Metal Fans can wipe away the Tuesday Blues (is there even such a thing) thanks to the announcement that Soulfly and Nile made earlier this morning. Yes you guessed it, the pair of Metal powerhouses will unite for a co-headlining tour. Check out the poster and official Press Copy below. I’ll close us out with some editorial afterwards.
The Press Release:
Metal icons SOULFLY and Egyptian themed technical death metal champions and label mates NILE are proud to announce their 2018 From The Amazon To The Nile co-headlining U.S. tour! The 35-date trek kicks off at Diamond Pub and Billiards in Louisville on April 26th and will make stops in Atlanta, Cleveland, and West Hollywood before ending on May 24th in Houston, Texas.
SOULFLY guitarist/vocalist Max Cavalera states, “From the Amazon to the Nile, it’s gonna rage!”
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring NILE fans in the States a last round of touring supporting the “What Should Not be Unearthed album”, comments NILE founding member KARL SANDERS. “Teaming up with SOULFLY is going to make for a killer package sure to please Metal Fans.
‘2018’ coincidentally also happens to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka release, so we are likely going to playing some not-heard-in-years material from that classic recording as well as fan favorites from our entire catalog ,and of course tracks from our latest release, What Should Not be Unearthed. Metal will Take Place!”
SOULFLY’s latest album, Archangel features a slew of guests including Todd Jones (NAILS), Matt Young (KING PARROT), Richie Cavalera (INCITE), Igor Cavalera (LO DY KONG), and Anahid (M.O.P.). Watch the lyric video for “Soomites” (https://youtu.be/2Zj4bhARfWw) on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel.
NILE is touring in support of their latest release What Should Not Be Unearthed. Watch the official lyric video for “Evil To Cast Out Evil” on the Nuclear Blast Youtube Channel (http://nuclearblastusa.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=60d61e0aa47e63f008f382a67&id=b64bc20aee&e=bfc71038fd) .
Tickets for the tour are now on sale at Enterthevault.com (http://nuclearblastusa.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=60d61e0aa47e63f008f382a67&id=c38e9f74bf&e=bfc71038fd) . All other outlets will have the tickets available for purchase on Friday, November 17 at 10 a.m. local time.
The Tour Dates:
04/17/2018: Diamond Pub and Billiards – Louisville, KY
04/18/2018: Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
04/19/2018: The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
04/21/2018: The Chance- Poughkeepsie, NY
04/22/2018: Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
04/24/2018: The Firmament – Greenville, SC
04/25/2018: Orpheum – Tampa, FL
04/26/2018: Kelsey Theater -West Palm Beach, FL
04/27/2018: The Masquerade -Atlanta, GA
04/28/2018: The International – Knoxville, TN
04/29/2018: The Muse – Wilmington, NC
05/01/2018: Diesel Nightclub – Pittsburgh, PA
05/02/2018: Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
05/03/2018: Token Lounge – Westland, MI
05/04/2018: Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
05/05/2018: Oddbody’s – Dayton – OH
05/06/2018: The Forge – Joliet, IL
05/07/2018: Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI
05/08/2018: The Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
05/09/2018: Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
05/10/2018: Hermans Hideaway – Denver CO
05/11/2018: Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT
05/12/2018: Diamondz Event Center – Jerome, ID
05/13/2018: Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
05/14/2018: Hawthorne Theatre – Portland. OR
05/16/2018: The UC Theatre – Berkeley, CA
05/17/2018: Whiskey a Go Go – West Hollywood, CA
05/18/2018: City National Grove – Anaheim, CA
05/19/2018: Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
05/20/2018: El Rey Theater – Albuquerque, NM
05/22/2018: Trees – Dallas, TX
05/23/2018: Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
05/24/2018: White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
The unquenchable fire of inspiration consuming Max Cavalera has blessed the world with arguably the most prolific lifelong achievements in urgent, primal, gut-wrenching, and unapologetically transcendental extreme metal. To commune with the dark muse of heavy music’s shamanistic tribal leader is to envelop oneself inside some sort of post-modern sweat lodge. Brutal riffs, trippy esoteric summoning, unrelenting percussiveness, and diverse world music: whatever Max Cavalera hammers out on his four-string signature ESP, it always sets souls free.
Cavalera is an eternal innovator and also heavy metal’s most efficient sponge, soaking up all of the genre’s historical strengths and cutting edge modern interpretations and reshaping them to deliver something unmistakably, singularly his own. »Archangel« invokes Old Testament fire-and-brimstone and New Testament crucifixion/resurrection with an equal devotion, study and musical pilgrimage into the rich history of the magic-obsessed and supernaturally instinctual meditations of pre-civilized people. This is all woven together into a tapestry brimming with death metal as punishingly pulverizing as BEHEMOTH and BELPHEGOR and fierce as vintage SLAYER.
Between his work with SOULFLY, KILLER BE KILLED, NAILBOMB, and SEPULTURA, Cavalera has worked with nearly every A-list rock producer on the planet and Archangel is no exception: Matt Hyde (SLAYER, CHILDREN OF BODOM) helped craft SOULFLY’s most daring, exciting, and creative record yet. Fittingly for such a monumental band’s tenth full-length release, Archangel is adorned with a brilliant cover image from Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, ICED EARTH, SODOM), a neo-classical/post-modern mishmash of Biblical triumph and talismans of SOULFLY’s past, present, and future.
Like all innovative heroes from any musical genre, SOULFLY crafts anthems for the people. SOULFLY’s tenth studio album is both a celebration of Max Cavalera’s continuing legacy and a brand new masterwork to champion in clubs, theaters, and festival stages across the globe. SOULFLY songs like ‘Back To The Primitive,’ ‘Prophecy,’ and ‘Eye For An Eye’ have become every bit as important to the metal community as ‘Refuse/Resist’ or ‘Territory.’
Bursting forth with the perspective, hunger, energy, and determination that can only be forged by three decades as a heavy metal community organizer and champion, »Archangel« is yet another brutal, vibrant, extreme, uplifting, and unashamedly spiritual entry into the SOULFLY canon.
The gentlemen of SOULFLY are: Max Cavalera | Vocals and Rhythm Guitar, Marc Rizzo | Lead Guitar, Mike Leon | Bass Guitar, Zyon Cavalera | Drums
ABOUT NILE: Founded by Karl Sanders (guitars, vocals), Chief Spires (bass, vocals) and Pete Hammoura (drums) in 1993, NILE released their first EP Festivals Of Atonement (1995) through their own label, Anubis Records. The band’s second EP Ramses Bringer Of War was released via Visceral Productions. Dallas Toler-Wade (guitars) joined the band in time to support the release of their first album Amongst The Catacombs Of Nephren-Ka (1996), with NILE touring the US as support of the famous MORBID ANGEL, and Europe as support for VADER and SIX FEET UNDER. The debut was followed up by two other blasting records – Black Seeds Of Vengeance (2000) and In Their Darkened Shrines (2002). Drummer George Kollias joined the band in 2004, becoming the 4th legendary drummer to occupy the drum throne of NILE. Several long months of intense songwriting and pre-production by the band culminated in the release of their paramount album Annihilation of The Wicked (2005). NILE’s continuing success led the band to signing with Nuclear Blast; releasing NILE’s NB label debut finally in 2007, called Ithyphallic. A two-month long blitzkrieg tour as support on Ozzfest in the USA brought the band to the attention of a much wider, diverse audience; gaining new NILE fans across a wide demographic and expanding the band into new touring opportunities worldwide.
On August 28th unleashed their eighth bone-crushing masterpiece to the masses now – What Should Not Be Unearthed.via Nuclear Blast Records. In February 2017, the band was gearing up for their U.S. trek with label mates OVERKILL when they announced the departure of long time guitarist Dallas Toler-Wade. Taking the helm as the new guitarist was South Carolina’s extreme metal guitar shredder Brian Kingsland (ENTHEAN). No stranger to the scene, Brian was tapped to audition by Brad, who had frequented several of ENTHEAN’s show.
NILE will guide you down into the depths of their ominous catacombs to torture your souls with the darkest tunes. The band is tentatively scheduled to release its next offering in 2019.
The gentlemen of NILE are: Karl Sanders | vocals, guitars, George Kollias | drums, Brad Parris | bassist, vocalist, Brian Kingsland | guitars, vocals
WATCH: “Call To Destruction” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSVqclCr4fI)
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’ll keep this viewpoint short and simple because the press release has pretty much covered it all. Having seen both of these bands on numerous occasions over the years I can say with some certainty that it is going to be one of the most brutal touring packages of the 2018 year. I cannot believe how crazy the fans go for Soulfly and it must make Max proud to watch the insanity of those circle pits from up on the stage. Then there is Nile who I have not yet seen with the new singer. I’ve heard that he keeps the Metal train rolling with no difficulty which is good because Toler-Wade was really great at this stuff and is missed many fans. Since I missed the most recent Soulfly NYC visit, I am marking this one down well in advance so I can kill two birds with the proverbial stone. What do you readers think about this tour? Let me know down in the comments section below.