Grammy-award winning rock juggernauts Slipknot will release their long awaited fifth studio album today on Roadrunner Records, .5: The Gray Chapter. Heralded by fans and critics around the world as an artistic triumph, the album is available now in stores and at all online retailers. .5: The Gray Chapter includes the current single "The Devil In I," which is currently #2 on the Active Rock radio chart, while the M. Shawn Crahan directed video has received over 8.6 million YouTube views in only 5 weeks.
This week will see Slipknot celebrating the release of .5: The Gray Chapter with their much anticipated U.S. live return at their own KNOTFEST, a monumental three-day metal and heavy music destination festival taking place October 24th through the 26th at San Bernardino, California's San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds. Powered by Rockstar Energy Drink and curated by Slipknot themselves, KNOTFEST will see Slipknot headlining the Main Stage on both Saturday, October 25th and Sunday, October 26th, offering fans a taste of .5: The Gray Chapter with a unique concert experience each night. Each day fans can log on to www.Knotfest.com and www.Slipknot1.com to watch a global live stream of Slipknot's headline sets from KNOTFEST, along with select performances from the 60 plus participating bands, , which is powered by GTV and Vixlet. For details, including complete ticketing information, please see www.Knotfest.com. Additional news and updates can be also be found at both www.facebook.com/KNOTFEST and www.twitter.com/KNOTFEST (@KNOTFEST).
Following KNOTFEST Slipknot will embark on their nationwide "Prepare For Hell" tour, which will see them joined by special guests Korn and openers KING 810, kicking off October 29TH in El Paso, TX. For tickets please visit: www.Slipknot1.com.
What's more, Slipknot's frontman Corey Taylor is set to make appearance on the Emmy Nominated talk show web series, Larry King Now on Thursday, October 23rd at 5:00PM ET. Taylor will sit down for a one-on-one interview with King to discuss the evolution of Slipknot and the process of creating their new album, .5 The Gray Chapter. Larry King Now airs on www.ora.tv/larrykingnow and www.hulu.com/larry-king-now.
This past August, Slipknot unveiled their first new track in more than six years titled "The Negative One" which 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. Slipknot quickly followed with more new music releasing "The Devil In I," the acclaimed single from .5: The Gray Chapter whose stunning companion video has drawn over 8.6 million streams on the band's official YouTube. Rolling Stone praised .5: The Gray Chapter, calling the record "…the most multi-dimensional album of their nearly 20-year career," while Billboard lauded the new material as "…a headbanging odyssey from its gnashing guitar squalls to singer Corey Taylor's final deranged laugh." Revolver exclaimed "…another great Slipknot record has emerged" and Alternative Press applauded the collection stating, "The 14 songs that make up the band's full-fledged return to the heavy music scene, are reflective, more emotional than ever before, and the best balance of Slipknot's melodic and demonic sides to date."
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 certifications in the US and around the globe. All told, the band has 11 Platinum and 38 Gold record certifications worldwide. Slipknot's fanbase is unwavering, and they are global with the band's previous studio effort, 2008's platinum certified All Hope Is Gone, debuting at #1 in seven countries, including the U.S.
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