American rockers Filter and P.O.D. might be battling it out on the album sale charts, but the two bands will join forces in the New Year for a six-week tour of Europe. The co-headlining jaunt opens with a January 7 performance at Coliseu Lisboa in Lisbon, POR, and concludes with a February 18 gig at The Astoria in London, UK.

The 31-city trek features a January 14 performance at Rolling Stone in Milan, ITA, a January 25 show at Columbiahalle in Berlin, GER, and a February 4 concert at Elysee Montmartre in Paris, FRA. Six of the stops are booked for the UK, including a Valentine’s Day show at the Academy in Manchester, ENG, and a February 15 gig at The Garage in Glasgow, SCO.

Filter is touring in support of the May 13 release “Anthems for the Damned,” its forth studio album and first original release in six years. The record, which has received mostly favorable reviews from critics, debuted at No. 60 on the Billboard 200 and peaked at No. 5 on the Independent Albums chart.

In early March, Filter launched an extensive tour of the U.S. to support the approaching album release. Best known for their mid- to late-’90s singles “Hey Man, Nice Shot” and “Take A Picture,” the rockers performed more than 60 concerts, not including a couple of dates in Canada and a handful of summer shows in Europe.

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While Filter made it overseas as a part of its 2008 itinerary, the tour will be P.O.D.’s first European shows in five years, according to a statement on Filter’s Web site.

The metal band P.O.D. (Payable On Death) released its seventh studio album “When Angels & Serpents Dance” in the U.S. back in April. The record debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 and peaked at No. 1 on the iTunes chart for rock album sales.

While P.O.D. only played a few shows in the States over the summer, the group did complete a seven-city tour of Australia and New Zealand in early September to support the album’s release in those countries. The band members have also announced plans for a five-date jaunt across South America in late November to back the record’s October 6 worldwide release.

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Filter / P.O.D. itinerary:
(Dates subject to change.)

January 7 Lisbon, POR Coliseu Lisboa
January 8 Madrid, SPA La Riviera
January 9 Barcelona, SPA Razzmatazz
January 11 Toulouse, FRA Le Bikini
January 13 Treviso, ITA New Age
January 14 Milan, ITA Rolling Stone
January 15 Zurich, SWI Rohrstofflager
January 17 Munich, GER Backstage
January 18 Stuttgart, GER Longhorn
January 20 Woergl, AUT Komma
January 21 Vienna, AUT Gasometer
January 22 Prague, CZE Small Sports Hall
January 23 Dresden, GER Reithalle
January 25 Berlin, GER Columbiahalle
January 26 Hannover, GER Capitol
January 28 Stockholm, SWE Tyrol
January 29 Oslo, NOR Rockefeller Music Hall
January 31 Copenhagen, DEN Amager Bio
February 1 Hamburg, GER Markthalle
February 3 Cologne, GER Live Music Hall
February 4 Paris, FRA Elysee Montmartre
February 5 Darmstadt, GER Centralstation
February 7 Bochum, GER Matrix
February 8 Amsterdam, NET Melkweg
February 9 Brussels, BEL Ancienne Belgique
February 11 Birmingham, UK Carling Academy Birmingham
February 13 Oxford, UK Carling Academy Oxford
February 14 Manchester, UK Academy 3
February 15 Glasgow, UK The Garage
February 17 Nottingham, UK Rescue Rooms
February 18 London, UK The Astoria