A new summer festival tour called Sounds Of The Underground has been announced and is scheduled to run from June 25th through the end of July in both indoor and outdoor venues in the US and Canada. The tour will bring together 18 hardcore and metal bands, including Clutch, Poison The Well, Opeth, Unearth, From Autumn To Ashes, Chimaira, Norma Jean, Every Time I Die, Strapping Young Lad, Throwdown, High On Fire, Devil Driver, All That Remains and A Life Once Lost. A "special half-time performance" will be put on by Gwar mid-way though the shows. Madball and Terror will play the East and West portions of the tour respectively, and select regional appearances will be made by the Red Chord (East coast markets), Fear Before The March Of Flames (Midwest and Southeast markets) and Himsa (Western markets). An additional headliner is still to be announced.
The tour is expected to become an annual summer event. The folks responsible for putting it together include Music Touring booking agent Tim Borror, Ferret Music executive/artist manager Paul Conroy, Ferret Music owner Carl Severson and artist manager Larry Mazer. Tickets are expected to be priced under $30 and organizers plan to pass along info on how and where to beat surcharges and get the best price for the shows. Dates have yet to be announced.