You don’t just need a great band to make a great album, y’know. As Mick explains, you need the right guys on the board, too.
Mick: “When you’ve got a producer like Ross, he used Chuck Johnson to engineer the first [Slipknot] album and he was awesome. We had Mike Fraser do the second album; he was awesome. Those guys are great, and they will put their stamp on it, too.
"Chuck would have everything slammed into the red. Ross had a lot to do with the way things sounded, but ultimately, those were Chuck’s knobs. A lot of people don’t take that into consideration when they hear an album - there is so much that goes on on the production side.
"Nothing is a one-man show - so much goes into it. What’s crazy is that we think we have it done, then send it to be mastered and get it back and think, ‘Woah, no!’. We’ll listen back and say, ‘Let’s have less of this, more of this - what the fuck were we thinking?!’.
"It’s a complicated process. You might have done demo tapes but sending it off to a mastering studio is a whole new thing. It’s expensive, too - they find a way to bill the fuck out of you!”