*All masks can be viewed HERE.*
After weeks of online buildup, the members of Slipknot revealed their
new onstage looks on Tuesday (July 1), just in time for the launch of
the inaugural run of the Rockstar Energy Mayhem festival, which they'll
be co-headlining with Disturbed beginning July 9 in Seattle.
The images of the new masks are available exclusively at Spinner.com, as a way to promote the band's long-awaited fourth LP, All Hope Is Gone, slated for an August 26 release.
Some of Slipknot's new masks are markedly different from their
previous versions, while others have changed only a little. A press
release claims that "the latest masks are creepier and more intricate
than ever," which they certainly seem to be.
Turntablist Sid Wilson's new look resembles Dr. Victor von Doom
from the "Fantastic Four" flick. Drummer Joey Jordison's will perhaps
stir up the most controversy: While his mask's face hasn't been altered
too much, it now features a black crown of thorns, with black blood
trickling down the forehead and Frankenstein-esque stitches.
Bassist Paul Gray's new look might remind one of billionaire
Mason Verger, as portrayed by Gary Oldman in 2001's "Hannibal," only
more metallic. The masks worn by percussionist Chris Fehn, keyboardist
Craig Jones and guitarist Mick Thomson haven't changed much at all.
Guitarist Jim Root's mask looks almost porcelain, similar to the mask
worn by V in "V for Vendetta," though this one is unsmiling and
ultra-creepy. Shawn "Clown" Crahan's mask features intricate leather
detailing and some new zippers. It resembles the mask worn by the Gimp
in "Pulp Fiction" — think S&M meets the circus.
But none of the masks has changed quite as much as frontman
Corey Taylor's. His looks as though it were made of dried, human flesh
— like Leatherface, if only he used moisturizer.
Since the band's inception, members have worn masks (along with
matching jumpsuits) of their own creation, which they have changed
slightly with each record release. It's widely known that the band
rarely cleans the masks after performances, despite claims by its
members that they sweat, bleed and vomit in them during their live