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Slipknot's ultimate mixtape

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Slipknot aren’t just powered by blood, sweat and vomit. We asked the Iowans to tell us about the songs that have influenced them most, and compiled their selections into the ultimate mixtape

AC/DC – HIGHWAY TO HELL (HIGHWAY TO HELL, 1979)
Shawn: “When I ran my bar in Des Moines, we had a lot of punk rock and ska bands play, but when Paul [Gray] and I shut the lights off and got everybody out, we’d crank up the stereo and play whatever Slipknot had recorded and then get into the old classics, like this one. Highway To Hell is an anthem to me, a philosophy. It’s so straightforward, and such an undeniable tune.”

MASTODON – THE LAST BARON (CRACK THE SKYE, 2009)
Jim: “This is an example of epic songwriting. Its melodic, heavy, intricate arrangements hold the listener’s interest.”

STEEL PANTHER – JUST LIKE TIGER WOODS (BALLS OUT, 2011)
Corey: “Everything about this band I love, everything. And the fact that I know them as people just makes it even more enjoyable to me. They’re so talented and so creative. When I first heard this song, I laughed my ass off, and then had to listen to it four or five times in a row just to hear the bits I’d missed while laughing too hard. Every drop of this is so true, and musically it’s so interesting, so spot-on. And that chorus is just bigger than fucking life itself.”

BIG BLACK – KEROSENE (ATOMIZER, 1986)
Shawn: “This is one of the most important and influential songs in my life, in terms of shaping who I decided to be. If I were a solo artist, and didn’t have to share my vision with my brothers, my mindset and philosophy might be similar to the one Steve Albini has, which is refusing to bend for anyone. This song is such a threat, there’s a real power to it. The message behind it is kinda, ‘Hey, I’ve looked at everything around me, I don’t give a fuck, and you shouldn’t mess with me, because if you push me you should know that you will see fireworks, and see something that you normally don’t want to see.’ It’s a song set in a small town, where there’s nothing to do, and that casual line, ‘There’s kerosene around…’ is such a ‘Do not fuck with me’ warning.”

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