The third edition of the Sounds of the Underground tour will feature performances by GWAR, Chimaira, Every Time I Die, Necro and Job For A Cowboy, among others.

The third edition of the Sounds of the Underground tour will feature performances by GWAR, Chimaira, Every Time I Die, Necro and Job For A Cowboy, among others.

The 25-city North American trek starts July 6 at the Palladium Ballroom in Dallas and wraps Aug. 8 at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver. Other confirmed acts include Darkest Hour, Amon Amarth, the Acacia Strain, Heavy Heavy Low Low, the Number Twelve Looks Like You, Devil Wears Prada and Goatwhore.

GWAR is scheduled to headline on most nights, and additional as-yet-unannounced guest headliners will join the bill on select dates. This Is Hell and 2 Cents will split the tour in half as opening acts.

"There are a few bands that have been on the tour before and a bunch of newcomers," the Agency Group's Tim Borror tells Billboard.com. And as opposed to other heavy metal summer tour packages, SOTU is "trying to be the niche, off-the-radar, less commercialized type of tour," he says.

The Live Nation-produced summer jaunt is visiting 2,000-to 5,000-seat venues, including large ballrooms, cut-down arenas, convention centers and outdoor stage setups. Borror says this year's SOTU is hitting smaller venues than it has in the past. "The last couple of years we've done this big parking lot-esque type of tour," he explains. "We're going to try and have a more controlled atmosphere that's a lot less expensive to produce."

Ticket presales begin April 25 at a price of under $30, according to Borror.

Hot Topic is the presenting sponsor of this year's SOTU. In late June, the retail chain will carry an exclusive CD/DVD compilation of the summer trek.

Last year's SOTU, which featured As I Lay Dying, In Flames, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, GWAR, Terror, the Black Dahlia Murder, the Chariot and Through The Eyes Of The Dead, grossed $1.8 million from 18 shows reported to Billboard Boxscore.

Here are Sounds of the Underground tour dates:

July 6: Dallas (Palladium Ballroom)
July 7: Corpus Christi, Texas (Concrete Street Amphitheatre)
July 8: Houston (Verizon Wireless Theater)
July 10: Orlanda, Fla. (UCF Arena)
July 11: Myrtle Beach, S.C. (House of Blues)
July 13: Worcester, Mass. (The Palladium)
July 14: Sayreville, N.J. (Starland Ballroom - outside)
July 15: Philadelphia (Electric Factory)
July 16: Winston-Salem, N.C. (Millennium Center)
July 18: Toronto (Koolhaus Complex)
July 19: Detroit (State Theatre)
July 20: Milwaukee (Eagles Ballrooom)
July 21: Cleveland (Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre @ Tower City)
July 22: Columbus, Ohio (Lifestyle Communities Pavilion)
July 23: Chicago (Congress Theater)
July 24: Minneapolis (Myth)
July 27: Calgary, Alberta (MacEwan Hall)
July 28: Edmonton, Alberta (Shaw Conference Centre)
July 30: Portland, Ore. (Expo Hall)
Aug. 1: Salt Lake City (SaltAir Pavilion)
Aug. 3: San Jose, Calif. (Events Center @ San Jose Univ.)
Aug. 4: Irvine, Calif. (Irvine Meadows - side stage)
Aug. 5: Mesa, Ariz. (Mesa Amphitheatre)
Aug. 6: Las Vegas (House of Blues)
Aug. 8: Denver (Fillmore Auditorium)

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