Slipknot is the debut studio album by Slipknot. It was released on June 29, 1999, by Roadrunner Records, and later reissued in December 1999 with a slightly altered track listing and mastering, as a result of the lawsuit. It is considered to be one of the band's darker, more aggressive albums to be produced. It was also the first album by the band to be produced by Ross Robinson, who sought to refine Slipknot's sound rather than alter the group's musical direction.

The album spans many genres but is noted for its extensive percussion and overall dark sound. Slipknot was well received by fans and critics alike and was responsible for bringing Slipknot a significant increase in popularity. The album peaked at number 51 on the Billboard 200 and had gone on to become certified double platinum in the United States, making it the band's best-selling album.

Recording and production

On September 29, 1998, Slipknot left Des Moines, Iowa for Indigo Ranch Studios in Malibu, California, anxious to record an album after a long wait to be signed. The album's recording process was "very aggressive and chaotic," as producer Ross Robinson strove to capture the intensity that the band created when performing live. Within three days all the drums were recorded, which contributed to the raw, live sound on the album that the band considers integral to its musical direction. By November 11, 1998, the recording of the album seemed complete, and the band returned to Des Moines. During the Christmas period, guitarist Josh Brainard, who recorded on all the tracks to that point, decided to leave the band. The reasons for his departure are unclear. It was widely thought to have been because of family constraints. However, Brainard dispels these rumors, explaining that; "some decisions were made that I wasn't particularly happy with." His replacement was Jim Root, with whom the band returned to the studio in February 1999. Slipknot finished recording during this period, with two extra songs: a re-recording of "Me Inside," and a new track called "Purity." The mixing stages were very challenging, as drummer Joey Jordison and producer Robinson mastered the entire album by hand, with traditional equipment, instead of using digital technology.

Musical and lyrical themes

The musical style of Slipknot is a continually contested issue and the genres that the band are categorized in vary depending on the source, however, the group is regarded as nu metal, while showing influences of many different styles. The effect of death metal on the album is clear, and on the subject Jordison stated; "the roots are death metal, thrash, speed metal, and I could go on and on about all those bands." The album also shows influences from alternative metal and rap metal. Slipknot has a raw, live sound due to the band performing in the studio as they do during their live shows, which are often considerably loud. Due to the band's great line-up consisting of additional percussionists and electronics the album has a very dense, layered sound. Alternative Press stated that the album used "inventive sampling, creative guitar work and an absolute percussive overload," while Q described the album as "a terrifying racket." Slipknot also includes melody, most notably in the single "Wait and Bleed" and is considered to be done with expertise and precision.

The album featured Corey Taylor as lead vocalist; he had previously appeared on their second demo which, in turn, resulted in them signing to Roadrunner Records. However, he did not appear on the band's first demo Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat upon Anders Colsefini performing as the lead vocalist of Slipknot at the time. Rick Anderson of Allmusic noted that on "Scissors," Taylor "actually sounds like he's about to burst into tears." Taylor's aggressive, expletive-filled lyrics were described as, "lyrics that are discernible are not quotable on a family website; suffice it to say that the members of Slipknot are not impressed with their fathers, their hometown, or most anything else." "Eeyore," a hidden track at the end of "Scissors," plays after a dialogue among band members that was recorded while they were viewing a scene in a pornographic movie involving coprophilia. The song has been rumored to be about a death threat sent to Taylor at a Slipknot concert. This, however, is not the case. It has been proven during an interview with Loudwire that it was about "the dick in the pit", as described by Taylor, nicknamed 'Thor', who would rough up people in moshpits during live shows. After the crowd "beat the living shit out of him" at a Slipknot show, he has since not been a problem. Eeyore has been played live many times and appears on both the DVD Disasterpieces and the live album 9.0: Live.


Slipknot was well received by critics and fans; following its release the band gained popularity beyond their expectations. Reviewing for Allmusic, Rick Anderson awarded the album four out of five stars calling it "an auspicious debut" and proclaimed, "You thought Limp Bizkit was hard? They're the Osmonds. These guys are something else entirely. And it's pretty impressive." The album's aggression and the dark sound was widely praised; Rolling Stone stated Slipknot is "metal with a capital m," Kerrang! added "raw and wholly uncompromising, each track delivered a powerful blow to the senses, in" and in 2001, Q included the album on their list of the "50 Heaviest Albums of All Time". CMJ ranked the album as the twelfth highest "Editorial Pick" for 1999. The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

A single from the album, "Wait and Bleed," was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 2001 Grammy Awards. The song was also named the 36th greatest metal song of all time, by VH1. The release of the album and the touring which followed greatly increased the band's popularity. The album became the "biggest selling extreme metal album at the time." American Soundscan ranked it as the fastest selling metal debut in Soundscan's history. On May 2, 2000, the album was certified platinum in the United States, a first for any album released by Roadrunner Records. In the United States, it has sold over 2,000,000 copies; on February 5, 2004, the RIAA certified it Double Platinum. In Canada, the Canadian Recording Industry Association certified the album as Platinum on October 10, 1999. The British Phonographic Industry has certified the album as Platinum on October 17, 2008, in the UK.


"Can you imagine a girl being buried in a box and have all this lecherous bullshit drip down on her from this guy? It just hurts your head." —Corey Taylor on the story which inspired the song "Purity." After the release of the album, the band was accused of copyright infringement regarding the lyrics of the song "Purity". Taylor was inspired by a story he had read about a girl named Purity Knight who was kidnapped and buried alive. Although Taylor insisted that he thought the story was true, the author claimed it was fictional. The author objected to its use in the song and Slipknot were forced to remove "Purity" and its short sample-filled prelude "Frail Limb Nursery" from the album. As a result, the band released slightly remastered standard and digipak versions of the album in December 1999, replacing both tracks with "Me Inside." The band however still play the song during live performances, and it is included in the group's second DVD Disasterpieces as well as the live album 9.0 Live.

Track listing

All songs credited to Slipknot.


  1. "742617000027" – 0:37
  2. "(sic)" – 3:19
  3. "Eyeless" – 3:56
  4. "Wait and Bleed" – 2:27
  5. "Surfacing" – 3:38
  6. "Spit it Out" – 2:39
  7. "Tattered and Torn" – 2:54
  8. "Frail Limb Nursery" – 0:45
  9. "Purity" – 4:14
  10. "Liberate" – 3:06
  11. "Prosthetics" – 4:58
  12. "No Life" – 2:47
  13. "Diluted" – 3:23
  14. "Only One" – 2:26
  15. "Scissors" – 19:16 (+Hidden track - Eeyore)


Only showing Tracks 8-14

US digipak bonus tracks

Only showing tracks 14-21

International digipak bonus tracks

Original digipak bonus tracks

Release History

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Worldwide Release June 29, 1999 RoadRunner Records CD RR 8655-2
Digipak RR 8655-5
Worldwide Reissue December, 1999 CD RR 8655-8
Digipak RR 8655-9
Japan Digipak 1686-185112
United States LP RR 8655-1
Picture Disc RR 8655-6


  • (#8) Corey Taylor – vocals
  • (#7) Mick Thomson – guitars
  • (#4) Jim Root – guitars
  • (#2) Paul Gray – bass
  • (#1) Joey Jordison – drums, mixing
  • (#6) Shawn Crahan – custom percussion, backing vocals
  • (#3) Chris Fehn – custom percussion, backing vocals
  • (#0) Sid Wilson – turntables
  • (#5) Craig Jones – samples, media
  • Ex–(#4) Josh Brainard – guitars (except "Purity" and "Me Inside")
  • Ex–(#3) Greg Welts – percussion (on demo tracks and "Spit it Out")
  • Ross Robinson – producer, mixing, A&R
  • Chuck Johnson – mixing, engineering
  • Sean McMahon – mixing
  • Rob Agnello – assistant engineering
  • Eddy Schreyer – mastering
  • Monte Conner – A&R
  • Steve Richards – worldwide management
  • Jeffrey Light – legal representation
  • Dave Kirby – bookings
  • Stefan Seskis – cover photography, inside tray photography
  • Dean Karr – band photography
  • t42design – design, lettering
  • Lynda Kusnetz – creative director


  • The song "Spit It Out" is the remastered version, of the 1998 demo, recorded with Greg Welts on percussion.
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