Slipknot will finally return with the release of .5: The Gray Chapter – the band's fifth studio album – on October 21. The name is obviously a tribute to late bassist Paul Gray, and this will be the band's first album recorded without him. It is also their first new music in more than six years. .5: The Gray Chapter is available now for pre-order on the iTunes Store, with all pre-orders receiving instant downloads of the songs "The Devil In I" and "The Negative One."
Additionally, Slipknot will launch the North American Prepare For Hell tour immediately following the previously announced Knotfest, which takes place from October 24 to 26 in San Bernardino, CA. Slipknot's headline tour will feature special guests Korn and openers King 810. It will kick off October 29 in El Paso, TX and run through December 7 in Boston.
"We've been waiting a long time for this," stated singer 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."
As previously reported, Knotfest will see Slipknot headline the Main Stage on both Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26, offering fans a taste of the upcoming album with a unique concert experience each night. The festival also will feature over 60 bands, including Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Tech N9ne, Of Mice & Men, Black Label Society, Testament, Hatebreed, Atreyu, In This Moment, Carcass, and many others.