Tonight, the official line-up of this year’s SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR was announced. Well, there’s actually one slot yet to be filled. More about that in a minute. But first, here’s the line-up except for that one slot:
The Black Dahlia Murder
Six Feet Under
As Blood Runs Black
Powerglove is also listed for a “special half time show”, whatever that means. I am going. Definitely. I don’t love all these bands equally, but I would pay money to see every one of them — but most especially Darkest Hour, Dying Fetus, and . . . Fleshgod Apocalypse! Kinda blows my mind that the almighty FA is down at the bottom of the bill, so small you can barely see them. Fuck that shit! Anyway, I don’t yet know the dates and places for the tour. That info won’t be released until April 20. Motherfuckers better be comin’ to Seattle, that’s all I have to say.
Back to that one unfilled slot. The tour organizers have left that slot open on purpose. They’ve put together a list of 10 bands and they’re asking fans to vote on which one should fill the last slot as the opening act. The list of candidates and how to vote are after the jump.
So, yep, that’s the list. And if you want to vote, here’s where you go to do that.
That is a tough fuckin’ choice. One thing that’s very cool, at least for me, is that Seattle’s 7 Horns 7 Eyes is on that list — and on top of that, they just announced their signing with Century Media today. A sweet day for the home boys.
Soon as we get the tour dates and venues, we’ll let you know.
I’m not sure how I feel about the lineup – I have some strong feelings in both directions about the bands on that list. Upon further reflection though, I suppose that’s how all of these summer mega-shows are, and I really can’t complain about TBDM and Darkest Hour in one place.
As for the opening spot, voting is gonna be tough. I mean The Contortionist seems like a pretty obvious pick (personally) and probably would mesh well with the crowd that is already going. But then I started thinking that Revocation would be perfect for rounding out the overall package (which appears to be pretty deathcore heavy). Oh well, there are a lot of winners there.
Also, did anyone else notice that last year was basically Sumerian-fest and this year there is not a single Sumerian band on there (probably due to the change in sponsorship)? This makes me feel like Thrash and Burn could benefit (but it could also suck, as it did a lot last year – Asking Alexandria headlining, really?) And continuing my mini-rant, I STILL can’t get over how they are signed to Sumerian next to bands like The Faceless and Veil of Maya.
I’m kinda’ havin’ a self-conflict with the tour too. If I go, I’m going for Six Feet Under, Dying Fetus, and Fleshgod Apocalypse. I don’t have any negative things to say about TBDM, and Whitechapel is kinda’ “Meh” since I grew out of them, but I may watch them anyway. The other bands though, I don’t really listen to or want to listen to cuz of the deathcore breakdowns. For some reason I like death metal breakdowns more. I don’t know why, cuz when it comes down to it, there’s really no difference. Oh and why are Six Feet Under and Dying Fetus touring UNDER Whitechapel? I mean I know their more popular, but you wouldn’t even have Whitechapel without SIx Feet Under and Dying Fetus…
Last year’s Thrash and Burn was indeed a disappointment, and it used to be more solid. I haven’t found any news/leaks about what it will look like this year. The bands on the ballot for the fill-in slot are stylistically pretty diverse. Revocation would definitely increase the diversity of the bill. So would one of the three techy-deathy bands on there (Augury, Neuraxis, and Rings of Saturn). As would Dawn of Ashes or 7 Horns 7 Eyes. But, to be realistic, this will be decided by the size and fanaticism of the fan bases for each band, and I would guess all those bands will be at a disadvantage compared to some of the others. Since it looks like voting is being done by Facebook comments, it should at least be difficult for people to cast their votes more than once.
On behalf of my entire coutnry I would like to apologise for “Asking Alexandria”. The deployment of this virulent biological weapon was initially intended solely to affect Canada in retaliation for their criminal use of the Celine Dion weapon against innocent civilians the world over.
Unfortunately our top bio-audio scientists were unable to predict how virulent this weaponised strain of bullshit would become and did not have a containment plan in place to prevent further infection of the continental United States.
Rest assured however that we are working on both a vaccine and an antidote in the hopes of quickly wiping this plague from the face of the earth.
With all due respect, why can’t the 10 opener possible bands BE the tour?
I will not go see this. All the bands on it I like with the exception of SFU, I have seen before.
That is, unless Islander gets me some passes eh? eh?
Just kidding, I don’t wanna see this bullshit. I just wanna see Agalloch again.
REVOCATION!!!!! If they open, the bands I don’t care for much (boo Darkest Hour, I know, I know, how could I) will simply become a small thorn in my side. Unfortunately, I’m not a member of Facebook, so anyone with an account that doesn’t care about the tour OR agrees with my desire for the opening band, please vote Revocation for me!