Slipknot is fairly new in the world of heavy metal music compared to other legends like Black Sabath and Iron Maiden. However, they’ve made their mark even with as little as 5 studio albums. Are you a huge fan? Let’s see how much you know about their albums!
Slipknot released in 1999
Their self-titled album was originally released on June 29, 1999 but was reissued in December of the same year to feature a change in the track listing because of a lawsuit. Currently the year’s best selling album, it saw the number 51 spot on the Billboard 200 and is considered by Heavy Metal Magazine’s readers as the best debut album over the last 25 years. During the recording of this album, they saw their guitarist Josh Brainard replaced by Jim Root. “Wait and Bleed” is a single from the album, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2001 for ‘Best Metal Performance’.
Iowa released in 2001
Two years later, an album with the same name of the band’s birthplace was released. Despite some personality clashes, the album was a major success, entering the top ten charts in nine countries. The album was reissued on November 1, 2011 complemented by a movie called ‘Goat’, four music videos and backstage footage during the recording of the album. The band delivered on their promise of producing an album that was darker than its predecessor, likely due to the band hating each other and the world, as confessed by percussionist Shawn Crahan during an interview in 2008.
Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) released in 2004
When this album was released, it may have surprised fans, since it was the only album thus far not to feature any profanity. The band was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance for “Before I Forget” and as 2009 came to a close, it was named the “Top Metal Song of the Decade” as voted by AOL. The album peaked at the number two spot on the US Billboard 200, Swedish Albums Chart, Finnish Albums Chart, German Albums Chart, Canadian Albums Chart and Australian Albums Chart.
All Hope Is Gone released in 2008
When the album was released in August, it was made available in two versions, standard and special edition. Hailed as the band’s “most eclectic-sounding album”, it channels anger, disaffection, obsession and their experience with the music industry. Unlike other albums, it also had a strong political focus. The album would be the last for two of the band’s original members: Joey Jordison who decided to leave the group in December 2013 and Paul Gray, who was found dead on May 24, 2010 at an Iowa hotel. Despite the negativity surrounding the album, it had a silver lining of debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart.
.5: The Gray Chapter released in 2014
The album’s fifth album paid homage to the late Paul Gray (evident in the title of the album). Even with just five singles on the album, it was received on quite a positive note by critics and even received multiple Grammy Award nominations including ‘Best Metal Performance’, ‘Best Rock Album’ and ‘Best Metal Performance’. Japan, Canada, Russia, Switzerland and the US also saw the album debut at number one. Band members have described the album as being a cross between their first and second albums and praised by critics as being “the most abrasive” album they’d released since ‘Slipknot’.
There it is – a short list of albums but enough to cement their place in heavy metal history. Which one’s your favorite album from Slipknot?
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