Suddenly the 21st century seemed to come alive and there was nothing like Slipknot to announce this metal renaissance. I’ll be honest here and say that I didn’t get it initially, it didn’t have the melody and the whole horror mask thing just seemed a bit gimmicky to me. In The Story of Rock and Roll I explain that the first time I heard Slayer I wasn’t a fan and it took the release of their South of Heaven album to make me realise I was missing something. The same thing happened with Slipknot I only got it when I heard Vol 3 : (The Subliminal Verses). After that I went back to Iowa and recognised them for the unstoppable force of nature that they were. Who knew back in 2001 that this would be probably the biggest metal band in the world within 15 years.