Slipknot vs. Mushroomhead: This Could Get Ugly


The Slipknot-Mushroomhead feud could be Cleveland's greatest rock controversy of the modern era. And it just won't die. Long story short: Once upon a time, in a town called Cleveland, there was a masked band called Mushroomhead, with eight or nine members, dressed in jump suits, and the bassist wore a pig face. Metal label Roadrunner offered them a shitty record deal, and they turned it down. Soon, Roadrunner signed a band called Slipknot. Hailing from the Midwest cornfields of Iowa, this Slipknot band had nine members, wore masks and jump suits, and their bassist wore a pig face. Pretty big coincidence, no? Slipknot blew up, went multiplatinum, and became one of the era's definitive metal bands. But when they came to Cleveland, loyal 'Head heads pelted the 'Knot with bottles. Both bands talked some shit. Eventually, things settled down, and relations between the groups seemed somewhat cordial. Musically, they don't have much in common. Mushroomhead developed a new look, and did well with its niche audience. Producer-drummer Steve "Skinny" Felton even produced Gizmachi, proteges of Slipknot mastermind Shawn "Clown" Crahan. Everything looked all good.
Steve Felton fires back . . .
Then Mushroomhead shot a video with Chad Calek, a veteran of the Iowa scene who produced the documentary Slipknot: A Clown Short of Destiny, which accuses Slipknot not just of being pricks, but trying to destroy the scene that spawned it. Mushroomhead said it dug his work, said the beef was dead, said there wasn't anything to say.
. . . at the band that "stole" Mushroomhead's career.
Then, making promotional rounds for the new Savior Sorrow album, Felton talked to Midwest Movement, a 'zine that's the online extension of the Minneapolis artist-management/record label of the same name, which rehashed the old feud angle. And for the first time, Felton really laid into Slipknot: "We've kept our mouth's shut for eight years," says Felton, who quickly gets personal. "[Slipknot] traded a platinum record for dignity, honor and respect . . . So if you want to talk shit . . . you know where to find us. Whenever you're ready, just bring your weak-ass shit to Cleveland and let's see what happens. [Slipknot singer] Corey Taylor says 'you cannot kill what you did not create.' Maybe so. But I guess you can sure as fuck sell what you stole." Read the entire interview here. It's long, and the good stuff's toward the end. -- D.X. Ferris


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