys worry about anything getting weak. Honestly. We're infecting more people.
SC: We play for ourselves and our fans, and they're one and the same. And that's all we got to say.
JJ: The only plan is kill everybody.
CT: Kill everybody.

Interview w/ Mick and Joey

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Slipknot’s latest offering IOWA was surrounded in as much mystery as a covert military operation. Press first received a mini-cassette with the internet offering “heretic song” which at the last minute was renamed “The Heretic Anthem”. Matter of fact concert-goers who hit up Ozzfest and select one-off showings got the best initial idea of the new record’s girth as they soaked in new tracks such as the much talked about People=Shit”

Circus Magazine spoke with guitarist Mick Thompson ( #7) and Drummer Joey Jordisson ( #1) for this interview.

During Slipknot’s Ozzfest swing, words were exchanged and quite a few things came to light. The bottom line as Mick puts it is “ that Slipknot has a lot on the line and its up to (us) to present things in a manner that best suits fans. Right now there’s only one copy of (Iowa) , burned, and its locked away somewhere. We kept everything under wraps and super-tight. I don’t even have a copy of my own album.
“ These days its so easy for bullshit to get out there. We put out ‘Heretic’ and that’s not even the real mix of that song. I can’t stand how it sounds, it doesn’t sound like that at all.”
“ It sucks that its got to be like this, but nobody respects bands anymore. When it came to my favourite bands, I would never have done some of the shit that you see people doing today. I was a huge Metallica fan until after ‘And Justice For All’ and you never would have caught me ... with them on the internet or E-bay or any of that shit.”
“Its not just that. You meet a lot of people and you sign things for them, or give things away to radio guys or whatever, and then the next thing you know you find that same shit on E-bay.”
“ Our last record man, there’s some ... out there who have un-mixed board tapes of the last record just because they recorded at the same place that we did on the last record.”

Thinking about it like that, it goes without saying that its just another volley of things for Slipknot to be angry about. As according to Mick:
“the world just hate’s us because we don’t [care] what anybody thinks. We do what we want, when we want.” Joey’s take on things is a little more brutal and to the point. “ The worst thing is that everybody, even the fans [screw] up what we say and do all the time. Especially the media. Nobody has ever figured out the Knot yet, and I don’t think anybody ever will”.
“ I get asked all the time what we’re about and why we are so angry and that pisses me off even more. I live, eat and sleep this band. So don’t ask me something like that. It is me and its just what happens when all of us get into the same room together. We become this incredible beast that cannot be controlled that will chew up everything that gets in our way. You think I’m kidding? There’s only one way to find out.”

As loyal fans already know, the band has switched gears from its original orange ensembles, into new pitch black gear that signal the beginning of this new more dangerous era.
Joey explains how the visual only serves to stimulate the aural. “ We’ll always keep changing. We’re going to take it to the very cutting edge, then go even further Our identity is based around that. It will always be a natural progression.
“ These are bad things. These are dark places. Only this music could bring this out of us. Parent’s feel like we’re stealing there kids from them and we’re not. After a kid gets to be a certain age, they figure out a lot of shit on there own.
“ The music is so important because it gets them through that. Just like them it’s gotten to the point where this cannot be controlled any longer.”

You would think that with a band that’s sold nearly two million records in the U.S alone, would feel as if they are on easy street, but Slipknot has been in many ways backed into a corner by all of those that surround them. Whether they be peers to the business. Mick laid out his take on the salvos fired by another mid-western act, Mushroomhead who have suddenly adopted a masked persona.
“First of all they weren’t the first band to wear masks and neither were we and neither of us will be the last. Second of all, Roadrunner asked us if we could do without the masks and we told them ...[off] and they pretty much left us alone after that. Third of all, I’m real easy to find ... all I have to say is if you have a problem, say it to my face.”

During our separate conversations, Mick and Joey both mused on the word karma that has enveloped them and how they have drawn the conclusions that they have. Joey in particular got down on the cold reality that often is this business.
“ You know, now that we have accomplished a lot, we’ve grown more bitter then we were before. Besides our manager, everybody in this business sucks. We caught people stealing from us and everything.
“ Then you got people twisting your words for their own gain, and it eats at you and eats at you. Its a war, its one I really take seriously.
“ I have no other anything besides Slipknot. I’m either working on the music or if were touring I’m making sure everything is going well. If we don’t keep everything in check, things will just be ...[screwed].”
Mick on the other hand got way more specific and personal as to why he feels what goes around, comes around. “ We do all these tours and everybody’s kissing our ass now. Like now we see tour managers that used to treat us like shit when we were opening for their band. “ They’re all friendly and shit now that their band is opening for us. I remember everything. So I’m being as cool as I can but I’m thinking “ I remember when you were a dick to me and wouldn’t let me get catering because I couldn’t be in the same room as your band when they got there.”
“ Of course then they end up saying ‘you know dude, the band made me do that, i love you guys.”
The guitarist who “doesn’t grant to many interviews unless there guitar magazines” feels that in many ways Slipknot is under appreciated musically.
“ Yeah we never get our due as musicians. I understand why. All these years any sort of rock that has presented theatrically has never really been serious...I mean look at Kiss. Still, I didn’t spend 17 years of my life getting my skills together to suck. I’m a killer guitarist and I’m putting out a solo record soon on Slash Records that hopefully will get some people to pay attention to that.”
“ You know what? The same people that talk shit wouldn’t be the same people that would check that sort of record out anyway. You’re going to see a lot of different types of things come out of this band like that. We’ve only begun... so we’ll prove them all wrong, very, very wrong.”

Looking at the bile, you may think that these guys are hard to get along with. Personally I’ve never had a problem with any of them as they shoot straight. They believe what they believe and if you have a problem with that...Too Bad.
Even if you like or dislike what they d, you gotta admit that’s the basic principal that keeps rock, metal, whatever you want to call it, alive. More times than not an interview is the farthest thing from what its title suggests, as it’s more of an exchange of agendas then real truth.
So for all you that wonder why Slipknot has connected with so many, there’s one word that comes to mind...Honesty. So it’s fitting that Mick ended our end of this feature by breaking down some of the various ways his life has come full circle. “ There’s so many things that have changed over the past 5 and a half years. I went from being a fan of bands like Metallica, Testament, Exodus and Slayer to seeing all these people I went through high school with get into some of that music to be the guy that those people are now paying to see.

“ In high school none of those people were into Metallica. They just were ready for the machine. Go to college, get married, get a bullshit job, have some kids and die.
You know what pisses me off is when I went to a Metallica show after they got all big, and saw that these people had better seats then me. That pissed me off so bad, So Slipknot is for those kids now.
“ The new record is so brutal that if you’re a fly-by-night fan, you’ll hate it. There’s no way you’ll like it if your just into us for whatever reason. You’re going to have to be a real fan. It will definitely get rid of some posers. What’s going to be cool is going to my high school reunion soon. My girlfriend was seriously telling me that I should show up with two hookers on my arm. Like look here I am, What are you?”

This Interview was e-mailed to me by, Louisa Lau, Thanx again Louisa for the Interview, and Thanx for actually taking the time out to type it!!!!!!!!
and for the rest of u fuckers, I know that some of you have seen other interviews that I dont have, or have interviews that I dont have, well, please send some in!!!! I said before...U will get full credit for the interview, so its not like im "stealing"....Ok?????.....Damn Kidz.....

Words: Ben Myers Photo: Paul Harries Kerrang Yearbook 2001
Joey Jordison Slipknot

K!: On a scale of 1 to 666, how mental has this year been?

J: Ha, ha! Pretty mental. The shows we've just played are undoubtedly the best that we've ever done and we're more focused than ever but at the same time, as far as our mental state goes, we're losing it, man. Oh yeah. Making 'Iowa', the music came out so fast that we gave ourselves over to it completely, but it really doesn't matter. We're always mental.

K!: In true rock-pig fashion you seem to be using a rather ludicrous rotating drum kit these days. What's that all about?

J: It's vomit-inducing and headache-inducing and you don't want to play it with a hangover, I'll tell you that much. The drummer should never have to be stationary, particularly if the other percussionists are moving - Fehn and Shawn both have some crazy shit going on - so I knew I had to do something special. Shawn helped me in the design and construction of it all.

K!: So what does the drum kit do?

J: Basically it rises 15 feet up in the air, then it tilts to a 90 degree angle so I'm playing horizontally, then it turns upside down. It's f**king exhausting. The four minutes that I'm in that thing are so f**king strenuous on you mind and body - much harder than the rest of the set put together. When I get to that angle its negative G-force, dude, and your arms and legs just want to hang down, so you have to fight that and concentrate on playing. Plus i can't actually see the audience - it's just blackness and noise.

K!: Face it, you want to be Tommy Lee...

J: Absolutely! I know Tommy and he's a f**king cool guy. I can't deny that he's inspired me in some way.

K!: Where has been the best city you've visited this year?

J!: Well, it might sound like the easy way out to this question, but every US show we played on the ˜Pledge of Allegiance?your with System of A Down was awesome. Every city was going ape-shit, possibly because of the current political situation. Philadelphia was particularly off the hook, as was LA. In LA we had the biggest circle pit you've ever seen. A whirlwind of bodies. It was hard not to quit playing and just let my jaw drop.

K!: What about when you were in Europe?

J: I really love European culture and I feel totally at ease over there, but all my minutes in the day are always taken up. I want some f**king Kerrang! readers to take me shopping the next time we're over.

K!: What did you think about the maggots who picked up the Kerrang! Award for Best International Live Act on your behalf?

J: That f**king rules! That's the way to do it! That made it all worthwhile and I guess it showed that we speak to our fans. I guess it was our way of giving something back to them. I never saw what they looked like, but I heard all about it. The maggots rule!

K!: On whose behalf would you accept an award?

J: If I could accept an award for Venom, dude, I would f**king piss myself. That's if they ever won anything.

K!: What has been you preferred choice of tour bus viewing this year? J: Well, when we were making the album we watched the Playboy channel all day, every day, so I guess I'd have to say it's been that.

K!: This past year has seen at least three Slipknot books published - have you read any of them?

J: No, I've heard about them, thought. I heard one has an unmasked picture of Shawn in it. I heard a couple of them were really lame, but it always happens. I mean Marilyn Manson and Nirvana have shit-loads of books out there about them. I guess it at least shows you're making a difference and that there's a market out there for what you're doing.

K!: Who's the coolest person you've met this year?

J: Probably Lord Ahriman from Dark Funeral. I haven't met him in the flesh but i've been talking to him on the phone after he wrote me a letter in the summer to say that he was a Slipknot fan. We hope to do something together at some point. He's very cool and i love his band.

K!: Have you had time to pursue any other of your solo projects?

J: Me and Daron (Malakian, System Of A Down guitarist) are touring together right now but unfortunately we haven't been able to work on anything. Because both of our records just came out we're totally consumed with the live shows. Even if we get started right now, we'll soon be doing our separate shows so it's going to be hard to put together. We're still doing it thought and whatever happens, it's going to be great. Daron is a phenomenal guitarist.

K!: Of all the band you seem like the most hands-on in the studio. Do you harbour ambitions to be a producer?

J: Abso-f**king-lutely, man! Right now I'm concentrating on Slipknot but it's definitely something I intend to do. In fact, I can guarantee that you'll see my name as producer on the record of some band that I like at some point in the future.

K!: What motto or maxim best sums up Slipknot's attitude in 2001?

J: We've always said that universal domination is more important than world domination. And we're doing it.

K!: What's the sickest thing you've seen this year?

J: Obviously its got to be the Word Trade Center attack; seeing a plane being driven into the two biggest economic buildings in America and all those people losing their lives. It's f**king weird in America right now but we're bouncing back hard.

K!: Do you get recognised much these days?

J: This is weird. The red streaks in my hair have been my trademark for some time now and a lot of people have started ripping them off, so yesterday I finally got rid of them. All my hair is black now and yesterday's show was my first without my red streaks and it was extremely cool, probably the best we've ever done, strangely enough. But my height gives me away anyway because I'm really short, so those kids will always track me down.

K!: You still nicknamed "Superball"?

J: Yeah, I'm still f**king crazy and still bouncing off the walls all time!

Six of the best

Best friend:
F**k. I do know how to answer that, but I'm not sure whether I can. I'll say Paul, our bass player. We're together everyday writing the new record.

Best advice:
Good question, man. Being in Slipknot, people give me advice all the time and it pretty much goes in one ear and comes out the other because we pretty much break all the rules and damage ourselves day in, day out. Much as I sometimes want to listen to advice, I generally don't bother, although my mother did advise me not to drink too much on tour!

Best ass:
Best ass? I know but I'm not saying. I'll get in big trouble with my girl-friend if I answer that one honestly. Next question.

Personal best:
The success of the current Slipknot record, for sure. The response that it's been getting is absolutely amazing. We're having way more fun than we did with the first record.

Best night out:
Pretty much every night on the Ozzfest tour. Me and Manson had some really crazy nights, for sure. It was all a big blur. It was like one big night with naps in between. I pretty much didn't see daylight.

Best Buy:
The Mentors Greatest Hits Album. El Duce man! And I bought a car, too. What kind is it? Oh you know! Whatever.

Interview takin from Roadrunner Records....
Roadrunner Records' Interview with Joey Jordison:

During the early morning hours of May 24th, Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison took a few moments to answer a few questions to get us all acquainted with his current project, Murderdolls...

Everything you need to get up to speed on the upcoming Murderdolls release... Sit back, relax, and read (May 24th, 2002):

Roadrunner: Good Morning, Joey. And what time would it be where you are at right now?
Joey: Ah, let me check, something like 12:30 in the afternoon...I haven't seen 12:30...I know at least in the last three fuckin' weeks.
Roadrunner: And what has your day consisted of so far?
Joey: Well I took a piss and stumbled over, stubbed my toe on a fuckin' few cd's on the floor, and then I came back in and waited on your phone call.
Roadrunner: And by the time this day is all said and done, what will you have accomplished?
Joey: Well, I'm continuing on a song called "Slit My Wrist" right now, which could be the lead off track on our album, and that's the song I'm currently mixing right now.
Roadrunner: So, your basic schedule right now - mixing the album?
Joey: I'm mixing at SR Audio in Des Moines, Iowa. I go into the studio about 5:00 at night and I don't leave there until probably about 6 or 7 in the morning.
Roadrunner: Let's start, Murderdolls. You say this band was formed back in 1995. How active has the band been over the past seven years?
Joey: Yeah, actually it was...we were very active during '95 all the way through '98. I started playing with Slipknot in September of '95 - me, Paul, and Shawn initially got together with a couple other people and formed the band. So, I was playing live shows with them (Murderdolls) on my off time from Slipknot. We only really stopped when Slipknot went to make the first record and go on tour, so it was definitely put on hold to do Slipknot for quite a while.
Roadrunner: So, would you consider Murderdolls a side project or not?
Joey: A lot of people view it as a side band, it's really not a side's just my other project that I've done. A lot of people around here in Iowa have known that for quite some time, but now I guess it's time for the world to see what else I've done.
Roadrunner: Now, in Murderdolls, have you always played guitar in this band? Actually, what was your first instrument?
Joey: Yeah, absolutely (always played guitar in Murderdolls). I started with guitar at age five. I only played drums because I was in a band playing the guitar and the drummer wasn't cutting it, so I just filled in and kind of stuck with it. Drums came really easy to me, whereas guitar I had to work just a little bit harder.
Roadrunner: So you're actually a guitarist first and a drummer second?
Joey: You could look at it that way, but I think a lot of people would look at it the other way (laughs).
Roadrunner: You can say that again - onward - you guys were always called the Rejects until recently (at this point Joey let's out a big yawn - hey, it's early yet) , where did this Murderdolls name come from?
Joey: It was a name that I came up with a long time ago. We had always toyed with changing the name, but I guess felt uncomfortable cause we thought we already had a certain type of name out there and didn't want to fuck with it.
Roadrunner: How was this band formed? Are you considered a founding member?
Joey: Yeah, me and my ex-singer (Dizzy Draztik) formed it, and we recently just parted ways. Actually, the band has just been completely renewed. It's really not the Rejects anymore, it was kinda just disbanded, the name was a little too punk rock, like the Ramones.
Roadrunner: You can say that again...
Joey: It kind of pigeonholed. Our new name has a little more controversy to it, it's a little more vivid, a little more colorful, you can kind of tell a bit more what the band is about. Once I found Wednesday, he and I started writing songs and it was so comfortable. It's like when you find that other guy in a band that you can write songs with…and we just started writing songs and bringing them into the Rejects, but they didn't really seem to fit. Wednesday's an amazing singer and we kind of renewed the band from there.
Roadrunner: Let's talk about Wednesday 13, how long ago did he become the singer of the band? (at this point Joey goes off on a tangent, before zeroing back in by asking, "What was the question? I'm scatterbrain right now.")
Roadrunner: How long has Wednesday 13 been singing in the band?
Joey: Oh, he's actually only been singing with us for, probably since the beginning of this year.
Roadrunner: Didn't he play something else in the band previously?
Joey: He used to play bass in the band before, and that's how we pulled him in. He brought some songs in, and plain and simple, his voice just suited the songs better.
Roadrunner: So you and Wednesday are the 2 songwriters in the band. The songs that you guys recorded, any the same from back in 1995?
Joey: It's all new stuff. Again, back to when Wednesday joined, it was just a rebirth of the band.
Roadrunner: Where did you guys record?
Joey: I've always done it at the same studio, SR Audio, here in Des Moines, Iowa. It's a great, phenomenal studio. The "Spit It Out" track from our first Slipknot record was done there, my Manson remix, the 'New Abuse Mix' of "My Plague" was tracked there...we do a lot of Slipknot work there. I know that studio inside and out, so we just did it there.
Roadrunner: When did you guys record?
Joey: Say again?
Roadrunner: When, when?
Joey: Ah, shit. There was a session in November and December of 2001, then there's the most recent session we did which was the end of March/early April.
Roadrunner: The Murderdolls album, how many songs will it be? How many did you record?
Joey: It will be 15 songs, and we actually recorded 21.
Roadrunner: Who actually plays what on the album?
Joey: I play all the drum tracks on the record. You can tell it's me.
Roadrunner: You can say that again - I've only heard "Dead In Hollywood" and it screams your drumming.
Joey: That's the thing, even though it's not 'metaled' out like Slipknot shit is - the super fast double bass and super fills. It's not like that at all. It's more of a hard hitting, trashy rock 'n' roll vibe. But you can tell it's me. It's fuckin' obvious.
Roadrunner: So you played all the drums in the studio. And as for guitar?
Joey: I played rhythm guitar. Tripp (Eisen, Static X) played leads on the record - he wasn't able to contribute rhythm and all that stuff because he was on tour so much. It wasn't planned that way, just the way it worked out - we've done everything so fuckin' backwards in this band. Wednesday played some rhythm guitar on the songs, played some bass on some tracks, I played some bass on some tracks. Actually, Wednesday contributed a couple leads too, did all the lead vocals. Tripp and I did back ups.
Roadrunner: Purely you, Wednesday, and Tripp on the recording. And Erik (Griffin, bass) and Ben (Graves, drums) will be with you on tour?
Joey: Yeah, they were people we talked to, auditioned, and they fuckin' fit, ya know? You find those people like when Kiss met Ace Frehley and you're like, that's the fuckin' sound.
Roadrunner: So, right now, why is this the time to release it?
Joey: I feel the songs are in order, it is what I think I need the world to hear now. It's something completely different. Also, Wednesday's voice & Tripp's leads, which he's not really known for - It's a side of us that no one else has heard. And this kid Wednesday, he's definitely a fuckin' star, for sure.
Roadrunner: I hate labeling music, or saying what kind it is...
Joey: Oh, we don't fuckin' care, we'll label it...
Roadrunner: How would you describe Murderdolls?
Joey: We're not trying to reinvent the wheel whatsoever, that's not what this band is about. Loud, aggressive, real blood & guts rock 'n' roll. That's what we do.
Roadrunner: And you guys plan on taking this out on the road soon, ya?
Joey: Yeah, we're gonna start touring the middle of July, US and Europe.
Roadrunner: And this will take you to the end of the year?
Joey: Yep, take us all through the end of the year - unless one of us dies on an overdose...
Roadrunner: Rock. And the future of Slipknot, then?
Joey: Still very much in Slipknot. Just had a meeting with those guys yesterday, and our plans are getting mapped out, ya know? Gonna start recording our next record at the beginning of next year. Everything is good in that camp, solid as hell.
Roadrunner: '69 GTO or '70 Charger?
Joey: Oh, that's hard. An '81 rusted Pinto with a donut tire filled with drugs.
Roadrunner: Any last thing you'd like to say about Murderdolls?
Joey: We're a very tongue & cheek band. A lot of our shit is very offensive and can be taken the wrong way, for sure. But I think that's a lot of what is fun about this band - we're serious about not being serious. We're like the musical equivalent of being kicked in the fuckin' teeth.
Roadrunner: Good closing line, my man.
Joey: Yeah, our merchandise will go great, too.
Roadrunner: Can't wait to see it. All the best and thank you for the time... go take a nap.
Joey: Yeah, I don't even know where the hell I'm at...(laughs)
Roadrunner: Rock. We thank Joey for his time. Keep checking back - more interviews with Joey, Tripp, and Wednesday 13 coming...

Another Interview taken from Roadrunner Records...

During a discussion with Joey Jordison about the upcoming Murderdolls release, the subject got diverted to cars...and that is where we pick up with the conversation, for a bit of Joey's insight:

Joey -'s definitely the Phantasm car. You've seen that movie?

Roadrunner - The Phantasm what? (spoken with slight hesitation)

Joey - The Phantasm car. You've never seen Phantasm? (spoken with 70% strict authority and 30% disbelief)

Roadrunner - Noooo...(spoken with even more hesitation, and softer)

Joey - You're killing me! (spoken loud, very loud...with more authority)

Roadrunner - ahhh, no.

Joey - Ahhh man, go rent it - that's one of the best horror movies of all time. That's what we're referring to in the song "Dead In Hollywood", 'HEY TALL MAN, JUST TAKE MY HAND, AND LEAD ME TO YOUR RED PLANET.'

Roadrunner - uh huh.

Joey - The tall man's the fuckin', basically one of the most classic horror film characters in all history. But that's the main car that's driven in there, a '72 Barracuda Hemi.

To hear exactly what Joey is talking about, be sure to check out the MP3 HERE.

As far as the movie Phantasm goes, we leave you with its tagline, "If this one doesn't scare you, you're already dead!"

Murderdolls - Beyond The Valley Of The Murderdolls - coming late summer 2002

Taken from Rock Sound...

Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison (1) has been talking to rock sound about his two new bands Murderdolls and Hell Pig.

Murderdolls is a re-named version of Jordison's pre-Slipknot band The Rejects, who now feature former Frankenstein Drag Queens From Planet 13 mainman Wednesday 13. He replaces Dizzy Draztik. The band also features Static X axeman Tripp Eisen, bassist Erik Griffin and drummer Ben Graves. Talking to rock sound Jordison said that Wednesday's band had definitely split because of the musical similarities:

"The Drag Queens are done, basically because when Wednesday met up it emerged we had the same sort of thing going on and me and him work so well together there was really little point. What would be the point of him keeping the band together as they are similar and he's their vocalist too, so it¹d be two of the same band, so fuck that!"

Citing Alice Cooper, The Misfits, The Plasmatics and B-movie horror flicks as the main inspiration behind the band, Jordison said he hoped to bring some fun back into the rock scene.

"We're not trying to reinvent the wheel, we don't think we're the most original thing, but I do think the fun aspect for a lot of live shows and a lot of humour is missing right now and the tongue-in-cheek shit. Rock 'n' roll's kinda gone over-emotional and you have to fucking mathematically dissect all the lyrics now. I love that stuff too, and being in Slipknot I get that all out there, but just letting loose a bit more is where this comes in great and totally handy!"

The band release their debut album 'Beneath The Valley Of The Murderdolls' on August 19 through Roadrunner. You can hear the band at

Jordison has also teamed up with Killjoy from Necrophagia for a strict black metal project called Hell Pig.

"It's going to be the insane! Since I play guitar in Murderdolls and it's more of a rock 'n' roll glammy vibe. People might be thinking 'what the hell is he doing that for?'! I'm going to put out a record that has the most insane drumming I¹ve ever fucking done, I¹m just going to blast shit so fucking fast! We're going to do that later on this year. Killjoy actually offered me Necrophagia's drum slot right now but I couldn't do it because I'm doing Murderdolls."

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SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison has teamed up with NECROPHAGIA frontman Killjoy in a black metal project called HELL PIG.

"It's going to be insane!" Jordison told Britain's Rock Sound magazine. "Since I play guitar in MURDERDOLLS and it's more of a rock 'n' roll glammy vibe. People might be thinking, 'What the hell is he doing that for?' I'm going to put out a record that has the most insane drumming I've ever fucking done, I'm just going to blast shit so fucking fast! We're going to do that later on this year. Killjoy actually offered me NECROPHAGIA's drum slot right now but I couldn't do it because I'm doing MURDERDOLLS."

Joey also spoke about the inspiration behind the aforementioned MURDERDOLLS, the new band he formed with singer Wednesday 13 (formerly of North Carolina horror-metal outfit FRANKENSTEIN DRAG QUEENS FROM PLANET 13), ex-DOPE/current STATIC-X guitarist Tripp Eisen, bassist Erik Griffin and drummer Ben Graves.

"We're not trying to reinvent the wheel, we don't think we're the most original thing, but I do think the fun aspect for a lot of live shows and a lot of humor is missing right now and the tongue-in-cheek shit," Jordison told the magazine. "Rock 'n' roll's kinda gone over-emotional and you have to fucking mathematically dissect all the lyrics now. I love that stuff too, and being in SLIPKNOT I get that all out there, but just letting loose a bit more is where this comes in great and totally handy!"

MURDERDOLLS are due to release their debut album, entitled Beneath The Valley Of The Murderdolls, on August 20th through Roadrunner Records.