Next month, masked metallers Slipknot will end their six-year hiatus with the release of their fifth LP .5: The Gray Chapter on October 21st. On Friday, the Iowa band premiered the video for the single “The Devil In I,” meant to symbolize the bleak resurrection of Slipknot following some recent personal tragedy. “The Devil In I” is what would happen if a mental asylum ever hosted a rave, with a healthy dose of cannibalism and other gruesome imagery added before one masked member self-immolates and hangs himself in an elevator shaft. Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan directed the video.
.5: The Gray Chapter is Slipknot’s first studio album in six years and the first they’ve recorded since bassist Paul Gray died of a drug overdose in 2010. “It was almost like getting to know each other again,” singer Corey Taylor recently said about Gray’s death. “We were all kind of grieving in our own way and dealing with things in our own way. And knowing that we had to be healthy to go in – we had to be creative to go in – and knowing that we were gonna have to fill this huge void, we just kind of took it upon ourselves to make up for that emptiness by being a little bit of Paul. Like we were all a little bit of Paul in our own way.” Drummer Joey Jordison also parted ways with Slipknot prior to the recording of .5: The Gray Chapter.
As Rolling Stone previously reported, Slipknot will embark on the massive Prepare for Hell tour this fall where they’ll be joined by Korn and King 810. The trek kicks off with the October 25th & 26th Knotfest event in San Bernardino, California that boasts a metalhead’s dream lineup: Slipknot along with Danzig, Atreyu, Anthrax, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Black Label Society, Testament, Napalm Death and many more. The full Knotfest lineup will be announced September 22nd. Fans that buy tickets to Knotfest or any Prepare for Hell tour date will receive a free digital copy of .5: The Gray Chapter on October 20th.