Slipknot announces massive ‘Knotfest Roadshow’ tour and new album

As well as a brand new album, Slipknot have just revealed plans for an extensive North American tour this summer, the ‘Knotfest Roadshow.’

The 29-date trek will take the Iowa-based metal outfit across the continent with Volbeat, Gojira and Behemoth; making possibly the heaviest all-star lineups of the year.

The ‘Knotfest Roadshow’ kicks off in Mountain View, Calif. on July 26, before concluding in the Woodlands, Texas on Sept. 8. The four heavy metal giants will make a pit-stop in Toronto for a sole Canadian show on Aug. 20.

According to the official press release, details regarding Slipknot’s upcoming album “will be revealed in the coming weeks.”

Longtime fans have been eagerly awaiting news on the nine piece’s sixth studio album for a number of years now. The last record, .5: The Gray Chapter was released in late 2014.

Corey Taylor of Slipknot performing live in 2018.

Slipknot was founded in 1995 and have sold more than 20-million albums worldwide. They have been nominated for 10 Grammy awards and won their first in 2006 for their metal anthem, Before I Forget. 

They launched their own festival entitled ‘Knotfest’ in 2012. It has occurred annually ever since.

This time around, Knotfest will hit the road — and for the first time ever, allow many Canadian fans to easily access the world-renowned event.

In wake of the tour announcement, many longtime fans are hoping to hear new material from all four of the participating bands.

Danish rockers Volbeat became huge in North America in 2013. They are currently working on the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2016 record Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie.

Meanwhile, French death metal act Gojira has not released any new music since Magma (2015). It’s been heavily speculated that they are currently working in the studio while off the road.

Behemoth — the renowned Polish death metal band — just released their eleventh album, I Loved You at Your Darkest. Their European tour kicks off in March before joining Slipknot on the ‘Knotfest Roadshow’ this July.

Danish singer Michael Poulsen of Volbeat performs live on stage during Day 3 of the Greenfield Festival on June 9, 2018 in Interlaken, Switzerland.

In an interview with Zane Lowe last November, frontman Corey Taylor detailed Slipknot’s upcoming album.

“It’s kind of a cross between that and the first album. I keep telling people that this is what the kids from Iowa would have made if they’d matured,” Taylor said comparing it to Slipknot’s sophomore album, Iowa (2001), which is widely regarded as their heaviest.

“It’s going to be one of the darkest chapters in Slipknot’s history,” he said. “It’s dark, heavy, melodic, fierce and it’s real.”

It’s raw as hell and it’s going to address a lot of things that people are going to need in their life right now,” Taylor, 45, said vaguely hinting at the next album in the Apple Music interview.

Jim Root, right, of Slipknot performs at the 2015 Monster Energy Aftershock Festivalat Gibson Ranch County Park in 2015 in Sacramento, Calif.

Slipknot’s untitled and upcoming studio album is now slated for an Aug. 9 release. Each ‘Knotfest Roadshow’ ticket purchased will come with a digital copy of the long-awaited record.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on March 8 at 10 a.m. ET.

Members of Slipknot’s fanclun, Outside the 9, will be sent an exclusive ticket presale code. Presale starts on March 5 at 10 .am.

VIP tickets and packages are also available here.

‘Knotfest Roadshow’ North American tour dates

** All Canadian dates are bolded **

July 26 – Mountain View, Calif. @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 27 – San Bernardino, Calif. @ San Manuel Amphitheater
Aug. 1 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ USANA Amphitheatre
Aug. 3 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ Isleta Amphitheater
Aug. 4 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
Aug. 6 – Denver, Colo. @ Pepsi Center
Aug. 8 – Lincoln, Nebr. @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
Aug. 10 – Des Moines, Iowa @ Iowa State Fairgrounds *
Aug. 11 – Tinley Park, Ill. @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug. 12 – Clarkston, Mich. @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 14 – Virginia Beach, Va. @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Aug. 16 – Noblesville, Ind. @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Aug. 17 – Bonner Springs, Kans. @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
Aug. 18 – Maryland Heights, Mo. @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug. 20 – Toronto, Ont. @ Budweiser Stage
Aug. 21 – Saratoga Springs, N.Y. @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug. 23 – Burgettstown, Pa. @ KeyBank Pavilion
Aug. 24 – Scranton, Pa. @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Aug. 25 – Darien Center, N.Y. @ Darien Lake Amphitheater
Aug. 27 – Mansfield, Mass. @ The Xfinity Center
Aug. 28 – Wantagh, N.Y. @ Northwell Health
Aug. 30 – Holmdel, N.J. @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 31 – Camden, N.J. @ BB&T Pavilion
Sept. 1 – Bristow, Va. @ Jiffy Lube Live
Sept. 3 – Alpharetta, Ga. @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Sept. 4 – Tampa, Fla. @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sept. 6 – Austin, Tex. @ Austin360 Amphitheater
Sept. 7 – Dallas, Tex. @ Dos Equis Pavilion
Sept. 8 – The Woodlands, Tex. @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

*  — Slipknot and Gojira only

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