After a long and tedious string of teasers, Slipknot have finally revealed details surrounding their forthcoming album. The album will be titled .5: The Gray Chapter, and it now has a release date of Oct. 21 through the band’s longtime label Roadrunner Records. Additionally, the band has released the first official single from the album. Listen to “The Devil In I” after the jump.


Whereas “The Negative One” showcases the more vicious and brutal side of Slipknot, “The Devil In I” highlights the band’s extremely lucrative melodic side, calling to mind songs of Slipknot’s past such as “Dead Memories” or “Before I Forget”. Corey Taylor’s voice sounds fantastic, as always, and there are some decent riffs here, but compared to all of the other stellar metal releases we’ve had this year, it’s nothing terribly special. I honestly prefer “The Negative One” over this song. I sure hope this new album channels more of that Iowa-era brutality, because I really don’t think that Slipknot can ever outdo the melodic mastery they displayed on Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses.

Pre-orders for .5: The Gray Chapter are up at Slipknot’s official store. As if details for the new album and a new single weren’t enough, Slipknot has also announced the Prepare For Hell tour this fall, with special guests Korn and King 810. Apparently, nu metal is making a comeback. Dates for the trek are listed below. Tickets go on sale Sept. 5.


10/25/14 San Bernardino, CA Knotfest
10/26/14 San Bernardino, CA Knotfest
10/29/14 El Paso, TX El Paso Community College
10/31/14 Dallas, TX Gexa Pavillion
11/1/14 Corpus Christi, TX American Bank
11/2/14 San Antonia, TX AT&T Arena
11/4/14 Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
11/5/14 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Arena
11/6/14 Omoha, NE CenturyLink Center
11/8/14 Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center
11/9/14 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford Centre
11/11/14 Denver, CO Denver Coliseum
11/15/14 Tokyo, Japan Knotfest
11/16/14 Tokyo, Japan Knotfest
11/19/14 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
11/21/14 Nashville, TN Bridgeston Arena
11/22/14 Lexignton, KY Rupp Arena
11/23/14 Ft. Wayne, IN Memorial Coliseum
11/25/14 Moline, IL iWireless Center
11/26/14 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
11/28/14 Chicago, IL Rosemont Arena
11/29/14 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
11/30/14 Toronto, ON Air Candada Center
12/2/14 Reading, PA Santander Arena
12/3/14 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
12/5/14 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
12/6/14 East Rutherfort, NJ Izod Center
12/7/14 Boston, MA Tsongas Arena


– AL


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