For over 20 years Slipknot has been one of the biggest metal acts of all time, touring the world and selling out arena and headlining festivals. The band is still performing and writing music today, with their latest album We Are Not Your Kind reaching number one in numerous countries such as the UK album charts and the US Billboard 200. Slipknot shows no sign of slowing down, with a new album currently in the works. But which albums are their best?
Here is every Slipknot album ranked from worst to best.
6. .5: The Gray Chapter
Released in 2014, The Gray Chapter was the first album to be released following the passing of bassist Paul Gray in 2011, the album was also the first without drummer Joey Jordison who left the band in 2013. Overall, the album is pretty good with songs such as The Negative One, Custer, Killpop, and The Devil in I. The album still performed very well in the charts, reaching number one in the US Billboard 200, while reaching number 2 in the UK album charts. During this time the band began their own festival Knotfest, similar to what Ozzfest used to be. It says a lot about the quality of a band when their “worst” album is still a really solid album.
Slipknot’s self-titled debut was first released in 1999 and immediately put the band on the map with songs such as Wait and Bleed. The band had spent a few years prior in the underground scene, but as soon as the album was released, the whole world looked up and took notice and it was very clear that the band would become mega-stars in the very near future. Following the release of the album, Slipknot embarked on the Ozzfest tour alongside bands such as Black Sabbath, System Of A Down, Deftones, Slayer, and Rob Zombie. The band may have been playing the second stage at Ozzfest, but it wasn’t long before they were headlining festivals all over the world.
4. Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verse
Released in 2004 after Iowa, The Subliminal Verse capitalized and continued on with the success of the previous album with songs such as Duality and Before I Forget, the latter making its way onto Guitar Hero 3, which only further helped the band’s career. The album performed incredibly well in the charts, despite not reaching number one, it did eventually go Platinum in the UK, US, Australia, Canada, and Denmark.
3. All Hope Is Gone
Five years on from their previous album, All Hope Is Gone released in 2008 with the smash-hit Psychosocial, which while heavy took on a more mainstream approach. Despite being a mainstream sounding album, it is still incredibly heavy with songs such as All Hope Is Gone and Gematria. This was also the final album to feature both Paul Gray and Joey Jordison, with Gray passing away in 2010 and Jordison leaving the band in 2013. The album reached number one in the US Billboard 200, the band’s first album to do so.
2. We Are Not Your Kind
We Are Not Your Kind is Slipknot’s latest album at the time of writing this, releasing in 2019. Despite being released 20 years after their debut album, We Are Not Your Kind shows that the band still has it and hasn’t missed a beat. Songs such as Unsainted are among the best songs that the band has ever written. We Are Not Your Kind became an instant success, reaching number one in many countries including the UK, US, Australia, Canada, and Mexico.
Following the album released the band spent the following year headlining arenas and festivals across the world, including a world tour and appearances at festivals such as Download. It looks like Slipknot isn’t slowing down any time soon and we’re excited to see what Slipknot has up their sleeve with the next album that they’ve been hard at work writing in 2020 and 2021.
Iowa is Slipknot’s second album, released in 2001. The self-titled album put the band on the map and make the world take note, but Iowa catapulted the band to mega-stardom, with the band immediately touring the world and selling out arena after arena. The album is also stacked with hit after hit, with tracks such as People = S**t, Left Behind, The Heretic Anthem, and My Plague becoming instant classics. My Plague was also the featured track in the 2002 Resident Evil movie. Nu-Metal may have died out by the mid-2000s, but Slipknot stuck around and transcended the genre, becoming one of the biggest bands in the world, with success being comparable to metal legends such as Metallica.