Much-missed U.K. metallers EARTHTONE9 will return to the live arena at the sixth installment of the country's most vital metal event, Damnation Festival.

The genre-spanning, alternative quintet will make their highly anticipated return to the stage this year following their breakup in 2002.

And they are the first band to be announced for Damnation Festival, which will once again be hosted at Leeds University Union, on Saturday, November 6, 2010.

The band said: "Only half as dead as reported, we have saved up a decade of angst to unleash at Damnation Festival and we cannot fucking wait.

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Festival director Gavin McInally said: "It's a great compliment to Damnation Festival and its reputation that as soon as the rumors started to circulate the internet about a possible EARTHTONE9 reunion, fans expected the band to play our event. So it's a privilege not to let those fans down with what has to be the most exciting booking we've confirmed since CARCASS chose the festival to make their return to the UK in 2008.

"We're immensely proud to support British bands, both underground and established acts, and as massive fans ourselves of EARTHTONE9 from the first time around it's a pleasure to have them at Damnation Festival 2010."

As a thanks to dedicated fans who have supported Damnation Festival year after year, a limited number of tickets went on sale on May 31, priced just £19.

Gavin added: "The catchphrase 'For the fans, by the fans' has been hijacked by so many frauds it's almost embarrassing to use these days so instead running off soundbites, we're offering tickets for just six pounds more than when we started in six years ago with a venue, line-up and event which dwarfs 2005."

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