After a bloody successful maiden voyage in 2012, Decibel magazine is doubling down on veteran star power for their second annual national tour. This spring, the plague spreads as Decibel brings you three living legends of death metal and grindcore: the preeminent gore institution CANNIBAL CORPSE; rabble-rousing U.K. grind icons NAPALM DEATH, and NYDM stalwarts IMMOLATION.
While occultism permeated last spring's inaugural Decibel tour — featuring exclusively European headliners in BEHEMOTH, WATAIN, THE DEVIL'S BLOOD and IN SOLITUDE — they looked (mostly) to North America for this year's unholy assemblage. Three of Decibel's favorite underground powerhouses will take on this year's rotating opening slot: demented Bay Area death-grinders CRETIN, Canadian tech-prog upstarts BEYOND CREATION and Beltway grind/powerviolence crushers MAGRUDERGRIND. And the time is ripe to see the new bleed into the old: three of the six artists performing are expected to have new records detonating during the tour.
CANNIBAL CORPSE will be releasing a box set to commemorate their 25th anniversary: "Dead Human Collection: 25 Years Of Death Metal". The box contains: all 12 full-length studio albums in a 12-CD foldout case with new artwork, "Torturing And Eviscerating Live" on CD and LP picture disc recorded in Tampa, Florida in 2010 and Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2012, plus new exclusive images by Vince Locke, 12" x 12" graphic prints of all 13 original album covers, and a 2013 CANNIBAL CORPSE calendar. The box will be in stores on March 16 and will be available for pre-order soon, along with the previously announced series of CANNIBAL CORPSE picture discs.
Kicking off in May, this year's Decibel Magazine Tour gauntlet will last a full week longer than its 2012 counterpart, spanning over 30 North American dates. Presented by Metal Blade, IndiemerchStore.com, Nuclear Blast, Lace Pickups, Century Media and Season Of Mist, the 2013 Decibel Magazine Tour will bring together the kind of globally-renowned, boundary-pushing innovators that have made it possible for the magazine to continue thriving for over 100 issues. Coming off a tour noted for BEHEMOTH frontman Nergal's triumphant return to the States following his battle with leukemia — which culiminated in an explosive sold-out closing gig in New York City — Decibel had no choice but to go bigger and even more badass.
"We're psyched to be headlining this year's Decibel Magazine Tour along with IMMOLATION and NAPALM DEATH," says CANNIBAL CORPSE bassist Alex Webster. "This is a lineup of bands that have been a consistent part of the death/grind scene for decades, and we're proud to be a part of it. It will be a legendary night for extreme music."
"Do you remember the Blue Grape merchandise catalog?" asks Decibel editor-in-chief Albert Mudrian. "How about the 'Hard N' Heavy' grindcore video special? Or purchasing CDs in longboxes? Then this year's Decibel Magazine Tour was aseembled for you. See you on the campaign trail for musical destruction."
Here's an early opportunity to score a great deal AND avoid standing in line. Twenty premium packages are available in each market that include your ticket to the show, a tour T-shirt, a tour poster, a super-exclusive "Skip the Line" pass to move you to the front when doors open, one free track, "Scourge Of Iron", from the forthcoming CANNIBAL CORPSE box set, "Dead Human Collection: 25 Years Of Death Metal", and one 10% off coupon for a purchase on IndieMerchStore.com. The price of this package is less than you would spend on a ticket and a tour shirt at the show! More details, including ticket info, will be announced at www.decibelmagazinetour.com.
2013 Decibel Magazine Tour dates:
May 10 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's
May 11 - Dallas, TX - Trees
May 12 - San Antonio, TX - Backstage Live
May 14 - Tucson, AZ - The Rock
May 15 - Ramona, CA - Ramona Mainstage
May 16 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
May 17 - Oakland, CA - Oakland Metro
May 18 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
May 19 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
May 21 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
May 22 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Ballroom
May 23 - Edmonton, AB - Starlight Room
May 24 - Regina, SK - Riddell Centre
May 25 - Winnipeg, MB - The Garrick
May 26 - St. Paul, MN - Mill City Nights
May 28 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
May 29 - Detroit, MI - Harpos
May 30 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
May 31 - Toronto, ON - The Phoenix
Jun. 01 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
Jun. 02 - Boston, MA - Royale
Jun. 04 - New Haven, CT - Toad's Place
Jun. 05 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
Jun. 06 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
Jun. 07 - Cleveland, OH - Peabodys
Jun. 09 - St. Louis, MO - Pops
Jun. 11 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Jun. 12 - Orlando, FL - Beacham