This day In Heavy Nu Metal. SLIPKNOT
Mickael Gordon "Mick" Thomson was born on November 3, 1973 in Des Mines, Iowa US. He's best known as one of two guitarists in Slipknot, in which he is designated #7.
Thomson originally met founding Slipknot members Anders Colsefni, Donnie Steele and Paul Gray through their mutual involvement in death metal band Body Pit, and in 1996 replaced Craig Jones in the group, who then became responsible for media and samples.
Following the departure of Joey Jordison in 2013, Thomson is now the third longest-serving member of Slipknot. The first Slipknot album on which Thomson performed was the 1999 self-titled debut.
Upon joining the band, Thomson wore a hockey mask which he bought from a store, compared by author Joel Mciver to that worn by Hannibal Lecter in the film The Silence of the Lambs. The guitarist's mask would remain much the same throughout his career, with only minor changes made for each album cycle.
Mick's guitar techniques involve extremely fast alternate strumming and down-picking, and he is often seen as more the 'lead' guitarist of the two (Jim Root #4 is more seen as 'rhythmic' guitar).