Published May 20, 2009Blackened death metal masters God Dethroned will be hitting the North American trail this fall, with the Dutch band getting support from the likes of Abigail Williams and Woe of Tyrants, as well as Canadian progressive death metal band Augury.
God Dethroned's dates, which include stops in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, come in support of the group's recent Metal Blade release entitled Passiondale, which was recorded at Soundlodge Studios in Germany with producer Jorg Uken.
As reported by Blabbermouth, God Dethroned front-man Henri Sattler recently discussed the meaning behind the album's title and concept:
It says Passendale on the street sign. The little village with its huge Tyne Cot cemetery and memorial centre. I passed it many times on the way to Isaac (Delahaye, our former guitar player) for another of our notorious drinking sessions in Ypres not far from the French border. I got really impressed by how this town breathes World War I. The numerous cemeteries, the Menin Gate with its daily last post ceremony since 1929 with the exception of just one day during a bombardment in World War II, the buildings that have been rebuilt in their original state and definitely all the English, Irish and Scottish people that visit Ypres every weekend, probably because one of their relatives died there during the war. During the night at the bars and pubs, they tended to get really drunk and sang louder than the barman could crank up the stereo set. It's during these times that I got inspired by the Great War and decided to write a concept album about it. Ypres and Passendale were the center of war activities during the war with around 900,000 casualties compared to nine million worldwide. I realized how harsh it must have been there during those four years. Passchendaele was the official name of the little village during the war, but since the English speaking armies couldn't pronounce that, they nicknamed it to: Passiondale.
As for those supporting bands, Montreal's Augury are set to release the highly anticipated follow-up to 2004's Concealed on July 17 via Nuclear Blast. The band have named the record Fragmentary Evidence.
The joint tour dates are as follows:
9/30 Tucson, AZ - The Rock
10/1 Phoenix, AZ - U.B.'s
10/2 Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
10/3 San Marcos , CA - Jumping Turtle
10/4 West Hollywood, CA - Key Clb
10/5 San Francisco, CA - Thee Parkside
10/6 Portland, CA - Satyricon
10/7 Vancouver, BC - Bourbon St
10/8 Seattle, WA - El Corazon
10/10 St. Paul , MN - Station 4
10/11 Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
10/12 Cleveland, OH - Peabodys
10/13 Toronto, ON - Wreck Room
10/14 Montreal, QC - Foufounes &Eactue;lectriques
10/15 Syracuse, NY - Lost Horizon
10/16 New York, NY - The Blender at Grammercy
10/17 Worcester, MA - Palladium
10/18 Springfield, VA - Jaxx
10/19 Baltimore, MD - Sonar
10/20 Rochester, NY - Penny Arcade