How Slipknot Lost Their First Record Deal In 48 Hours

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Slipknot and Roadrunner Records have been intertwined for decades now. The legendary heavy label unleashed the 9-headed Iowa killing crew to the world way back in the late 90’s, and have released every Slipknot album since.

But before Roadrunner came calling, Slipknot were actually on track to be one of the heaviest bands to come to… Sony Records.

When Paul Gray was promoting Vol. III: The Subliminal Verses, he had talked about the band almost inking a deal with Sony, before they got the rug pulled out from under them at the very last second.

With everything ready to go, the band were ready to sign the deal with Sony when they came off the road, electing to do one more show as an unsigned band in Las Vegas.

Playing the Eden festival, the show wasn’t really practical for Slipknot anyway, with Corey Taylor sayingIt was a little pip pip stage that we couldn’t even fit on so half of us had to play on the floor with the pit.” 

Midway through their set though, one of the members of the audience turned out to be one of the higher ups at Sony…who was none too happy about this psychotic band that was just about to be signed to his label, with Gray saying:

“He was higher up than the guy who gave us the contract, and he said ‘man, if that’s what music’s going towards, I don’t want ‘em. So they pulled the contract before we could actually go back and sign it. We came back on Monday and it was gone.”

Once they started hitting the big time after their debut though, the band decided to give their rejector a little bit of a parting gift, as Corey tells it: “Luckily Roadrunner picked us up, so long story short when we went Platinum, we sent him a bouquet of dead flowers, basically saying that we’re the future of music and we want you dead, sincerely Slipknot.

Thank you for not fucking our lives up by signing us you douchebag.”