September 5, 2003

LAMB OF GOD, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SHADOWS FALL, UNEARTH and GOD FORBID will be teaming up for "Headbanger's Ball Tour 2003", a five-week North American trek set to kick off in late October/early November.

Commented LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler, "We're very excited about unleashing the monster that is LAMB OF GOD onto the U.S. and with the help of our friends in SHADOWS FALL, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, GOD FORBID and UNEARTH [with the last two bands reportedly switching off as openers—Ed.], this will prove to be the metal concert event of the year. 'Headbanger's Ball' is FINALLY back and with it comes the first and only real METAL tour of 2003. Take note, top to bottom, this is how it's done. Headbanger's Ball Tour 2003."

Exact cities and venues will be announced soon. In related news, a double-CD compilation titled "MTV2 Headbanger's Ball" will surface through Roadrunner Records on October 7. The effort is expected to include material from the groups taking part in the upcoming tour as well as other, as-yet-undisclosed artists who are regularly played on the MTV2 program.

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