After one packed-to-the-rafters gig on North American soil held at the Gibson in Los Angeles this past January, Europe's most notorious and revered symphonic metallers Nightwish will return to the U.S. for a full tour. The band will support their recently released Imaginaerum album.

Tickets for the much-anticipated trek, which launches Sept. 12 in Atlanta before snaking through the rest of the country and wrapping in Florida on Oct. 14, go on sale on May 5. Kamelot will provide direct support.

VIP packages will be offered in the following cities: Philadelphia, Worcester, Montreal, Columbus , Chicago, Sauget, San Francisco, Anaheim, Austin, New Orleans and Ft. Lauderdale. The packages include one hour early entry, a meet and greet and signed commemorative poster, so it's certainly an enticing offering for diehards.

Watch Nightwish's "Amaranth (live)" Video

Nightwish Fall 2012 Tour Dates:

September 12th – Center Stage- Atlanta, GA

September 13th – Center Stage – Atlanta, GA

September 15th – Beacon Theatre- New York, NY

September 16th – Electric Factory- Philadelphia, PA

September 17th – The Palladium (MA)- Worcester, MA

September 19th – CEPSUM University of Montreal – Montreal, QUE, Canada

September 20th – Sound Academy – Toronto, ONT, Canada

September 21st – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH

September 23rd- Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI

September 24th – Congress Theater – Chicago, IL

September 25th – Pop's – Sauget, IL

September 27th - The Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO

September 28th – Ogden Theater – Denver, CO

September 29th – The Complex – Salt Lack City, UT

October 1st – Showbox SODO – Seattle, WA

October 2nd – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR

October 3rd – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA

October 5th – The Grove – Anaheim, CA

October 6th – House of Blues – San Diego, CA

October 7th – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ

October 9th – Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK

October 10th – Emos – Austin, TX

October 11th – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA

October 13th – Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

October 14th – House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL

Nightwish's Imaginaerum is available now via Roadrunner Records.