German thrash metal veterans KREATOR will headline next year’s edition of the annual Decibel Magazine Tour. Support on the trek will come from Florida death metal legendsnOBITUARY, old-school Ohio brutalizers MIDNIGHT and celebrated progressive death prodigies HORRENDOUS (with regional openers in select markets to be announced next year).

Tickets for the 2017 Decibel Magazine Tour go on sale Friday, December 9 at 10 a.m. local time.

The dates are as follows:

Mar. 17 – Charlotte, NC – Underground
Mar. 18 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Mar. 19 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
Mar. 20 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
Mar. 21 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
Mar. 22 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Mar. 24 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
Mar. 25 – Santa Ana, CA – Observatory
Mar. 26 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Mar. 27 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
Mar. 28 – Seattle, WA – Neptune
Mar. 29 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw
Mar. 31 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Ballroom
Apr. 01 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
Apr. 04 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
Apr. 06 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
Apr. 07 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
Apr. 08 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
Apr. 09 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
Apr. 11 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Apr. 12 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda
Apr. 13 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
Apr. 14 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Apr. 15 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA

KREATOR‘s 14th album, “Gods Of Violence”, will be released on January 27, 2017 via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover artwork for the disc was created by renowned artist Jan Meininghaus, who also made the limited-edition artwork for KREATOR‘s last album, 2012’s “Phantom Antichrist”, and has lent his talents to bands like BOLT THROWER, ACCEPT and OVERKILL in the past.

KREATOR singer/guitarist and main songwriter Mille Petrozza told Metal Wani about the songwriting process for “Gods Of Violence”: “We just wanted to write new songs that are just, ‘Wow!’ I think that’s basically what we had in mind. One thing that we were all conscious about was that we needed to come up with an album that blows everyone away. So whatever it takes, we do. That’s the only conscious decision that we made — to come up with something exciting; that’s the key.”

Regarding KREATOR‘s decision to return to Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden to record “Gods Of Violence” with producer Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, KATATONIA), Mille said: “It was fantastic. We had a great time. We knew the location, we knew the studio, and it was really cool. And it was summertime this time, so it was a lot easier, really. It was nice.”

OBITUARY is putting the finishing touches on the follow-up to 2014’s “Inked In Blood” album for an early 2017 release. OBITUARY guitarist Trevor Peres told The Breathless Sleep and Jörmungandr Media about the upcoming effoty: “Our new album is gonna come out, like, March-ish, in March. We just finished recording this, literally, before this tour started. I think there’s gonna be, like, eleven songs on the album, including ‘Ten Thousand Ways To Die’ [from the recently released single] — that song is gonna be on it, and another ten or eleven on top of that. The guy who recorded, Joe Cincotta — he’s the one who did our live recordings — he’s the one mixing the album right now; he’s in New York mixing it. So every day he’s been sending us different mixes, so it’s really brutal.”

Regarding the songwriting process for the new OBITUARY album, Trevor said: “Compared to ‘Inked In Blood’, as far as composing and stuff, it’s always kind of the same, as far as how we structure or start writing a song; it always kind of has been, from day one. It is more difficult to come up with something fresh and catchy and long-lasting. It’s really strange, especially after writing music for thirty-something years now in my life. It’s definitely difficult. In fact, when we did ‘Inked In Blood’, we spent four years, probably, composing and recording and re-writing and re-structuring and re-recording ’till we were, like, really satisfied.”