This August, three contemporary extreme music luminaries — PRIMITIVE WEAPONS, MARES OF THRACE and PILGRIM — will hit the road on a three-way co-headlining tour of the Northeastern U.S.

The diverse, ten-date excursion will commence in Boston on the last day of July and run counter-clockwise through Connecticut, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Ohio before the finale in Chicago. As all three acts have recently released new LPs, and all demand your attention as they project their intense anthems from the state, PRIMITIVE WEAPONS, MARES OF THRACE and PILGRIM will take turns headlining shows throughout the endeavor.

The Pilgrimage — the sophomore LP from Calgary duo MARES OF THRACE — was released worldwide via Sonic Unyon Metal in April. Critics and fans alike have been blown away by the band’s dynamic, metallic hybrid of sludge and scathing metalcore tendencies, the album receiving rave reviews and major coverage from media outlets worldwide. Following a victorious Spring tour through Southern Canada and the Northern U.S., the band are energized to get back out there and sear some more ears this Summer.

PILGRIM‘s debut LP Misery Wizard was released through Metal Blade via Alan Nemtheanga’s (Primordial) imprint, Poison Tongue Records, in February. With a mix of destruction, misery and beauty, this Rhode Island-based doom trio blend a surprisingly original sword ‘n’ sorcery feel with the classic chest-caving heaviness of the masters, Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus, Reverend Bizarre and Pentagram. The trio has been touring regionally throughout the Eastern U.S. all year, including performances at this year’s SXSW festivities, along with two large Scandinavian metal fests in May.

Brooklyn ethereal hardcore/metal squad PRIMITIVE WEAPONS released their lauded debut album The Shadow Gallery in March, on CD via Prosthetic Records and on LP via Brutal Panda Records. The band’s unique blend of unhinged, foreboding metallic hardcore and killer stage presence has elevated the unit from being an NYC live favorite to a nationally touring band, having toured down to SXSW and back this Spring and much more in support of the album.

7/31/2012 O’Briens – Boston, MA
8/02/2012 Cherry St. Station – Wallingford, CT
8/03/2012 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
8/04/2012 Broadway Bar – Amityville, NY
8/05/2012 Talking Head – Baltimore, MD
8/06/2012 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
8/07/2012 The Depot – York, PA
8/08/2012 Pirates Cove – Cleveland, OH
8/09/2012 Ruby Tuesday – Columbus, OH
8/10/2012 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL