Avatar Announce North American Tour With Light The Torch & Otep

Avatar have announced a headlining North American tour. Light The Torch and Otep will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

07/06 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
07/07 Montreal, QC – Corona
07/08 Portland, ME – AURA
07/09 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
07/10 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
07/12 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
07/13 Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe
07/14 Cadott, WI – Cadot Rockfest
07/15 Grand Rapids, MI – Upheaval Festival
07/16 Mansfield, OH x Inkcarceration Festival
07/17 Knoxville, TN – Concourse
07/19 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
07/20 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
07/22 Fargo, ND – Outdoors at Fargo Brewing
07/24 Calgary, AB – The Palace
07/25 Edmonton, AB – Midway Bar
07/27 Vancouver, BC – The Vogue
07/29 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
07/30 Santa Ana, CA – Observatory
07/31 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre

Metal Blade Records To Reissue “Metal Massacre I” On Vinyl

As part of their 40th anniversary celebration, Metal Blade Records will be reissuing “The New Heavy Metal Revue Presents Metal Massacre I” on vinyl. The effort, which helped launch the careers of Metallica, Ratt, Malice, etc., will be available on April 22 in two colors, ruby red (limited to 5000) and clear (limited to 2000).

“Metal Massacre I” Track Listing:

Side One:

01. Steeler – “Cold Day In Hell”
02. Bitch – “Live For The Whip”
03. Malice – “Captive Of Light”
04. Ratt – “Tell The World”
05. Avatar – “Octave”

Side Two:

01. Black ‘n Blue – “Chains Around Heaven”
02. Cirith Ungol – “Death Of The Sun”
03. Demon Flight – “Dead Of The Night”
04. Pandemonium – “Fighting Backwards”
05. Malice – “Kick You Down”
06. Metallica – “Hit The Lights”

Metal Blade Records commented:

“Marking our 40th anniversary this year, we’re incredibly excited to announce the reissue of Metal Massacre Volume One, for the first time on vinyl since 1984! For those who’ve been with MB since the beginning, you’ll remember this release showcased the best of LA’s unsigned metal acts of the time such as Metallica , RATT, Malice and more!

Two limited variants have been pressed. /5000 Ruby Red at the MB shop and /2000 Clear exclusively at metallica.com. The first 250 pre-orders at the MB shop will receive an exclusive patch! Metal Massacre 1 will be available April 22nd.

Pre-order NOW at metalblade.com/40thanniversary

This is merely the start of our 40th celebration. The Cannibal Corpse tour is underway, Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: Philly this Summer plus the official opening of the Metal Blade Museum in Las Vegas!

Until more events are announced, head to METAL BLADE RECORDS and stream a special 80’s-inspired playlist, personally selected by Brian Slagel, featuring some of the era’s hottest bands including ARMORED SAINT, D.R.I., FLOTSAM & JETSAM and tons more. One-of-a-kind, exclusive designs helmed by the masterful and malevolent minds of metal’s most sought-after artists will be available for a limited time – Ed Repka (Megadeth, Venom, Nuclear Assault), Elinor Kantor (Testament, Soulfly, Sodom), Travis Smith (Opeth, Overkill, Slayer), Sam Didier (HammerFall, Amon Amarth). metalblade.com/40thanniversary/

Korn, Breaking Benjamin, Disturbed, Evanescence, Etc. Set For 2022 Inkcarceration Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2022 Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival. The event will take place at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, OH on July 15-17 and it will feature the following:

July 15: Korn, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, I Prevail, Sleeping With Sirens, Code Orange, Lacuna Coil, From Ashes To New, Born Of Osiris, DED, Oxymorrons, Spoken, As You Were, Paul Bartolome, Fate Destroyed, Impending Lies, Plainview, and Zakk Cash.

July 16: Breaking Benjamin, Evanescence, Falling In Reverse, Black Label Society, Theory Of A Deadman, Avatar, Spiritbox, Saint Asonia, Ayron Jones, Volumes, Solence, Siiickbrain, If I Die First, Widow7, Paralandra, All’s Fair, Erasing Never, Farewell To Fear, and Nearly Spent.

July 17: Disturbed, Lamb Of God, Seether, Black Veil Brides, Jelly Roll, Nothing More, 10 Years, Sick Puppies, John 5, Butcher Babies, Fire From The Gods, Veil Of Maya, Gemini Syndrome, The Violent, Defying Decay, Dreamwalker, Alukha, Wor, and Darkhorse Saloon.

Disturbed, Evanescence, Shinedown, Etc. Set For 2022 Rock Fest

The lineup has been revealed for the 2022 Rock Fest. That event will take place in Cadott, WI on July 14-16 with a pre-show scheduled for three-day ticket holders on July 13. Here’s the daily lineups:

July 13 (pre-show): Warrant, Lita Ford, Firehouse, Otherwise, Islander, Versus Me, Paralandra, and Saint Laveau.

July 14: Disturbed, Lamb Of God, Theory Of A Deadman, Avatar, Hatebreed, Ayron Jones, Spiritbox, Nita Strauss, Fire From The Gods, DED, Wildstreet, Sweet Addiction, Nongrata, Half Heard Voices, Seilies, Unkle Daddy, The Midnight Devils, Peace Of Mind, Rebel Queens, The Issue, and Via.

July 15: Evanescence, Halestorm, The Pretty Reckless, Nothing More, Black Veil Brides, Escape The Fate, Butcher Babies, John 5, Volumes, Rachel Lorin, Streetlight Circus, Plague Of Stars, Lydia Can’t Breathe, Ratchet Dolls, Once Around, The Other LA, Ignescent, Bourbon House, Fresh Fighters, Sabbath Unleashed, and Motherwind.

July 16: Shinedown, Mudvayne, Jelly Roll, Skillet, Motionless In White, Starset, Shaman’s Harvest, From Ashes To New, All Good Things, The Warning, Divide The Fall, Eaon, Dreams Aside, Velvet Chains, Crashing Atlas, Splitdriven, The Rumors, Imperial Fall, 10,000 Days, Cowboys From Hell, and Lake Effect.

Mudvayne Added To 2022 Upheaval Festival

Mudvayne have been added to the 2022 Upheaval Festival. That event will take place at Belknap Park in Grand Rapids, MI on July 15-16 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

July 15: Breaking Benjamin, Mudvayne, Theory Of A Deadman, Avatar, Starset, Ayron Jones, All Good Things, Fire From The Gods, The Warning, and Dark Heavens.

July 16: Disturbed, Three Days Grace, Nothing More, Hatebreed, Escape The Fate, Butcher Babies, Nita Strauss, DED, Oxymorrons, and Heartsick.

Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Etc. Set For 2022 Upheaval Festival

The lineup has been revealed for this year’s Upheaval Festival. The event will take place at Belknap Park in Grand Rapids, MI on July 15-16 and it will feature the following:

July 15: Breaking Benjamin Theory Of A Deadman, Avatar, Starset, Ayron Jones, All Good Things, Fire From The Gods, The Warning, and Dark Heavens.

July 16: Disturbed, Three Days Grace, Nothing More, Hatebreed, Escape The Fate, Butcher Babies, Nita Strauss, DED, Oxymorrons, and Heartsick.

Avatar Postpone UK Tour With Veil Of Maya & Mastiff To 2023

Avatar have postponed their upcoming UK tour with Veil Of Maya and Mastiff. The trek is now set for February 2023.

2023 Tour Dates:

02/18 Manchester, UK – Academy
02/19 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
02/20 Glasgow, UK – SWG3
02/22 Wolverhampton, UK – KK’s Steelmill
02/23 Bristol, UK – SWX
02/24 Southampton, UK – 1865
02/25 London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town

Avatar commented:

“We have waited two years in hopes of being able to guarantee the shows we announce, and follow through with our plans. We thought we had finally reached that point earlier this fall, but again the rug got pulled out from under us.

With the current situation with the Omicron variant being what it is, we are very sorry to announce we have to postpone the UK portion of tour to February 2023. All tickets purchased will still be valid. We know this is a long time away but unfortunately, there were no earlier opportunities with the venues without having to cancel one or more shows. We have hope that we will see you sooner than that though UK. Please stay tuned for more updates.”

Avatar Premiere New Song “Construction Of Souls”

Avatar have premiered a new song titled “Construction Of Souls.“ You can check that out below. A new “children’s book” based on the track is also available HERE. The band said the following about the song:

“This song will be to Christmas songs what Die Hard is to Christmas movies. It wasn’t intended to be that, but ultimately, it makes a lot of sense. It’s about us — meaning the robots taking over the great human project of our ancestors, building our way out of the planet on sandy soils, saturated with the withering bones of our ancestors.”

Veil Of Maya, Mastiff, & Sonic Assault Added To Avatar’s European/UK Tour

Veil Of Maya will be serving as direct support on Avatar’s upcoming European/UK tour. Mastiff and Sonic Assault will also appear on select dates.

Tour Dates:

With Mastiff:

01/08 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
01/09 Manchester, UK – Academy
01/10 Glasgow, UK – SWG3
01/12 Wolverhampton, UK – KK’s Steel Mill
01/13 Bristol, UK – SWX
01/14 Southampton, UK – 1865
01/15 London, UK – O2 Forum

With Sonic Assault:

02/12 Paris, FRA – L’Olympia
02/14 Brussels, BEL – Ancienne Belgique
02/15 Karlsruhe, GER – Substage
02/16 Lyon, FRA – Le Transbordeur
02/17 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz
02/18 Madrid, SPA – Kapital
02/19 Lisbon, POR – LAV
02/21 Bordeaux, FRA – Le Rocher Palmer
02/22 Geneva, SWI – Alhambra
02/23 Zurich, SWI – Komplex
02/24 Vienna, AUT – Simm City
02/25 Brno, CZE – Sono Centrum
02/26 Munich, GER – Freiheitshalle
02/27 Leipzig, GER – Hellraiser
02/28 Warsaw, POL – Proxima
03/01 Berlin, GER – Columbia Theater
03/02 Hamburg, GER – Gruenspan
03/03 Cologne, GER – Essigfabrik
03/04 Tilburg, NET – O13
03/10 Gothenburg, SWE – Tradgarn
03/11 Stockholm, SWE – Fallan
03/12 Malmo, SWE – Slagthuset