Breaking onto the metal scene in 1999 with a mix of death metal, rap and industrial, Slipknot were lazily labelled “nu-metal”. But they were always more brutal than the confines of that genre allowed – not that their unrelenting ferocity ever harmed their mainstream appeal. The Iowan nonet have evolved and grown with every triumph, tragedy and tribulation that they’ve faced throughout their 27-year existence. And yet they’ve never lost their savage charm. Here are 20 of the best Slipknot songs.
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20: Custer (from ‘.5: The Gray Chapter’, 2014)
.5: The Gray Chapter was the first album from a Paul Gray- and Joey Jordison-less Slipknot. One of the record’s more aggressive tracks, Custer is a direct response to anyone who believed the band’s heyday was over without bassist Gray (who died in 2010) or drummer Jordison (who’d been fired in 2013) as key songwriters. Named for Civil War hero George Armstrong Custer, the song was, frontman Corey Taylor explained to Kerrang!, a blast of “anger towards the outside world – the people who on one hand want to make us martyrs, but at the same time want to make us bastards”.