Alright, so I think I’ve bitched enough about how The Summer Slaughter Tour for the year is a tad bit lackluster. Last year’s lineup was pretty consistent in quality, but this year features more terrible music that I care to drive four hours or more to sit through. Some of you that are luckily enough to not be geographically impaired and happen to really dig The Black Dahlia Murder and don’t care to drive a half hour to see them headline over shitty bands like Oceano. Good for you! Really, I wish I had that luxury, but seeing as how I’m apparently four hours away from any good show, I have to weed out the bullshit. I’m sure I’m not the only one around here that has to do a bit of travel to see shows, so when I talk about tours and such, I’m a bit critical of lineup consistency and such for those in my predicament. So yeah, done with that.

However, a lineup that does feature more consistently great acts is Slaughter Survivors, a collection of bands that were considered for the opening support slot for Summer Slaughter. The bands, for the most part, seem to be conveniently catered specifically for Heavy Blog Is Heavy’s general demographic and readership. The most vocal of you seem to line up with me in taste, so you should dig the lineup:


Now that’s a lineup I’d drive four hours to see, and it looks like I might just be able to! Check out the dates after the jump.

THU 7/21 Hollywood, CA @ Key Club (Official Summer Slaughter Tour Kickoff Party)

FRI 7/22 Tucson, AZ @ The Rock

SAT 7/23 Gallup, NM @ The Juggernaut

SUN 7/24 Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s

MON 7/25 Austin, TX @ Emo’s

WED 7/27 Orlando, FL @ Firestone

THU 7/28 St Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre

FRI 7/29 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

SAT 7/30 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

SUN 7/31 Trenton, NJ @ Backstage at Champs

WED 8/03 Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13

THU 8/04 Amityville, NY @ Broadway Bar

FRI 8/05 Holyoke, MA @ Waterfront Tavern

SAT 8/06 Amsterdam, NY @ Elks Hall 101

SUN 8/07 Jermyn, PA @ Eleanor Rigby’s

MON 8/08 Covington, KY @ Mad Hatter

WED 8/10 Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater

THU 8/11 Steger, IL @ Another Hole In the Wall

FRI 8/12 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4

SAT 8/13 Des Moines, IA @ People’s Court

SUN 8/14 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground

MON 8/15 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater

TUE 8/16 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue

THU 8/18 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction

FRI 8/19 Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk

SAT 8/20 Sparks, NV @ The Alley


I, as well as HBIH co-writer Gunnar (DeusExMachina) will be trying to hit up The Mad Hatter in Covington. Hopefully the rest of you folks have something within a reasonable distance! If you can make it out, I urge you to take advantage!

– JR


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