Swedish/German extreme metallers ARCH ENEMY are excited to be making their much anticipated return to North America in May with what could well be hailed as one of the best guitar-shredder packages of the year. This headlining tour, presented by ESP Guitars, Randall Amps, Guitar World and Revolver magazine, dubbed "Tyranny And Bloodshred 2008", takes off on May 10 and as well as the headliners features the awesome yet diverse talents of DARK TRANQUILITY, DIVINE HERESY and FIREWIND.

Commented ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott: "Everyone in the ARCH ENEMY camp is looking forward to returning to North American soil to play these headline dates! We had a blast on the co-headline stint last year with MACHINE HEAD and this is looking like it's going to be another tour de force! Also, it feels great to come back to the U.S and Canada with such a killer package — something with some substance and musical credibility. We'll be digging deeper into the 'Rise Of The Tyrant' album and also playing a few things we've never performed for our U.S. fans before! A lot of exceptional talent on this bill for sure — I urge everyone to come early and check out all the bands — 'cos otherwise you'll be missing out big-time! 'Tyranny And Bloodshred' is here."

Niklas Sundin of DARK TRANQUILITY states: "We're very pleased to let our growing hordes of U.S. fans know that we'll once again return to your shores to serve you in metal. Starting in the beginning of May, we'll head out as main support for our long-time buddies in ARCH ENEMY. It'll be a powerful and diverse package that will satisfy everyone."

Dino Cazares of DIVINE HERESY states: "I'm excited that DIVINE HERESY will be in such good company on our fourth North American tour. Between Mike Amott and DARK TRANQUILLITY, you have two architects of modern extreme metal — and not to sound egotistical, but I like to think that I've helped to influence that sound as well. This will be our first domestic touring with European metal bands, and we know they'll deliver the goods and keep us on our toes, but we look forward to proving once again that this threat is real."

Gus G. of FIREWIND states: "I'm so happy that FIREWIND gets to return to North America as a part of this package! It's very versatile, with really good bands on the bill. Personally speaking, I'm happy for the fact that I'll get to tour with ARCH ENEMY again. It was a blast playing with them in 2005 and Michael Amott and Co. are such great musicians and people. I have a lot of respect for them. We will give the fans a really intense setlist as we present material from our new album, 'The Premonition', for the first time."

"Tyranny And Bloodshred 2008" tour dates:

May 09 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
May 10 - Towson, MD @ Recher Theater
May 11 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
May 13 - Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
May 14 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
May 16 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
May 17 - Detroit, MI @ The Majestic Theater
May 19 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
May 20 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
May 21 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Centre
May 23 - Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Ballroom
May 24 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite
May 26 - [to be announced]
May 27 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox
May 29 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
May 30 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues


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