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Slipknot Music – The Influence of Metal

by on Jul.01, 2011, under General

Clearly, Slipknot merch and albums have a strong, solid following. This is despite the fact that the band responsible for them have figured in several controversies and issues. Many other bands have had their share of conflicts and issues but this group seems to have courted controversy from the very start.

The year 1995 marked the birth of the band. It was spearheaded by Shawn Crahan and Paul Gray who were its first official members. The start already bore signs that the group wasn’t all too good at getting things organized. Other bands limited membership number but this group had a total of 13 members with up to 9 of them playing at the same time. Clearly, with too many artists on stage and on the studios, there was always a greater possibility of trouble brewing.

Early on, the band was said to have played such complicated sounds that what they produced while recording could not be played live. Initially, no one wanted to produce Slipknot music so the band had to produce its own songs with costs reportedly rising to as high as $40,000.

The band finally received its first record deal with Roadrunner Records in 1998. In 1999, they were finally able to release their self-titled debut album which in 2000 became their label’s first platinum release. The successful first work was followed in 2001 by goth clothing merch and Iowa. This second album was as well received as the first one but the following year almost saw the band fall apart as internal conflicts pushed them to go on hiatus.

From then on, the band’s status has been on rocky ground. Although a fourth release happened in 2004 with Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), the band members were again on indefinite leave by 2005. They were back together again in 2006 to receive the Best Metal Performance award at the Grammy Awards and in 2008 to release All Hope is Gone. This was followed by a third break which was punctuated by the death of Gray in 2010.

Despite the apparent lack of hope for new Slipknot albums, controversies and criticisms continue to haunt the band members on indefinite leave. Among the least disturbing of these issues is the persona adopted by the different members while performing on stage. Band members wear different masks and jumpsuits and carry numbered aliases. Critics maintain that this is a basic commercial ploy to grab more attention and sell more albums. As expected, the members have denied this.

Weightier controversies have been slapped on the group, the most significant of which are links to criminal acts. Group members have not been convicted for crimes but various criminals have cited the group’s music as influential. There have been no clear records blaming the group for these instances but metal music critics nonetheless pin the blame on this band’s overly aggressive tune and lyrics.

We’ll never know for sure how much more influential Slipknot music will become. With band members pursuing individual projects and Gray dead, there is no telling just when this group will emerge with more of the distinctive belligerent sound.

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