Sweden’s finest AVATAR have announced new North American tour dates today in support of IN THIS MOMENT and MOTIONLESS IN WHITE on the ‘Half God Half Devil’ Tour. The tour begins Friday, April 7 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Eagles Ballroom and then continues through mid-May.

“We’ve got many friends in the United States nowadays and we feel like making some new ones,”says frontman Johannes Eckerström. “We are grateful for this opportunity to hit the road. I believe this will not only be a chance to meet all our faithful Avatar Country-citizens once again, but I think there will be a busy day on our embassy following this.”

“It’s funny that the one I look forward to the most to perform in front of this time is YOU, who won’t be reading this as you don’t know who we are yet. Boy, oh boy are you in for a treat… It’s on.”

AVATAR will also make appearances at a number of highly coveted hard rock festivals, including Chicago’s Chicago Open Air (Saturday, July 15), France’s HELLFEST (Friday, June 16) and Belgium’s Graspop (Saturday, June 17).

A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will begin on Wednesday, February 8 at 10:00 a.m. EST and end on Thursday, February 9 at 10:00 p.m. EST. When prompted, type in the presale code “ITMBBM” to access tickets before the general public.

The general onsale is Friday, February 10 at 10 a.m. local time.

Apr. 07 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom  
Apr. 08 – Green Bay, WI – The Sandlot  
Apr. 09 – Maplewood, MN – Myth Live  
Apr. 11 – Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium/Underground  
Apr. 12 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theater at The Midland  
Apr. 14 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre  
Apr. 15 – Columbus, OH – Express Live  
Apr. 16 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall  
Apr. 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory  
Apr. 19 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre  
Apr. 21 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!  
Apr. 22 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater  
Apr. 23 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium  
Apr. 25 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE  
Apr. 26 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit  
Apr. 28 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade – Heaven  
May 02 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City  
May 03 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s  
May 05 – Nashville, TN – War Memorial Auditorium  
AVATAR released their very first concept album titled Feathers & Flesh last year via Entertainment One (eOne) in North America and Canada with Another Century releasing the record overseas. The new release was the band’s highly anticipated followup to Hail The Apocalypse released in 2014, which cracked the Billboard Top 200 for the first time in the band’s career.

The aim is set higher, further and deeper than ever before for AVATAR. Not only is this concept album their most extensive work to date, showing the widest range of any of their albums, it also contains a story too extensive for any booklet, so they made a book. A fully illustrated 60 page, 109 verse poem hardcover book. Click here for more info.

Feathers & Flesh was recorded in Germany, Finland and Sweden in December 2015 with producer extraordinaire Sylvia Massy (System of a Down, Tool, Red Hot Chili Peppers). “Avatar is an amazing band,” said Massy, adding, “The singer has the wild energy and charisma I love, and the players are relentless. The album we’re making is an epic. Each song powerfully stands on it’s own, but is only a piece of a larger story. This album is the project I’ve been dreaming about for years!”

The music is as always, rooted in the extreme, with plenty of melodic sensibility and a lust for experimentation. There is a love for intense double bass drumming, riffing and shredding of timeless dimensions alongside rough edges, slow grooves and epic storytelling for the ages. The idea is that as the band digs deeper, the fists will be held up higher. The end result is a modern metal album with all the ruthlessness and power one could ask for handled with a loving songwriter’s hand, inspired by The Beatles and Queen.

AVATAR have developed quite the reputation for touring the US harder than even some of their American counterparts. Most notably, the band has grown well known for their epic performances in the US festival market. After their memorable performance at Rock on the Range 2014, a first for the band, it shows no signs of stopping.

“Feathers and Flesh ebbs and flows wonderfully from start to finish. Although Feathers & Flesh is a lot to absorb in one sitting, the payoff is totally worth it.” 9/10
“The songs are so well done that if you close your eyes and simply listen, you will be taken on a voyage.” AXS 5/5

“Immaculately produced by the legendary Sylvia Massy, Feathers & Flesh sounds like it could be a continuation of SoaD’s Mezmerize/Hypnotize records: intense, schizophrenic, and precise.” ABOUT.COM

1. Regret
2. House of Eternal Hunt
3. The Eagle has Landed
4. New Land
5. Tooth, Beak & Claw
6. For The Swarm
7. Fiddler’s Farewell
8. One More Hill
9. Black Waters
10. Night Never Ending
11. Pray the Sun Away
12. When The Snow Lies Red
13. Raven Wine
14. Sky Burial

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