At The Gates is a Swedish metal band from Gothenburg. (Ester Segarra)
“AT THE-FUCKIN’-GATES!” Ask any metal fan in the Los Angeles area what show they have been waiting for with fevered anticipation and that is the response you will most likely get.
The Gothenburg thrash pioneers, At The Gates, have been riding high on the success of their newest album in more than 20 years, At War With Reality (Century Media) and after a successful stint as headliners for the Maryland Death Fest last year, will be returning to American soil this weekend (Friday, March 27th at The Wiltern) to kick off the annual “Decibel Tour.”
Sponsored by the monthly heavy metal Decibel Magazine, the “Decibel Tour”, in its fourth year, has established itself as one of the premiere heavy metal events and in the past has taken bands like Behemoth, Cannibal Corpse, Carcass and Napalm Death out on the road to devastate audience nationwide.
Joining the Swedish metal legends will be U.S. hardcore heroes Converge, Vallenfyre and Pallbearer, a diverse-yet-devastating line up that will satiate fans of every subgenre of metal and hardcore.
New England’s Converge are an institution all their own. Honestly, the lineup could have been without At The Gates and the show would have still sold out because of the credibility and aggression of this legendary hardcore band bring. Singer Jacob Bannon and the company have been blurring the lines of frenzied hardcore punk and heavy metal for more than 25 years now. Having reinvented the heavy music scene with their landmark album Jane Doe in 2001, the band have been touring in support of their recent punk opus, 2012’s All We Love We Leave Behind (Epitaph) and will no doubt be the focal point of the evening along with At The Gates.
“The most relevant hardcore band on the planet and the fiercest old-school death metal band on the same night as us? Excited!” comments At the Gates frontman Tomas Lindberg about the two legendary bands pairing up for this tour.
“For me, At the Gates are one of the most important bands in contemporary heavy music. It will be an honor to tour the country with them.” adds Bannon, who also designed the tour poster for the upcoming trek. “We are excited to be part of this fantastic and diverse tour.”
British metallers Vallenfyre and doom metal titans, Pallbearer, couldn’t be on further ends of the extreme music spectrum but the addition of the two groups is exactly what makes this bill so diverse and exciting.
Vallenfyre, which began as the side project of Paradise Lost guitarist Gregor Mackintosh also features At The Gates drummer Adrian Erlandsson who will be pulling double duty that night, along with Hamish Glencross of fellow British doomers My Dying Bride. The group who are touring the U.S. for the first time are touring in support of their latest album, Splinters (Century Media), and will no doubt pummel audience with their traditional death metal style reminiscent of bands like Bloodbath, Hypocrisy and Incantation.
One of the personal highlights will be Little Rock, Arkansas’ Pallbearer. The group released their sludge-laden masterpiece Foundations Of Burden (Profound Lore). Rooted in the slow, riff-centric traditions of bands like Black Sabbath and Sleep, Pallbearer have been riding an incredible trajectory from obscure doom metal band to one of the more visionary bands in the genre over the course of a few years, punishing audiences against layers of thunderous monolithic riffs and walls of oppressive anguish.
Fans can view the full 2015 Decibel Magazine Tour dates below. There is VIP premium packages that provide fans with a limited edition T-shirt, tour poster, “skip the line” pass, digital tour issue of Decibel Magazine, a coupon for IndieMerch’s webstore and a digital sampler from Century Media. The package price is less than the price of a ticket and tour shirt at the show.
Get ready for “war”.
2015 Decibel Magazine Tour dates with At The Gates, Converge, Vallenfyre
3/27- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
3/28- San Francisco, CA, The Regency Ballroom
3/29- Portland, OR, Roseland Theater
3/30- Vancouver, BC, Commodore Ballroom
3/31- Seattle, WA, Showbox at the Market
4/2- Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex
4/3- Denver, CO, Summit Music Hall
4/4- Lincoln, NE, Bourbon Street
4/5- Minneapolis, MN, Mill City Nights
4/6- Chicago, IL, House of Blues
4/8- Toronto, ON. The Phoenix
4/9- Montreal, QC, Metropolis
4/10- Boston, MA, Royale
4/11- Philadelphia, PA, Union Transfer
4/12- New York, NY. Webster Hall