Jun 162010

Debates have broken out in blogdom and metal fandom over the last month about the awesomeness or suckiness of summer tours that will be criss-crossing North America in the coming months: The Cool Tour, Thrash and Burn 2010, and Summer Slaughter, among others.  (We added our two cents on the last two here and here.)

This morning, we saw news about two more we thought you might like to know about — even though both of them gave the back of their hand to our home base of Seattle. The organizers must think it always rains in Seattle like a cow pissing on a flat stone, even though the truth is it only rains here 10 months out of the year. Bunch of fucking pussies. Get some fucking umbrellas and come anyway!

The first tour announcement caught our eye because it includes the awesomeness that is Children of Bodom. Your NCS Co-Authors have lost count how many times we’ve seen ’em play in the Northwest, but they never disappoint. Interesting thing about this new tour is, they’re not the headliners, and wait til you see who else is on the line-up.  Oh yeah, there’s also some news today about a new Children of Bodom album on the way.

The other tour (called Over the Limit) is a bigger one — nine bands — and of course they’re by-passing Seattle too (and it’s not even a near-miss). But we’ll give you the info about it anyway.  (get all the details after the jump . . .)

So, let’s start with Children of Bodom. Here’s the news about that album we mentioned, courtesy of Lambgoat:

Finnish metal band Children Of Bodom is currently demoing material for their next album. Bassist Henkka Seppälä has issued the following update:

“Yesterday we recorded some demos for the new stuff. Jaska’s drums earlier; Alexi and me did our share yesterday. Roope will be doing today. It’s exciting!

“Couple of more months and we will start recording for real. Can’t really wait how the new shit sounds when it’s actually all done. While recording we will hit the festivals, which is cool. We never left the studio like this, in the middle of recording process, so let’s see how it affects, or if it affects at all.”

Don’t know about you, but we’re already getting stoked for new COB music.

As for the tour we mentioned, it’s called The Black Label Berzerkus Tour. The headline act is — take a wild guess — Black Label Society.

Some people think Zakk Wylde walks on water, but we think Black Label Society is just alright.

The other bands on the tour, besides COB: Clutch and 2Cents. We’d be curious to see Clutch live, and have no idea what 2Cents is.

We’ll give you the list of dates and places at the end of this post, right after we tell you about . . . .

The Over the Limit Tour!

That’s what it’s called. The co-headliners will be As Blood Runs Black and Oceano. Get your deathcore on!

The tour will also feature Arsonists Get All The GirlsThe Tony Danza Tapdance ExtravaganzaThick As BloodBurning The MassesCircle Of Contempt, and Blind Witness.

And get this — on select dates, Son Of Aurelius and This Or The Apocalypse will also join the tour.

The line-up on this tour (in our humble opinion) isn’t as strong as Summer Slaughter, but it’s a shitload better than the other festival-style tours that are going to make the rounds.

If any of this news gets your blood pumping, leave a comment. If it all just makes you yawn, well, leave a comment.  Just leave a fucking comment. Because we like comments.

Now, here are all the dates and places for those of you who aren’t yawning.


9/21 Portland, OR @ Roseland
9/22 Vancouver, BC @ PNE Forum
9/24 Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Expo Centre
9/25 Regina, SK @ Agribition Hall
9/26 Calgary, AB @ Big 4
9/28 Winnipeg, MB @ Winnipeg Convention Centre
9/30 Omaha, NE @ Anchor Inn
10/1 Clive, IA @ 7 Flags
10/2 Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
10/3 St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
10/5 Louisville, KY @ Expo Five
10/8 Asbury Park, NJ @ Convention Hall
10/9 Lewiston, ME @ The Colisee
10/12 Halifax, NS @ Cunard Centre
10/14 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
10/15 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
10/16 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
10/20 New York City, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
10/22 Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
10/23 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/24 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
10/26 Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock
10/28 Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theater
10/29 Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete St. Amphitheater
10/30 Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre – Grand Prairie
10/31 Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Pavilion
11/2 Austin, TX @ Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater
11/3 Tulsa, OK @ Brady Center
11/5 Grand Rapids, MI @ DeltaPlex
11/7 Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
11/9 Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory
11/10 Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion
11/12 Wichita, KS @ Cotilion
11/13 Kansas City, KS @ Uptown Theater
11/14 Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium
11/16 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
11/18 Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre
11/20 San Francisco, CA @ Warfield


7/23 Lake Station, IN @ Lake Station Eagles Hall
7/24 Evansville, IN @ Boney Junes
7/25 Toledo, OH @ Headliners
7/26 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
7/27 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
7/28 Reading, PA @ The Silo
7/29 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft
7/30 Vineland, NJ @ Hangar 84
7/31 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium w/ Summer Slaughter
8/1 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
8/2 Fayetteville, NC @ The Rock Shop
8/3 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
8/5 Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
8/6 Orlando, FL @ H2O Live
8/7 Douglasville, GA @ The 7 Venue
8/8 Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre (Too Cool For School Blowout)
8/9 Tulsa, OK @ Marquee Theatre
8/10 Tyler, TX @ Knights of Columbus
8/12 Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
8/13 McAllen, TX @ Las Palmas Event Center
8/14 Austin, TX @ Emos
8/15 Wichita Falls, TX The Hanger
8/16 Amarillo, TX @ The War Legion
8/17 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
8/19 El Paso, TX @ Club 101
8/20 Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
8/21 Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse (Summerslam Fest)

  20 Responses to “TOURZ”

  1. I love you guys’ posts, so I’m going to leave a comment. 🙂 I don’t like COB, or much of the bands listed on those tours… poor me. In my opinion, Summer Slaughter seems to be the only tour (out of this list) that seems like it might be decent. I would’ve loved to go last year though…and all these “awesome” tours that came treading across North America in years past, I’ve missed them all ! Because I wasn’t into metal back then, but whatevs. But a couple of other dates you guys showed me, Enthroned, Legend, and Keep of Kalessin look very interesting..I wrote them down on a piece of napkin. lol Thanks. And I love the site, it’s very funny and informative especially since I don’t read other metal blogs regularly. Great post as always

    • Your wonderful comment made my day! Thank you for doing it! And I’m pretty much like you — there are some 3-4 band tours coming up over the summer and fall that get me much more excited than the “mega-tours”. Lots of them are listed on the NW METAL CALENDAR page that’s tabbed right below our banner — though it’s only got Seattle/NW dates on there.

  2. We in Florida feel your pain as well. Most of the tours I’ve wanted to see lately have completely skipped us as well, with the closest stops being SC! We know it’s hot here and (in the words of Toki Wartooth) it’s hard to play with sweaty hands, but give me a break. Suck it up and play where the fans are.

    • Skipping the bigger cities in Florida is even more inexplicable than skipping Seattle — there are a lot more people in in those places! But hey, at least we don’t live in South Dakota.

  3. A NEW CoB TOUR FUCKING A!!!!!! I was so excited I thought I might piss myself! And then I read further….and it felt like I got my nutsack launched into my throat.

    Oh fuck. They are stuck on THAT piece of crap?. That fucking sucks. Black Label Society??? Seriously? Clutch? Who the fuck is that? 2 Cents? Is this going to be some kind of fucked up rap-metal cross over tour? CoB deserves to be on a much better bill than this pile of horseshit.

    Between my job sucking ass the last couple of days, the disappointment of conference realignment in college football, and now this; I am ready to go into full blown riot mode.

    I know you guys are just the meesenger and I don’t mean to shoot you, but thanks for letting me vent.

    • Well, you’re only saying what I was thinking but decided not to say. If the tour were coming to Seattle, I would go to see COB, but I’m really not sure I’m up for a drive to Portland given the rest of this line-up. It’s definitely a strange combination of bands.

      • Yeah I am not going to drive an hour one way to watch this abortion that CoB got saddled with.

        Maybe after there new album comes out sometime next year they will come to Houston with a decent set of bands.

  4. Children of Bodom should play with Arsis. That would be so good.

  5. Nah, Zakk doesn’t walk on water. He walks on Budweiser. Wait, I guess he does walk on water…

    What is this “tour” thing you speak of? I vaguely remember going somewhere where one of these things stopped for a night many years ago, but it’s been so long…

    • Nice chirp on American beer, good thing Im a Canadian

      I dont really like Zakk Wylde or BLS. You hear one song, its like you’ve listened to them all.

      Those 2 fretboard fingers sure do get alot of work though… To bad they are the only ones.

      • You two need to arrange a stand-up act. Funny shit!

      • Heh, I’m American and I don’t care for most domestic beer anyway. Not much of a drinker anyway, although my time spent in Germany may have ruined my taste buds for what passes as beer here. Letting a friend make me drinks one night at a party probably didn’t help either, especially since I don’t know what all she was pouring and I wound up sick in the backyard. Fun times.

        That said, from one American to a Canadian, when it is time for a beer run, Labatt’s usually ends up going home with me. Sure, there’s other Canadian beer, but I stick with what I like.

        Now, back to the regularly scheduled discussion of metal…

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