Brooklyn-based experimental metal outfit TOMBS will kick off a three-plus week US tour with Fit For An Autopsy and Moon Tooth later this week. The journey will commence on June 16th and run through July 9th. See all confirmed dates below.
The tour comes in conjunction with the release of TOMBS' fourth full-length, The Grand Annihilation, set to drop via Metal Blade Records this Friday. Produced by Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Soilent Green, Belphegor, Hate Eternal), The Grand Annihilation remains rooted in the blackened, post-metallic sound that the band has become known for since 2007's self-titled EP, while also being their most experimental record to-date. To sample previously released singles from the record, visit metalblade.com/tombs.
TOMBS w/ Fit For An Autopsy, Moon Tooth:
6/16/2017 Ottobar - Baltimore, MD
6/17/2017 Reverb - Reading, PA
6/18/2017 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA
6/19/2017 Blind Tiger - Greensboro, NC
6/20/2017 Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, GA
6/21/2017 Orpheum - Tampa, FL
6/22/2017 Neutral Ground Coffeehouse - New Orleans, LA
6/23/2017 Grizzly - Austin, TX
6/24/2017 Walters - Houston, TX
6/25/2017 Curtain Club - Dallas, TX
6/26/2017 Blu Phoenix - Albuquerque, NM
6/27/2017 Nile Half Room - Mesa, AZ
6/28/2017 Roxy - West Hollywood, CA
6/29/2017 DNA Lounge - San Francisco, CA
6/30/2017 Lost on Main - Chico, CA
7/01/2017 Analog - Portland, OR
7/02/2017 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
7/04/2017 Metro Music Hall @ Black Metal & Drag BBQ - Salt Lake City, UT *
7/05/2017 Marquis Theatre - Denver, CO
7/06/2017 Waiting Room - Omaha, NE
7/07/2017 Reggies - Chicago, IL
7/08/2017 Foundry - Cleveland, OH
7/09/2017 Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY
* no Fit For An Autopsy, Moon Tooth
TOMBS frontman Mike Hill is not a man interested in appeasing his existing audience or modifying the music he makes in the hope of luring in a broader one. Letting the songs come as and when inspiration hits him is integral to Hill's process, and this accounts in part for The Grand Annihilation's diversity. The blasting, scathing yet melodic black metal savagery of opener "Black Sun Horizon" and "Way Of The Storm" are very much built to destroy, while wielding a poignancy that is undeniable - both of which stand in strong contrast to the uncomfortable post-punk squall of "Underneath" that showcases Hill's Nick Cave/Ian Curtis-esque singing voice, while the likes of the throbbing "Saturnalian" and unnerving tribal thunder of "Walk With Me In Nightmares" stand in categories all of their own. While every track on The Grand Annihilation stands separate from those around it, it is still a cohesive collection, and at no point do the stylistic twists and turns undermine its coherence. "If you've been following TOMBS, you probably know to expect the unexpected, and I always strive to present a full range of emotion on everything with the band's name on it," Hill explains.
"That said, this is a very dark and introspective record that digs deep into the common ideas of mortality, infinity and cosmic mysteries. The lyrics on the new record are a celebration of freedom through embracing the dark side. Once you realize that you follow the dark path - the path of the individual - there is a certain feeling of liberation that accompanies it."