So basically tap into your savings, right? You have some show tickets, and surely arm loads of merch, to buy.
The fully fleshed-out Opeth tour obviously is known now (and we had something on that a little earlier today), and now comes word that Nordic progressive black metal band Enslaved also will be hitting North America this fall. Enslaved still is touring in support of their excellent 2010 effort “Axioma Ethica Odini,” and they just put out an EP “The Sleeping Gods,” in conjunction with Scion AV. You can grab that one for free online. Last few times through the States, Enslaved played as support acts to Opeth and then Dimmu Borgir, so it’ll be cool seeing them get top billing.
To find “The Sleeping Gods,” go here: http://www.scionav.com/
For more on the band, go here: http://www.myspace.com/enslaved
Joining them on the tour will be Swedish metal band Ghost (not to be confused with the Japanese experimental/psychedelic band Ghost), who finally debuted on U.S. shores at the Maryland Deathfest, as they closed out the festival with what I’m told was a haunting performance. A friend of mine who attended the show said the band stood stoically as their two-minute intro played, and practically no words were spoken by the band until frontman The Ghoul With No Name invited the crowd to join them for the final ritual. They proclaim themselves Satanists, and the Ghoul takes the role as the devil’s pope, but I wonder how much of that is just for show. Their debut “Opus Eponymous” is catchy as hell, and if you didn’t know the thing was supposed to be dripping with evil, you’d think you were just listening to metal and rock’s next big thing. Ah, but there’s so much more behind the mask, is there not?
For more on Ghost, go here: http://www.myspace.com/thebandghost
To buy “Opus Eponymous,” go here: http://www.indiemerchstore.com/b/ghost/
Alcest round out the bill, and they just toured the States last year as headliners. Most of their songs are pretty long, so it’ll be interesting to see how much time they get and how much they can shove into their set. You can check out my review of their reissued/partially re-recorded EP “Le Secret” on this site. Shouldn’t have to scroll too far down to find that. Definitely a band worth checking out.
The dates, courtesy of our friends at Action PR, are below:
September 23 Springfield, VA Jaxx
September 24 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small’s Theatre
September 25 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
September 26 Boston, MA Middle East (downstairs)
September 28 Quebec City, QC Imperial de Quebec
September 29 Montreal, QC Café Campus
September 30 Toronto, ON Opera House
October 1 Columbus, OH Outland Live
October 2 Chicago, IL The Bottom Lounge
October 3 St. Paul, MN Station 4
October 5 Winnipeg, MB West End Cultural Centre
October 6 Regina, SK The Exchange
October 7 Edmonton, AB The Starlite Room
October 8 Calgary, AB Dickens Pub
October 10 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
October 11 Seattle, WA El Corazon
October 12 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
October 13 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
October 14 Hollywood, CA The Troubadour