For their millions of fans around the world, Slipknot are as much a culture and a way of life as they are a band. To completely engage with all of the perseverance, ingenuity, artistic integrity and holistic vision of Slipknot's creative output in all of its forms, is to fully embrace every facet, and to find community in counterculture and true strength in survival.
Slipknot is like no other band the rock scene has ever encountered and to celebrate two decades of game-changing existence, the band will release ANTENNAS TO HELL, a “best of” collection documenting its inimitable career, on July 20. The album is scheduled to be released while the band is spending its summer as the main attraction of the 2012 edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, as well as curating and headlining the inaugural year of their very own festival, Knotfest.
The time is right for a “best of” collection from the band, as it captures the first chapter of Slipknot – a chapter where they’ve gone from unknown to the one of the biggest rock bands in the world – all on their own terms.
This summer’s Mayhem and Knotfest outings celebrate the band and the life of late bassist Paul Gray, and will serve as ‘the end of the beginning’ for Slipknot – this summer’s performances will be the fan’s last chance to see them as they are now. Of course the band will continue – but just as inevitable with Slipknot, is the fact that the band will evolve – and the future is unwritten. ANTENNAS TO HELL as a companion to that celebration. The album features fan favourites, live classics and well-known radio hits and the deluxe version of ANTENNAS TO HELL also includes a bonus live CD that captures the band’s 2009 performance at the legendary Download Festival in the UK where the band playing a set of career spanning classics in front of 80,000 rabid fans and also a bonus DVD of their music videos and some Live performances.
Furthering the immersion in the band’s culture, this summer will see the release of the band’s first ever mobile application, Wear the Mask. Part mask builder, part social connector for fans, and 100% Slipknot in its look and execution, the app brings the Slipknot mind-set into previously uncharted territory – the mobile devices of fans worldwide. Wear the Mask will be released simultaneously with ANTENNAS TO HELL.
Globally, Slipknot have notched 11 Platinum albums and 38 Gold albums, as well as some multi-Platinum releases across albums and DVD releases. The band's most recent studio album, ALL HOPE IS GONE, is GOLD in New Zealand and debuted at #1 here upon release. The album also debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top 200 chart. The band has won a Grammy, and has also been nominated seven times.
Slipknot – vocalist Corey Taylor (8), guitarist Mick Thomson (7), DJ Sid Wilson (0), percussionist Clown (6), late bassist Paul Gray (2), drummer Joey Jordison (1), percussionist Chris Fehn (3), guitarist Jim Root (4), sampler Craig Jones – 133 (5) continually challenge their fans with new ventures, greater challenges, and new and exciting music. Today, Slipknot stand alongside institutions like Metallica and Iron Maiden, as one of a select few bands whose legacy is assured within the pantheon of elite heavy metal bands.