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    Default Slipknot - 5: The Gray Chapter

    enters the Billboard chart this week at #1

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    4.0 of 5.0 from allmusic

    5th studio album
    out of my range
    but it may be in SteveO's

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    Bio - from allmusic

    Slipknot's mix of grinding, post-Korn alternative metal, Marilyn Manson-esque neo-shock rock, and rap-metal helped make them one of the most
    popular bands in the so-called nu-metal explosion of the late '90s. But even more helpful was their theatrical, attention-grabbing image: the
    band always performed in identical industrial jump suits and homemade Halloween masks, and added to its mysterious anonymity by adopting the
    numbers zero through eight as stage aliases. Add to that a lyrical preoccupation with darkness and nihilism, and an affectionately insulting
    name for their fans ("Maggots"), and Slipknot's blueprint for nu-metal success was set.

    Slipknot were formed in late 1995 in the unlikely locale of Des Moines, IA; after some early personnel shifts, the nine-piece lineup settled
    around (in order from number zero to number eight): DJ Sid Wilson, drummer Joey Jordison, bassist Paul Gray, percussionist Chris Fehn, guitarist
    James Root, sampler/programmer Craig Jones, percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan, guitarist Mick Thompson, and lead vocalist Corey Taylor. The
    music scene in Des Moines wasn't much to speak of, and the band's big-time ambition was usually met with disbelief and ridicule, which provided
    the initial spark for its mostly anonymous stage visuals. On Halloween 1996, Slipknot self-released an album called Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.,
    which began to build a buzz around the group once it found its way to several labels. It was picked up for distribution by the Nebraska-based -
    ismist label, and also caught the attention of Roadrunner Records, which signed Slipknot in 1997. Working with producer Ross Robinson, Slipknot
    recorded their official, self-titled debut album, which was released in 1999. They gradually built an audience through near-constant touring,
    working their way up to the summer Ozzfest package tour, which really expanded their audience. Their live shows were a much-discussed hit with
    metal fans, and the band performed with such energy that Crahan gashed his head open on his own drum kit twice that summer, requiring stitches
    both times. The tracks "Wait and Bleed" and "Spit It Out" got the band some airplay, but most of the buzz came from touring and word of mouth.
    Finally, in the spring of 2000, Slipknot was certified platinum; the first such album in Roadrunner's history.

    The anticipation for Slipknot's follow-up was intense, and many industry observers predicted that it would debut at number one; however, faced
    with some stiff competition that week, the band's sophomore effort, Iowa, bowed at number three upon its release in 2001. More heavy touring
    followed, including another, more prominent slot on that summer's Ozzfest. After a long spell on the road, Slipknot took a break while the
    members worked on side projects. The band set up its own label, Maggot Recordings, and signed a band called Downthesun, whose lead singer had
    served as Crahan's drum technician. Wilson, meanwhile, began DJing solo under the name DJ Starscream, and Root and Thompson both worked on solo
    material. Drummer Jordison worked with a side group called the Rejects, where he'd actually served for quite some time as guitarist. Taylor,
    meanwhile, started a side band called Superego, and also contributed a solo song, "Bother," to the soundtrack of the 2002 blockbuster Spider-
    Man. That May, the band got some amusing press when some of its fans discovered the website of a British crocheting group also called
    "Slipknot," and flooded the members' in-boxes with excessively rude e-mails.

    Guitarist Joey Jordison and Static-X guitarist Tripp Eisen teamed that summer for the Murderdolls project, while Taylor re-formed his old band
    Stone Sour and released an album. By the winter, Slipknot had still not reunited and Taylor wrote a commentary on the band's website stating
    that they had not spoken in months, and that they'd rather break up than become "the next Gwar." The statement sparked a quickly resolved mini-
    feud between Taylor and Gwar frontman Oderus Urungus. but it also sent many of the Maggots into a tailspin. By early 2003, Taylor had retracted
    his comments, and announced plans for a new Slipknot album. That August the entire squad decamped Iowa for L.A., where they began work on the
    new record with producer Rick Rubin. "Pulse of the Maggots" appeared in early 2004 as an exclusive download; it was followed by a full track
    listing for Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses. Slipknot then embarked on a brief tour as a warm-up for their dates headlining Ozzfest that summer.
    (The group also debuted a fully redesigned third generation of their famous masks.) Subliminal Verses was released in May 2004. It peaked at
    number two on the Billboard 200, and the band toured steadily for the next year and a half in support. They released a two-disc live album in
    November 2005, followed by a slew of side projects (Taylor and Root formed Stone Sour, while Jordison sat in with Ministry and Korn) before
    releasing their fourth full-length album, All Hope Is Gone, in 2008. Slipknot made a number of festival appearances during summer of the
    following year, and also embarked on their All Hope Is Gone world tour. On May 24, 2010, the body of bassist Paul Gray was discovered by a
    maintenance worker in an Urbandale, IA, hotel room; he was 38 years old at the time of his death, which was later revealed to have been the
    result of an accidental drug overdose. The band decided to carry on without him, saying it was what he would have wanted.

    Two years after suffering the tragedy of losing Gray, the band released their first compilation. Spanning thirteen years of output, Antennas to
    Hell: The Best of Slipknot brought together the best studio cuts from Corey Taylor and co., along with a selection of bonus material, including
    their full performance at 2009's Download Festival. In 2013 Slipknot started work on what was to become their fifth studio album. During the
    recording process, it was revealed that drummer Joey Jordison had left the band, in murky circumstances which were widely held to be
    acrimonious, and that the band had recruited a new rhythm section. Both drummer and bassist were still anonymous at the time of the album's
    release, but were rumored to be, respectively, Jay Weinberg, formerly of Against Me, and Alessandro Venturella, formerly of Cry for Silence.
    Titled .5: The Gray Chapter in honor of their fallen bandmate, the album was slated for release in October 2014. Marking a return to a more raw,
    brutal, dissonant sound reminiscent of their earlier work, it was promoted with the singles "The Negative One" and "The Devil in I," which
    featured music videos directed by Shawn Crahan.

    Album Review - from allmusic

    While even a cursory listen to Slipknot's back catalog makes it clear the band are no strangers to working out their inner turmoil and pain
    through their music, never has that idea been so abundantly clear as it is on their fifth outing, .5: The Gray Chapter. Their first studio album
    since 2008's All Hope Is Gone, the album finds the band still recovering from the loss of founding bassist Paul Gray, whose death in 2010 hit
    them pretty hard. Rather than allowing their pain and anger destroy them, they were able to harness that energy and focus it, allowing them to
    create one of their most visceral and dynamic albums to date. Combining the punishing, pummeling metal of the band's early work with the more
    melodic focus of their later years, The Gray Chapter shows off just how unexpectedly wide the band's range is, going from a plaintive,
    atmospheric ballad like album-opener "XIX" to a thrash-inspired pummeling like "Sarcastrophe" without missing a beat. Along with being
    Slipknot's first album without Gray, it's also notable for being their first album not to feature longtime drummer Joey Jordison, who parted
    ways with the band in 2013. While Jordison will certainly be missed, the band's mysterious new drummer, whose identity the band have done their
    damndest not to reveal, slots in marvelously, seamlessly acclimating to the band's suddenly shifting tempos and styles. Listening to the album,
    it's clear that even though Slipknot aren't over the loss of a dear friend and colleague, they're able to channel their grief into a productive
    album, allowing them to continue moving forward while paying tribute to a fallen comrade with one of the strongest albums of their career.

    the single
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    Track Listing

    1. XIX
    2. Sarcastrophe
    3. AOV
    4. The Devil in I
    5. Killpop
    6. Skeptic
    7. Lech
    8. Goodbye
    9. Nomadic
    10. The One That Kills the Least
    11. Custer
    12. Be Prepared for Hell
    13. The Negative One
    14. If Rain Is What You Want
    15. Override
    16. The Burden
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    #1 here this week
    #2 UK this week.

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    had no idea the band was this popular
    A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.
    Will Rogers

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    i guess there's a million SteveO clones in the world....!

    so there's only one last question to pose.......will the real SteveO please stand up?!?

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    I am listening to a lot of White Metal lately...great stuff!


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    It amazes me how unrecognisable these guys are from when they first appeared. Kinda makes me sad but oh well, a lot of musicians move and change with the times.

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