When Slipknot dropped their self-titled debut album in 1999, it sent shock waves through the rock and metal world. It was so ferocious and yet so catchy, so maniacal and yet so meticulous — from the industrial menace of "742617000027" all the way through to the raw, spasmodic grind of "hidden" track "Eeyore." Then there was the band themselves: the masks, the jumpsuits, the "fuck you all" attitude of their interviews, the "fuck you all even harder" attitude of their live shows. Below, on the eve of the album's 20th anniversary, Deafheaven frontman George Clarke looks back on the first time Slipknot blew his mind and the impact the album has had on him ever since.
Experimental heavy band Deafheaven, fresh off of a co-headlining tour with Baroness, has proven an act of its ilk can make its way on the road and do things its own way while continuing to grow, from a recent Grammy nomination to increasing ticket sales across the board.
“I think the greatest thing about moving up in size and rooms is the freedom to be more creative,” says Deafheaven frontman George Clarke, mentioning the band’s added production effects on its latest tours. “It’s always a dream of mine to make our show bigger and more entertaining.”
BORN from the ashes of tech-death/grindcore band Rise Of Caligula, Deafheaven began at the very start of the decade as a passion project between vocalist George Clarke and guitarist Kerry McCoy.
Initially, there was no real desire to exist beyond the walls of their bedrooms – to them, this was just a creative outlet to indulge in on the side. “All we had was this demo, which we put up online for free,” explains George.