The Summer Slaughter Tour 2024

‘The Summer Slaughter Tour’ Founder Shares His Thoughts On Lineup Backlash To This Year’s Lineup, Reveals Suicidal Tendencies, Dying Fetus & Biohazard Were Originally Planned


To say that rollout and eventual reveal for this year’s ‘Summer Slaughter Tour‘ was divisive would be a nice way to put it. After a several year absence and some unforeseen delays, the trek officially revealed its roster late last month. The core lineup for that return, includes:

Veil Of Maya (co-headliner)
Brand Of Sacrifice (co-headliner)
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A vocal portion of long-time fans of the self-described ‘most extreme tour of the year’ took issue with the lack of more established traditional death metal acts being involved with the bill — something that has largely been a staple throughout its past incarnations.

Others vented on what they felt was a weak lineup — or at least one not congruent with previous years of the tour. Those expectations weren’t unwarranted either, as teasing ahead of the this year’s bill relied heavily on the nostalgia of the past lineups.

Now the tour’s founder Ash Avildsen has spoken with The Punk Rock MBA about this year’s tour, the backlash, and his vision for elevating up and and coming bands. Addressing the negative reaction to this year’s lineup out of the gate, Avildsen offered [transcribed by]:

“I think — total transparency — I think what happened with the announce, was for anyone that’s seen ‘Game Of Thrones‘. The last episode got a lot of backlash because the second to last episode was so impressive, and climactic and powerful. ‘Dracarys’, and all of the action, and carnage, and drama. So [then] people assumed that the finale was gonna eclipse the second to last episode, and naturally that didn’t happen.

Had it all been one episode it probably would have landed differently with all the fans. I think because the way we teased the comeback of the tour, and showed all the old posters, and all the lore around the tour, and these old lineups; I think a lot of fans assumed because we were returning and everything’s gotta be bigger and better post-COVID… I think kinda everyone had it in their minds there was gonna be some kind of massive lineup with all these big legacy bands. And it’s just not realistic to do tours like that in clubs anymore, unfortunately, because of how expensive it is to tour.

But outside of that, I think everyone was just expecting it’s gonna be so larger than life. And I think I underestimated what the perception of the brand actually meant to people. Because to me, starting the tour was always about, ya know, still having older acts on it. But it was all about elevating the future and helping current younger bands get bigger.”

Revealing the original lineup envisioned for the tour, Avildsen stated:

“Truth be told, we looked at a more legacy, larger than life, big lineup when we were first talked about bringing the tour back. I mean we were looking at Suicidal Tendencies, Dying Fetus, Biohazard triple co-headline.”

When pointed out by the host Finn McKenty that that bill sounded ‘expensive’, Avildsen responded:

“It’s tough to take a tour like that in 20-30 cities in a row for a myriad of reasons. All 3 are iconic, timeless bands in their own right. And it got to the point, where we’re trying to see if it was even possible — some bands couldn’t do all the dates. Everyone’s got plans in Europe in the summer. And I just kinda had a heart to heart with everyone involved in the tour. And we’re like ‘dude, we created this tour to help move forward a new era of bands’. Even if we still had Cannibal Corpse and certain older acts headline the tour. I was like, let’s focus on something that is going to do that, and bands that we think have earned the right to be on the top of it.”

After speaking on how the tour had a history of helping prop up the current crop of metalcore, deathcore, etc. stars, Avildsen added:

“To me it was always like a community-based thing where it’s like, ‘hey, let’s champion these bands this year.’ So this, like the backlash. I think some of it’s because they assume it’s gonna be Cannibal Corpse, and they’re gonna bring back Necrophagist, and Meshuggah is gonna be L.A. and New York, and we’re gonna fuckin reunite the original Morbid Angel…”

Avildsen would go on to vent about the toxicity of gatekeeping, before offering:

“If you’re let down that we didn’t have a bunch of older bands… I mean, I’m sorry if we let you down, but Veil Of Maya, Brand Of Sacrifice, Gideon, these bands have earned it. They’re fucking great. Give them the opportunity to headline.”

Avildsen also later affirmed his support for the aforementioned trio of artists. After explaining how he loves to watch bands level up and grow into headliners, he boldly stated:

“I stand by all these bands. If all you ‘Summer Slaughter‘ ledge jumpers aren’t really sure, if you think it’s not worth your time. I stand by these bands we put at the top. If you go to the show and you’re like ‘Veil Of Maya, Brand Of Sacrifice & Gideon didn’t make me feel like I got my money’s worth, email me dude, I’ll PayPal you the money back. These bands are going to deliver man. It’s their time.”

The dates for this year’s lineup run as follows:

07/12 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Monarch
07/13 Pittsburgh, PA – Mountain View Amphitheatre (no Veil Of Maya/BRAT)
07/14 to be announced on May 20th
07/15 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
07/17 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
07/20 Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall (no Veil Of Maya/Brand Of Sacrifice/Gideon)
07/22 Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s
07/23 Sauget, IL – Pops (no BRAT)
07/25 Houston, TX – Warehouse live
07/26 Dallas, TX – South Side Music Hall
07/27 Austin, TX – The Far Out Lounge
07/28 San Antonio – TX – Aztec Theater
07/30 Phoenix, AZ – The Marquee
07/31 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
08/01 Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium (no BRAT)
08/03 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall (no BRAT)
08/05 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
08/06 Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Complex
08/08 to be announced on May 20th
08/09 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
08/10 Reading, PA – Reverb

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