Defending the metal!

Swedish metal titans Opeth and Arch Enemy are teaming up to co-headline Metal Hammer magazine´s inaugural Defenders of the Faith tour in April.

Only those who define what it is to be state of the art metal in 2008 could ever be considered worthy to play under the Metal Hammer flag, and the Defenders of the Faith tour lives up to its epic billing!

Mikael kerfeldt´s prog wizards and Michael Amott´s melodic death masters head to these shores for a four date UK pummelling from 23rd to 26th April.

The Defenders tour, in association with Live Nation and the Agency, is slated to become an annual event celebrating the very finest bands in metaldom. Completing the bill are bludgeoning US nutters Devildriver and retro metal upstarts Three Inches of Blood, making this a four band package that will shake the very foundations of every venue it touches.

Opeth have just released their very first double live album, //The Roundhouse Tapes//, to rave reviews and brand new studio album //Watershed// is due out early summer. Arch Enemy´s //Rise of The Tyrant// opus is being hailed as one of the pivotal metal releases of 2007.

The tour will be backed by substantial coverage in TG´s sister mag Metal Hammer and online.

The dates are as follows:

April 23rd - Birmingham Academy

April 224th - Glasgow Barrowlands

April 25th - Manchester Academy

April 26th - Brixton Academy