New Jersey metallers OVERKILL and SYMPHONY X will join forces for a North American tour in September/October. The 24-date co-headlining trek launches at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts on September 18, hits four Canadian cities, then wraps up with a very special night at Terminal 5 in New York City on October 17 — the first time in the bands’ combined histories that they'll play a show together in their own backyard.
Advanced tickets for the confirmed tour dates below are on sale exclusively at EnterTheVault.com until April 15, when they go on sale everywhere. VIP packages include a meet-and-greet session with both bands and an exclusive poster.
Tour dates (SYMPHONY X headline dates marked with **):
Sep. 18 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
Sep. 19 - Upstate Concert Hall - Clifton Park, NY **
Sep. 20 - Dome Theater - Niagara Falls, NY
Sep. 22 - Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
Sep. 23 - The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI **
Sep. 24 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
Sep. 25 - Rave - Milwaukee, WI
Sep. 26 - Mill City Nights - Minnesota, MN **
Sep. 27 - Park Theatre - Winnipeg, MB **
Sep. 29 - Mac Ewan Hall Ballroom - Calgary, AB **
Sep. 30 - Union Hall - Edmonton, AB **
Oct. 01 - Knitting Factory - Spokane, WA **
Oct. 02 - Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, BC
Oct. 03 - Showbox at the Market - Seattle, WA **
Oct. 05 - The Grand Ballroom at the Regency Center - San Francisco, CA **
Oct. 06 - The Regent Theater - Los Angeles, CA **
Oct. 07 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
Oct. 09 - The Bomb Factory - Dallas, TX
Oct. 10 - 210 Kapones - San Antonio, TX **
Oct. 11 - Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
Oct. 13 - The Ritz - Tampa, FL
Oct. 14 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA **
Oct. 15 - The Filmore - Charlotte, NC **
Oct. 16 - The Filmore - Silver Spring, MD
Oct. 17 - Terminal 5 - New York City, NY
OVERKILL's new album, "White Devil Armory", sold around 8,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 31 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on July 22, 2014 in North America via eOne Music and on July 18, 2014 in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records. The effort was tracked at Gear Recording and was mixed by Greg Reely, who also worked on 2012's "The Electric Age".
The limited-edition box-set version of "White Devil Armory" included a digipack CD, a leather belt and buckle plus a certificate of authenticity.
OVERKILL filmed videos for the songs "Bitter Pill" and "Armorist" with veteran director Kevin J. Custer (HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, SUFFOCATION). Custer previously worked with OVERKILL on the "Electric Rattlesnake" and "Bring Me The Night" clips.
SYMPHONY X is putting the finishing touches on the long-awaited follow-up to 2011's "Iconoclast" for a late 2015 release via Nuclear Blast.
Regarding the musical direction of the new SYMPHONY X material, the band's bassist, Michael LePond, told the "Talking Metal" podcast: "I think this album is not gonna be as heavy as our last one, 'Iconoclast'. If I had to compare this one, I would say it's a combination of [2002's] 'The Odyssey' meets [2007's] 'Paradise Lost'. It has a lot of classic SYMPHONY X elements in it, and I think our old fans are really gonna appreciate this one. So we're really excited about it."
According to LePond, "It wasn't a conscious decision to go back to the older sound; it just kind of happened. That's the way we write songs. We just start writing songs, and wherever it takes us, it takes us. But there's a lot of really cool, classic SYMPHONY X things in there. It's very, very musical. It concentrates just more on solid songs and great melodies."
"Iconoclast" sold more than 7,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 76 on The Billboard 200 chart.