Swedish metallers AVATAR will return to North America this summer for a headline tour. The trek kicks off on July 6 in Toronto and runs through July 31 in Tucson. Support on the trek will come from LIGHT THE TORCH and OTEP. Pre-sale tickets are available today, Tuesday, April 26, at 12 p.m. ET. The regular on-sale is set for Friday, April 29 at 10 a.m. local time.
AVATAR is currently sequestered deep in a Swedish forest, working on its ninth studio album with Jay Ruston. The band briefly emerged to issue the following statement: "They don't let us out much while we make our albums, so this summer will most likely turn out very dangerous for everyone involved.
"For all the tours we've done in North America, we have spent very little time there in the summer. Surely this must have led to a lot of unnecessary suffering that we are adamant on setting straight by applying necessary suffering.
"We know people crave some light-hearted tunes for their make out sessions on the beach, and some sweet melodies as they watch the sun set over the lake. We are here to destroy every single moment of summer time serenity. The sun will be the second hottest thing you'll see in July.
"To finally do something with OTEP feels great, and to once again hit the road with LIGHT THE TORCH will be awesome as well."
AVATAR on tour with LIGHT THE TORCH and OTEP:
Jul. 06 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
Jul. 07 - Montreal, QC - Corona
Jul. 08 - Portland, ME - AURA
Jul. 09 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theater
Jul. 10 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
Jul. 12 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
Jul. 13 - Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe
Jul. 14 - Cadott, WI - Cadot Rockfest*
Jul. 15 - Grand Rapids, MI - Upheaval Festival*
Jul. 16 - Mansfield, OH - Inkcarceration Festival*
Jul. 17 - Knoxville, TN - Concourse
Jul. 19 - Charlotte, NC - The Underground
Jul. 20 - Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom
Jul. 22 - Fargo, ND - Outdoors at Fargo Brewing
Jul. 24 - Calgary, AB - The Palace
Jul. 25 - Edmonton, AB - Midway Bar
Jul. 27 - Vancouver, BC - The Vogue
Jul. 29 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
Jul. 30 - Santa Ana, CA - Observatory
Jul. 31 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
* Festival dates
Last fall, AVATAR, which is known to smash the boundaries between band, theater troupe, and cinematic masterminds with a series of celebrated albums and videos, and the immersive world of Avatar Country, a fantastical land where metal rules supreme, released four new songs. AVATAR also previously announced it signed to Thirty Tigers and launched its own Black Waltz Records imprint.