Des Moines, Iowa’s American heavy metal mask-wearing band Slipknot released in August 2008, their fourth studio album All Hope is Gone on Roadrunner Records. It is the first experimental album by the band to ever peak at number one on the Billboard music charts. Throughout the year, Slipknot were touring all over Australia, Japan, USA, Europe and the UK with Machine Head and Children of Bodom opening up for fans at their concerts.
Since 1995, the band has consisted of the same original line-up with a total of nine members including Sid Wilson, Joey Jordison, Paul Gray, Chris Fehn, Jim Root, Craig Jones, Shawn Crahan, Mick Thomson, and Corey Taylor. Their intense energy and extreme performance style features a typical set-up of lead, rhythm, and bass guitars, two percussionists in addition to the primary drummer, and the mixing of electronics blending samplers and turntables into chaotic energy. Every single one of the slipknot albums challenges this type of sound, turning influences from death, black, heavy and nu metal sounds into an explosive and musically sonic creation. Like a carnival’s rollercoaster, Slipknot music may not be safe for the faint of heart, but it’s definitely right for those looking to chase a dangerous thrill.