The Metal Alliance tour has been “cancelled”, for reasons fans, and, more interestingly, the bands don’t fully understand yet. And by “cancelled”, I naturally mean that the tour will continue on as planned, with two exceptions: one; the tour will no longer be associated in any way with the Metal Alliance brand and two; Entombed AD will not be playing any of the upcoming dates, much to their own confusion.

From what we can gather, it seems Swedish death metalers were inexplicably plucked off the tour earlier this week, shipped back to their home country, and left scratching their heads in bewilderment all the while, according to a recent announcement on the band’s Facebook page:

Attention US headbangers! We got pulled of the U.S. Tour for reasons we don’t yet know. On our way to Sweden now. Never…

Posted by Entombed A.D. on Sunday, June 7, 2015

Strange? Extremely. Days later, Century Media, who represent the headlining band Deicide, released the following statement, which provided at least a little clarification:

Due to unforeseen financial issues, Continental Concerts and the “Metal Alliance Tour” regret to announce that the 2015 “Metal Alliance Tour” has been cancelled. However, the remaining dates will continue on as a DEICIDE headlining run, featuring special guests as support (ENTOMBED A.D. is not on the bill due to the aforementioned issues).

Ah. Whether this means the end of the Metal Alliance tour in years to come remains to be seen, but it doesn’t seem likely that the brand will recover from the debacle, which is unfortunate. While the whole ordeal is undoubtedly disappointing to all parties, it comes as something of a consolation to the fans and the bands to know that the tour will move forward relatively intact. In case you’re unclear on the line-up, the bands in tow, in addition to Deicide, include Hate Eternal, Black Crown Initiate (there’s your money’s worth right there to be honest), Lorna Shore, and Svart Crown. Take a peek at the list of remaining dates below and snag up some tickets!:

June 11 – Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS
June 12 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
June 13 – El Paso, TX @ Mesa Music Hall
June 14 – Lubbock, TX @ Depot “O” Bar Live
June 15 – Austin, TX @ Empire Garage
June 16 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!
June 18 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
June 19 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
June 20 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall


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