I wonder if the reason why Slipknot has 9 members is because of Dante Alighieri’s Inferno. I ask because, strategically, you would only need one drummer and another person hitting the keg or maybe a scenario where the drummer is using the double pedal while hitting the cymbals in a way which calls for an additional pair of hands. Also, the sampler and turntablist could easily be one guy (as Limp Bizkit proved). Anyway, back to the first part of Dante’s Divine Comedy, there are nine circles of Hell. Although it may be unintentional, each member of Slipknot represents each circle.
Sid Wilson represents limbo because Joey (way before he was fired) mentioned that he has the mentality of a three-year-old.
Joey Jordison represents lust because he’s the one who succeeds in attracting the most female fans.
Mick Thomson represents gluttony because of what he mentioned about his domestic lifestyle, when he was interviewed on Voliminal: Inside the Nine.
Paul Gray represents greed because he wore a pig mask.
Chris Fehn represents wrath because he was hazed a lot in the band.
Jim Root represents heresy because he doesn’t like wearing his mask and is probably the only person in the band to not describe any of their albums as masterpieces.
Shawn Crahan represents violence because, keg-hitting aside, it was his idea to have the winner of a coin toss punch the loser.
Craig Jones represents fraud because he’s not that silent.
Corey Taylor represents treachery because Shawn thought he was going to leave Slipknot for Stone Sour.