Readers of the British metal magazine Metal Hammer have voted SLIPKNOT's self-titled 1999 album the best debut of the past 25 years.
Over 16,000 fans voted in Metal Hammer's special 25th-anniversary poll, with "Slipknot" managing to grab almost a third of all votes cast, beating off competition from the likes of GUNS N' ROSES, KORN, MACHINE HEAD and PANTERA.
Coming in a distant second was KORN, whose self-titled 1994 album received 8.88 percent of the vote. Just behind KORN was GUNS N' ROSES' breakthrough 1987 album "Appetite For Destruction", which brought in 8.84 percent of the vote.
Even though PANTERA self-released four full albums before being signed to Atco, the band's major-label debut, "Cowboys From Hell", took fifth place with 6.2 percent of the vote.
Metal Hammer readers' Top 10 debuts of the past 25 years:
01. SLIPKNOT - "Slipknot" (32.27%)
02. KORN - "Korn" (8.88%)
03. GUNS N' ROSES - "Appetite for Destruction" (8.84%)
04. RAMMSTEIN - "Herzeleid" (6.92%)
05. PANTERA - "Cowboys From Hell" (6.2%)
06. SYSTEM OF A DOWN - "System of a Down" (4.67%)
07. LINKIN PARK - "Hybrid Theory" (3.78%)
08. MACHINE HEAD - "Burn My Eyes" (3.35%)
09. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE - "The Poison" (3.01%)
10. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE - "Rage Against the Machine" (2.78%)
The special-edition CD/DVD reissue of SLIPKNOT's self-titled debut album which came out in September 2009 sold around 4,600 copies in the United States in its first, shortened week of release (the set came out on Wednesday, September 9 whereas new albums usually go on sale on Tuesdays in the U.S.). The album has shifted more than two million units domestically, according to Nielsen SoundScan.