It's incredibly great that a lot of definitions about this band include the words "suck" "shit" "worthless" etc... i bet if one of you read a bad definition about Jay-Z or AFI, you'd probably go cut your wrists and cry to your mommy.
Anyway... Slipknot's a 9-man band from Des Moines, Iowa. While the general idea is that Slipknot is nu-metal/rapcore/metal/etc...and while it's true they are those things, they are also something else. They're a band that has come a long way from their roots (if any of you listened to Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. you'll know what i mean...) and has become an extremely talented band. I'm not sure what happened to the original singer, but the current singer, Corey Taylor, was recruited to sing for the band after the original vocalist departed from the band, or got kicked out, or something. In any case, I don't particularly give a shit what you boyband-lovers have to say about them...Corey has an amazing set of vocal cords, being able to go from the hard, face-ripping, mother-sodomizing growls of "The Heretic Anthem" heard on Iowa to the melodic, soul-wrenching singing of "Snuff" from their new cd, All Hope Is Gone. James and Mick play guitar like they'll die if they stop, and Joey is one of the best drummers i personally have ever heard.
Yes, Corey does use a lot of profanity. Profanity's a good way to express frustration, anger, hopelessness, and other emotions...which is the general theme running through their songs. Slipknot is excellent to listen to when you're pissed, upset, or just feel like rocking your fucking brains out.
No, they did NOT "steal" their ideas for the masks from GWAR or Mushroomhead or anyonethefuckelse. Corey himself described it as a way for the band to disassociate themselves from who they are outside of the band and to get more invovled in the music. Stating that Slipknot stole the idea for masks from another band is like if someone called you out because you happened to pick up the same fucking pair of shoes from Wal Mart as they have...so get the fuck over yourselves. There was a lot of shit over how the members appear outside of the band without masks...well...the fuck do you want? The masks are a part of Slipknot, not Stone Sour when Corey's singing with them, or Korn since Joey's been drumming for them occasionally.
While Slipknot is a very talented band, anyone stating that they are "the best" probably needs a foot in their ass. No one band can be the best at any genre, because all people have different tastes, and while I personally love every cd they've put out since their self-titled, you may only like Iowa, or think Murderdolls is better, or just not like Slipknot. That's fine. But you dont aquire millions of fans and go platinum by being a piece of shit, and there's figures floating around the net to prove that Slipknot doesn't suck. They're decent. You dont have to like them, but at least respect them. Music is just a way to tell a story, explain a lesson, relate feelings... it's not the way the story is told, but the story itself.
As for the rest of you Slipknot fans...STAY (sic) MUTHAFUCKASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!
Listen to Slipknot's 9.0 Live cd...i swear to all that is good and kind your blood will be pumping and you'll want to headbang and jump the fuck around like you just lost your mind.