Its easy to write off Slipknot as a bunch of meatheads. I admit that I was down on them for years.
Anyway, the news of Paul Gray's death hopefully rounds out what has been a tragic spring for the metal community.
If you had any doubts or preconceived notions about the guys in Slipknot, I encourage you to take a look at the following video of their press conference this week. You won't be converted to being a fan, but I know it gave me a different perception of the band: Stripped bare - without masks, music or costumes; grief-stricken and fragile -- they represent a portrait of humanity that most people never see in metal.
If you don't have time to watch the whole thing, at least try and just to the 4:40 mark for a beautiful moment.
Be at peace, Paul Gray.