Slipknot continue to roll out news in anticipation of next year's promised new album release, including the announcement that they will embark on a 2019 European tour with several festival dates on the schedule. Notably, the group will headline Britain's Download Festival alongside prog-metal giants Tool and NWOBHM icons Def Leppard. Slipknot percussionist and co-founder Shawn "Clown" Crahan commented to Kerrang!, "If someone chooses to come and see us, they're going to get us. I don't care about the day before, and I don't care about the day after! One thing I know about Slipknot is that it's impossible to not talk about us, so I really don't get caught up in competition — I'm here to kick you in the face and make you remember it. End of story."
Crahan also dropped some hints about the making of the new record, reporting, "We've been writing for the last two years. We went to L.A. seven or eight times for two, three, four weeks at a time, and wrote — seriously wrote. It's a wonderful thing, and we're not left with that stress of getting together when Corey's ready. We just decided to take that pressure off us. We've been doing this for 20 years, and if everyone just shuts the fuck up and lets us do what we do best — which is Slipknot — then we will come through."
Other festivals the group are set to hit next year include Germany's Rock Im Park and Rock Am Ring and Spain's The Resurrection Festival before Slipknot head back to the states to perform at the 2019 Iowa State Fair. Check out a full list of dates on the tour poster below.