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Slipknot
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Release June 29th, 1999
Songs 16 (original print)
Label Roadrunner (RR#8655-1)
Recording Indigo Ranch in Malibu, California
Rating 10/10
Format CD, LP, CS
Producer Slipknot, Ross Robinson, Sean McMahon

Slipknot is the debut studio album by Slipknot. It was released on June 29, 1999 by Roadrunner Records, and later reissued in December 1999 with a slightly altered track listing and mastering, as a result of lawsuit. It is considered to be one of the band's darker, more agressive albums to be produced. It was also the first album by the band to be produced by Ross Robinson, who sought to refine Slipknot's sound rather than alter the group's musical direction.

The album spans many genres, but is generally noted for its extensive percussion and overall heavy sound. Slipknot was well received by fans and critics alike and was responsible for bringing Slipknot a large increase in popularity. The album peaked at number 51 on the Billboard 200, and has gone on to become certified double platinum in the United States, making it the band's best selling album.



Cover Art Images (using prototype Slipknot Wiki Gallery)


Recording and production

On September 29, 1998, Slipknot left Des Moines, Iowa for Indigo Ranch Studios in Malibu, California, anxious to record an album after a long wait to be signed. The album's recording process was "very aggressive and chaotic", as producer Ross Robinson strove to capture the intensity that the band created when performing live. Within three days all the drums were recorded, which contributed to the raw, live sound on the album that the band considers integral to its musical direction. By November 11, 1998, the recording of the album seemed complete and the band returned to Des Moines. During the Christmas period, guitarist Josh Brainard, who recorded on all the tracks to that point, decided to leave the band. The reasons for his departure are unclear, it was widely thought to have been because of family constraints however Brainard dispels these rumours, explaining that; "some decisions were made that I wasn't particularly happy with." His replacement was Jim Root, with whom the band returned to the studio in February 1999. Slipknot finished recording during this period, with two extra songs: a re-recording of "Me Inside", and a new track called "Purity". The mixing stages were very challenging, as drummer Joey Jordison and producer Robinson mastered the entire album by hand, with traditional equipment, instead of using computerized technology.


Musical and lyrical themes

The musical style of Slipknot is a constantly contested issue and the genres that the band are categorized in vary depending on the source, however, the band is generally regarded as nu metal, while showing influences of many different genres. The influence of death metal on the album is clear and on the subject Jordison stated; "the roots are death metal, thrash, speed metal, and I could go on and on about all those bands." The album also shows influences from alternative metal and rap metal. Slipknot has a raw, live sound due to the band performing in the studio as they do during their live shows, which are often considerably loud. Due to the band's large line-up consisting of additional percussionists and electronics the album has a very dense, layered sound. Alternative Press stated that the album used "inventive sampling, creative guitar work and an absolute percussive overload", while Q described the album as "a terrifying racket". Slipknot also includes melody, most notably in the single "Wait and Bleed" and is considered to be done with expertise and precision.

The album featured Corey Taylor as lead vocalist; he had previously appeared on their second demo which, in turn, resulted in them signing to Roadrunner Records. However, he did not appear on the band's first demo Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. upon Anders Colsefini performing as lead vocalist of Slipknot at the time. Rick Anderson of Allmusic noted that on "Scissors", Taylor "actually sounds like he's about to burst into tears." Taylor's aggressive, expletive filled lyrics were described as, "lyrics that are discernible are not generally quotable on a family website; suffice it to say that the members of Slipknot are not impressed with their fathers, their hometown, or most anything else." "Eeyore", a hidden track at the end of "Scissors", plays after a dialogue among band members that was recorded while they were viewing a scene in a pornographic movie involving coprophilia. The song describes Taylor's rage against a man who issued a death threat to him during a Slipknot concert. It has been played live many times and appears on both the DVD Disasterpieces and the live album 9.0: Live.


Reception

Slipknot was well received by critics and fans; following its release the band gained popularity beyond their own expectations. Reviewing for Allmusic, Rick Anderson awarded the album four out of five stars calling it "an auspicious debut" and proclaimed, "You thought Limp Bizkit was hard? They're the Osmonds. These guys are something else entirely. And it's pretty impressive." The album's aggression and heavy sound was widely praised; Rolling Stone stated Slipknot is "metal with a capital m", Kerrang! added "raw and wholly uncompromising, each track delivered a powerful blow to the senses" and in 2001, Q included the album in their list of the "50 Heaviest Albums of All Time". CMJ ranked the album as the twelfth highest "Editorial Pick" for 1999. The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

A single from the album, "Wait and Bleed", was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 2001 Grammy Awards. The song was also named the 36th greatest metal song of all time, by VH1. The release of the album and the touring which followed, greatly increased the band's popularity. The album became the "biggest selling extreme metal album at the time." It was ranked by American Soundscan as the fastest selling metal debut in Soundscan's history. On May 2, 2000, the album was certified platinum in the United States, a first for any album released by Roadrunner Records. In the United States, it has sold over 2,000,000 copies; on February 5, 2005, the RIAA certified it Double Platinum. In Canada, the Canadian Recording Industry Association certified the album as Platinum on October 10, 2000. The British Phonographic Industry has certified the album as Platinum on October 17, 2008 in the UK.


Controversy

"Can you imagine a girl being buried in a box and have all this lecherous bullshit drip down on her from this guy? It just hurts your head." —Corey Taylor on the story which inspired the song "Purity" After the release of the album, the band was accused of copyright infringement regarding the lyrics of the song "Purity". Taylor was inspired by a story he had read about a girl named Purity Knight who was kidnapped and buried alive. Although Taylor insisted that he thought the story was true, the author claimed it was fictional. The author objected to its use in the song and Slipknot were forced to remove "Purity" and its short sample-filled prelude "Frail Limb Nursery" from the album. As a result, the band released slightly remastered standard and digipak versions of the album in December 1999, replacing both tracks with "Me Inside". The band however still play the song during live performances and it is included in the band's second DVD Disasterpieces as well as the live album 9.0 Live.


Review

Review from Slipknot-metal.com


"The album cover of this self-titled release depicts the nine members of Slipknot in creepy masks, the dark image confirmed by the presence of a parental advisory sticker. Inside, foul language and subversive lyrics complete the picture. Yet Slipknot are no Insane Clown Posse, using hyperbole to mask a lack of talent. Slipknot's sound, while indebted to the likes of Korn , is more aggressive and creative; indeed, it's a closer kind to Slayer and death metal, yet listenable and surprisingly melodic. The common denominator among Slipknot and the late 1990s crop of neo-metal-rap bands is producer Ross Robinson (Korn, Limp Bizkit ), who discovered the Iowa-bred Slipknot and signed them to his label, I Am Records. His stellar production, melded with wonderfully creepy percussive elements, a sampler, a DJ, metallic-grind guitars, and singer Corey Taylor's immense passion and wide melodic range, makes Slipknot immensely listenable. Slipknot isn't for everyone, but they provide a visceral and satisfying ride for fans of the hard stuff.

Slipknot's 'first' album is certainly for fans of the genre - the tracks are generally loud metal, but each song sounds in some way distinctive, from Corey's undeniable singing talent put on display in tracks such as 'Wait and Bleed' and 'Spit It Out', to the consistantly heavy and inventive drumming of 'sic'.

Combine this with often refreshingly intelligent lyrics, and equally refreshing melodic vocals between the shouting, and you begin to realise that Slipknot's music goes above and beyond the band's image.

Buy this album, listen to it all the way through with an open mind, and i defy any metal/rock fan not to be impressed."

Album Rating 10/10


Track listing

All songs credited to Slipknot.

Original

  1. "742617000027" – 0:36
  2. "(Sic)" – 3:19
  3. "Eyeless" – 3:56
  4. "Wait and Bleed" – 2:27
  5. "Surfacing" – 3:38
  6. "Spit it Out" – 2:39
  7. "Tattered and Torn" – 2:54
  8. "Frail Limb Nursery" – 0:45
  9. "Purity" – 4:14
  10. "Liberate" – 3:06
  11. "Prosthetics" – 4:58
  12. "No Life" – 2:47
  13. "Diluted" – 3:23
  14. "Only One" – 2:26
  15. "Scissors" – 19:16
  • "Eeyore" (hidden track) – 2:28

Reissue

Only showing Tracks 8-14


  1. "Me Inside" – 2:39
  2. "Liberate" – 3:06
  3. "Prosthetics" – 4:58
  4. "No Life" – 2:47
  5. "Diluted" – 3:23
  6. "Only One" – 2:26
  7. "Scissors" – 19:16
  • "Eeyore" (hidden track) – 2:28

US digipak bonus tracks

Only showing tracks 14-21


  1. "Scissors" (edit) – 8:25
  2. "Get This" – 2:03
  3. "Spit it Out" (Hyper Version) – 2:24
  4. "Wait And Bleed " (Terry Date Mix) – 2:31
  5. "Interloper" (demo version) – 2:18
  6. "Despise" (demo version) – 3:41
  7. "Surfacing" (live) – 12:39
  • "Eeyore" (hidden track) – 2:28

International digipak bonus tracks

"Scissors" (edit) - 8:25 "Get This" - 2:03


"Interloper" - 2:18


"Despise" - 17:30


"Eeyore" (hidden track) - 2:28


Original digipak bonus tracks

"Scissors" (edit) - 8:25 "Me Inside" - 2:39


"Get This" - 2:03


"Interloper" (demo version) - 2:18


"Despise" (demo version) - 17:30


"Eeyore" (hidden track) - 2:28



Release History

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Worldwide Release June 29, 1999 RoadRunner Records Compact Disk RR 8655-2
Digipack Album RR 8655-5
Worldwide Reissue December, 1999 Compact Disk RR 8655-8
digipack album RR 8655-9
Japan Digipack Album 1686-185112
United States Gramophone Record RR 8655-1
Unusual Types Of Gramophone

records#Picture disc

RR 8655-6

Personnel

  • (#8) Corey Taylor – vocals
  • (#7) Mick Thomson – guitars
  • Josh Brainard – guitars
  • (#4) Jim Root – guitars
  • (#2) Paul Gray – bass
  • (#1) Joey Jordison – drums, mixing
  • (#6) Shawn Crahan – custom percussion, backing vocals
  • (#3) Chris Fehn – custom percussion, backing vocals
  • (#0) Sid Wilson – turntables
  • (#5) Craig Jones – samples, media
  • Ross Robinson – producer, mixing, A&R
  • Chuck Johnson – mixing, engineering
  • Sean McMahon – mixing
  • Rob Agnello – assistant engineering
  • Eddy Schreyer – mastering
  • Monte Conner – A&R
  • Steve Richards – worldwide management
  • Jeffrey Light – legal representation
  • Dave Kirby – bookings
  • Stefan Seskis – cover photography, inside tray photography
  • Dean Karr – band photography
  • t42design – design, lettering
  • Lynda Kusnetz – creative director

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