Named after a type of knot used for a hangman’s noose, Slipknot were destined to court controversy. Everything from their image to their lyrics has attracted criticism, yet the band have continually defied categorisation. Photographed by Stefan Seskis, the artwork for their 1999 debut album is as rich as their music is textured, and unleashed the group’s iconic look. Reflecting singer Corey Taylor’s lyrical preoccupation with psychosis, they appear outside a large gate, in matching red jumpsuits, as if just escaped from a lunatic asylum. Each member wears an individual mask that would characterise them throughout their career, yet their numbered uniforms toy with the notion of commercialism, presenting the band as a manufactured product, while simultaneously reinforcing their gang mentality. Entering the UK Top 40 and spawning two Top 30 UK singles, Slipknot introduced the world to a perplexing blend of influences including hip-hop, death metal and industrial music.