Erik Rutan To Fill In For Cannibal Corpse Guitarist Pat O’Brien

Cannibal Corpse have announced that Erik Rutan will fill in for guitarist Pat O’Brien as O’Brien tends to personal issues. Rutan will appear live with the band for the Decibel Magazine Tour and the upcoming US leg of Slayer’s final tour happening this May alongside Slayer, Lamb of God, and Amon Amarth. This won’t be the first time these death metal powerhouses have worked together; Rutan has produced four albums with Cannibal Corpse (“Kill,” “Evisceration Plague,” “Torture,” “Red Before Black”) and is uniquely equipped to fill the role – he is one of the death metal’s most acclaimed guitarists and is known for his time as part of Morbid Angel (who are co headlining the Decibel tour alongside Cannibal) throughout the 90s and early 2000s, as well as handling vocals/guitars and production duties for his current band Hate Eternal.

Rutan will be appearing with the band on the following tour dates:

round out this killer line-up.

Cannibal Corpse will be on the tour from the start up to March 7, where they’ll be replaced by Immolation for the remainder of the trek. Morbid Angel, Necrot and Blood Incantation will participate in the whole tour.

w/Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Necrot and Blood Incantation

Sun/Feb-17 San Antonio, TX Alamo Music Hall
Tue/Feb-19 Tucson, AZ Club Xs
Wed/Feb-20 San Diego, CA The Observatory
Thu/Feb-21 Los Angeles, CA The Fonda Theater
Fri/Feb-22 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
Sat/Feb-23 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom
Mon/Feb-25 Portland, OR Roseland Ballroom
Tue/Feb-26 Seattle, WA Showbox Market
Fri/Mar-01 Denver, CO The Oriental Theater
Sat/Mar-02 Kansas City, MO The Truman
Sun/Mar-03 Minneapolis, MN Skyway Theater
Mon/Mar-04 Chicago, IL The Concord
Thu/Mar-07 New York, NY Playstation Theater

w/ Morbid Angel, Immolation, Necrot and Blood Incantation

Fri/Mar-08 Philadelphia, PA TLA
Sat/Mar-09 Worcester, MA Palladium
Sun/Mar-10 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage
Mon/Mar-11 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theater
Wed/Mar-13 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Thu/Mar-14 Tampa, FL Orpheum

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Cannibal Corpse enlist Erik Rutan to fill in for Pat O’Brien on upcoming tours

– January 18th, 2019 –

Cannibal Corpse have announced that Erik Rutan will fill in for guitarist Pat O’Brien as O’Brien tends to personal issues. Rutan will appear live with the band for the Decibel Magazine Tour and the upcoming US leg of Slayer‘s final tour happening this May alongside Slayer, Lamb of God, and Amon Amarth. This won’t be the first time these death metal powerhouses have worked together; Rutan has produced four albums with Cannibal Corpse (Kill, Evisceration Plague, Torture, Red Before Black) and is uniquely equipped to fill the role – he is one of the death metal’s most acclaimed guitarists and is known for his time as part of Morbid Angel (who are co headlining the Decibel tour alongside Cannibal) throughout the 90s and early 2000s, as well as handling vocals/guitars and production duties for his current band Hate Eternal.

Track Cannibal Corpse on bandsintown, view dates, and purchase tickets at: metalblade.com/cannibalcorpse

CANNIBAL CORPSE
Decibel Magazine Tour 2019
w/ Morbid Angel, Blood Incantation, Necrot

02/17 San Antonio, TX – Alamo Music Hall
02/19 Tucson, AZ – Club Xs
02/20 San Diego, CA – The Observatory
02/21 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theater
02/22 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
02/23 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
02/25 Portland, OR – Roseland Ballroom
02/26 Seattle, WA – Showbox Market
03/01 Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater
03/03 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
03/04 Chicago, IL – The Concord
03/07 New York, NY – Playstation Theater
w/ Slayer, Lamb of God, Amon Amarth
05/02 Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Amphitheatre
05/03 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheatre
05/05 El Paso, TX – UTEP/Don Haskins Center
05/07 Edinburg, TX – Bert Ogden Arena
05/08 Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
05/10 Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
05/11 West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre
05/13 Huntington, WV – Big Sandy Superstore Arena
05/14 Columbia, MD – Merriweasther Post Pavilion
05/16 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
05/17 Bonner Springs, KS – Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre
05/19 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Center
05/20 Youngstown, OH – Covel Centre
05/22 Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
05/24 Camdel, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
05/25 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center

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Whitechapel launches new single, “Third Depth”

– January 15th, 2019 –

Artwork by Branca Studio

On March 29th, Whitechapel will release their 7th full-length, The Valley, via Metal Blade Records. Mixed by David Castillo, mastered by Ted Jensen, and produced once again by Mark Lewis (Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder), The Valley is a reference to the part of Hardin Valley (west of Knoxville, Tennessee) where vocalist Phil Bozeman grew up. Set against this backdrop, he approaches his subject matter unflinchingly, building upon everything that came before, making it clear that he has survived that which he was forced to endure and is not afraid to confront it. “Phil has been upfront in his lyrics in the past about hardships he endured in his life as a child, and I believe with this record we tried to paint a better picture of that,” says guitarist Alex Wade, who alongside his bandmates, stands 100% behind everything their vocalist has to say. “I feel our music is Phil’s release from his past, being able to get it out and speak about it, and hopefully anyone who hears it that may have gone through similar experiences can find some release in it as well.”

For a preview of The Valley, the new single “Third Depth” can be heard now at: youtu.be/6LUWVC9jspg

To hear the previously released tracks (“Brimstone” and “Black Bear”), please visit: metalblade.com/whitechapel – where the album can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:


–digipak-CD
–box set (digipak CD, shoulder bag, 10 art prints, poster)
–clear w/ black smoke vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 600 copies)
–transparent red w/ black smoke vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 500 copies *Indie Retail Exclusive*)
–opaque red inside black haze vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–opaque cream w/ black splatter vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–black inside transparent orange haze vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–orange / red marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–180g clear vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–clear / black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–white / orange / red marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–orange / purple marbled vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–blood splattered vinyl (Impericon exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
* exclusive bundles with shirts, plus digital options are also available!

Anyone throwing The Valley on for the first time will immediately recognize it as the work of Whitechapel, yet as has been the case with each release, there is also evolution in play. “Sound-wise, it’s all over the place,” Bozeman states plainly. “There’s aggression, and then you’re hit with ominous and emotional guitar riffs. It’s mean, but then transfers to soft and inviting. It’s a whirlwind of emotions throughout.”

The Valley track-listing
1. When a Demon Defiles a Witch
2. Forgiveness Is Weakness
3. Brimstone
4. Hickory Creek
5. Black Bear
6. We Are One
7. The Other Side
8. Third Depth
9. Lovelace
10. Doom Woods

“Chaos and Carnage” tour dates
w/ Whitechapel, Dying Fetus, Revocation, Fallujah, Spite, Uncured, Buried Above Ground

Apr. 18 – Sayerville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Apr. 19 – Worcester, MA – Palladium
Apr. 20 – Reading, PA – Reverb
Apr. 23 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
Apr. 24 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
Apr. 25 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
Apr. 26 – Pontiac, MI – Crofoot
Apr. 27 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Apr. 28 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
Apr. 30 – Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater
May 2 – Berkley, CA – UC Theatre
May 3 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
May 4 – Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom
May 5 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
May 7 – Springfield, MO – The Complex
May 8 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
May 9 – San Antonio, TX – Rock Box
May 10 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
May 11 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
May 12 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
May 13 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
May 15 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
May 16 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
May 17 – Winston Salem, NC – Ramkat

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Children Of Bodom, Swallow The Sun, Wolfheart, Etc. Announce North American Tour

Children Of Bodom announce the dates for a headlining North American tour that will find them supported by Swallow The Sun and Wolfheart. Summoner’s Circle, Hollow Cry and Fragmentum will join them as opening act on select stops. Children Of Bodom will out on the road to support their new release “Hexed“, which will be out March 08th.

See for all dates below:

w/ Summoner’s Circle:

03/13 Quebec City, QC – Imperial
03/14 Montreal, QC – Corona Theater
03/15 Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre
03/16 Toronto, ON – The Phoenix Concert Theater

w/ Hollow Cry:

03/18 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews
03/19 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
03/20 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
03/22 Denver, CO – The Summit
03/23 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
03/25 Calgary, AB – The Palace Theatre
03/26 Edmonton, AB – Union
03/27 Vancouver, BC – The Vogue Theater
03/29 Seattle, WA – El Corazon

w/ Fragmentum:

03/30 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
04/01 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
04/03 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
04/03 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
04/05 San Antonio, TX – Alamo Music Hall
04/06 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
04/07 Dallas, TX – Canton Hall

w/ Summoner’s Circle:

04/09 Tampa, FL – The Ritz
04/11 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
04/12 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
04/13 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
04/14 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr Smalls Theatre
04/16 Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theater
04/17 Boston, MA – The Royale
04/18 Reading, PA – Reverb
04/19 New York, NY – Irving Plaza

Speaking of the coming tour, Children Of Bodom frontman/guitarist Alexi Laiho offered:

“Hello North America! Just wanna say and empathize the word “finally” … fuckin’ finally we’ll be back on the road – like old school style and over the pond too!! We’ll be in your town just as you’re getting your hands on the new record. Even if you do not have it, don’t worry cause we’re gonna rotate the setlist to include old tracks that will blow your mind back to hell so it’s gonna be a good fuckin’ party ladies and gentlemen. Hoping to see you there!!”

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Whitechapel, Dying Fetus, Revocation, Fallujah, Spite, Etc. 2019 ‘Chaos & Carnage Tour’ Announced

Whitechapel and Dying Fetus will co-headline this year’s edition of the U.S. ‘Chaos & Carnage Tour‘. Revocation, Fallujah, Spite, Uncured and Buried Above Ground will join them as support acts. Below’s where that trek will hit:

04/18 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
04/19 Worcester, MA – Palladium
04/20 Reading, PA – Reverb
04/23 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
04/24 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
04/25 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
04/26 Pontiac, MI – Crofoot
04/27 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
04/28 Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
04/30 Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater
05/02 Berkeley, CA – UC Theatre
05/03 Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
05/04 Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom
05/05 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
05/07 Springfield, MO – The Complex
05/08 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
05/09 San Antonio, TX – Rock Box
05/10 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
05/11 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
05/12 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
05/13 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
05/15 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
05/16 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
05/17 Winston-Salem, NC – Ramkat

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Born Of Osiris Premiere New Track “Analogs In A Cell”

Below you can take in a brand new track called “Analogs In A Cell” from Born Of Osiris‘ fifth studio album “The Simulation”, which will be released January 11th.

Says guitarist Lee McKinney of it:

“This specific song is such a fun little journey to look back on for me. I started writing it back in 2016 or 2017. It was one of the first songs I wrote for the new album after moving to Dallas [and] the song has seen a couple different forms over the past couple years. Regardless, I was sleeping in the studio we rented to track this album.

The guys would come in the morning and leave in the late afternoon, but I’d still be there the rest of the time. I used late nights as the time to track all of the instruments for it after we had drums. ‘Analogs In A Cell‘ became my fun little late night project. The best part about forgetting the guitar parts from the demo was rewriting them and making them better.

The demo guitars were very similar, but I tweaked all of the leads and made them more interesting. The entire ending was chugging. I was getting bored with it and I knew I could do better. I started replacing the chugs with notes, then bringing them up an octave, and eventually I ended up writing entirely new guitars for the end.

Then I matched the bass with the guitar. I absolutely love how that song ends now. The fact that it was all made brand new in the studio gave it a longer shelf life for me. Usually when we’re done tracking, I’m also done hearing the songs. I don’t want to listen to them. This song is different. I’m still enjoying hearing all the changes that were made and I can’t wait to see what everyone else thinks.

I think a cool element of this record is how different each song is. They are all very much Born Of Osiris, but they all have different vibes and bring different things to the table. ‘Analogs In A Cell‘ has a very live feel. I can’t wait to perform it. All the guitar parts are really shreddy but also fun to play. The guys wrote some amazing lyrics and vocals to the song. Beginning to end, this is one of my favorites on ‘The Simulation‘.”

You can find Born Of Osiris out touring in support of the effort on this North American tour with Chelsea Grin and Make Them Suffer:

02/07 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
02/08 Kansas City, MO – Aftershock
02/09 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
02/10 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
02/12 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
02/13 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
02/15 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
02/16 Los Angeles, CA – Regent Theater
02/17 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red East
02/19 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
02/21 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
02/22 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
02/23 San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
02/24 Houston, TX – Warehouse
02/26 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
02/27 Ft Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
03/01 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
03/02 Greensboro, NC – Blind Tiger
03/03 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Sound Stage
03/05 Philadelphia, PA – TLA
03/06 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
03/07 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
03/08 Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theatre
03/09 Montreal, QC – Fairmount
03/10 Toronto, ON – Velvet
03/12 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theatre
03/13 Cleveland, OH – Beachland
03/14 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
03/15 Cincinnati, OH – Thompson House
03/16 St Louis, MO – Ready Room
03/17 Chicago, IL – House of Blues

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Thrice Premiere New Music Video For “Hold Up A Light”

Thrice premiere a new music video for “Hold Up A Light” which was helmed by Dan Monick. The track is the latest single to arrive from the band’s latest effort “Palms”.

Says vocalist/guitarist Dustin Kensrue of it:

“In this age of upheaval and division, my hope is that the youth will manifest the courage and love necessary to hold up a light and illuminate a new path forward, to embody a better story than the one that perpetuates fear and violence.”

The band will be out touring later this month as direct support on Bring Me The Horizon‘s North American tour. Fever 333 will join them as their opening band. Dates for that trek are available below:

01/23 Nashville, TN – Municipal Auditorium
01/25 Orlando, FL – CFE Arena
01/26 Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
01/28 Fairfax, VA – Eaglebank Arena
01/29 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
01/30 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
01/31 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall (no Bring Me The Horizon/Fever 333)
02/01 Boston, MA – Tsongas Center
02/02 Montreal, QC – Place Bell
02/04 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
02/05 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
02/06 Minneapolis, MN – Armory
02/08 Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
02/09 Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
02/11 Denver, CO – The Fillmore
02/13 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
02/15 Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
02/16 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint

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Thrice Premiere New Music Video For “Hold Up A Light”

Thrice premiere a new music video for “Hold Up A Light” which was helmed by Dan Monick. The track is the latest single to arrive from the band’s latest effort “Palms”.

Says vocalist/guitarist Dustin Kensrue of it:

“In this age of upheaval and division, my hope is that the youth will manifest the courage and love necessary to hold up a light and illuminate a new path forward, to embody a better story than the one that perpetuates fear and violence.”

The band will be out touring later this month as direct support on Bring Me The Horizon‘s North American tour. Fever 333 will join them as their opening band. Dates for that trek are available below:

01/23 Nashville, TN – Municipal Auditorium
01/25 Orlando, FL – CFE Arena
01/26 Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
01/28 Fairfax, VA – Eaglebank Arena
01/29 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
01/30 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
01/31 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall (no Bring Me The Horizon/Fever 333)
02/01 Boston, MA – Tsongas Center
02/02 Montreal, QC – Place Bell
02/04 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
02/05 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
02/06 Minneapolis, MN – Armory
02/08 Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
02/09 Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
02/11 Denver, CO – The Fillmore
02/13 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
02/15 Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
02/16 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint

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Born Of Osiris Share Teaser Of New Track “Analogs In A Cell”

With the January 11th release of Born Of Osiris‘ new full-length “The Simulation” less than a week away, the group share another teaser of a new song from it. See below for a preview of “Analogs In A Cell” from that outing.

You are listening to Analogs In A Cell. This is one of my favorites off of the album. THE SIMULATION is out in ONE WEEK! You can snag pre orders and merch/album bundles at https://t.co/bdyz0fgY37. ?????? #BornofOsiris #TheSimulation #EntertheSimulation #AnalogsInACell RT pic.twitter.com/BWMgjgUZUf

— Born of Osiris (@BOOOfficial) January 4, 2019

As previously reported, Born Of Osiris will be out touring in February with Chelsea Grin, Make Them Suffer and more on this North American run:

02/07 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
02/08 Kansas City, MO – Aftershock
02/09 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
02/10 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
02/12 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
02/13 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
02/15 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
02/16 Los Angeles, CA – Regent Theater
02/17 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red East
02/19 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
02/21 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
02/22 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
02/23 San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
02/24 Houston, TX – Warehouse
02/26 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
02/27 Ft Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
03/01 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
03/02 Greensboro, NC – Blind Tiger
03/03 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Sound Stage
03/05 Philadelphia, PA – TLA
03/06 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
03/07 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
03/08 Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theatre
03/09 Montreal, QC – Fairmount
03/10 Toronto, ON – Velvet
03/12 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theatre
03/13 Cleveland, OH – Beachland
03/14 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
03/15 Cincinnati, OH – Thompson House
03/16 St Louis, MO – Ready Room
03/17 Chicago, IL – House of Blues

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Ensiferum to kick off North American headlining tour this weekend

– January 4th, 2019 –

Launches beer tasting video

After four years of absence in the States, Ensiferum will finally be returning to North America for a headlining tour, which kicks off this weekend (Jan. 5). Featuring Septicflesh as direct support, plus Arsis, this is one show not to be missed!

Following the trek, Ensiferum will also make an appearance at the “70,000 Tons Of Metal” 2019 cruise, before heading to Mexico. See below for all dates!

Ensiferum tour dates
w/ Septicflesh, Arsis

Jan. 5 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
Jan. 6 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Jan. 7 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Jan. 8 – Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell
Jan. 9 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
Jan. 10 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Jan. 11 – Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
Jan. 12 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
Jan. 13 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
Jan. 14 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
Jan. 15 – Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
Jan. 17 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Jan. 18 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
Jan. 19 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
Jan. 20 – Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House
Jan. 21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
Jan. 22 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red
Jan. 23 – El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill
Jan. 24 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
Jan. 25 – Austin, TX – Come and Take it Live!
Jan. 26 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
Jan. 27 – New Orleans, LA – Parish at House Of Blues
Jan. 28 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Hell)
Jan. 29 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum

Ensiferum tour dates:
Jan. 31-Feb. 4 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – “70,000 Tons of Metal” cruise
Feb. 6 – Guadalajara, Mexico – 3 Stage
Feb. 7 – Monterrey, Mexico – Cafe Iguana
Feb. 8 – Mexico City, Mexico – Circo volador

In anticipation of their return to North America, Ensiferum has launched a new beer tasting video (filmed at the 2018 Metal Days festival). To watch the clip, please visit: youtube.com/watch?v=SraxfJR4McQ

A new Ensiferum live clip, recorded in Pratteln, Switzerland on May 12, 2018, can also be viewed at: youtube.com/watch?v=r98dPpp1Tkg

You can’t talk about the true greats of folk-inspired melodic death metal without reverent mention of Ensiferum, and with their latest album, Two Paths, they once more affirm their place in the pantheons of the genre. Further building upon the thrilling metallic hybrid honed across six full-lengths, Two Paths is simultaneously the Finnish quintet’s most epic and far-reaching collection and their most organic, which definitely sets it apart from the pack. Additionally, the album literally takes the concept of Two Paths to heart, with two different versions of standout tracks “Don’t You Say” and “God Is Dead”. “Even though Ensiferum has always had clean vocals and choirs, harsh vocals have been the main style, and those songs worked so well with both styles that we decided to include both versions,” explains bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka. With Mikko P. Mustonen again handling orchestral arrangements and Lassi Logren returning to play nyckelharpa and violin on a few songs, Hinkka is also more than happy that they brought “more bombastic orchestral and down to earth folk aspects” to the record, further fleshing out their vision. This also applies to the contribution of Gyula Havancsak, who provided the artwork for both Two Paths and its predecessor, One Man Army. “It was really nice to work with him again because he always wants to hear our ideas and then he adds his own magic and improvements to them, and the result is always astonishing.”

To preview and purchase Two Paths, please visit: metalblade.com/ensiferum

Ensiferum line-up:
Petri Lindroos – Vocals/Guitar
Markus Toivonen – Guitar/Vocals
Sami Hinkka – Bass/Vocals
Janne Parviainen – Drums

Ensiferum online:
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