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METAL BLADE WEBSITE | METAL BLADE MYSPACE presents: Hammers of Misfortune and The Gates of Slumber on tour!
Tour to commence July 18th in Chicago, IL

San Francisco's Hammers of Misfortune will be touring throughout the Midwest and east coast this July with doom purveyors The Gates of Slumber! The tour, which is being presented by the popular NYC-centric music blog,, will begin on July 18th in Chicago, IL and finish in Toronto, ON on July 27th. For Hammers of Misfortune, this tour follows up an extremely successful appearance at Holland's Roadburn Festival 2012 in April. Fans in the band's hometown of San Francisco can catch Hammers of Misfortune with Grayceon and Wild Hunt on June 23rd at the Elbo Room. The Gates of Slumber are on tour now supporting Rise Above/Metal Blade label mates, Church of Misery, with headlining dates to run from June 11th-June 16th.

Tour w/ The Gates of Slumber
07/18 Chicago, IL Reggies
07/19 Grand Rapids, MI Pyramid Scheme
07/20 Columbus, OH Ruby Tuesday
07/21 Baltimore, MD Golden West
07/22 Philadelphia, PA North Star
07/23 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
07/25 Cambridge, MA TT The Bears
07/26 Montreal, QC Il Motore
07/27 Toronto, ON Courthouse

Hammers of Misfortune's 17th Street, released on October 25th of last year, stands as one of the most critically-acclaimed releases of 2011. The album reached #37 on Decibel Magazine's top 40 extreme albums of 2011 and challenges fans to "listen to "The Grain" and try not to get the chorus stuck in your head for days." With a newly-rejuvenated line-up and their signature sound intact, San Francisco's Hammers of Misfortune have returned with 17th Street, a brash and heartfelt song cycle, blending the best elements of NWOBHM, thrash, doom metal, and American folk music while somehow sounding unlike any of these. 17th Street takes the band's inimitable sound to a new level, creating an emotional gravity that only further accentuates the band's formidable songwriting chops. "I can see how someone could find it an upbeat record at first glance" says John Cobbett, guitarist and producer of the band, also of underground metal legends Ludicra and Slough Feg. "If you listen carefully, you'll find that each song has its own point of view. You might find hope, or something very different, very dark."

The Gates of Slumber's The Wretch, released on May 10th, 2011, was praised by The Onion as "a hangover-haunted scorcher" and raves that it's "the most captivating and accomplished album yet from a band that grows exponentially on each recording". Featuring eight slabs of punishing doom metal, The Wretch is the Indianapolis trio’s finest work to date. Recorded during the cold British winter of 2010 at Orgone Studios, London and produced by Jaime Gomez Arellano, the album sees the band taking their trademark blend of skull-crushing riffs and pounding rhythms to new heights and marks a return to the slower all-out doom tempos of their early albums.

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