May 222015


Over time I’ve come to enjoy tours that mix and match, that cross genres and by doing so introduce Band Y to fans who come to see Band X. Of course, there’s also a risk in this strategy, especially if what you’re mixing are all well-known bands, and the fans of some wouldn’t be caught dead in the presence of the others. I’m thinking there might be some of that risk in this year’s edition of the SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR.

Arch Enemy has been announced as the headliner — and bear in mind, this is Arch Enemy with Jeff Loomis in the line-up. Obscura are on this tour, too, along with Cattle Decapitation and Beyond Creation. And then these bands are also on the line-up:

Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, The Acacia Strain, and After the Burial.

I don’t know. What do you think about this line-up? Would you pay for it? It’s a hypothetical question for me, because the tour is again skipping Seattle. Here’s the schedule so far (more dates will be added):

July 28, 2015 – The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
July 30, 2015 – Val Air Ballroom – Des Moines, IA
July 31, 2015 – Skyway Theater – Minneapolis, MN
Aug. 1, 2015 – Mojoes – Joliet, IL
Aug. 2, 2015 – The Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
Aug. 3, 2015 – The Northland Performing Arts Center – Columbus, OH
Aug. 5, 2015 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
Aug. 7, 2015 – Heavy MTL – Montreal, QC
Aug. 8, 2015 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Aug. 9, 2015 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
Aug. 12, 2015 – Webster Hall – New York, NY w/ The All Stars Tour
Aug. 13, 2015 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
Aug. 15, 2015 – The International – Knoxville, TN
Aug. 17, 2015 – Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX
Aug. 18, 2015 – Empire Control Room & Garage – Austin, TX
Aug. 20, 2015 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
Aug. 21, 2015 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
Aug. 22, 2015 – City National Grove Of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA
Aug. 23, 2015 – The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA


  1. Summer Slaughter is something I was excited about when the concept of this tour first started. I had hope that there would be consistent lineups of death metal, now I understand that variety is good especially for tours; but when the “variety” comes in the form of a rotating cast of Sumeriancore band(The Faceless at least according to wikipedia hold the most SS appearances having been on the tour 9 times) or the occasional prog band like Periphery or Between the Buried & ME, my money is spent elsewhere.

    The main year I was able to attend and gladly paid was 2010 specifically to see the return of Decapitated. Since then, it’s been lackluster and that is definitely the case with this year. It’s nice to see Beyond Creation & Obscura being take part in a bigger run like this, but the deathcore/Sumerian shit needs to just be silenced for at least one year and I really don’t see why Arch Enemy is headlining beyond being the most “mainstream” band in this lineup.

  2. I’ll go to this, since it’s not like San Diego is gonna get much else this summer (only other things that seem remotely doable for me, still below drinking age, are this, BTBAM, Mayhem, and Steel Panther), but it’s a tought decision as to whether I leave after Obscura, or eat the fact that I already paid for a ticket, take a nap somewhere for the next three bands, and then catch Arch Enemy.

  3. Best I can hope for is in off date in Sacramento at the end of that tour for a couple of those bands. What a weird divide on this tour though – its like three separate scenes crashed into one. The crowds must be interesting to watch on this.

  4. No Pacific Northwest dates 🙁

    I would go to this if there were. Mostly for Obscura and Cattle Decapitation, but I also like The Acacia Strain and After The Burial pretty well, and deathcore is fun live, no matter what anyone says. But sadly, no choice in the matter.

  5. Dammit, another cool lineup for a summer festival i can’t go to. 😛

  6. Haha…the way you announce the facts about it hints EXACTLY my feelings about it without even saying it directly. And yeah…I’m thinking about it…but…

    • Even with my misgivings, if it were coming to Seattle, I would go. But it’s not…

      • Well…it’s coming to Dallas, 2 hours from me…and I really wanna see Cattle Decapitation (I missed them when they came near me last time)…but I still dunno. I’m kinda just waiting for the right show since I hate going out. I’m a recluse. XD

  7. I’d go to this… given it was coming to Seattle, and also given that it was on a night I didn’t have to take off work. Might even stay for Arch Enemy for at least a few songs.

    That being said, I know a hand full of Cattle Decapitation fans who definitely wouldn’t turn out to this on principle alone.

  8. Even if this did have a Seattle date, I wouldn’t be going. There are far better shows I can put my money toward. Like Metal Alliance, for example. Plus I just blew through most of my entertainment budget heading down to Portland for Black Circle Fest 6(66), which was phenomenal.

  9. I’d go, but then again I really like most of the bands on the bill. And I highly doubt that they’re actually going to skip the entire PNW. Portland/Seattle/Vancouver are no small market for metal.

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