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“This place is my life,” Slipknot co-founder and percussionist Shawn Crahan, or Clown as he is known on stage, said as he announced that the band will be playing at the fair for the first time next summer. Brian Powers, bpowers@dmreg.com

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It's hard to believe that it's been 18 years since native Iowa band Slipknot released their second studio album.

That's right, Slipknot fans; the heavy metal band debuted their second project, "Iowa," Aug. 28, 2001, on Roadrunner Records.

The album was produced by Slipknot and Ross Robinson, who also worked on the act's self-titled project in 1999. With the title "Iowa" representing the Slipknot's inspiration from their home state, the nine-track piece reflects the group's anger and turmoil in their personal lives. 

In a 2008 interview with Loudwire writer Jon Wiederhorn, lead vocalist Corey Taylor described what his life was like during the era of recording "Iowa." 

"We were falling apart when we did that record; I was a f---ing mess, man," Taylor said. "I was drinking a lot. I was in a relationship that wasn't good for me, and I didn't want to realize it at the time."

"We went out to L.A., and I really started getting into booze and philandering," he continued. "I was doing anything I could to feel good because everything felt really bad. I was eating a lot, gaining weight. I wasn't feeling anything but misery."

Taylor was also cutting himself during the recording process, he told Loudwire in 2008. He would bleed, get sick, and then throw up. "I just wanted to feel something, I didn't care what it was, and I wasn't letting anything go." 

Read the rest of the band's testimonies at Loudwire

Despite Slipknot's ups and downs, "Iowa" took the No. 3 spot on Billboard's album charts and went platinum on Oct. 10, 2001. Their record "Left Behind" also garnered success earning the group a 2002 Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance. "Left Behind" peaked at the No. 30 spot on Billboard's mainstream rocks songs chart on Sept. 22, 2001 and spent 10 weeks on the chart. 

That following year, Slipknot's second single "My Plaque," was also nominated for a Grammy in the same category. 

 Listen to Slipknot's "Iowa" album below. 

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Slipknot is currently on the road with 10 more shows to go for their Knotfest Roadshow.

Check out the remaining shows below. 

Aug. 27: Mansfield, Massachusetts — The Xfinity Center

Aug. 28: Wantagh, New York — Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

Aug. 30: Holmdel, New Jersey — PNC Bank Arts Center

Aug. 31: Camden, New Jersey — BB&T Pavilion

Sept. 1: Bristow, Virginia — Jiffy Lube Live

Sept. 3: Alpharetta, Georgia — Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

Sept. 4: Tampa, Florida — MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

Sept. 6: Austin, Texas — Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas

Sept. 7: Dallas, Texas — Dos Equis Pavilion

Sept. 8: The Woodlands, Texas — The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman 

 For remaining tickets and VIP packages, go to knotfestroadshow.com.

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