Whitechapel To Tour Spring 2017 For Metal Blade Records 35th Anniversary

I’ve already stressed how with the holidays rapidly approaching that the scores of 2017 concert tours were being announced and this was proving to be the start of a very active day in terms of announcements. It seems that Whitechapel will be heading out on the road in the Spring to help celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Metal Blade Records. They will be joined by a host of other label acts so check out the poster and full press release below. I’ll return with some closing thoughts at the end.

The Press Release:
To commemorate Metal Blade Records’ 35th anniversary in 2017, four bands from the label’s much-celebrated roster will come together for a special USA tour this March: Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, and Allegaeon. See below for all dates!

The Tour Dates:
Feb. 22 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
Feb. 23 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Feb. 24 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
Feb. 25 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
Feb. 26 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
Feb. 28 – St. Andrew’s Hall – Detroit, MI
Mar. 1 – Deluxe @ Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
Mar. 2 – Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
Mar. 3 – Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
Mar. 4 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Mar. 8 – Belasco Theater – Los Angeles, CA
Mar. 9 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
Mar. 10 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
Mar. 11 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Mar. 14 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
Mar. 15 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
Mar. 16 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA

After headlining the Impericon “Never Say Die!” European tour with Thy Art Is Murder, Carnifex, Fallujah, and more last month, Whitechapel is ready to head out on the road again, in support of their new album, Mark of the Blade. Hailed as “an exciting milestone” (AltPress.com), Mark of the Blade sees Whitechapel redefine who they are and what they are capable of with 11 tracks that leave a distinct impression on every listener. To view the crushing, emotional video for “Bring Me Home” – and to purchase the record in various formats – please visit: metalblade.com/whitechapel

Cattle Decapitation recently joined forces with Brujeria for a USA tour in support of their most recent full-length, 2015’s The Anthropocene Extinction. As the most sonically and thematically engrossing record of Cattle Decapitation’s maniacal discography, The Anthropocene Extinction was named one of the best albums of the year by Loudwire.com, MetalSucks.net, MetalInjection.net, among many others. To preview and purchase the acclaimed The Anthropocene Extinction, please visit: metalblade.com/cattledecapitation

Currently on the road with Crowbar after a crushing Ozzfest performance, Goatwhore are currently finishing up work on their seventh full-length, which was recorded and is being mixed entirely in analog format. Their previous record, Constricting Rage Of The Merciless (2014), was dubbed their most “varied record to date, as well as their strongest” (Pitchfork.com) and “unrelentingly pummeling and brutally oppressive” (PopMatters.com). Constricting Rage Of The Merciless can be previewed and purchased at: metalblade.com/goatwhore

Since the release of their new album, Proponent for Sentience, this past September, Allegaeon has shared the stage with the likes of Black Sabbath, Disturbed, Megadeth and more at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, as well as joined label-mates Battlecross and Necromancing the Stone for the annual “Winter Warriors Tour”. To preview and purchase Proponent for Sentience – a musically complex, intelligent, and absorbing concept album – please visit: metalblade.com/allegaeon

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I don’t have a lot of time today to offer up too much insight since all of the year end to do list stuff is heavy on my creative plate at the moment and there other concert posts to address as well. That said this sure should be an incredible show in honor of a record label that has never strayed from the true path of bringing Metal to the masses. Wow 35 years of Metal Blade Records. Kudos to Brian Slagel on a job well done. I’m hoping to be a part of this tour when it hits our region with the Irving Plaza date and if we go you will see a lot of photos and narratives right here. Whitechapel is a powerful live band for sure and if you have not yet seen Goatwhore in action well you should. The other two I haven’t really followed to be honest but there is no time like the present. What do you readers think of this new tour? Let me know in the comments section below.

Official Websites:
Whitechapel – http://www.whitechapelband.com
Cattle Decapitation – http://www.facebook.com/cattledecapitation
Goatwhore – http://www.facebook.com/thegoat666
Allegaeon – http://www.facebook.com/allegaeon

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