Today is a day full of all things Slipknot. A new track from the band’s forthcoming record .5: The Gray Chapter has dropped, the band have announced a U.K. leg of their Prepare For Hell Tour as well as some additional European dates, and set times for Knotfest have been made available. We’ll start with Knotfest.


If you’re like me when it comes to attending a music festival, then you’ve got your fingers crossed that set times, autograph times, and the like will be made available so that you can make your best effort to plan the day accordingly. Slipknot and the good people in charge of Knotfest have done those of you attending a favor and provided such information. The details begin with the pre-party on Friday, October 24 and set times work down from the highest to lowest numbered stage.

Friday, October 24 (VIP Pre-part):

Stage 003:
10:30 PM: The Black Dahlia Murder
9:25 PM: Chelsea Grin

Stage 002:
11:15 PM: Suicide Silence
9:50 PM: Butcher Babies
9:00 PM: Alterbeast

Saturday, October 25:

Stage 005:
3:30 PM: Fear Factory
2:35 PM: OTEP
1:40 PM: Amen
12:45 PM: Prong
12:00 PM: Immolation

Stage 004:
4:05 PM: The Faceless
3:10 PM: Stands With Fists
2:15 PM: Dehumanizer
1:20 PM: Kings Of Carnage
12:25 PM: Play For Blood
11:40 AM: Headbang For The Highway Battle Winner TBA
11:10 AM: Headbang For The Highway Battle Winner TBA

Stage 003:
4:20 PM: In This Moment
3:00 PM: The Devil Wears Prada
1:50 PM: Butcher Babies
12:50 PM: Miss May I
11:50 AM: One OK Rock

Stage 002:
5:05 PM: Testament
3:40 PM: Carcass
2:25 PM: Maximum The Hormone
1:20 PM: King 810
12:20 PM: Man With A Mission

Stage 001:
11:00 PM: Slipknot
9:20 PM: Danzig
8:05 PM: Anthrax
7:05 PM: Black Label Society
6:10 PM: Hatebreed

Sunday, October 26:

Stage 005:
3:30 PM: Napalm Death
2:35 PM: Avatar
1:40 PM: Attika 7
12:45 PM: Exmortus
12:00 PM: Rattlehead

Stage 004:
4:05 PM: Dead For Denver
3:10 PM: Motograter
2:15 PM: Five From The Gods
1:20 PM: I, of Helix
12:25 PM: A Threat To The Enemy
11:40 AM: Still Not Dead
11:10 AM: Headbang For The Highway Battle Winner TBA

Stage 003:
2:40 PM: Killswitch Engage
1:25 PM: Whitechapel
12:15 PM: Upon A Burning Body
11:15 AM: Anti Mortem

Stage 002:
3:25 PM: Of Mice & Men
2:00 PM: DevilDriver
12:50 PM: Veil Of Maya
11:45 AM: Nothing More

Stage 001:
10:00 PM: Slipknot
8:30 PM: Five Finger Death Punch
7:10 PM: Volbeat
6:10 PM: Tech N9ne
5:15 PM: Atreyu

Bloodscribe has been announced as one of the battle of the bands winners. More details remain to be revealed regarding what stage they will be playing.


Slipknot will be kicking off their 2015 touring cycle in support of .5: The Gray Chapter with a U.K. leg of the Prepare For Hell Tour with KoRn and King 810 and some European dates. It wasn’t specified whether the dates outside of the U.K. would include the Prepare For Hell bill so at this time it’s being treated as a separate run.

With Korn & King 810:
01/13 Dublin, IRE – Arena
01/16 Sheffield, UK – Motorpoint Arena
01/18 Glasgow, UK – SEE Hydro
01/19 Newcastle, UK – Metro Radio Arena
01/20 Manchester, UK – Arena
01/22 Liverpool, UK – Echo Arena
01/23 London, UK – Wembley Arena
01/24 Cardiff, UK – Motorpoint Arena
01/26 Nottingham, UK – Capital FM Arena
01/27 Birmingham, UK – Barclaycard

01/29 Paris, FRA – Zenith
02/01 Amsterdam, NET – Heineken Music Hall
02/02 Esch-Sur-Alzette, LUX – Rokhal
02/03 Milan, ITA – Forum
02/05 Budapest, HUN – Sportarena
02/07 Berlin, GER – Max-Schmelling-Halle
02/08 Hamburg, GER – O2 World
02/10 Oslo, NOR – Spektrum
02/11 Stockholm, SWE – Hovet
02/12 Copenhagen, DEN – Forum
02/15 Helsinki, FIN – Ice Hall


The last bit of news involves the release of the first song off the band’s forthcoming fifth record, .5: The Gray Chapter . The track is called “XIX” and can be heard below through Spotify or over at Fans that pre-order the album get the track as a free download upon their purchase. .5: The Gray Chapter will be out October 21 on Roadrunner.