Iowa History Daily: On August 28, 2001, the heavy metal band Slipknot released their sophomore studio album titled “Iowa” on Roadrunner Records. Inspired by the band’s home state, the record hit the top ten in nine different countries and the record went Platinum in the United States while garnering a Grammy-nomination for the song “Left Behind.”
Joey Jordison, a gifted drummer and songwriter for both Slipknot and Murderdolls, started hammering away at the drums at the age of eight. A performer with various acts early in his career including Des Moines trash metal band Modifidious, in the summer of 1995 Jordison joined a group called the Pale Ones.
Debuting as a six member act called Meld on December 4, 1995, the band schemed toward success while Jordison manned the graveyard shift at a Des Moines Sinclair station. In late 1995 the band changed names a final time, settling on Slipknot before self-financing their debut album “Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.” on October 31, 1996, to critical acclaim and commercial success.
The band described the time working on “Iowa” as difficult, as pressures to build on their initial success created tension. Working at Sound City and Sound Image Studios in Los Angeles with producer Ross Robinson, the album featured a more technical edge than their first release. Featuring an opening track paying homage to their home area-code (515), the band kicked off the “Iowa World Tour” in late August 2001 to promote the record. #IowaHistoryDaily #IowaOTD #IowaHistoryCalendar