Black Crusade tour: leading lights of metal drumming to sweep UK

Some of the world's finest drummers will hit the UK this November as part of The Black Crusade tour, the mightiest metal tour for many years.

Heading up the tour will be Machine Head (with the heavy-hitting Dave McClain on drums), Trivium (starring the one-and-only Travis Smith), while Dragonforce (with Dave Mackintosh, the man you voted 5th Best New Drummer in last year's Rhythm Readers Poll, pounding the skins) and Arch Enemy (featuring metal monster Daniel Erlandsson) will also be in tow. A fifth act is yet to be confirmed.

The dates are as follows… 20 November - Glasgow SECC (call 0870 040 4000) 21 November - Manchester MEN Arena (call 0870 190 8000) 23 November - Birmingham NEC (call 0870 909 4133) 24 & 25 November - London Brixton Academy (call 0870 771 2000) 26 November - Cardiff CIA Arena (call 029 2022 4488)