Avatar’s ‘Hail The Apocalypse’: North American tour

Martha del Pilar Moreno

Martha del Pilar Moreno

Avatar, Swedish metal meeting the creepiness outfit, has toured long and far to support their latest album ‘Hail The Apocalypse’, which was released May 13th 2014 via eOne Music. With the first video single ‘Vultures Fly’, the band gained even more recognition among fans in the United States. It was only proper that Avatar wanted to end the promotion of their fifth studio album once again in the United States.

Avatar started back in 2000 and they haven’t stopped since. Touring through Europe at first as supporting act for bands like Impaled Nazarene, Evergrey, In Flames, Obituary, Dark Tranquillity, Avenged Sevenfold, Five Finger Death Punch, among others, Avatar has proved to be versatile and powerful enough to perform in such an outstanding way that people that went there to see the headliners got hooked with the mischievous smile of singer Johannes Eckerström and the overall great performance from the rest of the band.

Avatar - 'Hail The Apocalypse' artwork
Avatar – ‘Hail The Apocalypse’ artwork
  1. ‘Hail The Apocalypse’
  2. ‘What I Don’t Know’
  3. ‘Death Of Sound’
  4. ‘Vultures Fly’
  5. ‘Bloody Angel’
  6. ‘Murderer’
  7. ‘Tsar Bomba’
  8. ‘Puppet Show’
  9. ‘Get In Line’
  10. ‘Something In The Way’ [Nirvana Cover Version]
  11. ‘Tower’
  12. ‘Use And Abuse’ [Bonus track featuring DJ Starscream]

With a musical range that goes from groove metal to hard rock but having deep roots on the melodic death metal to which Sweden is well known for by now, Avatar keeps captivating the attention of many in the process, with many concert goers praising the high quality of their performance. I guess once you learn how to put a show on stage, it is really hard for those that go to a concert to ignore you as a band. Avatar seems to pledge to the goal of making every show worth it for everyone, with the theatricality of other acts (Slipknot, Rob Zombie, and any of Mike Patton’s bands) that know the importance of making a lasting impression visually, aesthetically and musically obviously.

On ‘Hail The Apocalypse’, Avatar has created very solid videos. First with ‘Vultures Fly’ where they stay very focused on their freakshow aesthetics acquired in their fourth album ‘Black Waltz’, thus creating a very interesting animated video that gained recognition among metal fans. Later with the track that gives the name to the album, Avatar created an almost anthem-like song with one of the greatest phrases/truths ever said “All flesh is equal when burnt”. I must say that once a band makes echo in your brain with one phrase, that band is doing a good job.

The official Hail The Apocalypse Tour 2015 poster
The official Hail The Apocalypse Tour 2015 poster

Well, for those lucky enough to live in the United State you have a last chance to see this band as a headliner of a 25 dates tour in which the supporting acts will be other theatrical performers Huntress, Gemini Syndrome and First Decree. Starting on August 27th it will serve as farewell to ‘Hail The Apocalypse’.

[blockquote cite=”Johannes Eckerström”]We are heading towards the final curtain call of the apocalypse. The hymns will be played one more time before we close this chapter and you need to be there. Destruction and decay is best viewed from a front row seat and as always, we intend to mix things up bring the freaky in ways we haven’t before.[/blockquote]

Right after this United State Tour, Avatar will hide back to work on the proper follow-up, not to lose momentum and keep raising their own bar for the sake of their growing fan base. But a band so devoted to perform cannot stay away from the stage for so long, so Avatar will participate in the Shiprocked cruise in January.

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