In January 1995, Shawn Crahan (drums), Anders Colsefini (vocals), Paul Gray (bass), Donnie Steele and Kun Nong (guitar), 5 musicians from the DesMoines area, founded a group for them according to "any break. Beginning in February, Kun leaves groupepour personal reasons and will be replaced in September by Josh Brainard. Shawn, tired of being batteuret having in mind the idea of having three in the band (a drummer and two main drumkit pourrendre using the group more aggressive musically and visually), then decides to leave his place to Joey Jordison to focus on percussion, together with Anders. The group produced first under several names such as Meld, The Ones or PyGSYSTEM Blades, before opting for Slipknot - in English noose evokes the Anglophone, hanging. Desiring to denounce customization rock stars, they decided to produce masked. This will also contribute to the launch ... On April 4, 1996, the band's first real concert, they play under the name of Slipknot wear masks and Shawn has his clown mask, Joey Mask Kabuki white, Craig wearing tights on his head, Josh hooded executioner, Anders strips and tribal designs on the face, and Paul weaves son was inside her piercings (only for the next concert he will don the mask of a pig).
Subsequently, Slipknot won a battle room, facing the group Stone Sour Corey Taylor was where the singer. Donnie left the band, being more comfortable with his musical direction and is temporarily replaced by Craig Jones, who then deal with the arrival of samples of Mick Thompson as a guitarist.
After several "battles" won local, Slipknot won the right to register a CD.Ils record a debut album 9 tracks called Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat., They distribute their own funds. This first album was born October 31, 1996. There are only 1 000 copies of this CD worldwide.
Le premier line-up stable date de 1996 :
Sid Wilson Number 0 --> DJ
Joey Jordison Number 1 --> Drums
Paul Gray Number 2 --> Bassist
Chris Fehn Number 3 --> Percussion
James Root Number 4 --> Rhythmus Gitaar
Craig Jones Number 5 --> Mischpult,Keyboard an Samplinggerät
Shawn Crahan Number 6 --> Percussion
Mick Thompson Number 7 --> Lead-Gitaarist
Corey Taylor Number 8 --> Sänger