After a bloody successful maiden voyage in 2012, Decibel Magazine is doubling down on veteran star power for our second annual national tour. This spring, the plague spreads as we bring you three living legends of death metal and grindcore: preeminent gore institution Cannibal Corpse; rabble-rousing U.K. grind icons Napalm Death, and NYDM stalwarts Immolation. While occultism permeated last spring's inaugural dB tour-featuring exclusively European headliners in Behemoth, Watain, the Devil's Blood and In Solitude-we looked (mostly) to North America for this year's unholy assemblage. Three of our favorite underground powerhouses will take on this year's rotating opening slot: demented Bay Area death-grinders Cretin, Canadian tech-prog upstarts Beyond Creation and Beltway grind/powerviolence crushers Magrudergrind. And the time is ripe to see the new bleed into the old: three of the six artists performing are expected to have new records detonating during the tour.
Kicking off in May, this year's gauntlet will last a full week longer than its 2012 counterpart, spanning over 30 North American dates. Presented by Metal Blade, Indiemerchstore.com, Nuclear Blast, Lace Pickups, Century Media and Season of Mist, the 2013 Decibel Magazine Tour will bring together the kind of globally-renowned, boundary-pushing innovators that have made it possible for our magazine to continue thriving for over 100 issues. Coming off a tour noted for Behemoth frontman Nergal's triumphant return to the States following his battle with leukemia -- which culminated in an explosive sold-out closing gig in New York City -- we had no choice but to go bigger and even more badass.
"We're psyched to be headlining this year's Decibel Magazine Tour along with Immolation and Napalm Death," says Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster. "This is a lineup of bands that have been a consistent part of the death/grind scene for decades, and we're proud to be a part of it. It will be a legendary night for extreme music."
"Do you remember the Blue Grape Merchandise catalog?" asks Decibel Editor in Chief Albert Mudrian. "How about the Hard N' Heavy Grindcore Video Special? Or purchasing CDs in longboxes? Then this year's Decibel Magazine Tour was assembled for you. See you on the campaign trail for musical destruction."
"We are really excited to be getting back to the States!" enthuses Napalm Death bassist Shane Embury. "We are fired up to be sharing the stage with Immolation and Cannibal Corpse-great friends of ours from way back, and awesome bands! Also, finally, for us it's brilliant that this is a Decibel tour, a magazine that's shown us great support over the years. That makes it an honor for us to be part of this package, and something very close to our hearts. It's going to be a fun tour for sure! Oh yeah, I almost forgot: Totally chuffed, too, that Albert's agreed to do some backing vocals on 'The Kill' with us! Yes, come on!"
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2013 DECIBEL MAGAZINE TOUR DATES May 10 / Houston, TX / Fitzgerald's May 11 / Dallas, TX / Trees May 12 / San Antonio, TX / Backstage Live May 14 / Tucson, AZ / The Rock May 15 / Ramona, CA / Ramona Mainstage May 16 / Santa Ana, CA / The Observatory May 17 / Oakland, CA / Oakland Metro May 18 / Portland, OR / Wonder Ballroom May 19 / Seattle, WA / El Corazon May 21 / Vancouver, BC / Commodore Ballroom May 22 / Calgary, AB / MacEwan Ballroom May 23 / Edmonton, AB / Starlight Room May 24 / Regina, SK / Riddell Centre May 25 / Winnipeg, MB / The Garrick May 26 / Minneapolis, MN / Mill City Nights May 28 / Chicago, IL / Bottom Lounge May 29 / Detroit, MI / Harpos May 30 / Buffalo, NY / Town Ballroom May 31 / Toronto, ON / The Phoenix Jun 01 / Montreal, QC / Club Soda Jun 02 / Boston, MA / Royale Jun 04 / New Haven, CT / Toad's Place Jun 05 / Brooklyn, NY / Music Hall of Williamsburg Jun 06 / Philadelphia, PA / Union Transfer Jun 07 / Cleveland, OH / Peabodys Jun 09 / St. Louis, MO / Pops Jun 11 / Atlanta, GA / Masquerade Jun 12 / Orlando, FL / Beacham