Here’s a question for all the maggots (aka. Slipknot fans). What’s your favorite Slipknot album? Corey Taylor, the lead singer of the heavy metal band, Slipknot, still describes the eponymous debut album as his favorite Slipknot record. He describes the whole experience from 1999-2001 as “so crazy!” They went through many insane experiences, from performing at Ozzfest in 1999 to a Coal Chamber tour where about half of the audience would leave. Eventually, no other band wanted to go out on the road with Slipknot. As far as the rest of their debut album tour, Corey Taylor said “So we had to headline out of necessity.”

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Slipknot performing at Ozzfest 1999

It is easy for me to say that Slipknot’s debut album, released in June of 1999, is one of the best albums of modern American Heavy Metal. Their sound travels from more melodic sounding music, like on their single “Wait And Bleed”, to heavy chugging brutality on the very first full length song [Sic]. They also have many different lyrical topics on this record, from self confidence on “Surfacing”, to the topic of “Purity”, which Corey Taylor said was a fictional story, which he thought was real at first, about a guy who becomes obsessed with a girl and then locks her in a box. There’s also an epic song with chaotic arrangements called “Prosthetic’s”, which was based off of the movie, The Collector. The film involved a man who began collecting human bodies.

This record is considered the best selling Slipknot record ever released. It has been certified, in February 2001 as a double platinum record, selling two million copies. With all other records by Slipknot getting a single platinum or gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America. Regardless, these guys are the craziest headbangers from Des Moines, Iowa. Slipknot is the pulse of the maggots.

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Cover of Slipknot’s eponymous debut album.

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