French progressive metal phenoms Gojira have just revealed new North American tour dates. The band was originally scheduled to open for a totally awesome tour with Lamb of God and Dethklok, but due to the current imprisonment of Randy Blythe in the Czech Republic, the tour was unfortunately cancelled.

Wanting to give their North American fans a taste of Gojira, the band have ventured forth with their own set of dates beginning on Aug. 9, in New York City. Along with these new dates, Gojira will still play their scheduled dates at the Canadian Heavy TO and Heavy MTL festivals.

As the cancellation of the tour became an unfortunate necessity, Lamb of God representatives send out a press release breaking the bad news:

Due to the continued incarceration of Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe in the Czech Republic, the band’s co-headline tour with Dethklok scheduled to begin August 1st in Seattle is being cancelled. The band regrets the decision but the uncertainty of Randy’s release makes it impossible to carry on with the tour. Upon Randy’s release, it is the band’s intention to rebook a tour in the fall and at this time the band fully intends to participate in the Mayhem Cruise in December.

Lamb of God wishes to thank Dethklok, Adult Swim and Gojira for their support and patience as well as all of the promoters who had dates on the tour.  Last but certainly not least, the band thanks all of the fans who bought tickets for the tour and who have been supportive of Randy and the band over the last month that Randy has been held in Prague. Without the fans, there is no Lamb of God.

Check out Gojira's 2012 North American tour dates below.

Gojira North American Tour Dates

Aug. 9 - New York, NY – Santos Party House
Aug. 11 – Toronto, ONT – Heavy TO
Aug. 12 – Montreal, QC – Heavy MTL
Aug. 13 – Worcester, MA – Palladium (Upstairs)
Aug. 16 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
Aug. 18 – Minneapolis, MN – Knotfest
Aug. 19 – Milwaukee, WI – Rave Bar
Aug. 20 – Cleveland, OH – Peabodys