I love a good diverse tour billing. It’s always good to see a show that changes things up not only so that bands can play in front of some new people that wouldn’t have normally seen one of their sets, but so fans can get a glimpse at what other areas of the metal spectrum they’ve been missing out on. Not only that, if you’re open minded, you’re never bored. That’s what made this year’s Summer Slaughter tour so excellent. Every band was different!

With that in mind, the latest big tour to be announced for 2013 is Hatebreed’s headlining tour, which features Shadows Fall, Dying Fetus, and The Contortionist. There’s a little something for everyone into the more extreme music genres! Despite the variety, there’s a universal moshability going on throughout the night. Expect stoked crowds everywhere.

Here are the dates:

Jan 26 – Flint, MI – Machine Shop
Jan 27 – Joilet, IL – Mojoes
Jan 28 – Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium
Jan 30 – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
Jan 31 – Flagstaff, AZ – Orpheum Theater
Feb 1 – Los Angeles, CA – Roxy
Feb 2 – Chico, CA – Senator Theater
Feb 3 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
Feb 5 – Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
Feb 6 – Wichita, KS – Cotillion
Feb 7 – Sauget, IL – Pop’s
Feb 8 – Lexington, KY – Busters
Feb 9 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
Feb 11 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
Feb 12 – Jacksonville, FL – Freebird Live
Feb 13 – Jacksonville, NC – Hooligans
Feb 14 – West Springfield, VA – Empire
Feb 15 – Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock
Feb 16 – Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theater
Feb 17 – Amityville, NY – Revolution

Hello, Lexington! I may finally end up seeing The Contortionist live, which is something I’ve been dying to do since Exoplanet dropped. Their set will likely be very short, though. I’ve never been a fan of Hatebreed (tough guy hardcore ain’t my thing), but I’m sure they’ll still rock an impressive live show. At the very least I’ll get to leave early, so I ain’t even mad.

- JR