Some of the more popular bands out there today probably think that they are the greatest band around, and I think that's a great mentality that promotes confidence and success. Every person's opinion of who the world's greatest band is is different, and that's great too. These bands think they're the best, but according to Slipknot's "Clown," they really are the best, and he has made it known by announcing it to the world.

During a recent interview, Slipknot percussionist Shawn Crahan, or "Clown," claimed that the Des Moines, Iowa octet was "the greatest band in the world:"

We give you everything. We're the greatest band in the world as far as I'm concerned. I always laugh when bands say, You know, without the masks they'd be nothing. OK, try playing one of our songs, try playing my drummer's parts, try playing my guitar player's parts. Now put on a mask and all this other shit and run around like you're in a rugby game — then I might start listening. Otherwise, why don't you take your shirt off and tell everybody how hot you are and how you've gotta slow things down for a minute. We have never had to pretend what we are — what we are is intense.

Slipknot are getting back on track after the sudden 2010 death of their beloved bassist Paul Gray. Though they will never forget him, they will continue to blow fans minds away city-by-city, state-by-state as they embark on their next tour.

We're not a band, we're a culture and it's only going to get bigger. When we're on tour, all I want to do is see all of them … we're a special thing, we're our own entity.

To read the full interview, go here.

Do you agree with Crahan? Who do you think is the "greatest band in the world?"