The “Epic Kings & Idols Tour,” set for a September 2012 North American run, will feature co-headliners, THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT and KATATONIA, direct support from PARADISE LOST, and opening duties from STOLEN BABIES. Needless to say, this line up is absolutely killer. Don’t miss out on STOLEN BABIES. They were rudely excluded from the official press release of the tour.
MARDUK will be releasing their 12th studio album, Serpent Sermon, today in North America.
In related news, the band’s new video for “Souls For Belial” below:
The legendary MORBID ANGEL have announced a month long North American tour. Support will come from Sweden’s DARK FUNERAL and GRAVE. The tour starts on September 21st in Atlanta, GA and runs through October 19th in San Antonio, TX.
The band is touring in support of their latest album Illud Divinum Insanus (released by Season of Mist in June 2011).
7/ 6 Halifax, NS @ Spread the Metal Festival (MORBID ANGEL only)
9/21 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
9/22 Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music Hall
9/23 Columbus, OH @ Screamin Willie’s
9/24 Washington, DC @ Howard Theater
9/26 New York City @ B.B. King’s
9/27 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
9/28 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
9/29 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
9/30 Montreal, QUE @ Club Soda
10/1 Toronto, ONT @ Opera House
10/2 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
10/4 Joliet, Il @ Mojoe’s
10/5 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
10/6 Des Moines, IA @ Peoples Court
10/7 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theater
10/8 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
10/10 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
10/11 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
10/12 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
10/13 Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
10/14 Anaheim, CA @ The Grove
10/15 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
10/17 Dallas, TX @ Trees
10/18 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
10/19 San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Lounge
In support of their upcoming album The Fatal Feast, crossover kings MUNICIPAL WASTE have teamed up with L.A.’s Grill ‘Em All Truck for an exclusive burger eating contest and autograph session.
Fans are invited to this one-of-a-kind “Meet & Eat” taking place in the Los Angeles area on Friday, February 17th. For details, view the online flier here.
The Fatal Feast is due out in North America on April 10th.
MUNICIPAL WASTE will be direct support to GWAR on the “Return Of The World Maggot” tour with guests GHOUL and LEGACY OF DISORDER. Tour dates can be found here.
“We are so excited to go back to North America,” commented SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser. “Last year was great but this time we have the new album Kairos out and people already know the new stuff. Plus, it’s the first time we are touring with our long time friends in DEATH ANGEL and our brothers from Brazil KRISIUN. Finally we have a chance to tour with a Brazilian band outside Brazil; a long time wish! So prepare yourselves for an amazing and historical tour. North America deserves some real extreme and intense metal! See you all soon on the RELENTLESS WORLDWIDE TOUR, DESTROY!”
Tour dates can be found here.
VREID and KAMPFAR will be co-headlining The Black Path of America Tour 2011 with openers, NECRONOMICON. The tour starts near the end of this month and continues for about two and a half weeks through the U.S. and Canada.
8/25/2011 The Wreck Room – Toronto, ON
8/26/2011 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
8/27/2011 The Basement – Kingston, NY
8/28/2011 Europa – Brooklyn, NY
8/29/2011 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
8/30/2011 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
8/31/2011 Station 4 – St Paul, MN
9/01/2011 Royal Albert – Winnipeg, MN
9/02/2011 TBA – Regina, SK
9/03/2011 Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB
9/05/2011 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
9/06/2011 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
9/07/2011 The Branx – Portland, OR
9/08/2011 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
9/09/2011 The Whisky – Hollywood, CA
9/10/2011 JT’s Limelight – San Diego, CA
Norwegian progressive/psychedelic black metal band ENSLAVED will be returning to North America this Fall for a headlining tour marking the band’s 20th anniversary. Support will come from Swedish sensation, GHOST, as well as France’s ALCEST.
ENSLAVED had the follow comment:
“Listen; the sun is setting, but I still see the twinkle! The support we’ve been getting from North America throughout our latest releases and tours is unparalleled, and for that we are eternally grateful. It is therefore an undivided pleasure for us to announce that when autumn sets, we will be back to tour the U.S. and Canada; this time for a full headliner tour with a full headliner set. 2011 marks the 20th anniversary for ENSLAVED, so we will be underlining both the deep past and blazing present of our musical universe to celebrate. It is also with a sense of intense pride that we can present the bands that will be travelling with us for the tour: GHOST and ALCEST. Yes, you read that right! I don’t think I need to elaborate more on that; it will be a package for the books. See you then!”
09-23-11 Jaxx – Springfield, VA
09-24-11 Mr. Small’s Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA
09-25-11 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
09-26-11 Middle East (Downstairs) – Boston, MA
09-28-11 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC CANADA
09-29-11 Café Campus Montreal, QC CANADA
09-30-11 Opera House – Toronto, ON CANADA
10-01-11 Outland Live – Columbus, OH
10-02-11 The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
10-03-11 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
10-05-11 West End Cultural Centre – Winnipeg, MB CANADA
10-06-11 The Exchange – Regina, SK
10-07-11 The Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB CANADA
10-08-11 Dickens Pub – Calgary, AB
10-10-11 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, B.C. CANADA
10-11-11 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
10-12-11 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
10-13-11 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
10-14-11 The Troubadour – Hollywood, CA
“Both you and we know that North America damn well deserves to see more of KATATONIA, right? So how could we possibly resist heading back to the states this fall when OPETH are giving us the opportunity to be their special guests? It was just a matter of time before it had to happen again. Yes we toured together in the same formation ten years ago in Europ,e and not only was that tour very well received by both bands’ fans, but we also shared a great ride together as long time friends. Some people have even been calling this bill their ‘dream line-up’, so it’s only fair that the loyal fans in North America now get their piece of the cake too! So come out and see us on this great tour and remember we’re playing headlining sideshows as well! Looking forward! Cheers!”
Sept. 19 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Sept. 20 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
Sept. 21 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
Sept. 22 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
Sept. 23 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
Sept. 26 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
Sept. 27 – Louisville, KY – Expo Five
Sept. 28 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
Sept. 29 – Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
Sept. 30 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
Oct. 01 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
Oct. 03 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Oct. 04 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
Oct. 05 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
Oct. 06 – Kansas City, MO – The Beaumont Club
Oct. 07 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Oct. 08 – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings
Oct. 10 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Events Centre
Oct. 11 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall Ballroom
Oct. 13 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Oct. 14 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory Concert House
Oct. 15 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
Oct. 16 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
Oct. 18 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
Oct. 19 – Los Angeles, CA – Mayan Theatre
Oct. 20 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Oct. 21 – Pomona, CA – The Fox Theater
Oct. 22 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
Oct. 24 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Oct. 25 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
Oct. 27 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Oct. 28 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
Oct. 29 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
Oct. 30 – Guelph, ON – Guelph Concert Theatre
Oct. 31 – Millvale, PA – Mr Smalls Theatre
Nov. 01 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!
Back in the summer of 1994, I was a pimple faced teenage metalhead whose world revolved around classic rock, hard rock, and heavy metal. And like virtually every metalhead on the planet, I viewed METALLICA as the absolute infallible, invincible gods of metal. The band had taken the world by storm with the Black Album and they were in the midst of the height of their popularity.
After missing out on the first few rounds of the Black Album tour as well as the dream tour with GUNS ‘N ROSES, my time had finally come to see my first concert via the 1994 Shit Hits the Sheds Tour. To say my friend and I were stoked is an understatement. In hindsight, I really didn’t even know to expect at a metal show. Man, was I in for a surprise.
The tour’s Los Angeles-area stop took place on a huge grass field at a university, and there was definitely a festival vibe to things. There were thousands of people on the field. The crowd was a great reflection of the Los Angeles metal scene in general at the time. There were diehard fans since the 70’s and 80’s, young fans, lots of female fans, and a diverse array of cultural backgrounds represented. To this day, I have never seen such a wide array of metal shirts in all my life.
Up until that tender age, I had never smelled weed smoke before but I knew exactly what that skunky smell was right when it hit me. There were literally hazes of smoke flowing over the field the whole day. Yeah, this was LA alright.
Despite arriving in the late afternoon, the show had already started with Rob Halford‘s FIGHT playing songs off their excellent debut, War of Words. Watching the Metal God stalk the stage with his big, black goatee and singing better than on the record was a truly awesome site to behold.
ALICE IN CHAINS were originally on the tour but had to pull out due to drug issues with singer Layne Staley. I was bummed out as Facelift and Dirt had greatly impacted my young life. Unfortunately, for some godforsaken reason, super shitty CANDLEBOX took their place on the tour. Their brand of soft rock did not go over well as the audience quickly booed them continuously and gave them the finger. The band eventually got butthurt enough that they were forced to cut their set short. The lame singer made sure to give us all the finger before he left the stage. We all had a good laugh about that.
As dusk settled in, Venice, CA’s SUICIDAL TENDENCIES took the stage to the roaring approval of the crowd. As soon as the first note was played, the crowd went apeshit. Gigantic moshpits instantaneously formed all across the field. Everyone was pushing, shoving, and just going crazy. I got sucked into a few pits and was too busy fighting for my life to be scared. By the middle of SUICIDAL‘s set, I found myself near the front of the stage and utterly smashed like canned sardines against everyone else around me. It was hard to breathe at times and that was a freaky feeling. The band was awesome so it helped to distract you from the discomfort of elbows flying, crowd surfers landing on your spine, and lots of man sweat from strangers being rubbed on you. It was easy to see just why vocalist Mike Muir was such an icon. The man is charismatic as hell.
Once SUICIDAL concluded their set, I was more than relieved because I could finally get a breather from the madness. The grass field had been transformed into a dirt field and the air was thick with dirt and dust. I was thirsty as hell but there was no way I could get to the vendors as I was stuck right near the front of the stage.
It took at least an hour for METALLICA to hit the stage. The wait was excruciating to say the least. I hadn’t seen my friend since SUICIDAL played and figured I’d have to find him after the show. Once “Ecstacy of Gold” starting playing, the crowd was instantly energized. James Hetfield ran out on stage playing the first notes to “Breadfan” and the madness went to a whole new level. Plumes of weed smoke bellowed into the night air. Everyone was furiously headbanging, pumping their fists, singing along, moshing, pushing, kicking, punching, and any other primal behavior possible. The crowds of today in the U.S. don’t even come close to the brutality of those final years of metal’s mainstream heyday.
Throughout their 2+ hour set, you couldn’t help but think that METALLICA were indeed the gods. Seemingly endless classic song after classic song put me in heaven. And to be up so close to the band was just amazing. I could clearly see every member’s faces. Watching Lars disappear through his secret trap door behind his drumkit was hilarious. I don’t think I’ve ever been to another show with so much enthusiasm. People were high fiving each other after every song and headbanging together in camaraderie while others chose to bash each other to a pulp. It was a special night where thousands gathered to enjoy the thing they enjoyed most in life, metal music.
After the show, I eventually found my friend and both of us were covered in dirt and dust. He managed to escape the moshpits by fleeing to the side of the field. My eyeglasses were bent out of shape while being in my pocket, and my shoelaces were severed. I was coughing up and sneezing dirt for days. Also, I was sore all over for days.
Since that summer night, I’ve gone to literally hundreds of shows but nothing compares to that show. It was the perfect night, time period in my life, and era of metal to have my first concert experience. Who knew that METALLICA would not only ruin my life but the lives of millions around the world two years later with their next record?