May 16, 8 p.m., $30-$59
Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids
Sometime in the mid-‘00s, Slipknot stopped diving into the audience from high balconies and setting each other on fire live on stage. It was a “better move for the longevity of the band,” according to one member. What remained: The matching jumpsuits, distinctive horror masks and growling vocals that give way to screaming jags over the thrashing guitar work. The aggressive, visually striking nine-man outfit is probably the least Iowa-like band to ever emerge from Des Moines, and this month they tear into Van Andel Arena. Heads will bang, vocal cords will be shred, and ears will ring — all in a day’s work for Slipknot.
The Grammy-winners for best metal performance in 2006 (Before I Forget) have been touring and performing for almost 20 years, albeit with a few hiatuses. They’ve been at work on their fifth studio album, .5: The Grey Album, for at least two years now, with tracks starting to gradually be released to the radio, including “The Devil in I.” This is the band’s Prepare for Hell tour in support of the album, which is expected to drop later this year.