Slipknot may be one of today's most successful acts, but Iowa-based metallers weren't always at the top of the metal world.
Guitarist Mick Thomson remembered the days of early struggle during a recent Music Radar interview, noting that tone-wise, there is only so much the fancy gear can do.
"It has to feel right," the guitarist said. "Guitars and tone are very personal things. Even when you're dead broke you can find ways to make gear sound like you. That was what I did on the first record. In the end we decided that what we had sounded better than running through the sh-t that [producer] Ross [Robinson] had."
Thomson explained further, "Like I will grab Jim's guitars and they feel so different to the way that mine feel. His amps sound so different to how mine sound and feel and it feels so foreign that I'm like, 'I don't know how the hell you play this!'"
Mick's fellow axeman Jim Root agreed, saying that "every experience you have in life can be applied to different things." Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell took a similar stance couple of months ago when he stated that "it doesn't matter what gear you're playing on - you're gonna sound how you sound."
Slipknot are currently warming up to hit the studio earlier next year to work on a follow-up to their 2008 effort "All Hope is Gone."