Slipknot is an American heavy metal band from Des Moines, Iowa. The band was founded 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 of 2019 prior to the writing of the We Are Not Your Kind album. Here are all of Slipknot’s albums ranked.
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6. All Hope Is Gone (2008)
“A bit more in the ‘Iowa’ vein speed wise on the heavy tracks. But not a ‘forced’ heavy. There are still the tidbits of melody and a couple more accessible tracks like those that made Vol. 3 so good, but for the most part this is an audio assault! Production wise it doesn’t get much better. Crystal clear without that in your face heavy sound many CD’s today have (Metallica for one). The only real throwout on this is the track ‘Dead Memories’ which just sounds out of place. At least the chorus. Cries out ‘single wanna be’. Doesn’t work for me. Skip that one. ‘Butchers Hook’ is average. ‘Snuff’ isn’t perfect. Very Stone Sour with an excellent vocal performance, just doesn’t really fit in terms of flow, with the other songs on the disc. I will say it is a good song though, just is better on its own or on a SS disc.”
5. .5 – The Gray Chapter (2014)
“I was interested and anxious to see what it would be like after all these years, the loss of Paul and departure of Joey. Somewhat to my surprise the album is pretty good. The older slipknot is closer to my heart (self titled and Iowa), however, this one still has the energy. Great metal album. if you liked the older slipknot this will not disappoint.”
4. We Are Not Your Kind (2019)
“I’ve been down every valley of worth in this art form I love so much, and after 20 plus years of being a band the collective 9 from Iowa still throw down with the best of them. I wish All Out life was on more then just the Japanese bonus track edition, and I wish it had some songs heavier then Iowa, but my brain has been conditioned with death metal, grindcore and black metal for longer then I can remember… I’m writing this review in hopes that metalheads at the same listening experience as me will lay off any juvenile remarks about Slipknot and realize metal needs bands like them to help push the boundaries of the masses and hopefully open more eyes to extreme metal. As for the record, it’s great, it’s impressive to see a band of this magnitude stay relevant after so long and write music that still appeals to an old salty bastard like me.”
3. Vol 3. The Subliminal Verses (2003)
“This is a really solid mainstream metal entry and it is VERY accessible to the casual listener. It is the “gateway album”, if you will, in getting to know these guys a little better. (I started with this one, and now have 5 of their CD’s.) Rick Rubin did a great job producing this one, and his track record is impressive – Chili Peppers, Slayer, Metallica, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Danzig, the list goes on…So, people say the band sold out/ softened up, etc. with this album. Maybe they’re just getting older and growing as musicians. It’s understandable why some longtime fans are disappointed with this album; Vol. 3 is a FAR cry from their self-titled debut. This album contains a lot more traditional song structures and isn’t as moody or atmospheric as their first two albums.”
2. Slipknot (1999)
“Arguably, one of Slipknot’s most intense and yet, solid albums with an innocent attitude. The album, like all subsequent releases from band, features a distinctive intro track with radio frequency and other electronic interference present in the background which boggle the listeners’ mind to prepare for the imminent intense guitar riffs, growling/screaming vocals with fast tempos.”
1. Iowa (2001)
“Iowa is without a doubt my favorite Slipknot album of all time. It’s heavy, it’s aggressive, and it doesn’t pull any punches whether the subject is violence or misanthropy. I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this album was nominated for many awards, including “best album of the 2000’s”. My favorite song on the album would have to be…actually, I can’t say the title due to Amazon reviews having to adhere to a PG rating, but you know which one I’m talking about. It’s the only song on the album that has an equal sign. Thank you, Slipknot, for being a healthy channel for my anger!”