ARCH ENEMY To Join Forces With EXODUS For 'Tyrants Of Evil' North American Tour

October 12, 2009

Swedish/German extreme metallers ARCH ENEMY will join forces with San Francisco thrash legends EXODUS for the "Tyrants of Evil" North American tour in January/February. Also appearing on the bill are ARSIS and MUTINY WITHIN.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

Jan. 20 - Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre
Jan. 21 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
Jan. 22 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
Jan. 23 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Jan. 25 - Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
Jan. 26 - Quebec City, QC @ Theatre Imperial
Jan. 27 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
Jan. 29 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Jan. 30 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Rock
Jan. 31 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Centre
Feb. 02 - Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
Feb. 03 - Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Center
Feb. 05 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
Feb. 06 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
Feb. 08 - San Francisco, CA @ Regency Center @ The Grand
Feb. 09 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues

"The Root Of All Evil", the new album from metallers ARCH ENEMY, recently entered the Media Control chart in Germany at position No. 84. Released on October 6 in North America via Century Media Records, this special collection features re-recorded versions of songs from the band's first three LPs — "Black Earth" (1996),"Stigmata" (1998) and "Burning Bridges" (1999). Acclaimed British producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS) mixed and mastered the CD, which was recorded at a few different locations in Sweden and produced by ARCH ENEMY with Daniel Erlandsson and Rickard Bengtsson handling the engineering.

Nuclear Blast Records has set a January 15 release date for "Shovel Headed Tour Machine (Live At Wacken And Other Assorted Atrocities)" from EXODUS. The package will contain the band's July 2008 performance at Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, plus a documentary following the band through the last five years of touring as well as bonus footage, with photo galleries and all of the group's promotional videos. The set will consist of two DVDs plus an audio CD of the Wacken performance.

The German edition of Metal Hammer magazine conducted an interview with EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt at this year's installment of the Graspop Metal Meeting, which was held on June 26-28, 2009 on the festival grounds of the Boeretang in Dessel, Belgium.

When asked about EXODUS' plans for a new studio album, Holt said, "Hopefully we're hitting the studio around November 1 with Mr. Sneap [British producer Andy Sneap; MEGADETH, NEVERMORE, ARCH ENEMY]. It's gonna be sick. We have four [songs] recorded [and left over] from the last session [for 2007's 'The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A'], and I've got, like, nine [other tracks] I'm working on, and Lee [Altus, guitar] has a bunch of stuff. But this next album is gonna blow people's minds."

Regarding the upcoming CD's musical direction, Holt said, "There's a couple of twists on this. I try not to repeat every album. I mean, we did 'Tempo Of The Damned' [2004], [which was] a little more old-school, and we did 'Shovel Headed Kill Machine' [2005], which was really brutal and fast, and then 'The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A' [2007], [which] was, like, longer and more epic songs. So this album's gonna have some different stuff to it. Maybe a little more dual-guitar stuff, 'cause I've been playing with Lee for quite awhile now — a little more dual-guitar harmony shred stuff. "

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