Ex-PAPA ROACH Drummer Confirms He Suffered Facial Paralysis From Listening SLIPKNOT’s ‘Iowa’

Slipknot 1999 Press Shot

SLIPKNOT, a masked metal group from Iowa, are often found mentioning their 2001 album Iowa as the standard they use to measure the intensity of their music. Even though they have never surpassed the intensity of that platinum-certified album, it is obvious why they have so much respect for it.

In a recent interview with Revolver, SLIPKNOT‘s DJ Sid Wilson claimed that Dave Buckner, former drummer of PAPA ROACH, had facial paralysis when he first heard the album.

Wilson said: “We had the Iowa album when we were on tour with Papa Roach. And to Dave, the original drummer, we were like, ‘Hey man, you want to listen to the new album?’ I don’t think it was out yet. And he was like, ‘Yeah.’ He comes up on the bus and I think we were into maybe the third track. And I just watched his face and he started getting uneasy, and he’s looking around at the ground and stuff. And then he looks up and I’m looking at him, and his face collapses. One whole side of his face. And it drooped out like when you have a seizure.

“His whole face collapsed and it just stayed down there. His eye, everything. The music collapsed his face. It destroyed his whole world right in front of me. I was like, ‘Are you OK?’ And he’s like, ‘I got to go.’ And he stood up and [we were like], ‘What the f*ck?’

“And I’m not lying. It wasn’t just him making a face,” Sid added. “This thing [pointing to his face] lost all will to live. One whole side of his face. He left, I looked at the guys, I’m like, ‘Oh my God, did we just f*ck him up? I hope he’s OK.’ I don’t even really know what happened that day. He was still out there the rest of the tour and stuff … I guess he saw a doctor or something. But that’s how dangerous that sh*t was.”

Buckner reached out to Revolver in order to give his version of events that occurred during the memorable hearing, saying: “The real story is that me, Jacoby [ShaddixPAPA ROACH singer], and Tobin [Esperance, bassist] went up to Houdini Mansion [producer Ross Robinson‘s studio] with the SLIPKNOT guys while they were there recording Iowa. They played us the album in the mixing room with the volume cranked to 11. I left the room with my ears ringing, and when I woke up the next day and the left side of my face was hanging off my skull, totally paralyzed!

“I thought I had a stroke during the night! I immediately saw a doctor, and turns out I had Bells Palsey, which is triggered by trauma to the facial nerve that runs through the ear canal in the skull. Causes can include blunt force trauma, extremely loud noise, and, apparently, SLIPKNOTSLIPKNOT music literally melts faces.”