by Doug Moore
Goatwhore at Bowery Ballroom, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Rumors about the lineup of the 2014 edition of the Metal Alliance package tour have been floating around for a while, but now they're
much more substantial announced: the lineup will feature Behemoth in the headlining slot, with 1349, Goatwhore, Black Crown Initiate, and Inquisition. It's a compelling lineup -- Behemoth recently released a promising new song (with an NSFW video), and Inquisition's 2013 release Obscure Verses for the Multiverse was one of the year's most critically acclaimed metal albums. It's also the most black metal-intensive lineup in the tour's history, which says something about the genre's growing cachet.
Tickets for all dates, including NYC at Irving Plaza on 4/19, are on presale now. Tickets for the NYC show and at least some other dates officially go on sale Friday via Ticketmaster, after another presale via Ticketmaster Wednesday.
Everyone on the tour except Behemoth also plays the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest, which goes down from April 17-19 at the Worcester Palladium.
Check out the full run of dates, the tour flyer and that NSFW Behemoth video if you haven't seen it yet, below...
2014 METAL ALLIANCE TOUR DATES
Apr 04 Club Red Tempe, AZ
Apr 05 House of Blues - Sunset Strip West Hollywood, CA
Apr 06 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA
Apr 08 Gothic Theatre Englewood, CO
Apr 11 House of Blues- Dallas Dallas, TX
Apr 12 Emo's Austin, TX
Apr 13 House of Blues- Houston Houston, TX
Apr 15 The Beacham Orlando, FL
Apr 16 Tremont Music Hall Charlotte, NC
Apr 17 Theatre of the Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
Apr 19 Irving Plaza New York, NY
Apr 22 Club Soda Montreal, QC
Apr 23 The Opera House Toronto, ON
Apr 24 Agora Ballroom Cleveland, OH
Apr 25 House of Blues- Chicago Chicago, IL
Apr 26 Skyway Theater- Studio B Minneapolis, MN
Apr 27 The Garrick Winnipeg, MB
Apr 29 MacEwan Hall Calgary, AB
Apr 30 Union Hall Edmonton, AB
May 02 Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver, BC
May 03 Studio Seven Seattle, WA