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In 2001, Slipkt Unmasked was the very first biography of a heavy metal phemen: a band who looked and sounded like other. With fewer than nine members and a unique stage image based on grotesque masks and boiler suits, Slipkt retained a mystique that was unprecedented in the metal world, never allowing their faces to become kwn - so that the focus would remain on their music. The first edition of this book followed the band from their inception in Des Moines, Iowa in the mid-1990s through to the release of their second album: an updated edition followed in 2003. It's w a decade since the first volume appeared, and in that time Slipkt have evolved into a completely different band from the one that first emerged into the limelight in 1999. Everyone kws their faces w. The band's music is darker, deeper and more adult after four studio albums, three DVDs and a live release. Most strikingly, the sudden death of their bass player Paul Gray in 2010 has changed the face and the attitude of the group, although their commercial profile is, if anything, greater than it was before. Slipkt: Unmasked - Again explores this unlikely and tragic evolution, with new chapters covering the band's career to date - and it also asks what their future will be.
Joel McIver is the author of 20 books on music (another 30 exist in translation). His best-known book is 2004's Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica - also published by Omnibus Press - which has sold close to 50,000 copies in several languages. He regularly appears on radio and TV and contributes to many British international magazines. He can be contacted on www.joelmciver.co.uk