Dethklok and Mastodon Team Up for North American Tour

This fall, two of the most popular bands in metal will co-headline a 34-city North American tour as the Grammy Award-winning Mastodon hits the road with Dethklok, the world’s most brutal animated death metal band from Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse. In one of the most highly anticipated tours of the year, the Adult Swim Presents Dethklok and Mastodon tour will kick off on October 2 in Portland, OR, and bring mayhem and destruction to local venues throughout the nation. Adding even more layers to this fall’s top metal tour, Oakland’s High On Fire and Converge will open each show. There will be a ticket pre-sale that begins on Tuesday, August 4 at 10:00 AM EST, while the full allotment of tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, August 7. For more information about the tour including the pre-sale ticket password, price ranges and how to order, please visit

As sponsor for the entire tour, Adult Swim will feature Brütal Legend gaming stations for fans to experience the videogame first-hand, while a two-minute animated content piece, created by Titmouse, will air during each show. Print ads, and on-site materials will also feature the videogame as the tour’s key sponsor. Brütal Legend is an epic action game from visionary developer Tim Schafer. Jack Black stars as Eddie Riggs, a legendary roadie summoned to a world of Heavy Metal where mountains are made of amplifiers, killer spiders spin guitar strings and Rock Legends roam the landscape. As Eddie, crush skulls with a battle axe, ravage the road in a super-charged Hot Rod and unleash the power of Rock to reign down fire from the sky – all to save humanity and become a Brütal Legend.

Nathan Explosion, William Murderface, Skwisgaar Swigelf, Toki Wartooth and Pickles – better known as Dethklok – will take to the road in support of the band’s latest CD release from Williams Street Records, Dethklok: The Dethalbum II, which will be released as both a standard and deluxe edition on September 29 from Williams Street Records. A limited-edition vinyl of the album will also be released at local record shops starting November 24. Bringing the animated band to life on stage each night will be series co-creator and composer Brendon Small along with an all-star band including the legendary Gene Hoglan, Bryan Beller and Mike Keneally. These real life-musicians will perform live while dark-lit and playing underneath a giant projection screen featuring all-new animation and music videos from Dethklok to create a truly unique concert experience.

Sharing the bill with Dethklok on this seven-week tour is Grammy Award-winning hard icons Mastodon, who are currently touring Europe and the UK with Metallica. The band’s groundbreaking new album Crack the Skye, was released on March 24, debuting on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #11.

Universally recognized as one of the most potent acts in music today, High on Fire creates “bad-ass” modern metal that merges primal fury and aggression, skyscraping riff explosions and hesher bombast with a monolithic heaviness. Described as “a supersonic exercise in conquest by volume and sheer heaviness,” High on Fire has burned the hard rock rulebook since its formation in 1998, forging a style and sound that is both unique and absolutely crushing. The group features vocalist and cult guitar hero Matt Pike, a founding member of the famed underground band SLEEP and one of heavy music’s most charismatic figures.

Considered one of the most intense, important, and influential metal/hardcore bands ever, Converge will release their anticipated new album Axe to Fall on Epitaph on October 20th. The release is the follow up to their highly-acclaimed No Heroes album, released on Epitaph in 2006. Though Converge has remained tight lipped about all aspects of Axe to Fall, the buzz surrounding the upcoming release already has the rumblings of potential aggressive album of the year.

Tour Dates:

  • 10/2/09
  • Roseland Theater
  • Portland, OR

WaMu Theater
Seattle, WA

Orpheum Theatre
Vancouver, BC

Big Four Building
Calgary, AB

Shaw Conference Centre
Edmonton, AB

Great Saltair
Salt Lake City, UT

Fillmore Auditorium
Denver, CO

Uptown Theater
Kansas City, MO

The Pageant
St. Louis, MO

Val Air Ballroom
Des Moines, IA

St. Paul, MN

Aragon Ballroom
Chicago, IL

Eagle’s Auditorium
Milwaukee, WI

LC Pavilion
Columbus, OH

The Fillmore Detroit
Detroit, MI

Sound Academy

The Fairgrounds
Buffalo, NY

Albany, NY

House of Blues
Boston, MA

Hammerstein Ballroom
New York, NY

Patriot Center
Washington, DC

Electric Factory
Philadelphia, PA

Atlanta, GA

House of Blues
Myrtle Beach, SC

Hard Rock Live
Orlando, FL

Pompano Beach Amphitheater
Pompano Beach, FL

House of Blues
Dallas, TX

Verizon Wireless Theater
Houston, TX

Austin City Music Hall
Austin, TX

Brady Theater
Tulsa, OK

Pan American Center
Las Cruces, NM

Mesa Amphitheater
Mesa, AZ

House of Blues
Las Vegas, NV

Los Angeles, CA

"Seeing this lineup makes me jealous for the audience,” said Metalocalypse's Small. “Both myself and my band that doesn't exist are incredibly excited and honored to be a part of it. Furthermore, I see this tour jump-starting the economy and completely reversing the recession. I've said this a thousand times: There is no recession for metal."

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