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News: Slipknot Announces New Album and North American Tour

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(U.S) Global rock juggernauts Slipknot have announced the next phase of their uncompromising history -– the release of “.5: The Gray Chapter”, the fifth studio album from the GRAMMY®-winning group – arrives on October 21ST , while their North American “Prepare For Hell” tour is set to kick off immediately following the band’s previously announced KnotFest.

Slipknot unleashed “The Negative One” earlier this month, marking the groundbreaking band’s first new music in more than six years. The song immediately hit #1 on Billboard’s Trending 140 chart, with the band and track both quickly becoming trending topics on Twitter globally and in the US. The track is currently sitting atop the metal singles chart for its third straight week and counting. Meanwhile its nightmarish companion video – directed by the band’s M. Shawn Crahan (Clown) – has quickly drawn more than 2 million individual views at Slipknot’s official YouTube

SLIPKNOT .5 The Gray ChapterSlipknot have also announced the “Prepare For Hell Tour”- a major North American headline tour with very special guests Korn and openers King 810 – kicking off October 29th in El Paso, TX and traversing North America through December 7th.

“We’ve been waiting a long time for this,” stated Slipknot’s Corey Taylor. “Not only do we get to tour with friends who we respect, we’ve also chosen a band that represents the fury of the future.  Slipknot is coming to your town.  And hell’s coming with us.”

The nationwide run will see Slipknot coming hot off the heels of their US live return at their own KnotFest, with two unique sets at their very own three-day metal and heavy music destination festival slated for October 24th through 26th at San Bernardino, California’s San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds. Powered by Rockstar Energy Drink and curated by Slipknot themselves, KnotFest will see Slipknot headline the Main Stage on both Saturday, October 25th and Sunday, October 26th, offering fans a taste of the upcoming album with a unique concert experience each night.  A truly immersive experience, KnotFest attendees will descend into an apocalyptic underworld featuring over 20 attractions including a Slipknot Museum, carnival rides, a zip line across the festival grounds, drum circles, pillars of fire, freaks, fire-breathers, stilt-walkers, and much more.

“KnotFest is a chance for Slipknot to bring the sensory overload of a wild European festival and now we’re coming for you, California,” says Slipknot’s M. Shawn Crahan (Clown). “Playing two different sets over two nights at one location is a new experience in the history of this band. This year’s Knotfest is going to be on another level.”

Slipknot emerged at the tail end of the Twentieth Century and quickly established itself as the most enigmatic, provocative, and aggressive collective of the modern era. 1999’s “Slipknot” stands as a true milestone, named by Metal Hammer as the “Best Debut of the Last 25 Years.” The album fast earned 2x RIAA platinum certification, with each of Slipknot’s following releases – including 4 video albums – all receiving additional platinum in the US and around the world. All told, the band have 11 Platinum and 38 Gold record certifications around the world. Slipknots fanbase is unwavering, and they are global- the band’s most recent studio effort, 2008’s platinum certified “All Hope Is Gone,” debuted at #1 in seven countries, including the U.S.

Surely as iconic as any band in the annals of rock, Slipknot has starred on the cover of innumerable national and international publications, from Rolling Stone, SPIN, and Alternative Press to Guitar World, Revolver, and Billboard. What’s more, Slipknot has received myriad honors, awards, and nominations, including a GRAMMY Award for “Best Metal Performance” as well as six further GRAMMY nods, multiple Kerrang! Awards, Revolver Golden Gods Awards, NME Awards, and Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards, and nods for both MTV Video Music Awards and MTV Europe Music Awards.

Slipknot has ruled live stages across the planet since their beginning, and currently headline tours and international festivals including Mayhem in the US, the UK’s Download Festival, Brazil’s Monsters of Rock and Rock In Rio, Australia’s Soundwave Festival, and the bands own Ozzfest and Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. 2012 saw the inaugural KnotFest draw over 45,000 fans to a pair of daylong festival events headlined and curated by the band.

Prepare For Hell Tour Dates: 


25           San Bernardino, CA                         Knotfest

26           San Bernardino, CA                         Knotfest

29          El Paso, TX                                            El Paso County Coliseum

31          Dallas, TX                                              Gexa Energy Pavilion


1              Corpus Christi, TX                             American Bank Center

2              San Antonio, TX                                AT&T Center

4              Little Rock, AR                                   Verizon Arena

5              Oklahoma City, OK                          Chesapeake Energy Arena

6              Omaha, NE                                         CenturyLink Center

8              Madison, WI                                      Alliant Energy Center

9              Sioux Falls, SD                                    Denny Sanford Premiere Center

11           Denver, CO                                         Denver Coliseum

19           Baltimore, MD                                   Baltimore Arena

21           Nashville, TN                                      Bridgestone Arena

22           Lexington, KY                                     Rupp Arena

23           Ft. Wayne, IN                                    Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

25           Moline, IL                                            iWireless Center

26           Kansas City, MO                               Sprint Center

28           Rosemont, IL                                     Allstate Arena

29           Detroit, MI                                          Palace of Auburn Hills

30           Toronto, ON                                       Air Canada Centre


2              Reading, PA                                    Santander Arena

3              Camden, NJ                                    Susquehanna Bank Center

5              Uncasville, CT                                 Mohegan Sun

6              East Rutherford, NJ                      Izod Center

7              Boston, MA                                     Paul E. Tsongas Arena