San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD will embark on a 21-show North American tour in the fall. Support on the trek will come from Finnish heavy metal powerhouse CHILDREN OF BODOM, Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA and American melodic death/thrash openers BATTLECROSS.
The tour launches on October 4 in Denver, Colorado and includes five Canadian cities before closing out in Hollywood, California on November 1.
Comments MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn: "MACHINE HEAD raised the bar with concert production for 2012‘s 'Locust' tour, and now we plan to raise the bar again with our biggest U.S. show yet, and the strongest lineup out there for 2014, period! This is a must-see event for any heavy metal fan in America!
"I am stoked that we were able to join up with our friends in CHILDREN OF BODOM, one of the premier power metal bands of our time, and our friends in BATTLECROSS, who we toured with on Mayhem last year, and are going to bring the old-school thrash vibe. EPICA's symphonic metal will add a touch of much-needed class to the drunken shenanigans that will surely take place on this raucous tour.
"Come out and be a part of history, ladies and gentlemen!"
Adds CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman Alexi Laiho: "We've rolled with MACHINE HEAD quite a few times in the past. My best memories are kick-ass shows, parties, camaraderie and vocal coaching from Robb Flynn way back in 2008, so I think we'll have a good time tearing it up all over North America! Not a bad way to end the long and non-stop tour cycle for 'Halo Of Blood'!“
"With this killer lineup, this tour is bound to be a great success," states EPICA vocalist Simone Simons. "We will bring EPICA to a whole new level and I can't wait to play the new songs along with the old material overseas." EPICA guitarist, songwriter, and founding member Mark Jansen adds: "MACHINE HEAD and CHILDREN OF BODOM are bands I listened to as teenager, so it's really amazing to be on this tour with EPICA."
BATTLECROSS guitarist Tony Asta says: "What an honor to be asked to join a tour in support of MACHINE HEAD's first album release on their new label! We're really excited to reunite with Robb and the guys, as well as CHILDREN OF BODOM — both legendary bands and friends from last summer's Mayhem fest. And we'll get to see what EPICA is all about. This is a tour with something for every metalhead. We can't wait to bring it brutal throughout the USA and Canada, banging heads and melting faces from coast to coast. See you in the pit!"
All tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. EST.
MACHINE HEAD, CHILDREN OF BODOM, EPICA and BATTLECROSS tour dates:
Oct. 04 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
Oct. 06 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
Oct. 07 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
Oct. 09 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
Oct. 10 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Oct. 11 – [to be announced]
Oct. 12 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
Oct. 14 - Toronto, ON - The Sound Academy
Oct. 15 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
Oct. 16 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
Oct. 17 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
Oct. 18 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theater
Oct. 20 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall
Oct. 21 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Oct. 22 - Minneapolis, MN - Skyway Theater
Oct. 24 - Saskatoon, SK - O’Brians
Oct. 26 - Edmonton, AB - Shaw Conference Center
Oct. 28 - Vancouver, B.C - The Vogue – Vancouver, B.C.
Oct. 29 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SODO
Oct. 31 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
Nov. 01 - Hollywood, CA - Palladium
Due in November via Nuclear Blast Entertainment, MACHINE HEAD's new album was recorded at GREEN DAY's JingleTown Recording compound in Oakland, California. The artwork for the CD is being created by Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco, who has previously worked with BELPHEGOR, EINHERJER, DIMMU BORGIR, THE FACELESS, NOCTEM, KEEP OF KALESSIN and BORKNAGAR.
Tentative songtitles set to appear on the new MACHINE HEAD album include "Killers & Kings", "Beneath The Silt", "Eyes Of The Dead" (formerly "Ojos De La Muerte"), "Sail Into The Black", "Now We Die" (formerly "How We Die") and "Night Of The Long Knives".