Despite having just released their new studio album ‘Repentless,’ the members of Slayer already have their eyes set on next year’s touring arrangements. The 2016 tour from these thrash metal veterans is bound to be one of the most memorable of the new year, seeing as Slayer will be accompanied by Testament and Carcass during their forthcoming run.
The first leg of Slayer’s North American tour is scheduled to begin on February 19 and continue through until March 26, and while more dates are currently in the works this is already an extensive run. This schedule shows Slayer powering through more than two dozen shows in a five week period, which speaks for the band’s dedication to the road.
Testament are currently working on their next record, which is expected for release in early 2016. Guitarist Eric Peterson recently discussed what Testament’s plans are for their eleventh studio effort with Lithium Magazine, explaining: “We’re on our eleventh record, and we’re into this, like, 25, 30 years now.
“It’s kind of, like, there’s so many bands doing what we do, our style of music, and, I think, a band like us, when you’ve been around this long, you don’t wanna just put out the same thing; you don’t wanna do the cookie-cutter kind of thing, where you’re just, like, ‘Let’s just copy what we did before.’ For me, it’s gotta come from the heart. So that’s why it’s taking so long. I think everybody will be stoked when it comes out.”
Carcass similarly will be supporting a new release on their 2016 tour with Slayer and Testament; the band released a special edition of their latest album ‘Surgical Steel’ on October 30, as well as a vinyl pressing which dropped November 20 via Nuclear Blast. This reissue packages ‘Surgical Steel’ alongside Carcass’ ‘Surgical Remission/ Surplus Steel’ EP, all of which featured production from Colin Richardson (Napalm Death, Cannibal Corpse) and mixing/mastering from Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Accept, Exodus).
Slayer 2016 North American Tour Dates w/ Testament and Carcass
Feb. 19 – Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL
Feb. 22 – War Memorial, Nashville, TN
Feb. 24 – The National, Richmond, VA
Feb. 26 – House of Blues, Myrtle Beach, SC
Feb. 27 – The Ritz, Raleigh, NC
Feb. 29 – The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
Mar. 02 – Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
Mar. 03 – The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA
Mar. 05 – The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
Mar. 06 – The House of Blues, Boston, MA
Mar. 08 – LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH
Mar. 09 – The Orpheum, Madison, WI
Mar. 11 – Myth, St. Paul, MN
Mar. 12 – Civic Auditorium, Fargo, ND
Mar. 14 – MacEwan Hall, Calgary, AB
Mar. 15 – Shaw Centre, Edmonton, AB
Mar. 17 – Revolution Event Center, Boise, ID
Mar. 19 – The Paramount, Seattle, WA
Mar. 20 – Roseland Ballroom, Portland, OR
Mar. 22 – Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
Mar. 26 – The Joint, Las Vegas, NV