Brazilian metal legends Sepultura have announced a five-week North American tour to commemorate their 30th anniversary. The trek, which is being presented by the folks over at Metal Injection, begins on May 9th at the Las Vegas version of Rock In Rio before winding its way through most of the U.S. and parts of Canada, ending in Grand Junction, Colorado on June 14th.
Destruction and Arsis will provide direct support for the entire tour. The first half of the run features openers Boris The Blade and Micawber. The Last Ten Seconds of Life and Starkill will be taking over those duties for the second half. Be sure to check this one out, this is a lot of top shelf metal on one bill!
I was super excited for this lineup, as I am a huge fan of both bands. Arch Enemy is currently on an extensive tour in support of War Eternal, their best album in years, and Kreator is one of my all time favorite bands and always an electrifying live act. Plus, I was taking my 12-year-old son and we always have a blast together at shows.
My excitement was compounded by the fact that I had been offered an opportunity to interview Arch Enemy mastermind Michael Amott before the show.
Long-time fans of Arch Enemy were alarmed when the band’s iconic vocalist Angela Gossow announced this past April that she would be leaving the band. Gossow released a statement saying that she would be staying on as the band’s business managerm but would be “passing the torch to the super talented Alissa White-Gluz, whom I’ve known as a dear friend and a superb vocalist for many years. I always thought she deserved a chance to shine – and now she’s getting it. Just like I got that chance back in 2001.”
White-Gluz had been the singer of Canadian metal band The Agonist for ten years prior where she applied her wide vocal range across a broad spectrum from raw gutturals to beautiful and pristine clean singing. Arch Enemy fans were concerned that the new singer’s presence would mark a shift towards the lighter fare.
Those concerns were eased only days after Gossow’s announcement when the band dropped the video for the bruising title track of their tenth studio album, War Eternal.
Watch the official video for “War Eternal” here below.