Three hard rock and metal tours you must catch a leg of this year

Vocalist Corey Taylor of American heavy metal group Slipknot performing live on the Main Stage at Download Festival on June 14, 2013.

There are some huge tours occurring in 2019 involving some of hard rock and metal’s biggest bands. Here are the three you cannot miss.

Music filed under hard rock/metal section can sometimes be seen as somewhat inaccessible. That said, this is changing a bit with the rise of bands such as Bring Me the Horizon becoming more mainstream and it’s my belief that more people should be open to the kind of rock where the gain is turned up and the live experience is full immersive. If you’ve one resolution this year, try and get to a gig on one of the following three hard rock and metal tours in 2019.

Muse: The Devon trio are by far and away the most accessible and popular band here. Muse’s live shows are a ridiculous cacophony of outrageous playing skill alongside extremely creative visuals that leave the audience in rapture and awe in equal measure.

(L-R) Dominic Howard, Matt Bellamy. and Chris Wolstenholme of Muse perform onstage at Not So Silent Night presented by Radio.com at Barclays Center on December 6, 2018 in New York City.(L-R) Dominic Howard, Matt Bellamy. and Chris Wolstenholme of Muse perform onstage at Not So Silent Night presented by Radio.com at Barclays Center on December 6, 2018 in New York City.

With a back catalogue as extensive, yet still relevant as Muse’s, you’ll also probably know at least some of the songs and, who knows, you may even enjoy some of the ones you don’t. Whatever happens, you’re guaranteed a completely memorable experience. The tour is travelling across North America until April, then heading across Europe between May and July and culminates in Singapore and Brazil in September and October respectively, so chances are, wherever you read this from, you’ll be able to catch a gig.

 

Emmure: From the most well-known and accessible to the least. Emmure trade on being a cult and, as such, the band probably wouldn’t be too happy with some journo urging people to try and get to see them on their European tour in April – the only announced 2018 dates so far.

But never mind what they want, it’s your enjoyment I care for and, quite frankly, I dare you not to fall in love with Emmure after seeing them live. I was hopelessly unaware of them until I saw them in one of the tents at Download Festival last year and now I cannot get enough.

(L-R) Mike Mulholland , Frankie Palmeri, Adam Pierce and Mark Davis with Emmure perform during the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on August 10,...(L-R) Mike Mulholland , Frankie Palmeri, Adam Pierce and Mark Davis with Emmure perform during the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on August 10,...

The venues will be small and the band’s blend of Limp Bizkit meets hell on Earth through drop-tuned guitars and vocal aggression lends itself perfectly to a small live setting. And the great thing about the small venue tour and the band’s cult status is, of course, that you won’t have to remortgage to see them.

Slipknot perform at the Roskilde Festival.Slipknot perform at the Roskilde Festival.

Slipknot: Finally, the band that fall somewhere in the middle of the two above. Slipknot are hugely well-known but maybe lack the popularity they deserve in the mainstream. The Iowa band are one of the greatest metal bands ever to commit to record in my humble opinion and are a complete force of nature live, be it through the sheer visual surprise that comes with that many members in a band or be it the level of aural texture that brings.

To boot, Slipknot perfectly mix riff aggression and technical skill with vocal melody and straight chords. They’re on tour throughout Europe between June and July and have a date booked in their home state at Iowa State Fair in August and, given that they’re supposed to be releasing new material this year, I can imagine there’ll be extra dates added in other locations around the world.

Honourable mentions: British melodic metal act Architects will appear across Europe and North America until July; Metallica – the single biggest and arguably greatest act in metal – will be touring across those same regions until August but be warned that the tickets are a small fortune; and, for those of you in the southern hemisphere feeling frozen out, US hardcore act Turnstile are making their way across Australia this month before some European dates in May and June.

(L-R) Robert Trujillo, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, and Kirk Hammett of Metallica perform during the band's 'Worldwired Tour' at Golden 1 Center on December 7, 2018 in Sacramento,...(L-R) Robert Trujillo, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, and Kirk Hammett of Metallica perform during the band's 'Worldwired Tour' at Golden 1 Center on December 7, 2018 in Sacramento,...

So, get out there and engage with some of the harder, faster and darker elements of rock, rather than eschewing a whole world of fantastic music you may not have got on board with before.

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