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Juicy Tour Rumor: Amon Amarth, Skeletonwitch, and, uhhh…. Sabaton

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Johan Hegg Under ArmourUpdate, 1:33 pm: The tour has been officially announced. Complete itinerary at the bottom of this post.

Lambgoat is reporting that Ticketmaster has leaked a couple of dates for an Amon Amarth tour this coming fall. One date has since been removed from the site, but the Clifton Park, NY date is still up as of this writing.

10/17 Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
11/2 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s

The on-sale date is listed as this Friday, May 30th, so presumably this bad boy will be announced soon, maybe even later today.

Under Armour endorser Johan Hegg and The Amon Amarths have toured with Skeletonwitch before, as recently as earlier this year when they did so with Enslaved as the middle band. I think, generally speaking, that fans of one band are likely to dig the other too. But Sabaton? Everyone’s gonna be scratching their heads at this. Sure, it makes sense on some level — Sabaton are a power metal band, and Amon Amarth certainly have some elements of that in their own music, especially the farther back in their catalogue you go — but I think Amon Amarth fans are mostly going to be very confused when a clean-singing power/folk metal band comes on stage after Skeletonwitch. This is a band that will be touring later this summer with Udo and Amaranthe for chrissakes.

Or maybe I’m not giving Amon Amarth fans enough credit… maybe they’ll dig it. Like I said, there definitely is a commonality there, whatwith lyrics about vikings and war and a general beer-swilling attitude and all. It’ll be interesting to see, that’s for sure.

Here’s what Sabaton sound like, for those unfamiliar:

09/25 Riverside, CA Riverside Municipal Auditorium
09/26 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
09/27 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
09/29 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
09/30 Seattle, WA El Corazon
10/01 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
10/03 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
10/04 Calgary, AB Flames Central
10/05 Saskatoon, SK Louis’ Pub
10/06 Winnipeg, MB The Garrick
10/07 Thunder Bay, ON Crocks
10/10 Toronto, ON The Sound Academy
10/11 Montreal, QC Metropolis
10/12 Quebec City, QC Imperial
10/14 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
10/15 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
10/17 Albany, NY Upstate Concert Hall
10/18 New York, NY Best Buy Theatre *no Skeletonwitch
10/19 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
10/21 Chattanooga, TN Track 29
10/22 Knoxville, TN Bijou Theater
10/24 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
10/25 Jacksonville, FL Freebird
10/26 Birmingham, AL Iron City
10/27 New Orleans, LA The Civic
10/29 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
10/30 Joliet, IL Mojoes
10/31 Detroit, MI Royal Oak
11/01 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
11/02 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
11/04 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Street
11/05 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
11/07 Austin, TX Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/08 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls
11/09 Tucson, AZ Club XS

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