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Napalm Death and the Melvins are teaming up for the Savage Imperial Death March Tour, a six-week tour that will see the bands’ playing shows in cities around the United States and Canada. Everything kicks off on March 26, 2016, at The Marquee in Phoenix, Arizona.
“We have been talking about doing a tour like this for a long time so we are thrilled it’s finally happening,” Napalm Death bass player Shane Embury said in a press release.
“Having been long time fans and friends of the Melvins we are very happy to be embarking on this six-week tour of musical madness with them and Melt Banana,” he said, adding that fans should, “Expect the unexpected!”
“Napalm Death sounds like a gorilla on LSD firing a machine gun…and I mean that in a good way,” Melvins’ singer/guitar player Buzz Osborne said in a press release. “We’re happy to be heading out with the ultimate grindcore pioneers.”
Members of the Melvins and Napalm Death have worked together before, according to a press release about the upcoming Savage Imperial Death March Tour. Specifically, Buzz Osborne, Shane Embury, and Danny Herrera played together in Venomous Contempt, a group that put out their debut album – Retroactive Abortion – on Ipecac Recordings in 2004.
The Melvins recently released a film about their 2012 tour. Before making Across The USA in 51 Days: The Movie!, the band knew they wanted to do something to push the envelope. So, they set out to tour the United States – including Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington, D.C. – in 51 days, and filmed it for posterity. The film was released on Friday Nov. 27th, and is available to watch on Amazon.com.
For their part, Napalm Death put out a music video for “How The Years Condemn,” in September 2015. And, earlier in 2015, the band released their 15th-studio-album, Apex Predator – Easy Meat, via Century Media Records.
Additionally, American and Canadian audiences will get an opportunity to see Japanese noise rock group Melt Banana. Formed in 1991, this Tokyo-based band carved out a cult-like following in the U.S. and U.K., according to Songkick.com. Their two most recent releases are the 2013 album, Fetch, and Return of 13 Hedgehogs, which is an anthological compilation that was released in 2015.
Check out a complete list of dates, cities, and venues, below. And, tickets are on-sale, now.
Savage Imperial Death March Tour 2016:
The Melvins, Napalm Death, & Melt Banana
March 26: Phoenix, AZ – The Marquee
March 28: Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
March 30: Dallas, TX – Trees
March 31: Austin, TX – The Mohawk
April 01: Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
April 02: New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
April 03: Birmingham, AL – Iron City
April 04: Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
April 05: Tallahassee, FL – Sidebar Theater
April 07: Ft. Lauderdale, FL – The Culture Room
April 08: Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
April 09: Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
April 10: Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
April 12: Washington, DC – 930 Club
April 13: Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
April 14: Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
April 15: New York, NY – Webster Hall
April 16: Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
April 17: Montreal, QC – Club Soda
April 19: Toronto, ON – The Opera House
April 20: Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
April 21: Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
April 22: Chicago, IL – The Metro
April 23: Milwaukee, WI – The Rave II (Downstairs)
April 24: Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
April 25: Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
April 27: Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
April 29: Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
May 01: Seattle, WA – The Showbox
May 02: Vancouver, BC – The Venue
May 03: Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
May 05: San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
May 06: San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
May 07: Los Angeles, CA – The Troubadour
May 08: Los Angeles, CA – The Troubadour