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Presales begin Thursday, June 22 @ 10 AM LOCAL PW: F7AVATAR Public On Sale: Friday, June 23 @ 10 am LOCAL Today, Swedish heavy metal band Avatar announced they will be hitting the road this Fall for their Chimp Mosh Pit Tour featuring special guests Orbit Culture and The Native Howl. The 24-city tour kicks off on September 10 at Imperial Bell in Quebec, QC making stops in Grand Rapids, Nashville, Vancouver, and more before wrapping up in San Louis Obispo at Fremont Theater on October 8. The band recently wrapped their 2023 Dance Devil Dance Tour which kicked off in April in support of their latest album Dance Devil Dance which was released in February. The Dance Devil Dance Tour featured special guests Veil Of Maya and Orbit Culture. Dance Devil Dance was recently noted by Revolver (who put the band on the cover of its winter issue) as one of the top albums of 2023 so far. Elsewhere, the single "The Dirt I'm Buried In" is the highest charting radio single to date, currently perched at No. 12. As for Avatar's mission? They will save heavy metal. There are no weapons on this planet that can challenge the might of the electric guitar. For decades metal has been the most powerful force known to man. Its sonic teeth have gnawed through the status quo over and over, pushing the boundaries for what can be created in the marriage between blood and machine. If a Mount Rushmore were to be carved for all the titans of the genre, it would span the entire globe many times over. It's a burning beacon, the misfits and rebels.
As time has passed, much of the scene has become divided in two equally stale camps. The first is forever stuck in the past, no longer seeking to lead. The second are those who have forgotten the most important ingredients to what made metal what it was and must remain. They've lost touch with the devil. They've forgotten how to move. In a genre best experienced with your whole body, they've lost the lust.
We grew up together. John and Jonas started the band when they were just 15 and 14 years old. Johannes joined at the age of 16, as did Henrik and finally Simon, who left to be replaced by Tim, a longtime friend of ours, in 2012. While constantly redefining what we do and why we do it, we are among a select few who have remained a true band of brothers. Metal has been our key to the kingdom, our way to see the world. Self-financing our debut when we were between 18 and 19, we have never waited for anyone’s approval or permission. With DANCE DEVIL DANCE we are adamant to give something back for all we've received. DANCE DEVIL DANCE was recorded in the Swedish wilderness, far away from all the perceived glamour of the big city and modern studios. Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Mr. Bungle, Crobot, Stone Sour, Amon Amarth, Uriah Heep etc.) returned as producer. He first worked with us when he mixed Hail the Apocalypse, a role he reprised on Feathers & Flesh before taking the wheel as a producer on Avatar Country and Hunter Gatherer. No extra personnel were wanted nor needed. We stayed together for a month, eating, sleeping and breathing DANCE DEVIL DANCE, just the six of us.
"You always hear bands say, 'This is our best album yet.' This is our best album yet. It is Avatar at our most laser-focused, at our most razor-sharp. There's no BS, no extra fat. Every track is a weapon and has a purpose. It's all in the title, as this album is our angriest, horniest and most spiritual release, all at once. It's a must-hear," the band says.
We are a metal circus. The road is our home. DANCE DEVIL DANCE mirrors all the madness of this world and worlds beyond. It’s celebration of the ugly and a challenge in the face of all things deemed beautiful. Metal should make you move. Metal is music for the body. We don’t know when it happened but it seems that at some point recently, most of the world decided that this music was best enjoyed sitting down. This is a great tragedy and it must be rectified. Why have drums, why have bass, if people don’t move their feet?
And feet will move indeed. Our music was always made for the stage first, as anyone can attest to, whether it's as an opening band for greats such as Iron Maiden or Slipknot, or playing the major stages on Wacken, Hellfest, Download, Rock on the Range, Poland Rock, and many more, or bringing the entire freakshow with us, headlining night after night. From coast to coast across the United States of America and Canada. From Mexico down all the way to Brazil; all over Europe, north, south, east and west. The whole world is our stage and you better get ready, because when we begin you will all be the Devil's playthings.
Johannes Eckerström — Vocals
John Alfredsson — Drums
Jonas Jarlsby — Guitar
Henrik Sandelin — Bass
Tim Öhrström — Guitar
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