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EXCLUSIVE: SUMMER SLAUGHTER 2010 LINEUP ANNOUNCED!!

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Summer Slaughter is without a doubt the best metal tour hitting the U.S. pavement this Summer. The 100% confirmed, official lineup, which MetalSucks exclusively can reveal to you now, is…

DECAPITATED
THE FACELESS
ALL SHALL PERISH
THE RED CHORD
VEIL OF MAYA
CEPHALIC CARNAGE
DECREPIT BIRTH
CARNIFEX
ANIMALS AS LEADERS
VITAL REMAINS

I mean… wow. That lineup is unbelievably sexy and unfuckwithable. There isn’t a single band I could skip seeing other than Carnifex, and we gather many of you will feel the exact same way. There’s no doubt about it: Summer Slaughter is by far the best metal tour of Summer 2010. Rockstar Mayhem is lame, Ozzsharonfest is surely gonna be lame, and “The Cool Tour” is uh, not cool at all save a couple of bands. Comments tour founder and booking agent Ash Avildsen on how Summer Slaughter fits in (or doesn’t) with this Summer’s other metal tours: “I don’t think those tours really compete for many of the same fans as Summer Slaughter. This is focused on underground extreme metal rather than mainstream metal. All of our shows also have air conditioning.” Hooray for air conditioning!

The lineup is a shade younger than in years past, but young bands like The Faceless, Veil of Maya and Animals as Leaders are ones that are more likely to appeal to an older crowd than, say, Born of Osiris would. Avildsen knows exactly what he’s doing: “It’s a much younger line up this year, rather than a lot of older bands in the headlining positions. Tickets will be much cheaper for this same reason, coming in at under $20 in advance almost everywhere with the exception of LA and NYC. Most will be $18.” And it’s cheap, too… extra bonus.

But the lineup isn’t all young guns: in addition to metal vets The Red Chord, Cephalic Carnage and Decrepit Birth, Summer Slaughter 2010 marks Decapitated’s first shows in North America with their new lineup. Is Avildsen concerned about fans not embracing the re-jiggered Decapitated in spite of the tragedy that befell the band? “NO! You’d have to be a real piece of shit to hate on the band for trying to continue their career. People should embrace Decapitated for carrying on rather than letting the tragedy destroy the band. Hopefully Cliff Burton and Vitek are jamming together in the afterlife. There is a great quote from Confucius on Decapitated’s myspace… ‘Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.'”

What of the concern that fans of the older bands and younger “scene” bands might not play nice with each other? “I got 99 problems but a scene kid ain’t one. To each his own! We don’t want our line up to be one-dimensional.” He continues, “We don’t discriminate against bands because of what type of fans they draw. I think the most successful bands in the world are those who are able to not limit their fanbase to one genre. Look at bands like Tool, Radiohead and Mastodon… who all sound very different, but I guarantee I’m not the only music fan out there who owns albums by all three.”

-VN

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