The Evolution of Slipknot: 1999 – Present

What’s your favourite Slipknot album?

With recent news coming out via an interview with Corey Taylor, it seems 2019 will be the year for all things new when it comes to Slipknot (masks, outfits, touring). Much like with every gear up to a new Slipknot release, it’s hard to truly know what it’s going to sound like. We might get drip fed some info via interviews with Taylor over the coming months, but nothing’s going to wet out appetite quite like a quick look back over the evolution of Slipknot …

shall we begin?


The beginning… self-titled (1999)

Having once been described by Q magazine as “a terrifying racket,” Slipknot’s self-titled was one that dropped them into the limelight. When Shawn (Clown) decided to wear his clown mask to practice one day, the eventual idea of Slipknot wearing masks was created. From jumping off stages into garbage cans, wrapping a noose around people’s heads in the crowd to Clown coming up with the term Maggots for Slipknot fans thanks to his adventure huffing a dead bird in a jar (no really), it’s really not surprising then when you listen to early Slipknot and the sheer chaos that exudes.

Slipknot photo 1999


Two years later, the follow up… Iowa (2001)

17 years later and the phrase “People = shit” is still as fashionable to smack on a t-shirt as it was back then.  Having been included in Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest metal albums of all time back in 2017 and I’m sure a lot of you would agree in putting it towards (if not at the top) of your favourite Slipknot albums list. The sheer unapologetic intensity you get whilst listening to IOWA still leaves us feeling fuzzy inside.



Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) (2004)

Following the success of both their self-titled and IOWA, Vol. 3 provided us with so many songs that are still considered some of Slipknot’s finest today – ‘Duality,’ ‘The Blister Exists,’ ‘Pulse Of The Maggots,’ if they don’t still encapsulate what we all know and love about this band then we don’t know which songs do.  However, with so many difficulties during the actual recording process, we’re surprised it was ever finished! – With Gray going to rehab half way through and Corey heavily drinking being but two of the issues to mention.


All Hope Is Gone (2008)

I’m 99% sure no one will argue with me when I say the best song to take from this album was ‘Psychosocial,’ as to be honest it felt like ALL HOPE IS GONE didn’t quite hit the mark for the majority of fans whilst in contrast having been received generally well by critics and landing as well as their other albums in the charts. Most people’s gripe about this moment in Slipknot’s evolution can simply be put down to ALL HOPE IS GONE being too distant in sound from the likes of their former releases – Much like with every band out there, once a fan base gets hold of a particular sound of a band, when it starts to shift to whatever degree, then creates a “bring the old Slipknot” back type feeling.




.5: The Gray Chapter (2014) 

Slipknot photo 2014

It seems a lifetime ago that we were watching the music videos for the likes of ‘The Devil In I’ (probably one of our favourite videos from Slipknot), to ‘Killpop’, and the excitement to hear new Slipknot material (considering the 6 year gap from ALL HOPE IS GONE) had us giddy again (despite the obvious missing presence of not only the late Paul Gray but also with Joey Jordison no longer in the lineup).


2019… Album no. 6?

Speaking to Resurrection Fest TV, Corey Taylor said the band currently have 20 songs demoed for the new album. With the band set to be in the studio early next year, the release is pinned for the Summer if all goes to plan.

Is it too early to get excited now or???