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This Just In: Insomnium Announces Tour Replacement For Niilo Sevanen

Logo - Insomnium

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but this came through the email a little while ago and I wanted to toss it up online for any of you that are planning on hitting this sure to be thunderous event. Please scroll down for the Official Press Statement from Finnish Metal Doomsters, Insomnium.

Tour - Insomnium - Summer 2015

Set to kick off their headlining North American tour this week, Finnish melodic death metallers INSOMNIUM have announced a live replacement for vocalist/bassist Niilo Sevanen. The band comments:

“Dear fans, Last Saturday we got unexpected phone call while driving to Gothoom Festival in Slovakia. Unfortunately, serious illness had taken place in Niilo’s close family. We all felt devastated but somehow we were still able to pull through the show. However, due to these unpredicted circumstances, there was no way Niilo could have been able to leave his family behind and attend the upcoming US tour. Family is the most important thing and always comes first.

We were left with two equally bad options. To cancel the tour altogether or to go and try to find replacement for Niilo in couple of days notice. We had already invested considerable amount of money on this tour and whole tour personnel had made commitments to take time off from other work to do this tour. At the same time we felt really bad about thinking about financial side of things while one of our best friends was going through terrible family tragedy. After series of emergency meetings we decided to go and look if there would be anyone that could help us out. All things considered, 50% original line up would be better than no line up at all. We also did not want to let down all the people who had already bought the tickets. Most importantly, we did not want to give up.
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King Diamond Unveils “Abigail” Fall Tour 2015

The Mayhem Fest has ended and after some seriously tumultuous commentaries across its run, the one constant was about how great King Diamond was as the second to last performing act. I saw the regional show last weekend and can attest to just how amazing King was sounding. It’s as if he went back in time and a younger self had taken his place or some sinister forces have been spoken to in dark places and given him renewed vigor and stage power in exchange for a few of your paltry souls. With the festival over, it was great to learn that King Diamond would be getting back on the touring circuit in a few short months and delivering one of his most important albums as a solo artst. The one and only “Abigail”. I’ve copied the press release and tour dates for you below along with the poster and then we can discuss it a little bit.

Tour - King Diamond - Fall 2015
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Symphony X & Overkill Announce Co-Headlining Fall Tour

Metalheads will be spinning like tops at the news about the titanic team-up of Heavy Metal superpowers Symphony X and Overkill who have just announced a co-headlining run and without any further adieu please find the poster, official statement and dates along with some added opinion below.

Tour - Symphony X Overkill - Fall 2015

The Press Copy:
World Entertainment and Symphony X are pleased to announce a 2015 tour with fellow New Jersey band Overkill!! The 24-date OVERKILL / SYMPHONY X co-headlining trek launches at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts on September 18th, hits four Canadian cities, then wraps up with a very special night at Terminal 5 in New York City on October 17th : the first time in the bands’ combined histories that they’ll play a show together in their own backyard. Advanced tickets for the confirmed tour dates below are on sale exclusively at EnterTheVault.com until April 15 when they go on sale everywhere . VIP packages include a Meet & Greet session with both bands & an exclusive poster. [SymX headline dates are marked with **]
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Judas Priest Announces North American Tour For 2015

Rejoice you Metal Faithful because the legendary Judas Priest has decided to honor our region with a return visit that will find Mastodon supporting the run. Do you deserve such a great thing to happen, well of course not because so many of you have not been hitting the smaller shows that are happening everywhere and as result the up and coming acts are struggling to make a difference. That said you are still getting a solid dose of The Priest as they continue their “Redeemer Of Souls” tour. I’ve copied “The Official Press” release and dates for you below and then I will return with some thoughts.

Tour - Judas Priest - NA 2015

The Press Release:
Due to the overwhelming success of Judas Priest’s 17th studio effort overall, ‘Redeemer of Souls’ (which became the highest-charting album of their career, when it debuted on the Billboard 200 charts at #6), the band has announced a fall tour, which will hit the U.S. and Canada, from October 16th through November 12th. Supporting Priest on the U.S. dates and the Halifax engagement will be one of modern metal’s top bands, Mastodon.
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Red Fang Announces A Fall Headlining Tour For 2015

The guys in Red Fang have just announced their US headlining tour and that should be some welcome news to any of the bands existing fans as well as a wake up call for those of you who are standing on the sidelines waiting for the next big thing to happen in Metal. Let’s check out the poster below along with the press statement and then I will line out some thoughts. Go.

Tour - Red Fang - Fall 2015

The Press Release:
Portland, OR hard rockers RED FANG have announced a headlining US tour this October with support from Whores and Wild Throne. The Revolver Magazine sponsored tour comes on the heels of the band’s recent European and Australian tours and includes appearances at Slipknot’s Knotfest and Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival. This tour will mark the last shows the band performs this year before heading into the studio to begin recording their new full-length next year. A complete listing of dates is available below. The band commented on the upcoming run:
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