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The 1998 Demo is a five-track demo CD sent by Slipknot to Roadrunner Records. As such, it's also known as the Roadrunner Demo.

Background

The exact circumstances of this demo are unclear. The first official appearance of songs from this demo, namely "Interloper" and "Despise", was on the European digipak edition of Slipknot, released on June 29, 1999. Here, the demos were said to be from 1998. "Snap" had its first official release on the Freddy vs. Jason soundtrack in 2003, where it was titled "Snap ('97 Demo)" and said to be "taken from a pre-Roadrunner 1997 demo". Finally, all four demos were included on the 10th Anniversary edition of Slipknot, where they're said to be "taken from Slipknot's 1997 demo".

Despite this, and the CD itself also showing the year "1997", it's commonly believed that all tracks, except for "Spit It Out", were recorded in 1998. This is most likely untrue. "Spit It Out" was recorded in 1997 at SR Audio in Des Moines, Iowa and mixed by Joey Jordison and Sean McMahon. The other tracks were mixed by Jordison and Kevin Miles, the latter works at Junior's Motel in Otho, Iowa. As such, it's likely that those tracks were also recorded in Otho, but the exact date is unclear. As Corey Taylor sings on all demos, it must've been sometime between September and November, 1997.

"Spit It Out" was included with little changes in the main tracklist of the band's debut album and has been a staple of the band's live set ever since. "Interloper" and "Despise" were reworked into "Diluted" and "Purity", respectively. "Wait and Bleed" is the only song off of the demo that can only be found on the 10th Anniversary edition of Slipknot. Some of the songs can also be found on various promotional releases.

Track Listing

Standard Edition
No.TitleLength
1."Spit It Out"2:34
2."Wait and Bleed"2:28
3."Snap"2:42
4."Interloper"2:18
5."Despise"3:41
Total length:13:43

Personnel

Slipknot Releases
Studio SlipknotIowaVol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)All Hope Is Gone.5: The Gray ChapterWe Are Not Your KindVolume 7
Demo 1995 DemoMate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.Excerpts From Current ProjectProducer/Engineer DemoBattle of the Bands Demo1997 DemoSlipKnotAnnymous Live Show4-Track Demo Tape1998 DemoSlipknot - Indigo Sessions
Compilation Antennas to Hell
Live 9.0: LiveDay of the Gusano: Live In Mexico
Video Welcome to Our NeighborhoodDisasterpiecesVoliminal: Inside the Nine{Sic}nessesDay of the Gusano: Live In Mexico
Other Look Outside Your Window
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