Napalm Death & The Melvins Bring “The Savage Imperial Death March” Tour To 2016

The tour announcements for the upcoming 2016 year keep on coming in and methinks they’re all aiming to utilize any holiday monies you bring in for their own heavy natured purposes. The latest one to zap into the email wished us to inform the Metal Legions about the Spring pairing of Grindcore legends Napalm Death and the influential Punk Rock band The Melvins. I’ve embedded the official poster, press statement and tour dates for you below and then shall return to offer up my thoughts.

Tour - Napalm Death - Melvins - 2016

The Press Release:
NAPALM DEATH and THE MELVINS join forces for the Savage Imperial Death March Tour, a six-week Spring trek that that kicks off on March 26 at The Marquee in Phoenix, Arizona.

“We have been talking about doing a tour like this for a long time so we are thrilled it’s finally happening,” states Napalm Death bass player Shane Embury. “Having been long time fans and friends of the Melvins we are very happy to be embarking on this six-week tour of musical madness with them and Melt Banana. Expect the unexpected!”

Melvins’ singer/guitar player Buzz Osborne added: “Napalm Death sounds like a gorilla on LSD firing a machine gun… and I mean that in a good way. We’re happy to be heading out with the ultimate grindcore pioneers.”

This isn’t the first time the two bands have collaborated. In 2004, Buzz Osborne, Shane Embury and Danny Herrera played together in Venomous Concept, with their debut release (Retroactive Abortion) out via Ipecac Recordings.

UK Grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH continue to promote their 15th and much praised studio album release “Apex Predator – Easy Meat” which you can order various formats of as well as previous NAPALM DEATH releases from CM Distro.

Tour Dates:
March 26: Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee
March 28: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
March 30: Dallas, TX @ Trees
March 31: Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
April 1: Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
April 2: New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
April 3: Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
April 4: Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
April 5: Tallahassee, FL @ Sidebar Theater
April 7: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ The Culture Room
April 8: Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
April 9: Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
April 10: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
April 12: Washington, DC @ 930 Club
April 13: Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
April 14: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
April 15: New York, NY @ Webster Hall

April 16: Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
April 17: Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
April 19: Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
April 20: Detroit, MI @Majestic Theatre
April 21: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
April 22: Chicago, IL @The Metro
April 23: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave II (Downstairs)
April 24: Minneapolis, MN @First Avenue
April 25: Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
April 27: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
April 29: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
May 1: Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
May 2: Vancouver, BC @ The Venue
May 3: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
May 5: San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
May 6: San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
May 7: Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
May 8: Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour

PiercingMetal Thoughts: Speaking frankly, I’ve never been much of a follower of either act so getting the chance to see them tearing up the stage on the same bill is something that I am looking forward to it. Remember that it’s never too late to offer up some allegiance to group even if you had not done so for many years of being a casual fan. I know some diehards like to taunt the newbies with stuff like that and to those sorts I say “oh shut up”; There is truly plenty of Metal for everyone out there and the more the merrier with touring acts since that funds their efforts and sells their merchandise and literally helps get them to return on another run. This tour is also interesting since a few areas are getting a second night so you California folks will have a couple of psychotic nights while we New Yorkers get a Manhattan and a Brooklyn appearance. If you love these bands then you are in for a fantastic time and if you are just one of the curious then you will leave having learned a lesson from two acts of note. I also love the branding of this tour since its “The Savage Imperial Death March” tour. Sounds like something right out of the comic books. So tell me what you think dear readers, are you prepared to lock some hopeful holiday funds into this bit of live activity and merchandise? Let me know in the comments section below and it will be especially cool to hear from those who have been supporting both acts for years to educate the newbies. Bring it on.

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