Jim Rot (Slipknot)

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Brutal, frightening, heavy and dark are all words used to describe Slipknot and their music. Their masked appearance is intimidating and their music even more so. The dark energy that propels their songs has enough power to reduce their listeners’ internal organs to jelly. That’s what their rabid, loyal fan base (a.k.a. “Maggots”) has come to expect from them one live show after another, album after album. Slipknot is only too happy to deliver. Their latest release, Vol 3: (The Subliminal Verses) is just what their fans have been dying for.

Slipknot got their start in the band’s hometown of Des Moines, Iowa back in the mid-nineties. Who would have thought that a band like Slipknot could have its genesis in such a serene, mid-western setting? What has sprung forth has a life of its own. Slipknot’s first album, Mate, Feed, Kill, Repeat, was released on Halloween 1996 and garnered the masked men quite a buzz. That, coupled with their high-energy live show, earned them a deal with Roadrunner Records in 1997. The band gigged incessantly in an effort to gain fans and heighten the buzz they had already created. In 1999, the band released their classic, self-titled album, Slipknot. A spot on Ozzfest ‘99 gave the band even more exposure and helped the album reach platinum status in 2000.

2001 saw the release of Iowa. Another mind bender of an album that took them back on the road with Ozzfest and earned them a new legion of fans. Upon finishing the tour supporting Iowa, the guys decided to take some time off. During this break, Slipknot members Jim Root (a.k.a. #4) and Corey Taylor (# 8) joined up with former band mates to form Stone Sour. Stone Sour’s music combined the heavier elements of Slipknot with more melodic leanings, which really allowed Jim and Corey to stretch their songwriting legs and branch out a bit. The guys even managed to release a self-titled album before going back into the studio with Slipknot. Only this time, the band wasn’t in a conventional studio. They recorded their latest album, Vol 3: (The Subliminal Verses), in the legendary Houdini mansion in the Hollywood Hills. The spooky vibe of the allegedly haunted mansion definitely lent itself to the recording sessions.

While on tour in support of the new album, Jim Root #4 managed to get his hands on a VOX ToneLab. “Right now I’m using the ToneLab for direct recording, practicing and general noodling around with my guitars. I really like the layout of the ToneLab, everything is easy to get to, it’s simple to use and portable. I love the fact that it uses a tube, sounds great recording with it. Oh, and it’s cool looking, too! I’ve used pretty much every amp model for different recording applications, that’s another cool thing about it. You can go from a crystal clean to an overdriven tone very easily. You can also dial any of the effects into any amp model making it really versatile.” This makes the ToneLab the perfect tool for writing and recording when you’re on the road like Jim.

“Right now I’m on tour with Slipknot in support of our album, Vol 3: (The Subliminal Verses). We should be out for around a year and while we are touring, I’ll be writing material for the next Stone Sour record.” Try to keep up with Jim at www.slipknot1.com and www.stonesour.com.