See Slipknot’s Wild New Clown-Directed “Nero Forte” Video

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With 2019 coming to a close soon, Iowa metal juggernaut Slipknot have seized the chance to give fans one more dose of dopamine with the stunning music video for “Nero Forte,” one of thee heaviest cuts of their latest smash LP, We Are Not You Kind. As with the band’s other recent visual output — “All Out life,” “Unsainted” “Solway Firth” and even their 2017 documentary Slipknot: Day of the Gusano — founding member, percussionist and conceptualist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan has stepped back into the directorial role for the Nine’s new clip, which they unleashed today, December 16th. If Clown’s creative energy with this album cycle seems especially vital, consider that he told Kerrang! earlier this year that WANTK felt to him like “discovering Slipknot all over again — but the way it always needed to be.”

The video’s stunning, colorful lighting brings to mind the aesthetic of vintage horror movies, something that the band members love as exemplified by Corey Taylor’s recent project In Search of Darkness, a documentary that focuses on the singer’s enthusiasm for all things cinematically terrifying. Count among those things the group’s “Nero Forte” clip, from its smoke-filled atmosphere and the Nine’s ever-present creepy masks.

Following this insane year, the ‘Knot will hit the road in early 2020 with frequent tourmmates Behemoth for a run that kicks off in Dublin, Ireland on January 14th and stretches through February 24th in Helsinki, Finland. In addition to those European dates, Slipknot will host the first-ever Knotfest U.K. on August 22nd, 2020 in Milton Keynes, England. See below for a full list of upcoming tour dates, and find out more about the forthcoming Knotfest here.

Slipknot 2020 tour dates:
01/14 – Dublin, Ireland @ 3Arena
01/16 – Manchester, U.K. @ Manchester Arena
01/17 – Newcastle, U.K. @ Utilita Arena
01/18 – Glasgow, U.K. @ SSE Hydro
01/20 – Sheffield, U.K. @ Flydsa Arena
01/21 – Nottingham, U.K. @ Motorpoint Arena
01/22 – Cardiff, U.K. @ Motorpoint Arena
01/24 – Birmingham, Arena, U.K.
01/25 – London, U.K. @ The O2
01/28 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Ziggo Dome
01/29 – Frankfurt, Germany @ Festhalle
01/30 – Paris, France @ AccorHotels Arena
02/01 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg @ Rockhal
02/02 – Lyon, France @ Halle Tony Garnier
02/04 – Budapest, Hungary @ Sportarena
02/06 – Lodz, Poland @ Atlas Arena
02/08 – Stuttgart, Germany @ Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle
02/09 – Munich, Germany @ Olympiahalle
02/11 – Milan, Italy @ Mediolanum Forum
02/12 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Hallenstadion
02/14 – Vienna, Austria @ Stadthalle
02/16 – Hamburg, Germany @ Barclaycard Arena
02/17 – Berlin, Germany @ Mercedes-Benz Arena
02/18 – Dortmund, Germany @ Westfalenhalle
02/20 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Royal Arena
02/21 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Ericsson Globe
02/22 – Oslo, Norway @ Telenor Arena
02/24 – Helsinki, Finland @ Hartwall Arena