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Iowa is best known as The middle of nowhere Iowa has never had a singular voice to put it on the musical map since the dawning of rock n roll in the early 50s However nine young men from Des Moines wearing industrial coveralls and surrealistic home made masks They started their own type of music called LA neo metal also known as ultra-violence This type of music is composed of death metal hip hop and down-tuned screeching horror Clockwork Orange is the only band to come even close to sounding like Slipknot The band members names are 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 and 8 As normal people they are Sid Wilson Joey Jordison Paul Gray Chris Fehn James Root Craig Jones Shawn Crahan Mick Thompson and Corey Taylor Each member chose and created their own mask The members of the band are not defined as individual dew to their number assignments or their masks but dew to their personal instrumental talent Their line up has changed many times since their start in early 1995 All native Iowans their rather unassuming un-happening locale gave the members plenty of space and time to perfect their unusual take on their bond of friendship or as a family unit The band recorded and distributed the self-released debut Mate Feed Kill Repeat In 1996 and the ball has not stop rolling yet Attracting the attention of a large number of record labels Slipknot finally signed to Roadrunner records through nationally recognized producer Ross Robinsons I AM RECORDS imprint in 1997 and entered Indigo Ranch Studios in LA with Robinson to record Slipknot the self titled album Slipknots vast array of influences comes seamlessly wrapped up in a 13-song lovehate letter to the outside world Only about 2000 copies of Mate Feed Kill Repeat were ever released Sid Wilson was given the number zero Sid specializes on the turn table for the band Sid grew
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