There was much anticipation for the band's second album following the success of their 1999self-titled debut, resulting in Iowa premiering in top ten album sales in nine countries. Positively received by both fans and critics alike, the album included many of the band's hits including "Left Behind" and "My Plague", which were both nominated for a Grammy Award in 2002 and 2003, respectively. Critic John Molvey hailed the album as the "absolute triumph of nu metal." While more technical than their debut, Iowa is also considered to be the band's heaviest album. The album has been certified platinum in Canada and the United States.
While growing up in Des Moines, Iowa, Jordison quickly developed an interest in music; learning to play the guitar and drums. Jordison joined multiple bands throughout his high school years, which lead to him being invited to join The Pale Ones, at age 20. Jordison immediately embraced the idea and quickly became involved in all aspects of the band, which evolved into Slipknot. Jordison's dedication to music has led to performances and work with many other bands over his career, including Metallica, Korn, Ministry, Satyricon, OTEP, Marilyn Manson, and 3 Inches of Blood.