Why are Slipknot fans called maggots?
Beliebers are to Justin (Bieber) what Swifties are to Taylor (Swift), just like maggots are to Slipknot.
Maggots are worshipers of death metal deities, but how did they get that name? Some have speculated that it comes from the size of the crowds the band attracts. The mass of fanatics look like writhing maggots from the perspective of the band on stage. Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan recently revealed the truth about the nickname in an interview with The Independent.
Crahan is said to have coined the pet’s affectionate name decades ago, saying, “I used to take pictures of dead deer. Their stomachs were filled with maggots. Slipknot as a band we deal with a lot of stuff, and I figured the maggots deal with the worst stuff of all. They deal with all the death and shit and then at the end they grow wings and turn into flies and then that fly will come back and lay an egg.
Fans are compared to maggots as a metaphor, of course, referring to those who use the band’s music as a coping mechanism. They feed on the pain depicted in Slipknot’s songs in hopes that they will one day transform and overcome the difficult times they are going through. Music helps them grow wings, soar away from pain, and then use those wings to return to songs when they’re needed most.
“You are 14 years old and you feel this rebellion in you. The world tells you no; you listen to us and we help you find the confidence to say yes,” Clown continued. “Then comes a day when you could get married, have a child, get a job, whatever. Slipknot is no longer your everyday, but you still hear it. I call fans maggots because they have wings and they come back. If we are lucky, they come back with their offspring. I have two, three generations of maggots. It’s cool.”
Their seventh studio album, The end so far, just released with loads of new music for their hungry maggots. The band recently wrapped up their tour with year-end festival dates in Mexico and South America on the schedule.
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