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Slipknot's eagerly anticipated return twice as nice at Knotfest, ATandT Center

There arguably cannot be a bigger, or more appropriate, place to house the return of Slipknot than the band's very own Knotfest. But today revealed that San Antonio is not far behind either.

Singer Corey Taylor and Slipknot return to an American stage for the first time in 5 years when they host Knotfest from Oct. 24-26 in San Bernardino, Calif.
Singer Corey Taylor and Slipknot return to an American stage for the first time in 5 years when they host Knotfest from Oct. 24-26 in San Bernardino, Calif.JAY NANDA / San Antonio Metal Music Examiner

Slipknot has announced they are coming to the AT&T Center on Sun. Nov. 2 with fellow metal heavyweights Korn and King 810. Tickets go on sale Sept. 5. This comes on the heels of the revelation late last night that new album .5: The Gray Chapter will be released Oct. 21 -- just in time for Knotfest and the U.S. tour that follows (complete dates here).

Even with 60 bands playing on five stages in the California desert of San Bernardino from Oct. 24-26 (Stage 4 bands have yet to be announced), and even among the chaos of a thunderdome, fire zone, zipline, junk yard drum circle, carnival games and its own museum on the campgrounds, the most anticipated part of Knotfest undoubtedly will be the nine-member group's return to the stage. For a few reasons:

  • The forthcoming album will mark Slipknot's first effort since 2008's All Hope Is Gone -- and first since the 2010 death of bassist Paul Gray.
  • The surprising departure of drummer Joey Jordison earlier this summer has yet to result in the announcement of his replacement. Neither have the reasons for Jordison's absence been revealed. While the new drummer's identity should come prior to Knotfest, don't be surprised if it doesn't become evident until the band physically hits the stage Oct. 25, when Slipknot plays the first of two distinct sets as the final act to rock that Saturday and Sunday. Slipknot is, after all, a band that goes against the grain and marches to its own drums -- baseball bats included.
  • "The Negative One" was the first video from the new album released in July and, lyrically speaking, it's not out of the realm of possibility to think it was written with Jordison as the main subject (click on Gray's picture at top to watch it, and judge for yourself with the lyrics below the clip).
  • The video for "The Devil In I" was shot over the weekend in Los Angeles and should be released soon. While it could be about something more general, the song also lends credence to the belief that Jordison may have influenced its lyrics as well: "Your station is abandoned, fool you 'cause I know what you’ve done. Sensation, deprivation. You should’ve burned when you turned on everyone. So step inside, see the devil in I. Too many times, we’ve let it come to this."

The gig at the AT&T Center will be Slipknot's first in San Antonio since 2009. After Knotfest, the Lone Star state will be lucky enough to be the first to see the band live. Slipknot will be in El Paso on Oct. 29, Dallas on Halloween and Corpus Christi's American Bank Center on Sat. Nov. 1.

Just how fortunate is Texas to be the first state after Knotfest? Slipknot has yet to even schedule a date in its home state of Iowa. Interestingly enough, after a Nov. 11 stop in Denver, the band takes Knotfest to Japan on Nov. 15-16 before resuming the U.S. tour Nov. 19 in Baltimore.

With other veteran bands such as Danzig, Anthrax, Testament, and DevilDriver blending with newer ones such as San Antonio's Upon A Burning Body and Nothing More, along with Suicide Silence, The Devil Wears Prada and many others, Knotfest promises to be the must-see festival of the year. Fans from all over the nation will be converging on the San Manuel Amphitheater for America's only chance to see this heavy metal extravaganza.

Will you be among them?

If not, and you're a San Antonian or in another part of Texas, at least you'll have a backup plan.

For the SAMME's related Slipknot coverage, including an interview from April with singer Corey Taylor (above, left) regarding his participation on the Ronnie James Dio tribute CD, click on the "Suggested" links in blue below.

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