Founded by percussionist Shawn Crahan and bassist Paul Gray (3) in 1995.
They changed a lot of members in their first couple of years and were initially known as "The Pale Ones", then as "Meld" for their first show. The name "Slipknot" was suggested by Jordison.
Slipknot are 9 members; after the death of Gray on May 24, 2010, and Jordison's departure shortly before the announcement of .5: The Gray Chapter, Alessandro Venturella and Jay Weinberg were brought in to fill in for the two, respectively.
Anders Colsefni - vocals, percussion (1995–1997)
Brandon Darner - percussion (July–August 1998)
Donnie Steele - lead and rhythm guitars (1995–1996), bass guitar (2011–2014)
Greg Welts - percussion (September 1997–July 1998)
Joey Jordison - drums (1995–2013)
Josh Brainard - lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals (August 1995–January 1999)
Kun P. Nong - guitar (1995)
Paul Gray (3) - bass guitar (1995–2010)