Metal fans can look forward to one of the live events of the year this autumn after it emerged  heavyweights Stone Sour and Avenged Sevenfold have joined forces to deliver what should be a cracking co-headline tour of the UK.

Corey Taylor, who steps over from his day job fronting Slipknot, is excited to be returning to Britain and said: “This tour with Avenged Sevenfold is going to be great!

“We were looking for something different and exciting to do with our next UK tour and it just made perfect sense.  The shows are going to be amazing and the fans are going to lose their minds.  Here we fucking go!”

The Des Moines-based five-piece release their third studio album Audio Secrecy on 6th September.  The newie was recorded in Nashville during the Spring floods earlier this year with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Rush) manning the boards.  The album’s first single, Mission Statement is available now from iTunes and other major online digital retailers.

The tour will be Avenged Sevenfold’s first UK jaunt since 2008 and guitarist Zacky Vengeance said: “We are ready to return to Britain this fall.  You have been warned.”

The band have made Nightmare, from their new album of the same name, available on iTunes and it went straight to the top of the UK iTunes rock chart. The track has also notched up over 2.5 million views on YouTube.

Here is the full itinerary for the SS/AS dates with credit card booking numbers:

Tue 26th Oct – GLASGOW SECC (0844 315 4000) ***

Wed 27th Oct – MANCHESTER Academy (0161 832 1111) ***

Thu 28th Oct – BIRMINGHAM NIA (0844 338 8000) *

Sat 30th Oct – LONDON HMV Hammersmith Apollo (0844 844 4748) **

Tue 2nd Nov – NEWCASTLE O2 Academy (0844 477 2000) ***

Wed 3rd Nov – LEEDS O2 Academy (0844 477 2000) **

Thu 4th Nov – MANCHESTER Academy (0161 832 1111) ***

Sat 6th Nov – PLYMOUTH Pavilions (0845 146 1460) ***

Sun 7th Nov – BRIGHTON Centre (0844 847 1515) *

Tickets go on sale at 9am this Friday 16th July 2010, priced at £27.50 regionally / £29.50 London (subject to booking fee) and are available at   Support is yet to be announced.  Door times are * 5.30 p.m; ** 6 pm; and *** 6.30 pm.

On the subject of Stone Sour’s new album Taylor added: “Audio Secrecy is the summation of everything we want, everything we crave and everything we fight for.

“The dimensions go further than anything we’ve ever tried before.  It’s metal, rock, slow, soft, hard, fast, bitter, beautiful and most importantly, it’s REAL. We’re throwing caution out the damn window.”