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Iron Maiden Unveils 2018 “Legacy Of The Beast” European Tour Dates

We don’t often broadcast any European jaunts here on PiercingMetal.com but hey, this is Iron Maiden we are talking about so exceptions can be easily made. The band has recently unveiled their 2018 plans for Europe on a tour called “Legacy Of The Beast”. This will feature the guys in Killswitch Engage as direct support. Check out the poster and the dates if you are over on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Perhaps you feel like a road trip of some kind. Either way its great to find the band still pressing forward because many of our favorites have decided to retire or embark on “Farewell Tours” like Ozzy Osbourne lined out a few days ago. We shared that news on THIS LINK. You can check that out after you read about the Maiden tour though since this is their post after all.

The Tour Dates:
May 26: Saku Arena, Tallinn, ESTONIA *
May 28: Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, FINLAND
June 01: Tele2 Arena, Stockholm, SWEDEN *
June 03: Dahls Arena, Trondheim Rocks, NORWAY
June 05: Royal Arena, Copenhagen, DENMARK *
June 07: Sweden Rock Festival, Solvesborg, SWEDEN
June 09: Rockavaria, Königsplatz, Munich, GERMANY
June 10: Expo Plaza, Hannover, GERMANY *
June 13: Waldbuhne, Berlin, GERMANY *
June 16: Firenze Rocks, ITALY
June 17: Novarock Festival, Nickelsdorf, AUSTRIA
June 20: Letnany Airport, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC *
June 22: Graspop, Dessel, BELGIUM
June 24: Hellfest, Clisson, FRANCE
June 26: Geneva Arena, Geneva, SWITZERLAND *
June 28: Volt Festival, Sopron, HUNGARY
June 30: Messegelaende, Freiburg, GERMANY *
July 01: Gelredome, Arnhem, HOLLAND *
July 05: AccorsHotel Arena, Paris, FRANCE
July 09: San Siro Ippodromo, Milan, ITALY
July 10: Hallenstadion, Zurich, SWITZERLAND
July 13: Altice Arena, Lisbon, PORTUGAL
July 14: Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, Madrid, SPAIN
July 17: Piazza Dellà Unita D’Italia, Trieste, ITALY
July 20: Rockwave Festival, Athens, GREECE
July 22: Hills Of Rock, Plovdiv, BULGARIA
July 24: Zagreb arena, Zagreb, CROATIA
July 27: Tauron Arena, Krakow, POLAND
July 31: Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, ENGLAND *
August 02: SSE Arena, Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND *
August 04: Exhibition & Conference Centre, Aberdeen, SCOTLAND *
August 06: Manchester Arena, Manchester, ENGLAND *
August 07: Genting arena, Birmingham, ENGLAND *
August 10: O2 Arena, London, ENGLAND *

(No further countries will be added to this touring schedule).

Most shows go on-sale Friday 24th November. Pre-sales start Monday 20th November. We’ll keep you updated! *Special Guest will be Killswitch Engage

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’d love to have the means of jet-setting around the globe to see one of my favorite bands but alas reality…….it would be so cool to see the band in some of these places that I have always wanted to see and haven’t been to yet. Since the book is closed on the “Book Of Souls” touring, I’m of the mindset that this next go round will be one of those shows that is loaded with classics and very limited on new material. In the states those tours are the most well-received even if the band always sells out on their appearances. I think people over here just like to bitch on their Facebook about how disappointed they were in the set list. You know what I am talking about but hey, it’s Maidens show and they are allowed to deliver whatever they feel like delivering. I really enjoyed the “Book Of Souls” album and said so on THIS LINK if you have never seen our overview. The band will be releasing a live release from this tour very soon and the second issue of their first ever comic book should be hitting the stands as well. I still need to get my hands on a copy of that one. So what do you folks over on the other side of the water think about this tour? You can let me know down in the comments section below. I will be crossing my fingers that a North American run will be mapped out and revealed once 2018 gets underway. Until next time.

Official Websites:
Iron Maiden: http://www.ironmaiden.com
Killswitch Engage: http://www.killswitchengage.com

Anthrax & Killswitch Engage Will Unite For “KILLTHRAX” Tour 2017

A few days ago I mentioned how a lot of tours were being announced and that means not only the first go rounds but also the second leg returns of some bands. Since there are too many to avoid sharing with you readers here I am going to keep my intro words brief but still close out the releases as I deem fit. This news was pretty cool as both Anthrax and Killswitch Engage are heading out on a co-headlining run that they are calling “KILLTHRAX” – I love that branding, as it sounds like a Kaiju. Here we go.

ANTHRAX, L-R: Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, Scott Ian, Joey Belladonna, Jon Donais
Photo Credit: Ignacio Galvez

LOS ANGELES, CA (Wednesday, December 14, 2016) — Thrash legends Anthrax and Metalcore forefathers Killswitch Engage announce today that they will hit the road this Spring to co-headline a 27-date North American tour, presented by SiriusXM. The bands’ itinerary will also include an April 15 appearance at the Texas Independence Festival in Austin as well as each band headlining two solo shows separate from the double bill. With KSE and Anthrax rotating the closing slot over the course of the dates, the tour will hit the ground on March 29 in Montclair, NJ and then criss-cross the continent, wrapping up in Boston on May 7. The intense and dynamic The Devil Wears Prada will provide direct support on all dates. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, 12/16 at 10AM local time. Log on to www.anthrax.com – http://www.killswitchengage.com or www.tdwpband.com for all details regarding ticket purchasing and pre-sales.

KsE, L-R: Adam Dutkiewicz, Jesse Leach, Justin Foley, Joel Stroetzel, Mike D’Antonio
Photo Credit: Travis Shinn
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Killswitch Engage Announce “Incarnate NYC” Residency

I’ve already set aside today as a “get all these tour announcement posts done” day and I am just amazed as how many cool things are coming up for you fans of the Metal and Hard Rock here on our coast. As a tried and true resident of the Big Metal Apple I take great pride in our region and all the shows that we get to enjoy. That pride was brimming to overflow when I learned about the NYC Residency that was being planned by Killswitch Engage. Check out a healthy amount of the press copy and the poster below, then I’ll return to offer up some thoughts.

Tour - Killswitch Engage - NYC Residency 2016

The Press Release:


New York City better get ready, because a Massachusetts metal takeover is on the way. Killswitch Engage have booked a series of intimate NYC shows leading up to the March 11th release of their new album Incarnate. Spanning both Manhattan and Brooklyn, these five shows will all take place in venues the band has never played before. To make these shows even more special, for each night of their NYC residency, the band will be debuting a different new song from Incarnate in the set. Fans in attendance will be the first to hear the song live. The KsE NYC takeover, is sure to become the stuff of legends and something that is talked about for years to come.
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“Trespass America Tour 2012” Sampler by Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Trespass America Tour 2012” Sampler
Label: Prospect Park Music
Release Date: 7/17/2012
Genre: Groove Metal/Heavy Metal/Alt-Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

Having just caught the “Trespass America Tour” for 2012 I wanted to toss a few thoughts out about this free compilation sampler that gives fans a free idea of what they were in store for had they purchased a ticket. I also love the fact that it puts more free music in people’s collection and does so legally. The “Trespass” tour featured seven bands in full and from headliner to lead off band we found Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Pop Evil, Emmure, God Forbid and Battlecross all on the same stage. The lengthy affair spanned some hours but was a lot of fun to be a part of. Right off the bat the two provisions from Five Finger are solid but they are the only band to get two tracks. I was surprised to find these particular two instead of a tune like “Remember Everything” but I guess that one can earn them some money by remaining a purchasable tune. The rest of the bands are only featured once but it’s a nice way to get an idea of what their sound entails if you happen to be one of those fans who doesn’t have too much background on the whole roster that was presented on the tour. My own favorites fell to the Battlecross, God Forbid and Trivium tunes more than the ones by Pop Evil and Emmure. During the concert I felt that Pop Evil was the oddly placed Hard Rock band among the super heavy and Emmure I just didn’t enjoy at all since it reminded me of a Limp Bizkit kind of act and I very simply hate that angle at this point. No more Rap Metal please, it’s a past tense format that does not need to come back. The new Trivium tune sounds good to me as the band continues to improve their sound and mature with more interesting melodies.
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