Over the last four years, Decibel Magazine has redefined what a metal tour can accomplish. Creative and ambitious curation has unified artists from far reaches of the extreme universe who would never have the opportunity to tour North America together. The 2016 Decibel Magazine Tour continues that proud tradition, as Norwegian black metal legend Abbath takes his new band of the same name to war with Bay Area metallic institution High on Fire, Ohio thrash powerhouse Skeletonwitch and Swedish progressive black/death prodigies Tribulation (with regional openers in select markets to be announced soon). See tour dates inside.
The Decibel Magazine Tour has an impressive history of bringing extreme metal’s most notorious global icons to the stage, boasting headliners such as Behemoth, Cannibal Corpse, Carcass and At the Gates. This year, Abbath (former frontman of Norwegian black metal legends Immortal) will join that storied legacy to perform songs from not only Immortal’s fabled back catalogue, but brand new music from January’s self-titled debut as the band Abbath, on Season of Mist. It will be Abbath the band’s first tour on North American soil. Presented by Randall Amplifiers, ESP Guitars, IndieMerchstore.com, Season of Mist, eOne, Century Media and Prosthetic, the 2016 Decibel Magazine Tour will treat North American audiences to 23 grim and frostbitten dates, boasting a rich array of metal’s most riotous voices.
Of 2016’s four mainstage artists, the two that released new albums in 2015 placed high in Decibel’s notorious Top 40 Albums of the Year list: High on Fire, with seventh full-length Luminiferous, and Tribulation, with third effort The Children of the Night. High on Fire have already been honored with a dB cover and an authoritative Hall of Fame feature on 2002 album Surrounded by Thieves. Skeletonwitch have likewise graced dB’s cover, and their most recent album, 2013’s Serpents Unleashed, also cracked our Top 40. Their original track “Tragedy of Days” was one of the first installments in Decibel’s renowned Flexi Series, also celebrating its fifth birthday. And Tribulation will soon join them, recording a track that will appear in the Flexi Series next year.
While there’s plenty of time to stir up your corpsepaint for the 2016 Decibel Magazine Tour, here’s your chance to score a great deal and avoid standing in line. There will be a number of VIP premium packages available in each market, providing you with a limited edition T-shirt, 18 x 24 tour poster, “Skip the Line” pass, exclusive digital tour issue of Decibel Magazine and a coupon for 15% off a purchase on Indie Merch’s webstore. The price of this package is less than you would spend on a ticket and a tour shirt at the show! General admission tickets go on sale November 20.
2016 Decibel Magazine Tour w/Abbath, Tribulation, High on Fire, Skeletonwitch tour dates
Thursday, March 17 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
Friday, March 18 – Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
Saturday, March 19 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Sunday, March 20 – Ybor City, FL – The Ritz Ybor
Tuesday, March 22 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live!
Wednesday, March 23 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
Friday, March 25 – Scottsdale, AZ – Live Wire
Saturday, March 26 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park
Sunday, March 27 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
Monday, March 28 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater DTLA
Tuesday, March 29 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
Thursday, March 31 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
Friday, April 1 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Saturday, April 2 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Tuesday, April 5 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
Wednesday, April 6 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
Thursday, April 7 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
Friday, April 8 – Chicago, IL – Metro
Saturday, April 9 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
Sunday, April 10 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House
Tuesday, April 12 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
Thursday, April 14 – Boston, MA – Royale
Friday, April 15 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer