There are your standard heavy metal festivals – and there is 70000TONS OF METAL. Just imagine: You’ve just returned from a beautiful island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean after spending hours enjoying the sun and white sand on a wonderful Caribbean beach. Feeling the warm wind blowing in your face, you are now sitting in a hot tub on a giant cruise ship, up close to a large stage, headbanging to your favourite band. You are watching from one of six whirlpools with a direct view of the stage on the pool deck, which is the biggest open air stage structure to sail the seas. It’s loud. It’s full of metalheads from all over the world. Sounds perfect? Well, it is ......
It’s been more than a week now since most fans have returned home from a more than successful 70000TONS OF METAL 2018 - round 8, more than a few of them still suffering from a serious case of PCD (post cruise depression) following four incredible days on board the Independence Of The Seas. More than 3,000 metalheads boarded the ship together with 61 bands, each of which was going to perform at least two shows (124 shows on 4 stages in total) during this unique event at sea. Some fans spent the shore day in Turks and Caicos with their favourite band during one of the various artist-led shore excursions. Picture yourself swimming with Meshuggah in the awe inspiring presence of majestic stingrays, or snorkeling with Aborted and Exhumed by your side to make you feel safe. Wolves on a safari? Sure, go on a coast-to-coast island tour with Wolfchant!
On top came the one of a kind All-Star performance “Jamming With Waters in International Waters” featuring members e.g. from Kreator, Sabaton, Cannibal Corpse, Destruction, Sonata Arctica, Meshuggah, Enslaved, Primal Fear, Dark Tranquility, Voivod, Seven Spires and many more, playing all time heavy metal and hard rock classics together on stage for the first time ever.
And there was another premiere, a record rather, that no one expected to be broken after last year’s peak of 74 different nationalities represented on board: 2018 beat 2017 by one more nation and proved once again that 70000TONS OF METAL is the most global cruise, uniting 75 nations on board this year. Germany, USA and Canada were among the top five of the most represented nations aboard. The youngest sailor was only 1 year old, the oldest turned 79 on the ship.
Coming up: Round 9
So watch out, Sailors: After the cruise is before the cruise. Fans can already look forward to round 9 of 70000TONS OF METAL, THE original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise sailing from Miami/Ft. Lauderdale to Labadee, Haiti and back, January 31 – February 4, 2019.
Australian summer is about to get blackened: Mayhem are kicking off the live delivery of their complete landmark debut album, 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas' to Down Under tonight. The Norwegian black metal icons will be joined by local label mates Départe and will be supported by Bölzer and Ruins.
A list of all confirmed Mayhem shows in Australia and New Zealand can be viewed below.
MAYHEM Australia + Départe + Bölzer + Ruin
16 Jan 18 Perth (AU) Capitol
17 Jan 18 Melbourne (AU) Max Watts
18 Jan 18 Sydney (AU) Max Watts
19 Jan 18 Brisbane (AU) The Triffid
21 Jan 18 Hobart (AU) Mona
MAYHEM New Zealand
23 Jan 18 Auckland (NZ) The Kings Arms Tavern
01 Apr 18 Philadelphia, PA (US) Decibel Metal & Beer Festival
Ne Obliviscaris have announced tour-dates in Australia and New Zealand in support of their forthcoming masterpiece, 'Urn', which has been scheduled for release on October 27th.
See below for a list of all confirmed shows Down Under.
09 Feb 18 Adelaide (AU) Fowler's Live
10 Feb 18 Melbourne (AU) Max Watt's
14 Feb 18 Canberra (AU) The Basement
15 Feb 18 Newcastle (AU) The Cambridge Hotel
16 Feb 18 Sydney (SU) Manning Bar
17 Feb 18 Brisbane (AU) The Triffid
21 Feb 18 Auckland (NZ) Kings Arms
22 Feb 18 Wellington (NZ) Valhalla
24 Feb 18 Perth (AU) Jack Rabbit Slim's
"We're excited to announce a headlining UK tour this November, in support of our new album, Ugly Produce", states King Parrot's vocalist, Matt Young. The Australian thrash metal / grindcore band offered a positive update after the cancellation of their autumn European tour with Decapitated. King Parrot will start the tour in Norwich, UK, on November 7th, shortly after the completion of their ongoing North American run with Superjoint and DevilDriver.
"The new album has been getting a killer response in the US so far while we've been out on the road with Superjoint and Devildriver", Matt comments. "We're really looking forward to playing our own shows and some intimate venues and showing the audiences in the UK what this new material is all about. Check out Agonia Records, order the new album, and get familiar with the new tunes before we get over there and dismantle some venues!"
With that said, the rest of of Europe can expect to see King Parrot in early 2018.
UK tour dates:
07.11 - Norwich, UK @ Waterfront Studio
08.11 - Tunbridge Wells, UK @ The Forum Basement
09.11 - London, UK @ Nightclub Kolis (The Lounge)
10.11 - Stoke, UK @ Sugarmill
11.11 - Coventry, UK @ The Phoenix
12.11 - Leeds, UK @ Key Club
13.11 - Dundee, UK @ Church
14.11 - Glasgow, UK @ Audio
15.11 - Manchester, UK @ Star & Garter
16.11 - Wolverhampton, UK @ Slade Rooms
King Parrot on-line:
Brisbane alien metallers Aversions Crown kick off their UK Tour this Saturday in London supported by British rising stars Venom Prison.
Full dates as follows:
Aversions Crown - Xenocidal Summer 2017
05.08.17 UK London Boston Music Rooms
06.08.17 UK Birmingham The Flapper
07.08.17 UK Glasgow Audio
08.08.17 UK Manchester Satans Hollow
09.08.17 UK Exeter The Cavern
10.08.17 UK Bournemouth - The Anvil
Order the new album 'Xenocide' here: http://nblast.de/AversionsCrownXenocide
Or buy the digital version of 'Xenocide' via
Apple Music: http://nblast.de/ACXenocideAM
Amazon MP3: http://nblast.de/ACXenocideAMP3
Google Play: http://nblast.de/ACXenocideGP
NB FLAC: http://nblast.de/AversionsCrownDigital
Flynn Effect are giving their new dark and brooding film-clip to the world and releasing the details of their Obsidian album tour. Second Album 'Obsidian' will be available for purchase on August 4 and can be pre-ordered now at Bandcamp.
The pyro-and-makeup-heavy filmclip is for single FADE, which Heavy Magazine described as "Simply Beautiful", sets the tone for the album and shows all and sundry just what Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne are in store for when Flynn Effect hits their town (probably minus the Pyros, though!).
The short but excellent tour takes in Sydney's The Factory Floor on Friday August 11 with Gods of Eden, Mercury Sky and Reign on Mars, Melbourne's iconic The Workers Club Sunday August 13 with Caution:Thieves, Enlight and Terrestrials and hometown Brisbane on Friday August 18 at The Brightside with Mercury Sky, Seraphic and Periapsis.
Lead singer Tomina Vincent said that she is proud of the effort that went into this film-clip - "We wanted the film clip to be sort of opposite to the song. It's a very hopeful and upbeat track, but we wanted to add a little bit of darkness and theatre to it - its what we love and basically what Flynn Effect is all about. It was filmed in over 12 hours in the freezing cold; lights exploded, the fire brigade almost fined us. There were unplanned explosions, bruises, we couldn't wash the fake blood off for days, I nearly fainted several times, but It was a lot of fun! We couldn't be happier with this album and we're incredibly excited to be playing these new songs for people on the road. Its our first national tour and we've got a very ambitious show this time around which we can't wait to reveal."
View the video here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAcNqGepYzI&feature=youtu.be
Friday August 11 - The Factory Floor - Sydney NSW
with Gods of Eden, Mercury Sky, Reign on Mars
Sunday August 13 - The Workers Club - Melbourne VIC
with Caution:Thieves, Enlight, Terrestrials
Friday August 18 - The Brightside - Brisbane QLD
with Mercury Sky, Seraphic, Periapsis
TICKETS AT FLYNNEFFECTMUSIC.COM
Aussie Metal Titans Thy Art Is Murder have announced a UK Tour for this October.
Guitarist Andrew Marsh commented:
"We are super stoked to return to Europe, and this time with more UK dates than we have played in a very long time. For too long we have neglected the UK and we are going to make up for it in style.
Joining us on our album headlining tour will be our great friends and ridiculously heavy bands, After The Burial, Oceano, and Australian blackened hardcore juggernauts Justice For The Damned.
We can’t wait to bring our new record to the road, and this will mark the very first leg of the Dear Desolation world tour." - Andrew Marsh
The band; freshly reunited with original frontman CJ McMahon will release their fourth album later this Summer. Stay tuned for more details to be unveiled very soon!
Tickets for all dates go on sale Monday at 10am, full dates and ticket links as follows:
3rd October – Cardiff – Cardiff Uni
4th October – Leeds – Key Club
5th October – Glasgow – Garage
6th October – Manchester – Club Academy
7th October – Birmingham – O2 Academy 2
8th October – London – The Electric Ballroom
9th October – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
It seems Australia and New Zealand can’t get enough of Hevy Devy. Melbourne’s 170 Russell Show on 24th May has completely SOLD OUT and a second show at the same venue has now been announced for Tuesday the 23rd May.
Tickets for the additional show are now on sale at mjrpresents.com.
Post-Rock/Prog legends sleepmakeswaves will be taking the stage with DTP on the whole tour - and they will have their new album “Made of Breath Only” out in time for the tour. New single Tundra is already a triple favourite and the shows promise to be an epic one-two punch of prog goodness.
Previously here in 2015 on a string of sold-out shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne – this time Perth and Auckland (NZ) are getting some HevyDevy love. The guitar virtuoso is one of the most celebrated singer/songwriter/guitarists in heavy music and Devin Townsend Projects’ live show never fails to satisfy and amaze.
Tickets for Devin Townsend Project’s Australia/New Zealand Tour in May 2017 including the added Melbourne show on May 23rd are now mjrpresents.com.
Wednesday 17th May - Powerstation, Auckland
Saturday 20th May - The Triffid, Brisbane
Monday 22nd May - Enmore Theatre, Sydney
* JUST ADDED *
Tuesday 23rd May – 170 Russell, Melbourne
Wednesday 24th May - 170 Russell, Melbourne - SOLD OUT
Friday 26th May - Capitol, Perth
Tickets at MJRPRESENTS.COM
Danish blackened hardcore band Hexis join up with Brisbane's Siberian Hell Sounds for an Australian tour.
Hexis are more than just a band, they're a force of nature. Combining the furious white rage of black metal with ritualistic sludge and thunderous hardcore, Hexis create an oppressive, unholy wall of noise.
Joining them for the ride are Siberian Hell Sounds, Brisbane's own black metal killers, playing their brand new EP 'Svengali' in its harrowing entirety.
This will be the first and possibly only time the Danish Black Metal band will come to Australian shores. Don't miss your chance to see them live.
3/10: Rosemount Hotel, Perth (18+)** w/ Mors De Corpus, Self Harm, Unravel and Population Control
4/10: Jimmy's Den, Perth (18+)** w/ Sanzu, Skull Cave and Alzabo
5/10: Via Studios, Brisbane (AA) w/ Carnal Urge
6/10: The New Globe Theatre, Brisbane (18+) w/ Hope Drone and Descent
7/10: Hamilton Station Hotel (Back Room), Newcastle (18+) w/ Disparo and Staunch
8/10: Blackwire Records, Sydney (AA) w/ Loather and Home Burial
9/10: RAD Bar, Woolloongong (18+) w/ Gvrlls and Night Goat
10/10: Phoenix Bar, Canberra (18+)** w/ Blight Worms, Slave Birth and Monoceros
11/10: Musicman, Bendigo (18+)** w/ SUNDR, Vulture Culture and Erebos
12/10: Hotshots Gallery, Melbourne (AA) w/ Christcrusher, BOG and Cordell
13/10: The Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne (18+) w/ Whitehorse, Ash Mouth and Diploid
14/10: Ancient World, Adelaide (AA) w/ Iron Wurzel, Melchior and Wounded Pig
15/10: The Crown and Anchor, Adelaide (18+) w/ Shadowolf, BOG and DEAFAULT
16/10: The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart (18+)**w/ Pure, Sanctify the Serpent, Break Through
17/10: The Arts Hall, Ferntree (AA)** w/ Pinchgut, Ruiner and the Threshold Forms, Ultra Martian
** HEXIS only.
All shows are $15.
This fall Melbourne's symphonic folk metal warriors Stormtide will hit the road across Australia in support of their epic debut album "Wrath of an Empire" released on Metal Hell Records Aug. 1st, 2016. The first dates are announced:
27th Aug - Melbourne, W/ Anna Murphy, Evelyn Hotel
2nd Sep - Geelong, The Barwon Club
10th Sep - Sydney, The Valve Bar
17th Sep - Canberra, The Basement W/ Lagerstein
22nd Oct - Melbourne, Headlining Metal To my ears, The Bendigo
26th Nov - Brisbane, TBA
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