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#0 (Sid Wilson) - Turntables
#1 (Joey Jordison) - Drums
#2 (Paul Gray) - Bass
#3 (Chris Fehn) - Percussion
#4 (James Root) - Guitar
#5 (Craig Jones) - Samples
#6 (Shawn Crahan) - Percussion
#7 (Mick Thompson) - Guitar
#8 (Corey Taylor) - Vocals

Born of the near-desolation of Iowa, Slipknot burst forth from the heartland in 1999 with some of the most awe-inspiring, cathartic rock the world had ever heard. Venting their collective psyche not only through their songs, but also through their masks, their uniforms, their live shows and even their fans and the culture they inhabit, Slipknot hold nothing back. The depth of their expression is matched by that of their musical prowess - this tornado is laser-guided and fellow musicians, critics and the fans know that Slipknot is deadly serious about its art. Thus, after two albums and two DVDs, we come to Slipknot's ultimate expression: VOL. 3: (THE SUBLIMINAL VERSES).

Within the confines, or lack thereof, of VOL. 3: (THE SUBLIMINAL VERSES) lies a new level of musicianship, achieved through the hard work poured into supporting their self-titled debut and their subsequent No. 1 album, IOWA. Produced by Rick Rubin, Vol 3 not only captures the band's strengths to this point - it sees the spore that is Slipknot exploding in all directions. The songs on this daring effort transcend traditional hard music structure and will surprise the uninitiated with their dynamic appeal. Masterful guitar work, visceral drum beats and a newly-expanded vocal range are highlights of this work that Corey Taylor (#8) calls "both brutal and beautiful." Much of the creative inspiration in evidence on the new album is owed to Rubin and his reputedly haunted mansion, in which the band lived while recording VOL. 3: (THE SUBLIMINAL VERSES). "You can really feel (the effect of the mansion) on the album. There were ghosts in the machine, in the equipment. Things would freeze, things would loop for no reason at all. It was strange," adds Taylor. Paul Gray (#2) comments on what Rubin brought to the table, "Rick brought a huge amount of open mindedness - normally 9 different people trying different things can be tough - Rick got us to just throw all our preconceived notions out the window. He was able to integrate bits and pieces of everyones ideas."

The first single from VOL. 3: (THE SUBLIMINAL VERSES), "Duality" is, "lyrically, what you might think... we've been through a lot as a band and the lyrics really reflect our maintaining faith and the perseverance of all 9 of us," says Joey Jordison (#1). "Duality" represents the album well in its unwillingness to compromise the band's rock foundation and its ability to be aurally appealing and melodic at the same time. Other songs of note on the record, "Before I Forget" and "Vermillion" underline the statement made by "Duality", with their dark melodies and fierce instrumentation. "Before I Forget" is about rising above the bullshit and being a person, not a human. It's about saying what you mean and meaning what you say - taking zero bullshit." adds Taylor, "and Vermillion is a stalker's love song, shot thru his eyes. It's kind of a 'does he or doesn't he' type thing - it's left open for you to decide."

Many profess to know numbers 0 - 8 through the cover stories and press interviews. But those who truly know this Des Moines mob know them through their jaw-dropping live sets. Slipknot are one of the few bands working today whose live show transcends the medium - a Slipknot show is an event unto itself. The band are currently headlining the Jagermeister Music Tour in the US, to be followed by a European tour as special guests to Metallica, then headlining the side stage at US Ozzfest this summer. Of this second-stage headline, Gray says "It's hard to feel the vibe when your crowd is 200 feet away. This was our chance to get back to connecting with our fans and we're loving it."

This time around, the band's look has evolved with their music. New, streamlined masks are a reflection of the changes in who the band members are, as people. Taylor adds "The mask-thing started out because we wanted to show another side of ourselves through them, We have grown and changed and so have the masks." About that growing and changing, Jordison says "A lot of people won't ever understand why we do what we do and the band thrives on that. The record itself represents that feeling of gratitude toward the people that refuse to let us die - the fans themselves. The time away only made us a stronger band and the other projects absolutely had nothing to do with the way this record was made. When all 9 of us combine we only know one sound and that is the sound of Slipknot."

The natural order dictates growth and change as constants. "Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses)" catches one of the most relevant and daring bands in the rock music realm, turning adversity into strength and honing their craft to precision.

Slipknot are expected to release their fourth studio album All Hope Is Gone on August 26, 2008. Preparation for the album started in October 2007 with recording pushed back to February 2008. For this release the band has expressed an interest in making it their heaviest album to date with an expansion of the thrash metal riffing introduced on Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses). However, they also want to make it their most experimental record, and will be including more acoustic guitars and melodic vocals, as well as introducing hi-hats and cymbals to the additional percussion. The album will be the band's first work with Dave Fortman as producer. Along with the album, the band will debut "evolved" masks and uniforms, which match the style of the new album. Slipknot will headline the first ever Mayhem festival festival in July and August 2008. In addition, the band will be playing the Reading and Leeds Festival in August 2008.

Slipknot will also be touring Europe and the UK in the latter months of 2008, with the bands Machine Head and Children of Bodom opening at their concerts.

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