Heavy rock chart-toppers MOTOGRATER and TERROR UNIVERSAL are thrilled to announce their upcoming co-headline dates, which they are dubbing “Tour De Madman”, hitting the southern and midwestern U.S. this June. Select dates have been announced with more TBA. See below for all currently confirmed tour dates.
MOTOGRATER guitarist Matthew “Nuke” Nunes says, “We are happy to be touring now in preparation for another crazy tour… TERROR UNIVERSAL puts on one hell of a live show and MOTOGRATER is ready for war! Come out and see the insanity!”
TERROR UNIVERSAL drummer Massacre says, “All of us in TERROR UNIVERSAL are looking forward to these upcoming dates with our long-time friends MOTOGRATER. ‘Tour De Madman 2018’ will be a masquerade of misfits!”
Currently Confirmed MOTOGRATER & TERROR UNIVERSAL Co-Headline Tour Dates:
6/16 – Danville, IL @ Shovel Head Saloon – Slang Metal Fest
6/17 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
6/18 – Springfield, MO @ The Outland Ballroom
6/21 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
6/22 – San Antonio, TX @ Rock Box
6/24 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
Formed in Santa Barbara, California the mid-90s, MOTOGRATER honed its creative industrial/tribal sounds and samples through playing and recording, and signed with Sever Records, founded by Dez Fafara of Coal Chamber and DevilDriver. MOTOGRATER evolved further thanks to dark, groove-oriented guitars, and in 2003, the band inked a deal with No Name/Elektra Records, and put out its self-titled major-label debut to critical and fan acclaim. 2003’s acclaimed Motograter (Elektra Records) album launched a fiercely unique heavy rock band that was a breed apart from the nu metal masses, thanks to tribal body paint and the Motograter itself-a hand-made instrument created from industrial cable and guitar pieces that creates a singular bass sound. The 2003/4 radio singles “Down,” “Suffocate” and “No Name” put the band-then fronted by Ivan Moody (Five Finger Death Punch)–on the map. “Suffocate” landed in the film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre; “Down” cracked the Top 3 Billboard Mainstream charts; and MOTOGRATER toured on Ozzfest 2003, as well as sharing stages with Korn, Marilyn Manson, Cradle of Filth, and many more.
After going on hiatus in 2005, they reformed in 2008 with a new lineup, putting out the Pre-Release EP in 2009, while their The Damned Holiday Tour thrilled old fans and made new ones. After touring and performing for the next few years with artists such as Pop Evil, Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Danzig, Anthrax, and more, MOTOGRATER discovered North Carolina native James Anthony Legion in 2015.
MOTOGRATER are currently touring the states on their “Desolatour” headline run – see below for all currently confirmed dates. Make sure to watch the new MOTOGRATER music video for their hard-hitting melodic anthem “Daggers” here. The track can be heard on the band’s 2017 full-length release, Desolation, released via Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson’s EMP Label Group (available via Amazon, iTunes, and other digital retailers). The album charted at #5 on the Billboard Heatseekers North West Central chart, as well as #16 on the Hard Rock Albums chart, #19 on the Heatseekers Albums chart, #36 on the Independent Albums chart, and #50 on the Rock Albums chart upon release.
Remaining MOTOGRATER Desolatour dates:
5/11 – Kennewick, WA @ Eagles Lodge
5/12 – Idaho Falls, ID @ The Gem
5/13 – Kennewick, WA @ Eagles Lodge 2491
5/15 – Lewiston, ID @ 3rd Wheel
5/16 – Eugene, OR @ W.O.W. Hall
5/18 – Fresno, CA @ Full Circle Brewery
5/19 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Viper Room
5/20 – Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
6/2 – Pipestem, WV @ Metal In The Mountains
7/7 – Muncie, IN @ Mosh Out The Masses @ The Water Bowl
About TERROR UNIVERSAL:
TERROR UNIVERSAL’s masked marauders – who are also current and former members of hard rock and metal royalty such as Machine Head, Ill Niño, Soulfly, and Upon A Burning Body – began stalking the senses in 2014, releasing the Reign of Terror EP a year later and eventually sharing the stage alongside heavy hitters including Korn, Asking Alexandria, HELLYEAH, Papa Roach, Fear Factory, Incite, and more around the globe.
TERROR UNIVERSAL recently released their debut full-length album, Make Them Bleed, via minus HEAD Records. In addition to the seasoned musicians of TERROR UNIVERSAL, Make Them Bleed features the talents of guest bassists John Moyer (Disturbed, Art of Anarchy, ex-Adrenaline Mob) and Tony Campos (Fear Factory, Ministry, Soulfly, Static-X). Make Them Bleed debuted at #8 on the iTunes Metal chart, as well as #13 on the Billboard New Artist chart, #17 on the Hard Music chart, and #165 on the Heatseekers chart (spent three weeks on Heatseekers)! In addition, the album landed at #3 on Metal Contraband’s Most Added chart (#11 overall debut), and #27 on the NACC Loud Rock chart. Stream Make Them Bleed in full via Spotify here, or order it via Bandcamp, Amazon, or iTunes.
Check out TERROR UNIVERSAL’s music videos for “Dig You A Hole” and “Through The Mirrors”, both directed by vocalist PLAGUE.