Arguably one of the most well known heavy metal bands of the time, Slipknot, is making an appearance at the Red Rocks Amphitheater on August 19th as part of their summer tour.
Slipknot’s musical style can be described as aggressive, energetic and extreme which pairs perfectly with the band’s physical attention-grabbing stage presence. Their image incorporates matching uniforms, unique masks that reflect something out of a horror film, and individual personas differentiated by numbers on their jumpsuits. The band claims the masks not only create an image for the band but helps them focus more on the music during performances. Each new album comes with a new set of masks for each member that reflect the theme of the album. Though some have criticized the group’s image over the years, they have consistently stood by their music and stage characters as their form of artistic expression.
Slipknot has released it’s 5th album since the band started in 1995. The group started it’s way up the ladder of success after touring for Ozzfest in 1999. Their songs Wait and Bleed and Spit It Out got radio airtime following the Ozzfest tour, but it was mostly word of mouth that made the band popular. In 2004 their third album, Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), reached the second spot on the Billboard Album charts showing that the band was reaching more diverse audiences than just heavy metal fans. The performance of their hit song from that album, Before I Forget, won the group a Grammy award for Best Metal Performance.
Fans and critiques alike were worried what the future would look like after the loss of one of the founding member Paul Gray six years ago. Though Gray played a huge roll in songwriting for the group, their newest album 5: The Gray Chapter has sparked a revival in the group’s attitude and dedication to their music.