Amorphis Lines Out 2017 North American Return With Swallow The Sun

The concert tour announcements never seem to stop do they? Oh I’m not complaining at all because there is nothing I like more than checking out a Metal show with some friends. With that being said, this recent announcement by the mighty Amorphis was welcome news. Add to this the inclusion of Swallow The Sun and I say “sign me up”. Check out the press release below and I’ll return with some thoughts at the close.

The Press Release:
The masters of melancholic progressive metal, AMORPHIS, will return to North America next March/April for a long overdue headlining tour. Support will come from fellow Fin’s and melodic doom/death merchants SWALLOW THE SUN. The band will also appear on select dates with thrash legends OVERKILL and Egyptian themed technical death metal champions NILE.

“It’s been a long time since we toured in North America and Canada,” comments guitarist Esa Holopainen. “To be honest, way too long and at some point we thought we might never be back. In show business, things are not that simple and no matter how much AMORPHIS would like to tour, or play shows in different territories, usually it just doesn’t make sense.

‘Now it makes sense and we really wanted to make this to happen, after receiving so much positive feedback from US fans. As it has been quite a while since the US and Canadian fans have seen us, we will cover a lot of material from the latest AMORPHIS albums as well as play classics from Tales From The Thousand Lakes and Elegy, which were groundbreaking albums to us and many fans.

“It’s a great pleasure to have our country fellows SWALLOW THE SUN to join the tour as well. A great band. So there’s plenty of Finnish melancholy on stage and not that many major chords are going to be played. Still we arrive with happy hearts and will rock across US like never before. Shine on brothers and sisters!”

03/06: Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
03/07: Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
03/08: Washington, DC – Howard Theatre
03/09: Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
03/10: Providence, RI – Firehouse 13

03/12: Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
03/14: New York CIty, NY – Stage 48
03/15: Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
03/16: Quebec City, QUE – Le Cercle
03/17: Montreal, QUE – FouFounes
03/18: Toronto, ONT – MOD Club
03/19: Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
03/21: Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
03/22: Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
03/23: Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub and Billiards
03/24: Westland, MI – Token Lounge
03/25: Cudahy, WI – The Metal Grill
03/26: Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
03/28: Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
03/29: Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
03/30: Regina, SK – The Exchange
03/31: Edmonton, AL – Starlite Room
04/01: Calgary, AL – Dickens
04/02: Kelowna, BC – Level
04/03: Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
04/04: Seattle, WA – El Corazon
04/07: West Hollywood, CA – Whiskey a Go Go
04/08: Anaheim, CA – City National Grove
04/09: Tempe, AZ – Club Red
04/11: Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
04/12: Merriam, KS – Aftershock
04/14: Dallas, TX – Trees
04/15: SanAntonio, TX – Fitzgeralds
04/16: Houston, TX – Scout Bar
04/17: New Orleans, LA – Southport Hall
04/18: Tampa, FL – Orpheum
04/19: Orlando, FL – The Haven
04/20: Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
04/21: Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
04/23: Amityville, NY – Revolution Bar and Music Hall

AMORPHIS were featured on the cover of a recent issue of Decibel Magazine alongside fellow countrymen CHILDREN OF BODOM and SWALLOW THE SUN. AMORPHIS released their most recent album, Under The Red Cloud, to a myriad of celebratory reviews and impressive chart positions worldwide. The album was produced by the renowned Jens Bogren (OPETH, SOILWORK, AMON AMARTH) and artwork was created by the extraordinary Valnoir Mortasonge (LAIBACH, PARADISE LOST, WATAIN, BEHEMOTH). Under The Red Cloud also includes special guest appearances from Chrigel Glanzmann (ELUVEITIE), Martin Lopez (ex-OPETH) and Aleah Stanbridge (TREES OF ETERNITY).

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: According to my records, its been almost nine years since Amorphis has been to our neck of the woods and I am going to do my best to be there supporting the show. They are such a powerful band in the live sense and their music is resounding. I’m also a fan of the crushing sounds of Swallow The Sun and must strongly suggest that if you are heading to this show that you don’t miss their set either. March seems like a forever bit away and in some sense it is based on just how fast our world is moving. Don’t lose your love of following the music while all of this political turmoil is going on. So what do you think of this new pairing of Finnish Metal greatness? I look forward to hearing your thoughts down in the comments below.

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