Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat was the first CD released by Slipknot.
It was 1996. After a recording period of seven months, Slipknot released their first demo "Album".
Containing many influences including Funk, Jazz, and Disco, the band began distributing the record themselves to fans, radio stations and record labels. Though the majority of its songs appeared reworked later on, the original pressing was limited to only 1,000 copies and since the bands rise to predominance in 1999, it has been a sough-after rarity for Slipknot fans.
The original Slipknot group was of Anders, Shawn, and Paul, they had the idea of making a group and played around with the idea. They even wrote some songs as early as 1993. However Shawn became busy and "Slipknot" fell through. Fortunately, the idea was revived in 1995 by Shawn and Anders and thus Slipknot was officially formed in the September of 1995.
Slipknot's First Show
Slipknot performed their first show at a club thought to be named "The Crowbar". The performance was without masks and the band went under the name "Pyg System". The show took place in November 1995, around a month after Josh joined the band. This was the only show with Donnie Steele who soon left after conflicting interests.
At first the group practiced in Anders's Basement, the group used carpet samples and scraps from the nearby Pet Grooming Center as soundproofing, according to Mick. "The animals that were there had bladder problems, because the carpet smelled like animal piss... Thereby making out practice space smell the same way." However the basement was far too small and not the full group could fit in the main area, resulting in Craig having to set up his equipment in the Laundry Room.
When the band was started, Shawn was the lead drummer. However, he no longer wanted to play drums and Joey was brought into the band to take over the role of main drummer. Joey plays the main set and as a result is the main drummer who sits as the back and holds the band together. Shawn is the "Total Power Drummer" and is all aggression. Slipknot have now acquired Electric Drums to work with samples and the music to provide a new element to the music. The third drummer is Chris, previously Anders and Cuddles, they take care of the tribal sound. Slipknot wanted three different perspectives to provide and "Auditory Overkill".
When Shawn started the band he decided that they would need 3 drummers to give a powerful, tribal sound. Shawn, being into "Power" stiff also wanted to basics of all instruments, believed to be by him, the drums. he wanted a drummer to the left and right with one at the back controlling it all, Creating a wall of power, a fist layer...
In 1995 there were 2 rules. Slipknot had to play what they wanted to play and it didn't matter what they played. The cost of seeing them play should also never matter. The second rule was that there needed to be 3 drummers. The members came from several different bands (Pre-Slipknot Bands) and each had a common view on the way that everything was going in the town of Des Moines. They where sick of it. There was no music scene, and it was hard to get band's CD's, etc. As a result, Slipknot was born with one mission, this mission being the "clean up the music industry". The bands aims remain to be to create a sound the world has never heard, a vision no one has ever seen, this can be clearly seen by the hype to Slipknot's second album. They sensed the people that were ready for a show, rather than some guys just playing music....
Battle Of The Bands
In this competition, Slipknot performed against several bands including that of Stone Sour, Corey's previous band. Slipknot was psyched and extremely competitive, although Stone Sour was good, Slipknot won the competition. It was one of the band's highlights.
Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat? Where From?
MFKR otherwise known was Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat. was Slipknot's very first album. Created in 1996, the album was experimental, covering a wide range of styles and genres. The album is very rare and is now out of print, and only 1,000 copies were ever made, and when distributor, -ismist picked it up only half where left, the rest being given out as promos at gigs, etc. You can find one of these albums ay Ebay rock memorabilia for the hefty price of $350. Beware of FAKES! Below is what an original version should look like:
MFKR is very rare, as only 1,000 copies were made.
As of 2003, no band member owns a copy.
Due to the bands popularity, several bootlegged copies of MFKR have been sold online. Formats include CD, MP3, and Vinyl
Within the MFKR album there are several instances of funk and disco, in particular the song Do Nothing / Bitchslap. Although heavy goes into a funk form half way through, along with disco and jazz instances; it is a very strange yet original song. The funk element came from several influences, however it, along with the rap and disco, was put in generally to spice the songs and put Slipknot a foot further than other bands. The songs are based around ground thumping riffs and all out aggressive music that keeps to the rule of giving the world something they have never seen.
The band didn't start wearing masks, until one day, the idea was originally brought up when Shawn brought in a mask and fucked around with it. It was fun, and the idea caught on. Soon, other members of the band were wearing masks. They pivoted around the idea of how a mask can make you a different person. It was a chance the group was willing to take. One thing the masks aren't is something to get people into Slipknot, a point continuously repeated by the band. The group was constantly being degraded for trying something different, and as a result, the masks were used to conceal identities and portray the band as an anonymous entity. "Its not about our names or faces, its about the music." stated Slipknot.
Josh: "One of the first questions they asked me was whether I was willing to wear a mask or not. My favorite band being Kiss, of course, I said 'FUCK YEAH!!!' . We actually had a bunch of different masks around our rehearsal place, and we would often trade and wear different masks. I think mine started when I wore a Ski Mask stocking cap to practice one night. We were playing I just pulled it down."
It represents the basic cycle of life. Reproduce, feeding to survive, and kill to overcome the enemy and stay alive, then the cycle repeats itself.
- "Do Nothing / Bitchslap"
- "Only One"
- "Tattered And Torn"
- "Some Feel"
- "Killers Are Quiet"
- "Dogfish Rising" (hidden track)
- The inside notes says: "Guitar leads on tracks 1, 6, & 10, as well as other rhythm guitar tracks preformed by Donnie Steele." How is this mysterious track 10 explained? Anders explains - "There was another song that we cut from the line-up called "Part Of Me", and I think that thank-you panel had been made up before we cut it.
- The CD's bar code "742617000027", is also the name of the intro to the song "(Sic)". Both "742617000027" and "(Sic)" appear on the self titled album.
- Anders Colsefini – vocals, custom percussion
- Shawn Crahan – custom percussion, backing vocals
- Paul Gray – bass, backing vocals
- Joey Jordison – drums
- Josh Brainard – guitars, backing vocals
- Donnie Steel– guitars
- Mick Thomson – guitars (credited but did not perform on album)
- Craig Jones – samples (credited but did not perform on album)
- Sean McMahon – producer, engineering, mixing, mastering
- Mike Lawyer – mastering
- Stefan Seskis – photography
- Frank Plumley – vocals on "Dogfish Rising"
- Corn Wallace – drawings