Des Moines, Iowa's Slipknot are one of the most successful metal bands of the 2000's. Their 1999 breakout self-titled album got them a spot on the Ozzfest tour and solidified their reputation for over-the-top live performances. 2001's "Iowa" saw an even darker and heavier sound, which Rolling Stone writer David Fricke called "the first great record of the nu metal era." On the Ozzfest tour again, Slipknow "stole the show" and put on some of the most memorable performances in the tour's history.
After singer Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root spent time in their old band Stone Sour, Slipknot came back together to record "Vol.3 (The Subliminal Verses)", one of their most "extreme" albums yet. Incorporating far more melodic elements than had been heard in their first two CDs. Single "Before I Forget" earned the band's first Grammy award, despite a number of nominations since 2000.
After another Stone Stour album and a year off, Slipknot released what they consider to be their heaviest album yet - and their first to reach number one on the Billboard hot 100 list. A mix of thrash metal and acoustic guitars, "All Hope Is Gone" saw the band transitioning to a new sound as well as new masks.
Slipknot is on a North American tour with Jersey rockers Coheed and Cambria from January to March of 2009, and will be making a stop in Lowell at the Tsongas arena on February 6th.