Avatar Reveal Track Listing For New Album “Dance Devil Dance”

Avatar have revealed the track listing for their new album “Dance Devil Dance.” You can find that below, along with the cover art. The record will be available on February 17 and pre-orders can be found HERE.

“Dance Devil Dance” Track Listing:

01. “Dance Devil Dance”
02. “Chimp Mosh Pit”
03. “Valley Of Disease”
04. “On The Beach”
05. “Do You Feel In Control”
06. “Gotta Wanna Riot”
07. “The Dirt I’m Buried In”
08. “Clouds Dipped In Chrome”
09. “Hazmat Suit”
10. “Train”
11. “Violence No Matter What” (feat. Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale)

The following was previously said about the album:

“As for Avatar‘s mission?

They will save heavy metal.

There are no weapons on this planet that can challenge the might of the electric guitar. For decades metal has been the most powerful force known to man. Its sonic teeth have gnawed through the status quo over and over, pushing the boundaries for what can be created in the marriage between blood and machine. If a Mount Rushmore were to be carved for all the titans of the genre, it would span the entire globe many times over. It’s a burning beacon, the misfits and rebels.

As time has passed, much of the scene has become divided in two equally stale camps. The first is forever stuck in the past, no longer seeking to lead. The second are those who have forgotten the most important ingredients to what made metal what it was and must remain. They’ve lost touch with the devil. They’ve forgotten how to move. In a genre best experienced with your whole body, they’ve lost the lust.

We grew up together. John and Jonas started the band when they were just 15 and 14 years old. Johannes joined at the age of 16, as did Henrik and finally Simon, who left to be replaced by Tim, a longtime friend of ours, in 2012.

While constantly redefining what we do and why we do it, we are among a select few who have remained a true band of brothers. Metal has been our key to the kingdom, our way to see the world. Self-financing our debut when we were between 18 and 19, we have never waited for anyone’s approval or permission. With Dance Devil Dance we are adamant to give something back for all we’ve received.

Dance Devil Dance was recorded in the Swedish wilderness, far away from all the perceived glamour of the big city and modern studios. Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Mr. Bungle, Crobot, Stone Sour, Amon Amarth, Uriah Heep etc.) returned as producer. He first worked with us when he mixed Hail the Apocalypse, a role he reprised on Feathers & Flesh before taking the wheel as producer on Avatar Country and Hunter Gatherer. No extra personnel were wanted nor needed. We stayed together for a month, eating, sleeping and breathing Dance Devil Dance, just the six of us.

You always hear bands say, ‘This is our best album yet.’ This is our best album yet. It is Avatar at our most laser focused, at our most razor sharp. There’s no BS, no extra fat. Every track is a weapon and has a purpose. It’s all in the title, as this album is our angriest, horniest and most spiritual release, all at once. It’s a must-hear,” the band says.

With grit and sheer force of will, we made the music the only way metal ever should be done. Modern metal too often becomes homogenized by everyone using the same drum samples and pre-sets for guitars.

Dance Devil Dance is the sound of our bodies in motion, and nothing else. It sounds hard because we play hard. It’s loud because we are loud. Every band knows the challenge of capturing the rage of a stage performance on tape. This time we succeeded. This album bleeds black blood, bludgeoned by the road.

We are a metal circus. The road is our home. Dance Devil Dance mirrors all the madness of this world and worlds beyond. It’s celebration of the ugly and a challenge in the face of all things deemed beautiful. Metal should make you move.

Metal is music for the body. We don’t know when it happened but it seems that at some point recently, most of the world decided that this music was best enjoyed sitting down. This is a great tragedy and it must be rectified. Why have drums, why have bass, if people don’t move their feet? And feet will move indeed.

Our music was always made for the stage first, as anyone can attest to, whether it’s as an opening band for greats such as Iron Maiden or Slipknot, or playing the major stages on Wacken, Hellfest, Download, Rock on the Range, Poland Rock, and many more, or bringing the entire freakshow with us, headlining night after night.

From coast to coast across the United States of America and Canada. From Mexico down all the way to Brazil; all over Europe, north, south, east and west. The whole world is our stage and you better get ready, because when we begin you will all be the Devil’s playthings.”

Pantera, Disturbed, Arch Enemy, Etc. Added To 2023 Graspop Metal Meeting Festival

Over 100 more artists have been added to next year’s Graspop Metal Meeting festival. The event will be held in Dessel, Belgium on June 15-18 and the updated lineup can be found below.

Lineup:

  • Def Leppard
  • Mötley Crüe
  • Slipknot
  • Pantera
  • Ghost
  • Gojira
  • Parkway Drive
  • 1914
  • Agnostic Front
  • Amon Amarth
  • Anti-Flag
  • Antimatter
  • Any Given Day
  • Arch Enemy
  • Architects
  • As I Lay Dying
  • Asking Alexandria
  • At The Gates
  • Avatar
  • Beast In Black
  • Behemoth
  • Billy Talent
  • Black Mirrors
  • Bloodywood
  • Butcher Babies
  • Cane Hill
  • Carpenter Brut
  • Clutch
  • Cradle Of Filth
  • Crowbar
  • Cyclone
  • Danko Jones
  • Dark Angel
  • Deathstars
  • Delain
  • Dieth
  • Dirkschneider
  • Disturbed
  • Draconian
  • Eluveitie
  • End
  • Enter Shikari
  • Epica
  • Escape The Fate
  • Evergrey
  • Exodus
  • Fever 333
  • Fields Of The Nephilim
  • Finntroll
  • Greg Puciato
  • Halestorm
  • Hatebreed
  • Heidevolk
  • Hippotraktor
  • Hollywood Undead
  • Hollywood Vampires
  • I Prevail
  • In Flames
  • Insomnium
  • Katatonia
  • Kissin’ Dynamite
  • Korpiklaani
  • Kreator
  • Landmvrks
  • Legion Of The Damned
  • Less Than Jake
  • Life Of Agony
  • Lionheart
  • Loathe
  • Lorna Shore
  • Marduk
  • Meshuggah
  • Molybaron
  • Monster Magnet
  • Motionless In White
  • Novelists
  • Oceans
  • Orange Goblin
  • Orbit Culture
  • Papa Roach
  • Polaris
  • Rancid
  • Russkaja
  • Seether
  • Septicflesh
  • Sick Of It All
  • Skindred
  • Sleep Token
  • Soen
  • Sólstafir
  • Spiritbox
  • Stand Atlantic
  • Stray From The Path
  • Testament
  • The Amity Affliction
  • The Answer
  • The Chats
  • The Ghost Inside
  • The Halo Effect
  • The Luka State
  • The Menzingers
  • The Raven Age
  • The Winery Dogs
  • Three Days Grace
  • Thundermother
  • Unearth
  • Vicious Rumours
  • Voivod
  • Watain

Pantera, Ghost, Gojira, Etc. Set For 2023 Tons Of Rock Festival

The initial lineup has been revealed for next year’s Tons Of Rock festival. The event will take place in Oslo, Norway on June 22-24 and it will feature: Pantera, Ghost, Gojira, Behemoth, Clutch, TNT (with Tony Harnell), Powerwolf, Mayhem, Stage Dolls, Honningbarna, The Good The Bad And The Zugly, Avatar, Spiritbox, Voivod, and Brenn.

Avatar Premiere “Dance Devil Dance” Music Video

Avatar have premiered a new video for the title track of their new album “Dance Devil Dance.” That effort will be released on February 17. Johannes Eckerström commented:

“I woke up to the truth one day. With my heart pounding, and a heavy breath, I knew for sure. I am Satan. The snake and forbidden fruit with a longing for knowledge, freedom and agency. My feet were moving. I thought I was running, but I was dancing. A celebration. Yes, I am the Devil, and I believe that one day you can be the Devil, too. It is my hope and ambition that this song will help you find your way there. As such, it’s a celebration of love, lust and democracy.”

Avatar Premiere New Song “Valley Of Disease”, Announce European/UK Tour

Avatar have released a new song titled “Valley Of Disease.” You can find a lyric video for that track below:

Vocalist Johannes Eckerström said the following about the new song:

“There is a sickness, a stranger, and a harmful way. A twisted landscape untouched by the sun. I leave the rest up to either you or me, but never both at the same time. You can only enter this place alone, and my path isn’t yours. Your secret is safe with me, but so is mine.”

The following was also added about the band’s upcoming album in a press release:

“There are no weapons on this planet that can challenge might of the electric guitar. For decades, metal has been the most powerful force known to man. Its sonic teeth have gnawed through the status quo over and over, pushing the boundaries for what can be created in the marriage between blood and machine. If a Mount Rushmore were to be carved for all the titans of the genre, it would span the entire globe many times over. It’s a burning beacon, the misfits, and rebels.

As time has passed, much of the scene has become divided in two equally stale camps. The first is forever stuck in the past, no longer seeking to lead. The second are those who have forgotten the most important ingredients to what made metal what it was and must remain. They’ve lost touch with the devil. They’ve forgotten how to move. In a genre best experienced with your whole body, they’ve lost the lust.

Avatar, however, have NOT lost anything.

It is with this fire in their bellies that they continue to craft their next album.”

In other news, the group have also announced a European/UK tour:

With Veil Of Maya and Mastiff:

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

With Veil Of Maya and Kassogtha:

03/10 Paris, FRA – L’Olympia
03/11 Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX – Rockhal
03/12 Tilburg, NET – Poppodium 013
03/14 Koln, GER – Essogfabrik
03/15 Hamburg, GER – Markthalle
03/16 Berlin, GER – Columbia Theater
03/17 Leipzig, GER – Hellraiser
03/18 Warsaw, POL – Proxima
03/19 Brno, CZE – Sono Centrum
03/21 Vienna, AUT – Simm City
03/22 Pasing, GER – Freiheitshalle
03/23 Villeurbanne, FRA – Transbordeur
03/24 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz
03/25 Madrid, SPA – But
03/26 Lisbon, POR – LAV
03/28 Cenon, FRA – Le Rocher de Palmer
03/29 Brussels, BEL – Ancienne Belgique
03/30 Zurich, SWI – Komplex
03/31 Karlsruhe, GER – Substage

Johannes Eckerström On New Avatar Album: “I Feel Like We Have To Save Heavy Metal”

During a recent interview with TotalRock, Avatar’s Johannes Eckerström discussed the band’s upcoming album, which is expected to be released early next year. The frontman says the group are hoping to “save heavy metal” with the effort.

Eckerström said the following:

“The short version is we will make you see the devil, and we will make you dance. You’ve heard every band say it’s their best album yet. This is our best album yet.

My best thing to liken it to is [Judas Priest‘s] ‘British Steel‘ in the sense of that… Judas Priest were always great, and before ‘British Steel‘ you had ‘Killing Machine‘, you had ‘Sad Wings Of Destiny‘ and all this, but they were a great heavy metal band, a great rock and roll band, a great prog band at times and kind of eclectic. And then with ‘British Steel‘ I find they really got laser focused, cut off the fat. And we’re focused on what we feel right now metal needs — this very pompous but yet…

Honestly, I feel like we have to save heavy metal. Because either people are lost in the past… They did it better than we will ever do what they do. Don’t do that. What’s next? What’s next for us? And do that without disappearing up your own asses completely.

When people end up doing metal that is best enjoyed while sitting down and shutting up, you miss the point. Metal is the music that you move to — in the pit, banging your head, dancing around, whatever, lifting weights, drinking too much, getting pregnant, impregnating someone, doing things. It’s music to move with. You have drums in the band; why would you have drums if you don’t move?

We look a lot to the masters — that is wisdom from Motörhead, from Judas Priest, from a lot of things — but then just… yeah, that, but not that. They did that. We’re now and what’s next with that. Where can we try to help bring it? And that is this album.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of Nightwish, Epica, Opeth, Zeal & Ardor, Etc. At 2022 Hellfest

ARTE Concert have been sharing pro-shot footage of full sets from this year’s Hellfest in Clisson, France. You can find performances from Nightwish, Epica, Opeth, Zeal & Ardor, Suicide Silence, Blind Guardian, Touché Amoré, Avatar, Comeback Kid, Social Distortion, Discharge, Watain, Eluveitie, Life Of Agony, and Godflesh below:

The Callous Daoboys To Replace Otep On Avatar & Light The Torch’s Upcoming Tour

Otep has dropped off of her upcoming tour with Avatar and Light The Torch due to “travel logistics.” The Callous Daoboys will now be taking her place.

Tour Dates:

07/06 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall (no The Callous Daoboys)
07/07 Montreal, QC – Corona (no The Callous Daoboys)
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 – Cadott Rockfest
07/15 Grand Rapids, MI – Upheaval Festival
07/16 Mansfield, OH – 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 (no The Callous Daoboys)
07/25 Edmonton, AB – Midway Bar (no The Callous Daoboys)
07/27 Vancouver, BC – The Vogue (no The Callous Daoboys)
07/29 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
07/30 Santa Ana, CA – Observatory
07/31 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre

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/