It was also the first time that Jim Root had been significantly involved in a Slipknot album, the guitarist having featured on only two songs from their debut, due to his joining very late in the recording of that release.
Despite troubles within the band and with Iowa's development, Slipknot promoted it for almost a year.
"You've got to break yourself down before you can build something great." While producing the album, Ross Robinson was injured in a dirt bike accident, suffering a fractured back in the process.
He returned to the studio after a day of hospital treatment, reportedly "putting all of his pain into the album", much to the admiration of the band.
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A special edition of Iowa was reissued on November 1, 2011 to celebrate its tenth anniversary.
It was accompanied by full live audio of the hit DVD Disasterpieces and a film entitled Goat directed by Shawn Crahan, with the four music videos, never-seen-before interviews and footage from the Iowa period.
"That's where the best stuff comes from," he explained.I knew from then that we were going to rip the throat out of the world with 'Disasterpiece'.That was the lynchpin for the whole album." Iowa was later announced as its title and was named after the band's home state of Iowa.I had meningitis and couldn't sing a note, so I was writing a lot of ideas down.When I heard them play 'Disasterpiece', I just wrote 'No one is safe' in huge letters.
On the album's thirteenth anniversary, Revolver looked back on the album as "their most extreme album yet".