James Donald Root (born October 2, 1971) also known by his number #4, is an American musician known for being the rhythm guitarist for the heavy metal band Slipknot, and the former lead guitarist for alternative metal band Stone Sour.
Suicidal thoughts are can plague us when we’re at our lowest, but there are those that can’t see any light at the end of the tunnel and need help finding a way out of the darkness.
The You Rock Foundation is a cause all of us here at Metal Sucks stand behind fervently: by teaming up with prominent modern metal artists, the foundation produces videos that offer people dealing with depression an opportunity to see that they’re not alone.
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.
He 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.
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.
Despite this, the song has become a staple for most of the band's live performances.
Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor invited Root to join the band based on Taylor's past experiences working with him in Stone Sour.
In the past You Rock has spoken with Randy Blythe (Lamb of God), Corey Taylor (Slipknot), and Ben Weinman (Dillinger Escape Plan), each offering their own stories and direction.
The latest video features Jim Root (Slipknot) as he sits down for an intimate, unmasked discussion of his bouts with depression.
Ultimately he suggests ways to regain to control of life, mind, and willpower by keeping occupied with positive outlets. It’s clear that The You Rock Foundation goes out of its way to prove that no matter the circumstances everyone deserves a chance to be happy.