Guitar World has posted an entire interview with Slipknot‘s #4, #7, #2 and #8. back from 2000! Below you can read an excerpt from the interview.
Here’s an interview with Mick Thomson (7), Corey Taylor (8), Paul Gray (2) and Jim Root (4) of Slipknot from the June 2000 issue of Guitar World.
As the lights go down in New York City’s Roxy music theater, a sinister, disembodied voice repeats hypnotically, over and over, a digital sample locked into an endless loop: “The whole thing I think is sick/The whole thing I think is sick/The whole thing I think is sick… ”
On the main floor, a crowd of teenagers – most of them young, male and riled up by opening acts Primer 55 and Biohazard – surges back and forth as mosh pits begin to pockmark the floor. The looped phrase doesn’t have a beat, but the crowd is beyond caring about such minor details. They want action. They want blood.
They get it soon enough. Colored lights begin to spin crazily, and smoke billows from the stage, which is strewn with numerous amps, three drum kits, a DJ coffin and a sampler. A roar erupts from the crowd as nine men in masks and coveralls – each emblazoned with an Orwellian barcode and the letter “S” – take the stage. With nothing to identify them but their slasher-film masks and numeric identifiers – the numbers 0 through 8 – the men on the stage look like the members of a Roger Corman death squad. They pace back and forth, flipping off the crowd and staring down the hard-asses too tough to give into the moment’s unhinged energy.
Finally, a man in a mask sprouting ragged blond dreadlocks steps up to a microphone.
“New York City,” bellows 8, “I want to see you go off like a motherfuckin’ act of God!”
What follows can only be described as…
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