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.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.
He’s apt to mention that even though he’s lucky enough to be in the position he’s in he still battles “the dark side of [his] mind” daily.
James Root began performing with the thrash metal band Atomic Opera from Iowa in the early 90s, not to be confused with the hard rock band Atomic Opera from Houston, Texas.
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, and left in 2014.
After a couple of shows and one photo shoot, he decided to change masks, as the bondage mask was too uncomfortable to allow him to concentrate on playing.
He adopted a jester's mask, said to represent that side of his personality. It is still a jester's mask, but this one lacks the red diamond detailing around the eyes and a zipper in between the lips.
But that's the wrong way to do it and it is depriving another person of something that might mean memories and something more than an 'item.' "If whoever got this guitar is reading this, please take it back or send me a private message.
We can all do something stupid and taking it back is what can bring a lot of honour back to you. Think about it and be a man." The guitar is described as having "a patina copper pick guard".
On 17th May 2014, Stone Sour released an official statement saying that Root was no longer a member of the band. He sang in "Get Inside", "Inhale" and "Last of the Real".