February 1, 2010

Swedish/German extreme metallers ARCH ENEMY will embark on a U.K. headlining tour in April. Support on the inaugural "Metal Hammer Meltdown" tour will come from SABBAT and ENSLAVED.

Commented ARCH ENEMY frontwoman Angela Gossow: "We strongly felt its time to visit the shores of The United Kingdom Of Heavy Metal again! We miss you, ladies and gentlemen!!! We only did the Bloodstock festival in 2009. It was a fantastic gig and reminded us of why we love the Amott brothers' homeland so much. Even better, we are bringing the U.K. cult thrashers SABBAT with us and the Norwegian sons of darkness, ENSLAVED! We will cook up a devastating setlist for this run and won't leave any prisoners behind. Get ready for the 'Metal Hammer Meltdown' attack!"

Metal Hammer magazine editor Alexander Milas comments: "It's been far too long since these shores were blackened by the ball-hefting brutality of ARCH ENEMY, so imagine our surprise when we heard they were bringing none other than the classic thrash of the almighty SABBAT and the prog-heavy viking metal of ENSLAVED in tow. It's an honour to hang our banner on what promise to be a truly neck-snapping series of dates. Mosh ahoy!"

"Metal Hammer Meltdown" tour dates:

April 27 - Wolverhampton, UK @ Wulfren hall
April 28 - Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy
April 29 - Manchester, UK @ Academy
April 30 - London, UK @HMV Forum

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, February 3.

Fan-filmed video footage of ARCH ENEMY's January 22, 2010 performance at the Nokia Theatre in New York City can be viewed below (courtesy of "celticyodels").

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