by Doug Moore

Skeletonwitch at MHOW in July (more by Vladislav Grach)

So this tour is kind of a blockbuster. Sweden's ever-popular Amon Amarth, who put out their ninth album of Viking-themed melodic death metal earlier this year, are taking to North America for a month-long jaunt in January and February of 2014. The opening lineup is perhaps even more interesting. Norway's Enslaved will provide direct support, with extra help from Ohio's own hard-touring Skeletonwitch, who will first hit the road with The Black Dahlia Murder for a tour that hits NYC on 10/26 at Knitting Factory (tix). Skeletonwitch are also prepping to release a new album of their own, Serpents Unleashed, via Prosthetic Records on 10/29.

It'll be interesting to see how the current, prog-oriented incarnation of Enslaved fares between the über high-energy sets from Skeletonwitch and Amon Amarth. The tour hits NYC at Irving Plaza on February 4. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/20) at 10 AM with Citi Cardmember/VIP Package presales starting Tuesday (9/17) at 10 AM and Live Nation/Music Geeks presales starting Wednesday (9/18) at 10 AM (password for the Music Geeks presale is "musicgeeks"). Check out the full list of dates, a new Amon Amarth jam, and an Invisible Oranges-debuted Skeletonwitch studio update below.

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Amon Amarth - "Deceiver of the Gods"

Skeletonwitch Studio Update

AMON AMARTH/ENSLAVED/SKELETONWITCH WINTER 2014 TOUR
January 17 - Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
January 18 - Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
January 20 - San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
January 21 - Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
January 22 - Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
January 24 - Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
January 25 - Tampa, FL @ The Ritz
January 26 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
January 27 - Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues (no Skeletonwitch)
January 29 - Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
January 30 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVA
January 31 - Silver Springs, MD @ The Fillmore
February 1 - Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
February 3 - Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
February 4 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
February 7 - Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
February 8 - Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
February 9 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
February 11 - Denver, CO @ Summit Theatre
February 12 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Murray Theater
February 14 - San Francisco, CA @ The Regency
February 15 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
February 16 - San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues (no Enslaved)

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