Donnie Steele was the original guitarist for Slipknot recruited even before Josh Brainard . He played guitar on their independent demo Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat.Before Slipknot, Steele was also in a band with current Slipknot member Mick Thompson, and former Slipknot Members Paul Gray and Anders Colsefini called Body Pit. Steele left the band supposedly because he "found God", but this is unsubstantiated and is left to individual speculation. He did not wear a mask during his time with Slipknot.
Jim Root revealed that he was involved with a few of the studio recordings of ".5 The Gray Chapter" but had ultimatley declined to rejoin Slipknot full-time in favor of starting a family with his wife.
|Current Members:||Sid Wilson | Chris Fehn | Jim Root | Shawn Crahan | Craig Jones | Mick Thomson | Corey Taylor|
|Former Members:||Paul Gray | Greg Welts | Brandon Darner | Josh Brainard | Anders Colsefini | Donnie Steele | John Green | Quan Nong | Patrick M. Neuwirth | Joey Jordison|