Founded in 1995 by Anders Colsefni (vocals), Donnie Steele (guitar), Josh Brainard (guitar), Paul Gray (bass), Joey Jordison (drums) and Shawn Crahan (percussion) Slipknot would ride the wave cast by Korn and Limp Bizkit for the dysfunctional teen Punk-Metal/Hardcore/Hip Hop crossover market. Ripping out a page from Alice Cooper and his shock-rock tactics bible, these heavily costumed and face painted lot eventually only known only by numbers, released the now rare Mate, Feed, Kill, RepeatCD in 1996. Called Rock's answer to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre' their music was raw, heavy, venomous and fast andthe album gained widespread attention by record labels, eventually signing to Roadrunner' to release the successful self-titled debut proper Slipknot in 1999 that gained a 51 in the U.S. and 37 U.K. The album was followed by a set of singles to back it up. This album also saw a change in the band membership with Corey Taylor (vocals/screams), James Root (ex-Stone Sour; guitar), Mic Thompson (guitar), Sid Wilson (DJ), Craig Jones (samples) and Chris Fehn (percussion) joining Jordison, Brainard,Crahan and Gray for their self-titled second outing.
It was on their third effort that their membership (or digits) chang ed to only be exclusively known by numbers with themembers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 (Real Names: Sid Wilson (DJ), Joey Jordison (drums), Paul Gray (bass), Chris Fehn (percussion), James Root (guitar), Craig Jones (samples), Shawn Crahan (percussion), Mic Thompson (guitar) and Corey Taylor (screams/vocals) respectively) for Iowa (2001), an album that came acrossas less original but nonetheless managed massive initial sales; it's originality handicap may not be due to their own doing for the market they were playing to was simply becoming over saturated with clone acts. Their 2004 set, Vol.3: T he Subliminal Verses debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. Their 2005 9:0:Live fared equally as well.