Avatar To Release “The King Live In Paris” In May

Avatar will be releasing a new live album titled “The King Live In Paris” on May 17. The effort was recorded at the 2018 Download Festival in Paris, France and a stream of “Bloody Angel” from the set can be found below:

Frontman Johannes Eckerström commented:

“Looking back at all that’s happened and what’s still going on it feels more like a document from a pivotal battle than a live album.

In the past, I’ve found it hard to motivate making something like this, but as time goes on, I find it fortunate that we get to have our work captured like this. I realize now more than ever that we are in the process of constant change. This release is a version of Avatar that didn’t exist a year prior, and that already has morphed into something else. The show at Download Paris was a particular one for many reasons. We are very proud of the result.”

“The King Live In Paris” Track Listing:

01. “Intro”
02. “Statue Of The King”
03. “Let It Burn”
04. “Paint Me Red”
05. “Bloody Angel”
06. “For The Swarm”
07. “Tower”
08. “The Eagle Has Landed”
09. “Smells Like A Freakshow”
10. “Avatar Country”
11. “Hail The Apocalypse”

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Avatar Announce North American Tour With Devin Townsend, Dance With The Dead, & ’68

Avatar have announced a headlining North American tour. Devin Townsend (acoustic), Dance With The Dead, and ’68 will serve as support.

Avatar’s Johannes Eckerström commented:

“As we’ve stated in the past, we are reaching the end of the road for the Avatar Country saga. And if you want to see us in all our Royal Glory in tribute to the King, this might very well be your last chance. We will make sure to go out with a bang!

This tour is extra special to us and me personally as we’ve not only amazing hand-picked openers to showcase what we think deserves more eyes and ears in ’68 and Dance With The Dead, but we also have the extreme pleasure and privilege to share the stage with Devin Townsend at an exciting phase of his career.

I am a life long fan, and I genuinely feel that people who appreciate our willingness to experiment and walk that extra mile to be true to our vision and integrity have Mr. Townsend to thank for a lot. It will be a bucket list experience for me, and I hope we get to share it with as many people as possible.”

Tour Dates:

05/16 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
05/17 Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple
05/18 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
05/19 Portland, ME – Aura
05/21 Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
05/22 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
05/23 Madison, WI – The Sylvee
05/24 Sauget, IL – Pop’s
05/25 Sioux City, IA – Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel
05/26 Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
05/28 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
05/29 Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre
05/30 Saskatoon, SK – Coors Event Centre
05/31 Edmonton, AB – The Ranch Roadhouse
06/01 Calgary, AB – The Palace
06/03 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
06/04 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
06/06 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
06/07 Reno, NV – Cargo
06/08 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex – Grand
06/09 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
06/10 Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
06/11 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
06/13 Los Angeles, CA – Mayan Theatre
06/14 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
06/15 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues

Avatar Have Already Raised Close To $70,000 For Their “Legend Of Avatar Country” Film

Over the weekend, Avatar announced that they would be launching a Kickstarter campaign for their new film, “Legend Of Avatar Country,” today (October 29) and as of press time they have already raised $69,798 for the project. The original goal was $50,000, but they exceeded that in just two hours.

The band said the following about the film:

“Avatar Country will be a featurette (longer that a short movie but shorter than the Godfather) based on the music of the album of the same name. It will tell the full story which has already partly been shown in the videos released this far. We will of course continue to work with Johan Carlén who has been in charge behind the camera for all our music videos since Black Waltz. We have developed a language of our own through the years and become great partners, instrumental in realizing each others visions.

The money raised will go to pay for equipment, crew, actors, locations, props, 3D models, wardrobe and anything and everything you can imagine would go into any given film project. The money will NOT go to pay any member of the band, not even the King. Our salaries are made out of what we can make from touring, selling merchandise and whatever comes our way as song writers and recording artists. This will not be a pay day for the band. All money will be directly invested into our art.”

Avatar To Create “Legend Of Avatar Country” Film

Avatar are teaming up with Kerrang! to create a new film called “Legend Of Avatar Country.” A Kickstarter campaign for the project will launch on Monday (October 29). Johannes Eckerström commented:

“We are not a normal band and ‘Avatar Country’ is not a normal album. The whole idea was always to take our audience on a crazy journey into the stranger parts of our minds and the heart of our love for metal music. As a very visual group, this is the natural conclusion of the ‘Avatar Country’ saga and we hope people will be as excited to see it as we are. It will be a great document of a very special time in our career and in the life of our fans. We have some very special rewards lined up to make it worth people’s while. Bands always tell their audience, ‘We couldn’t have done this without you,’ and this time it’s truer than ever. The labels have done their part in supporting the making of the music videos thus far, and what comes next is up to us. I truly believe we can make something great together.”

Avatar Announce European/UK Tour

Avatar have announced a European/UK tour. You can see the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

01/16 Glasgow, UK – The Garage
01/17 Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute Birmingham
01/18 Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz Manchester
01/19 Bristol, UK – Bristol SU Live
01/20 London, UK – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
01/22 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
01/23 Clermont-Ferrand, FRA – La Coopérative de Mai
01/25 Nantes, FRA – Stereolux
01/26 Bochum, GER – Matrix Bochum
01/27 Strasbourg, GRA – La Laiterie Artefact
01/29 Zurich, SWI – Dynamo Zürich
01/31 Vienna, AUT – ((szene)) Wien
02/01 Zlin, CZE – Novesta – Sportovní hala Zlín
02/02 Warsaw, POL – Klub Stodola
02/03 Graz, AUT – Jugend- und Kulturzentrum Explosiv
02/04 Budapest, HUN – A38 Hajó
02/05 Munich, GER – Backstage München
02/07 Grenoble, FRA – La Belle Electrique
02/08 Nancy, FRA – L’Autre Canal Nancy
02/09 Frankfurt, GER – Batschkapp Frankfurt
02/11 Stuttgart, GER – Im Wizemann
02/12 Amsterdam, NET – Melkweg Amsterdam
02/22 Saint Petersburg, RUS – Club Zal
02/23 Moscow, RUS – Zil Arena
02/25 Helsinki, FIN – Nosturi
02/26 Tampere, FIN – Klubi / Tampere
02/28 Norrköping, SWE – Arbis Bar & Salonger
03/01 Malmö, SWE – Kb Malmö
03/02 Karlstad, SWE – Nöjesfabriken
03/03 Oslo, NOR – Rockefeller / John DEE / Sentrum Scene
03/04 Arhus, DEN – VoxHall

Avatar Premiere “The King Welcomes You To Avatar Country” Video

Avatar have premiered a new video for their song “The King Welcomes You To Avatar Country.“ The clip was directed by Johan Carlén and the track appears on the band’s latest album “Avatar Country.”

Avatar Premiere “The King Wants You” Video

Avatar have premiered a new video for their new song “The King Wants You.“ This track is from their new album “Avatar Country,” which will be released on January 12. You can watch the clip below and head to Loudwire to read an interview with Johannes Eckerstrom about “Avatar Country.”