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He’s apt to mention that even though he’s lucky enough to be in the position he’s in he still battles “the dark side of [his] mind” daily.
He offers up some advice on how to stay out of your own head, how to avoid becoming “locked” in dark thoughts, and how he’s grown over the years.
Although filling in the spot of rhythm guitar in 1999, Root is considered to be one of the band's main songwriters and has written lead guitar parts for Slipknot's later albums particularly on All Hope is Gone and .5 The Gray Chapter (from what has been said it seems like he wrote the large majority of the songs).
Of Slipknot's nine member lineup which lasted between 1999 to 2010, Root was the last to join the band.
also known by his number #4, is an American musician, songwriter and guitarist, best known for being the rhythm guitarist for the American heavy metal band Slipknot, and the former lead guitarist for the American alternative metal band Stone Sour.
from Iowa in the early 1990s, not to be confused with the hard rock band Atomic Opera from Houston, Texas.
Soon after they split up he went on to perform in bands such as Dead Front and Stone Sour; the latter which he joined in 1995, and returned to along with vocalist Corey Taylor, during its revival in 2002.
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Taylor's Slipknot bandmate Jim Root is the latest to offer some words to You Rock, and discusses how while he's lucky to be working in a successful band, he still has to battle the "dark side of his mind" and offers advice on how he prevents that from happening, including will power and having positive outlets.
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Root joined Slipknot in January 1999, replacing their original guitarist, Josh Brainard, who left the band during the recording of their self-titled album, reportedly after having fulfilled his recording duties.
In fact, the only two songs Root recorded during the album's sessions were "Purity" and "Me Inside", the former being featured on the short-lived first pressing of Slipknot as well as the 10th Anniversary Edition, and the latter being its replacement.