Swedish progressive metal act Opeth will kick off a U.S. tour April 29 in Seattle with like-minded Italian group Lacuna Coil. The 22-date trek is slated to close May 24 in Norfolk, Va. The two bands w

Swedish progressive metal act Opeth will kick off a U.S. tour April 29 in Seattle with like-minded Italian group Lacuna Coil. The 22-date trek is slated to close May 24 in Norfolk, Va. The two bands were due to tour the U.S. together earlier this year, but Opeth had to go it alone when Lacuna Coil got snared in immigration red tape.

The majority of the tour's stops will be in clubs and theaters, save for a May 2 show in Mesa, Ariz., and the next night at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. Those shows will find Opeth and Lacuna Coil among the bands on the Blackest of the Black Fest bill, which features headliner Danzig, as well as Behemoth, Nile, and Superjoint Ritual.

Opeth will be touring behind "Damnation," due April 22 via MFN/Koch. The band's seventh album, it is the follow-up to last year's "Deliverance," which reached No. 16 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart.

Originally a companion piece to "Deliverance," the new album is a mellower offering from Opeth. Instead of growling vocals from Mikael Akerfeldt, harsh and distorted guitars, and pounding percussion, "Damnation" features melodic songwriting, acoustic guitars, and even the occasional backing of a string section. While the tour coincides with the set's release, the group does not intend to tone down its live show to suit the quieter material. A July U.S. tour that will present the new album in context is in the planning stages.

Here are Opeth's upcoming tour dates:

April 29: Seattle (Graceland)
April 30: Portland, Ore. (Roseland Theater)
May 2: Mesa, Ariz. (Mesa Amphitheatre; Blackest of the Black Fest)
May 3: Los Angeles (Universal Amphitheatre; Blackest of the Black Fest)
May 4: San Diego (Cane's Bar & Grill)
May 5: Las Vegas (Huntridge Theater)
May 6: Salt Lake City (X-Scape)
May 8: Dallas (Canyon Club)
May 9: Austin, Texas (Back Room)
May 10: Houston (Fitzgerald's)
May 11: New Orleans (House Of Blues)
May 12: Atlanta (Masquerade)
May 14: Winston-Salem, N.C. (Ziggy's)
May 15: Old Bridge, N.J. (Birch Hill)
May 16: Worcester, Mass. (Palladium; Metalfest)
May 17: Buffalo, N.Y. (Showplace Theater)
May 18: Detroit (Harpo's Concert Theater)
May 20: Minneapolis (Quest)
May 21: Milwaukee (Eagles Club)
May 22: St. Louis, Mo. (Pop's)
May 23: Columbus, Ohio (Newport Music Hall)
May 24: Norfolk, Va. (NorVa)