For music lovers, the cancellation or rescheduling of tours and festivals – while reasonable given the COVID-19 situation – is a huge bummer. That said, our sites are now on future dates, and here are five must-see events on our list for when life returns to whatever “normal” is after this episode.
5. Black Label Society/Obituary/Lord Dying
Reschedulign these dates for August is an aggressive move, given that large gatherings may not be deemed safe yet. That said, should the Black Label Society tour dates go off, we will be there. Zakk Wylde always brings the heat, but our primary focus will be thrash legends Obituary. There sets during the 2019 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise were epic, and these legends only get better with age.
4. Devastation on the Nation Tour
With a bill including Rotting Christ, Borknagar, Wolfheart and Abigail Williams, this bloodbath in the making is now rescheduled for spring 2021. The anticipation is killing us, and we can’t waid to see some of the best in black/death throwing it down.
3. Testament/The Black Dahlia Murder/Municipal Waste
Testament are always incredible live, and for this tour, they have added support from two of the best in the business – The Black Dahlia Murder and Municipal Waste. Originally slated to kick-off today, the dates have been postponed, and we are eagerly waiting to see the new schedule. Stay tuned!
2. Swallow The Sun/Infected Rain
Swallow the Sun have also rescheduled their dates with Infected Rain for March of 2021. This band is mindblowing live, and this is a must-see tour if you like funeral doom (or any doom, for that matter). Mikko Kotamäki leads the group and fans on emotional adventures with each song, and it will be exactly the kind of exorcism needed after all of this is said and done.
1. Psycho Las Vegas
Slated for August, we are crossing our fingers that this festival still takes place in the desert mirage of Las Vegas, Nevada. With sets from Danzig, Mercyful Fate, Emperor, Mayhem, Satyricon, Intronaut, and more, the lineup is stacked. We will be there with camera in hand, so if this festival goes down this year, keep your eyes peeled for our coverage.