When Slipknot dropped their self-titled debut album in 1999, it sent shock waves through the rock and metal world. It was so ferocious and yet so catchy, so maniacal and yet so meticulous — from the industrial menace of "742617000027" all the way through to the raw, spasmodic grind of "hidden" track "Eeyore." One of those who was shaken was then–Coal Chamber singer and now–DevilDriver frontman Dez Fafara, who took Slipknot out on one of the Nine's very first national trek with his earlier band. Below, he sings the praises of his favorite 'Knot cut, which happens to come off the band's landmark debut.
I first heard the song when Coal Chamber took Slipknot on tour [in 1999]. I went in to check out our opening act, heard the song, and saw Clown throw a beer keg off the stage, and I walked back into my bus looking like I had seen a ghost. After going to see for himself what all of the commotion was, my guitar player, Meegs, walked in the bus with the same expression I did. "Holy fucking Christ! What is going on here?!" I knew I better step up the game real quick! Any time you play with the 'Knot — even today — it's still the same: Better step it up, motherfucker, or you're gonna get buried!"