Black metal storming into Minnesota in June 2009


It’s not often that Satan blesses this state with prestigious black metal tours (despite many of our resident’s strong Norwegian ancestry), but it appears that someone downstairs has some particularly evil plans for the region in early June. Just this week, two massive underground metal tours were announced, both headlined by some of the most feared band’s BM has to offer.

The most noteworthy show announcement is the Mayhem, Marduk concert on June 9th at Station 4 that is being opened by Cattle Decapitation, Cephalic Carnage, and Withered. Honestly, there will be so much awesome packed into this night that I’m having a hard time getting my head around it. I have not had the chance to see Norway’s Mayhem yet, but the well published details surrounding their gruesome history and sickening live show has me really intrigued. Marduk is equally imposing, and are sure to satisfy the many in Mayhem’s legions. Of all the performances, Cattle Decapitation is the “must-see” band; they are always very impressive live, and this year they are going to be supporting what I believe to be the best release of their career. The hilarious dudes of Cephalic Carnage will most likely incite a great brutal tech mosh fest to get things going, and the Withered performance will surely be an eye-opening starter for those who have not yet caught wind of their incredible technical black metal meets grindcore on their recent Folie Circulaire.

Hopefully the Mayhem show won’t wear out the local black metal fans too much, because on June 15th, Station 4 will be home to the CIII tour featuring long-running and revered USBM band Absu, with support from their labelmates Glorior Belli, Averse Sefira, and Sothis. Right now Absu is only a few weeks from releasing their highly antipated new self-titled album, and by the time this show hits St. Paul I’m sure it’ll still be on my heavy rotation playlist. Even after nearly 20 years as a band, their profile is still clearly rising, and for good reason.

Keep reading for the full tour schedules…

Mayhem, Marduk, Cattle Decapitation, Cephalic Carnage, and Withered. Confirmed dates include:

5/21 New York, NY @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
5/22 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar (Maryland Deathfest)
5/23 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
5/24 Orlando, FL @ Club Firestone
5/26 Houston, TX @ Numbers
5/27 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
5/29 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
5/30 Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse
5/31 San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
6/2 Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues
6/3 San Francisco, CA @ DNA
6/4 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
6/5 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
6/6 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
6/7 Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater
6/9 St Paul, MN @ Station 4
6/11 Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
6/12 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
6/13 Detroit, MI @ The Majestic Theater
6/14 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
6/15 Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques

AbsuGlorior Belli, Averse Sefira, and Sothis. Confirmed dates include:

6/6 San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
6/7 W. Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
6/8 San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
6/9 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
6/10 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
6/12 Calgary, AB @ The Underground
6/13 Regina SK @ The Exchange
6/14 Winnipeg, MT @ Royal Albert Arms
6/15 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
6/16 Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
6/17 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
6/18 Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
6/19 Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus
6/20 Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
6/21 New York, NY @ BB Kings Blues Club
6/22 W. Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
6/23 Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
6/24 Nashville, TN @ The Muse
6/25 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
6/26 St. Petersburg, FL @ The Garage
6/27 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
6/29 Dallas, TX @ Firewater

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6 Responses to “Black metal storming into Minnesota in June 2009”

  1. It’s in June, not May… either way, wanna go with me? When are we likely to see Mayhem again?

  2. HAHAHA… holy shit Chris, sometimes excessive THC, listening to metal, and blogging doesn’t mix. at least i was consistent with the wrong month throughout the post….

    And yeah, it’s a fucking date.

    if you’re maybe planning to go to meshuggah, exodus/kreator, or any other metal shows let me know. i ran into your man jon tonight at fujiya and it was blast shooting the shit with him.

  3. I told him you’d be out, glad you ran into each other. No real plans for shows in the near future – but let’s make sure that show blows up

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