Slipknot Has a New Drummer?

Casagrande at Wacken Open Air in 2015

Yesterday, the metal world took notice when the drummer for Sepultura, Eloy Casagrande surprisingly left the band on the door step of the Celebrating Life Through Death Farewell Tour. The band announced it on their website yesterday, naming new drummer Greyson Nekrutman.

That in itself is pretty surprising, but the timing got the internet teeming with anticipation. It is unlikely that Casagrande left the band this close to a farewell tour unless something else is afoot. Couple that with the fact that Slipknot ended their relationship with drummer Jay Weinberg on November 5th, and that they, too, are about to perform at a live show in April and are in need of a drummer- people started speculating that the move is not simply coincidental.

It totally makes sense putting those pieces together.

  1. Leaving the band to pursue another project this close to a tour is strange.
  2. He seemingly fits with Slipknot stylistically and technically.
  3. Slipknot is two months from a number of shows and will need time to build rapport with the new drummer prior to playing live. (That seemed to be a problem with Weinberg)
  4. His time with Sepultura is limited as this is the farewell tour. Slipknot plans to continue on, experimenting with various styles of music.

As a fan of Slipknot, I hope he is the fit the band needs. I, for one, and I believe I am in the minority here, am excited for a chapter of Slipknot that is experimental and opens new doors. I don’t need another Iowa. I already have that. I, like the band, have grown and changed. Bring on the new! Anything else would be fake and disingenuous. It has been reported that Casagrande has done some demos with the band and has a bond, but that is pure speculation at this point.

I also don’t buy into the notion that Corey and Clown make all the decisions and just go all willy-nilly firing band members. That is a slap in the face to Mick, Sid and Jim that they are so weak that they just accept being ruled by the pair. I believe it goes deeper. I believe that there have been issues with substance abuse. I believe that there were issues with the chemistry in playing style and technique. I believe that there is a vision in place that not everyone was in favor of. Clown mentioned as much in response to the firing of Weinberg, “We’ve moved away from things that don’t belong and we are continuously moving away from what is in the way. There are no hard feelings. There’s no anger or hate. Nobody’s wrong. No one’s mad, it’s just that we’re very aware of us. If you’re a Slipknot fan, then you know what that means. The future is very very exciting. I’m excited, because no one really knows what we’re capable of – as usual.” credit: Web is Jericho. Hopefully, Slipknot has done the homework and found the rhythm section leader to take them into a new direction following their leave from Road Runner.

The fun part of this is that we won’t actually know if he has joined the band because they won’t tell us. He will join and wear a mask. The speculation will begin- Tortilla Man 2.0??? or is that already taken by the new Craig? Time will tell.

What songs will make the new Slipknot setlist?

Last week, Corey Taylor made some waves with Maggots across the world. He stated, “I will tell you this — you’re gonna see some songs that haven’t been played live in a very long time, straight up,” the singer said. “I just redid the set, and we’re dusting some stuff off, and we’re bringing out not only some old school shit, but stuff that people have been asking for for a long time.” (Loudwire) With that in mind, what will the new set look like? What old songs will reappear? Of course Corey tends to work in hyperbole when describing new music, so who knows what old songs we will get. To figure it out, let’s look at the average sets from each album cycle. Some songs were performed from time to time, but typically, the boys stuck to a fairly tight set. Using those average setlists, I will build the set for the next tour.

In 1999-2000, the self-titled set was very basic. It was an opening band set and based on one record; it featured the intro and anywhere from seven songs up to eleven songs.




Wait and Bleed


No Life




Get This



Jump to 2001-2002 and the Iowa tour, the setlist inched up to 12-13 songs with two intros. Seven songs from the previous tour reappear plus one more from self-titled, and six are added from Iowa:

People = Shit



New Abortion

The Heretic Anthem

My Plague

Now we move to Subliminal Verses Tour 2005. With the new album, the setlist grows to 17 songs. For this tour, Slipknot adds: (the most from any album added to a tour)


Blister Exists

Before I Forget

Left Behind


Pulse of the Maggots

The Nameless

Everything Ends


Get This (self-titled)

Now let’s jump forward to the All Hope is Gone tour in 2008. For this tour, the average setlist had 15 songs. In addition to the new songs from AHG, Liberate makes another appearance after being left off the last tour and Only One from Self-Titled makes an appearance. AHG songs are numbered to two:

Dead Memories


In 2015, Slipknot toured .5 The Gray Chapter. They go back to 17 songs and add five tracks from the new record. In addition to the new songs, they add Vermillion and Sulfur. New songs:


The Devil in I




Opium for the People – first time since 2004.

My Plague- first since 2002

Purity- played a few times

In 2019, Slipknot began touring We Are Not Your Kind. The only song on the initial part of the tour was Unsainted and the Halloween released All Out Life. The band began adding more, including Solway Firth before Covid hit and cut it short. Slipknot also broke out Prosthetics, a fan favorite and periodically played Eyeless.

If Slipknot tours a 17 song set, which is average for the past few years, here is a potential list. I will hold out two spots for new material- Chapeltown Rag and one new one from the new record to be released this Spring. That follows their approach to WANYK. So the remaining 15 songs are made from classics, to songs not played in a while, to a few that have never been played:

People = Shit– every tour

Surfacing- every tour and the Maggot anthem

Spit It Out – because we need to jump the F up

(sic)– well because it’s sic

The Heretic Anthem– a must

Disasterpiece– classic and reminds me of Joey

Duality– Clown needs a song to bat a keg

The Devil in I– makes sense to represent .5

My Plague– It’s been a minute- love this one live

Pulse of the Maggots– rarely on the setlist- another sort of anthem

Liberate– rarely on setlist

Eyeless– fan fave and doesn’t typically make the main cycle- and AMAZING

Blister Exists– Been a while since it was in the main setlist

Gematria: The Killing Name– never played live

Spiders– never live- as the group continues to evolve, this could be really cool live


Critical Darling- never played live- it has the chorus that Corey loves these days

Of course, this will probably not look anywhere near the actual setlist, but it’s fun to think about. I think many of us would love to see a resurgence to a lot of older material, but let’s be honest here- we are going to get the classics, some new songs off the new record, a few more off of WANKY since they didn’t get to complete the tour, and a mere few that are dusted off for our pleasure. Can’t wait to find out when Slipknot hits the road.

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Slipknot Iowa- 19th Anniversary

Slipknot Iowa Retrospective

On August 28, 2001, Slipknot released their sophomore album, Iowa. There was a lot of expectation and high hopes following the release of their self-titled debut in 1999. (Mate, Kill, Feed, Repeat aside) The record executives were looking for something more radio friendly, something more palatable. The boys from the 515 delivered an answer that spat in the face of convention. They would be no one’s puppet. They would not sell out. “All the money in the world can’t buy me.” Oddly enough, that attitude and ferocity endeared fans to the band- their debut album likened them to other nu-metal bands, but Iowa separated them and defied expectations which truly birthed maggots for the long haul.

This day marks the 19th anniversary of Iowa. For me, it really marks my start with the band. Self admittedly, I was not a maggot on the first record. Somehow it flew under my radar. I’ve told this story on the Wanderings and Woolgathering podcast. Basically, I was introduced to the band by my 8th grade student who burned a copy of the record for me. One listen to the insane drums, fierce guitar riffs and truculent lyrics- I was sold and still am.

The beautiful thing about Iowa is that it still stands up today as a tour de force in terms of metal albums. The album digs in emotionally with Sid’s screams over the death of his grandfather on 515 and then doesn’t let up from there. The next five songs: People = Shit, Disasterpiece (amazing drum cam footage here:, My Plague, Everything Ends and the Heretic Anthem are arguably the most solid five songs in a row on any album in history. Throw in Gently and Left Behind which follow, and there is no stopping this album. The Shape is aggressive but offers some softer more melodic moments and then I Am Hated takes us back to Self-titled a bit with some rap and dj moments. And then, Skin Ticket- the enigmatic fan favorite. “Come see my cage, built in my grain”- allusion to the state of Iowa or clever word play on “migraine? Don’t know- don’t care- love it! The New Abortion screams for individuality and self actualization. Metabolic- “My demise, I took a life worth living and Made it worth a mockery”- don’t throw it away folks. And finally, Iowa- the behemoth album closer. It has a crazy backstory and an even more crazy recording story. It is the punctuation on the album and indicative of the treasure that Iowa is. Here is a brutal performance of Heretic Anthem on the Conan O’Brien show during the album cycle.

Slipknot has six albums, yet none will compare to Iowa. Self-titled, Vol. 3- Subliminal Verses, All Hope is Gone, .5 the Gray Chapter and WANYK are all excellent albums. All are regularly on my playlist. Jay, V-Man and Tortilla Man are worthy replacements. The Knot will live on and I can’t wait for more “Music for the Maggots!” However, nothing will ever replace the ferocity, the aggression, the lyrics and the magic that is Iowa! Today- August 28- let’s celebrate by cranking Iowa to the Heavens. If you’re 555…..well, you know the rest. Stay Sic my friends.

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