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Jordison subsequently joined the band as their main drummer, moving Crahan to percussion.Much of the band's early development was retrospectively attributed to late-night planning sessions between Grey, Crahan and Jordison at a Sinclair gas station where Jordison worked nights.In 1991, the biggest metal band in Des Moines was Atomic Opera, with Jim Root on guitar.Drummer Joey Jordison founded a thrash metal band called Modifidious, playing at a club called Runway.
In the years before Slipknot formed, a state of shifting band membership existed throughout the metal scene in Des Moines, Iowa.
After several lineup changes in its early years, the band settled on nine members for more than a decade: Corey Taylor, Mick Thomson, Jim Root, Paul Gray, Craig Jones, Sid Wilson, Shawn Crahan, Chris Fehn and Joey Jordison.
Gray died on May 24, 2010, and was replaced during 2011–2014 by guitarist Donnie Steele. Steele left during the recording sessions for .5: The Gray Chapter.
When questioned in 1999 about Steele's departure, Jordison explained: "We were prepared to keep him on, but he didn't want to stay." During the mixing stages of their project at SR Audio, Craig Jones was recruited as Steele's replacement on guitar.
However, throughout their time in the studio, the band were adding samples to their recordings but could not produce these sounds live.The 2001 follow-up album, Iowa, although darker in tone, made the band more popular.