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Slipknot
Several members of Slipknot performing onstage
Slipknot performing in 2019
Background information
Origin Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
Genres
Years active 1995 (1995)–present
Labels Roadrunner
Associated acts Stone Sour
Members
Past members
  • Anders Colsefni
  • Greg Welts
  • Josh Brainard
  • Paul Gray
  • Joey Jordison
  • Donnie Steele
  • Chris Fehn

Slipknot is an American heavy metal band formed in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1995 by percussionist Shawn Crahan, drummer Joey Jordison and bassist Paul Gray. After several lineup changes in its early years, the band settled on nine members for more than a decade: Crahan, Jordison, Gray, Craig Jones, Mick Thomson, Corey Taylor, Sid Wilson, Chris Fehn, and Jim Root. Gray died on May 24, 2010, and was replaced during 2011–2014 by guitarist Donnie Steele. Jordison was dismissed from the band on December 12, 2013. Steele left during the recording sessions for .5: The Gray Chapter. The band found replacements in Alessandro Venturella on bass and Jay Weinberg on drums. After the departure of Jordison, as of December 2013 the only founding member in the current lineup is percussionist Crahan. Fehn was also dismissed from the band in March 2019 prior to the writing of We Are Not Your Kind.

Slipknot is well known for its attention-grabbing image, aggressive style of music, and energetic and chaotic live shows.

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