I’m a tour fanatic. I try to catch every show I possibly can. Living in Gainesville grants me the opportunity to be 2 hours from Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa so I’m usually fortunate to attend any shows that make their way to Florida. As a continuation of an early blog post I did regarding the international prevalence of metal I decided to take a look at some upcoming tours to see how internationally diverse they are. My findings are anything but surprising at this point.

The Deconsecrate The Nation Tour

This tour boasts one of the most exciting lineups to come around all year. Lets look at the bands: Both the Faceless and Revocation are US based bands while The Haarp Machine is from the UK. So 1/3 of the bands aren’t from the US. Not bad. While the band may be from the UK, their members have scattered origins. Abdullah Al-Mu’min started the band from his bedroom on his own between ’07 and ’09, whilst trying to find able musicians who shared the same passion and drive. This tour will actually be the bands first tour in the US as their previously planned tour was cancelled because the US Government denied the band entry into the state. Many believe it was a result of Al-Mu’min’s middle eastern sounding name. Unfortunately this tour doesn’t make its way to the sunshine state so I’ll have to make a trip to Texas if I want to catch a show.

Insomnium Tour

This is probably my most anticipated tour of the year. Not because of the well rounded lineup, but because of the fact that Insomnium is finally making their way over to the US from Finland. So, the headliner is international, but what about the rest of the lineup? Epica is from the Neatherlands, Alestorm is from Scotland and System Divide has no ‘home’ so to speak but  features members from Israel, Belgium and the US. So, not only does the entire roster feature bands not from the United States, one of the bands is so international that they can’t even designate a ‘home’ to be from. The fact that this tour has sold out most of its dates is a true testament to the international power and popularity of metal.

Lamb of God Tour

This is easily the biggest and most popular metal tour this year. Fresh out of jail, Randy Blythe rejoins Lamb of God to take on their homeland of the United States. Joining them is one of the most popular metal bands in the world – In Flames who hail from Sweden. Hatebreed, another US powerhouse band, lands a spot on the bill along with Sylosis from the United Kingdom. This tour is interesting because it includes 2 of the most popular metal bands in the work with Lamb of God and In Flames. This tour rocks a 50% international raiting.

I am not surprised at the amount of international metal bands on these tours. Metal has always been and will always be a global scene.