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.
With the release of the third Bloodshot Dawn album Reanimation last Friday and the band due to embark across the UK starting this week. The band have now revealed plans for their first foray into northern America territories. The band will tour across guitarist Morgan Reid's home country of Canada in April. "We are hitting Canada this April!!!" exclaims band leader Josh McMorran. "We are pleased to be hitting North America for the first time as well as going to Morgans home country!!"
Catch the band in Canada at the following dates!
17/04 - Quebec City Le Scanner
18/04 - Montreal Piranha Bar
19/04 - Ottawa Cafe Dekcuf
20/04 - Toronto Hard Luck
21/04 - Waterloo Maxwells
22/04 - Guelph Silence
24/04 - Venue TBC
25/04 - Regina Cloud Nine
26/04 - Saskatoon Vangelis Tavern
27/04 - Edmonton Brixx
28/04 - Vancouver Astoria
29/04 - Kelowna Muninn's Post
30/04 - Venue TBC
01/05 - Calgary Distortion
The new album 'Reanimation' is out now and is available for streaming on Bandcamp and all other major streaming platforms, such as Spotify, Deezer, etc. Listen on Bandcamp here: https://hostilemedia.bandcamp.com/album/reanimation
Out via Hostile Media on 12th January 2018; Reanimation features prominent guests including Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, Nevermore), Paul Wardingham, Ken Sorceron (Abigail Williams, The Faceless), Mendel Bij De Leij (Aborted). The album was mixed and mastered by Per Nilsson from Scar Symmetry while artwork was completed by Chris Kewli & Tomasz Strzalkowski.
Bloodshot Dawn UK Live Dates
17/01 - Black Heart, London
18/01 - Green Door Store, Brighton
19/01 - Boiler Room, Guildford
20/01 - The Underground, Plymouth
21/01 - Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff
22/01 - The Flapper, Birmingham
23/01 - Audio, Glasgow
24/01 - The Fulford Arms, York
25/01 - The Peer Hat, Manchester
26/01 - An Spailpin Fanach, Cork
27/01 - Limelight, Belfast
28/01 - On The Rox, Dublin
The band will also appear at this years Hellfest Open Air Festival and UK Tech Fest.
Order Reanimation Here: www.hostilemedia.net/shop
Tokyo based “Samurais from Hell”, Survive, will join Venom Inc + Suffocation on "Blood Stained Earth Tour 2018" in Europe, kicking off on March 9th in Bristol (UK). Other support will come from Brazilian thrashers Nervosa and Canadian ethnic symphonic metallers Aeternam. Further details can be found below.
BLOOD STAINED EARTH TOUR 2018
VENOM INC + SUFFOCATION + NERVOSA + AETERNAM + SURVIVE
3.9.Fri - Bristol (UK) “Bierkeller”
3.10.Sat- Manchester (UK) “Rebellion”
3.11.Sun - Glasgow (UK) “Audio”
3.12.Mon - Birmingham (UK) “Asylum” -
3.13.Tue - London (UK) “Islington Academy”
3.14.Wed - Opwijk (BEL) “Nosta”
3.15Thu - Paris (FRA) “Petit Bain”
3.16Fri - Eindhoven (NLD) “Dynamo”
3.17.Sat - Hamburg (GER) “Kultur Palast”
3.18.Sun - Aarhus (DEN) “Voxhall”
3.19.Mon - Copenhagen (DEN) “Pumpehuset”
3.20.Tue - Mannheim (GER) “MS Connexion”
3.21.Wed - Ingolstadt (GER) “Eventhalle Westpark”
3.22.Thu - Brescia (ITA) “Circolo Colony”
3.23.Fri - Bologna (ITA) “Zona Roveri”
3.24.Sat - Graz (AUT) “Xplosiv”
3.25.Sun - Budapest (HUN) “Barba Negra”
3.26.Mon - Cluj Napoca (ROM) “Form Space”
3.27.Tue - Vienna (AUT) “Viper Room”
3.28.Wed - Kosice (SVK) “Collosseum”
3.29Thu - Prague (CZE) “Futurum”
3.30.Fri - Dresden (Ger) “Eventwerk”
3.31.Sat - Katowice (Pol) “MegaClub”
Bloodstock are excited to make their first band announcement of 2018!
Tickets for 2018 are flying out the door, with less than 50 VIP tickets remaining. Do not delay if you’re planning on joining us in the Serpent’s Lair! Standard tickets, as well as the very popular Deposit Scheme and the last few camper van pitches are all currently available in the ticket store. So, about those band announcements...
Jasta & Friends are set for a Ronnie James Dio main stage slot on Sunday! As a great friend of Bloodstock, we’re thrilled to welcome Jamey Jasta, frontman of Hatebreed, Kingdom of Sorrow and Icepick, back to the festival with his solo band, Jasta. However, this is not just Jasta, this is Jasta & Friends, so expect some special guests to jump on stage for various songs, just for the BOA faithful at Bloodstock 2018! Guests will be revealed in due course, but we can tell you that the mighty Kirk Windstein (Crowbar, Down, Kingdom of Sorrow) will be one of them! Jamey says, “I’m beyond excited and honoured to have my first UK show with Jasta be at the mighty Bloodstock Festival! So many legends have graced the Bloodstock stages, we will channel their energy and give the fans a killer set with some special surprise guests!” Check out Jasta’s recent video for ‘The Same Flame’ here - https://youtu.be/P7PnbooaTOE.
Venom Inc also join Saturday’s main stage bill! With new album, ‘Avé’ released via Nuclear Blast last year, the seminal British metal icons will be bringing both classic tracks and new to Bloodstock next August. Check out the lyric video for ‘Avé Satanas’, taken from that album here - https://youtu.be/Xt_yGt0ET0U and get ready to welcome The Demolition Man, Mantas and Abaddon to Catton Park!
Our Saturday night Sophie Lancaster stage headliner will be Orphaned Land! The ground-breaking band’s new album, ‘Unsung Prophets And Dead Messiahs’ is set for release later this month via Century Media and features guest appearances from Blind Guardian’s Hansi Kürsch, Tomas Lindberg from At The Gates and Steve Hackett. Check out the epic album teaser here - https://youtu.be/GNm20DFCO7Y.
Also joining the bill are the hotly tipped Danish prog metal outfit Vola, who join the Sophie stage bill on Saturday. The band are hard at work on their new studio album, set for release through Mascot Records this year. Get a taster of their sound via the video for ‘Stray The Skies’ taken from 2016’s debut album, ‘InMazes’ - https://youtu.be/EipdyUZfrG0.
If you haven’t grabbed your ticket yet and are a bit stretched post-Christmas, Bloodstock’s payment plan helps ease the ‘lump sum’ shock of paying for your ticket by breaking it into five smaller, more manageable amounts. Sign up in the ticket store any time before 28th Feb for an initial deposit of £36.00. Thereafter, four additional instalments of £29.00 will debit your bank account on 3rd April, 1st May, 1st June and 2nd July respectively. Find out full details and sign up over at https://bloodstock.seetickets.com.
If you already know you can only attend for one day, sign up for a day ticket reminder email as day tickets will not go on sale until next summer. Register your day ticket interest here - https://www.seetickets.com/register/bloodstock.
With Friday night headliners, JUDAS PRIEST, Saturday headliners, GOJIRA and Sunday’s bil toppers, NIGHTWISH already announced, as well as EMPEROR, DEVILDRIVER, WATAIN, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, WEDNESDAY 13, FOZZY, COMBICHRIST, BLOODBATH, MR BIG, KAMELOT, DORO, ORDEN OGAN, SEPTICFLESH and MEMORIAM so far, 2018 is shaping up to be another stellar year for BLOODSTOCK.
BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 9th-12th August 2018. Get additional information over at www.bloodstock.uk.com.
With a new year comes new and exciting news from Mammothfest, who are launching the 'Mammothfest Best Band 2018' competition to search for the best and most talented emerging metal acts in the UK this year.
There will be hundreds of shows held in 11 locations including London, Cardiff, Ireland and of course Brighton where Mammothfest is held. These will all include semi-finals and the all-important final where the overall regional winners will then go head to head in the national final at Mammothfest on the Sunday 7th October where one winner will be crowned MAMMOTHFEST BEST BAND 2018. But not just that, there are other prizes up for grabs such as a possible label deal and more!
If you are in a band or know a band that you think would be perfect for the potential title and crown of 'Mammothfest Best Band' you can get in touch and apply to the 11 promoters hosting the events for free! NEED INFO. Each promoter will pick 16 acts to compete in the 4 heats
Check out the official promo video for the search for 'the best band of 2018'!
Mammothfest early bird tickets are still available at half price for just £40 for a weekend ticket for a limited time! You can purchase the discounted tickets here: https://www.gigantic.com/mammothfest-2018-tickets
British metalcore group Confessions Of A Traitor have announced an 11 date European tour supporting Crazy Town in January 2018. This comes hot on the heels of their UK dates in Swansea, Basingstoke and Bradford on January 12th, 13th and 14th. The band have an enjoyed a successful 2017 with the release of their EP Illuminate via Sliptrick Records and a lot of touring which has helped them reach out even further to the masses. They aim to kick off 2018 in the same vein with more gigs, new recordings and spreading the Confessions Of A Traitor word! Read more about Illuminate …here
Get your copy of Illuminate at: Shop Sliptrick | Amazon | iTunes
Illuminate | Released worldwide via Sliptrick Records on June 13th
European Tour dates:
Jan 18 | Viper Room | Vienna, AU
Jan 19 | Bozidarac | Belgrade, SRB
Jan 20 | Form-Space Cluj | Napoca, RO
Jan 21 | Hard Rock Cafe | Bucharest, RO
Jan 22 | Oddity | Iasi, RO
Jan 23 | Sentrum | Kiev, UA
Jan 24 | Fest Republic | L’viv, UA
Jan 25 | Eleven Club | Brno, CZ
Jan 26 | Barrak | Ostrava, CZ
Jan 27 | Club DK Luksus | Wroclaw, PL
Jan 28 | Cross Club | Prague, CZ
All dates below are supporting Crazy Town and with For The Win
Bloodstock are excited to announce four more additions to their August 2018 line-up.
German metal legend, Doro will be our Friday night Sophie Lancaster stage headliner! With a career spanning over 30 years and 17 studio albums under her belt (including 4 with Warlock), Doro's current label Nuclear Blast recently celebrated her 30 year anniversary with a 3 DVD box set, ‘Strong & Proud’; a great place to start if you’re not clued up on the Metal Queen. Get a taster of what she does best with this live cut of ‘Raise Your Fist In The Air’ from Wacken - https://youtu.be/VOPRAID_4UA.
WWE wrestling star Chris Jericho’s band, Fozzy join Sunday’s Ronnie James Dio main stage line-up. Currently rampaging across Europe, the Century Media outfit dropped their seventh album ‘Judas’ last month and have racked up more than 10 million views of the title track’s video. Check it out at: https://youtu.be/lqURPBtGJzg.
Swedish death metal outfit, Bloodbath will lay waste to the main stage on Friday. Guitarist Anders Nyström admits that “After eight years, our time has come to put the blood back in Bloodstock!” Not familiar with this supergroup featuring members of Paradise Lost, Katatonia and Opeth? Investigate their video for ‘Church of Vestitas’, taken from 2014’s ‘Grand Morbid Funeral’ opus at https://youtu.be/whjf6LKmFYQ and ready yourself for their long-awaited return!
Landing a Saturday spot on the main stage are Greek symphonic death metal squad, Septicflesh. First formed back in 1990, the pioneers unveiled their tenth record, ‘Codex Omega’ in September. Record label, Season Of Mist are streaming the whole beast including a 360° video for ‘Dante’s Inferno’ over at https://youtu.be/gSE0UPuiVnM.
Bloodstock’s first wave of Serpents Lair VIP tickets are now SOLD OUT! The final allocation, the last batch of VIP deluxe packages and a limited amount of VIP upgrades priced at £145 (for those who’ve already bought ‘early bird’ tickets) will become available at 9.00am on 16th December in the ticket store. Mark your calendars and don't delay if you want to join us in 2018’s VIP Serpents Lair, as they’re moving faster than ever before!
Weekend tickets are still available in very limited numbers at an ‘early bird’ price (just £125 for four days of metal fun) so grab yours now at the ticket store if you want to save £20! To keep up with inflation and increased costs in 2018, standard weekend tickets with camping will increase from last year's £139 to £145 once the ‘early bird’ allocation sells out. Camper van pitches are also available now.
If you already know you can only attend for a single day, sign up for a day ticket reminder email as day tickets do not go on sale until next summer. Register your day ticket interest here - https://www.seetickets.com/register/bloodstock.
Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 9th-12th August 2018. Get additional information over at www.bloodstock.uk.com.
Dutch symphonic metal giants Epica are proud to announce the supports for their upcoming ‘The United Principle’ 2018 UK tour: Danish metal sensation Myrkur and US progressive metallers Oceans Of Slumber!
06.04.18 Rock City – Nottingham
07.04.18 02 ABC 1 – Glasgow
08.04.18 O2 Academy – Bristol
10.04.18 Tivoli – Dublin
12.04.18 O2 Ritz – Manchester
13.04.18 O2 Forum - London
Tickets and VIP upgrades are available here: www.epica.nl/tour
Epica celebrates 1000th show anniversary at 013 Tilburg!
On Saturday 14th April 2018 – just after their UK tour - the symphonic metal icons, along with support from Myrkur and Oceans Of Slumber, will celebrate their 1000th show anniversary at 013 in Tilburg, the Netherlands. After their recent sold out shows in the Netherlands, Epica is more than proud to announce that they will perform this mile-stone event at the legendary 013 venue, the exact same venue where it all started for the band 16 years ago!
Vocalist Simone Simons stated: "Back in 2002, we could have never imagined that one day we'd be playing our 1,000th live show! This couldn't have happened without the support of our dearest and most loyal Epica legion, so in order to make this an unforgettable night, we've invited some very cool guests to perform with us!"
Guitarist Mark Jansen added: "I remember our very first show at 013, Tilburg as if it was yesterday. Back then we were supporting Anathema, but now 16 years later, we'll have the honour to be celebrating our 1,000th show at the same venue as headliners. We could have never achieved this without the support of our loyal fans, so we definitely wanted to make this an amazing night to celebrate all together with also some very cool special guests! We hope to see you all in Tilburg!"
Epica’s latest EP – ‘The Solace System’ was released September 1st via Nuclear Blast – purchase links below:
Limited Edition Digipack CD: http://bit.ly/2zPeREY
Limited Edition NB Anniversary Green Vinyl: http://bit.ly/2zPOaQG
Limited Edition Black Vinyl: http://amzn.to/2j3iL5p
Order ‘The Solace System’ digitally: http://apple.co/2A80DSE
Danish metallic hardcore outfit Lifesick has announced a European tour which begins next week and runs through mid-December, providing support for Harley Flanagan on most the shows.
Lifesick is an overwhelmingly hard-hitting act who integrates elements of morbid, extreme metal into aggressive, mosh-primed hardcore. The band is currently in Dead Rat studio recording their follow up to 6.0.1which was released in November 2016 on LP format via Southern Lord, and prior to that on CD format via FWH Records.
See Lifesick's official video for "In Love With Hate" RIGHT HERE.
Lifesick European Tour Dates:
11/29/2017 Innocent - Hengelo, NL
11/30/2017 Vort'n Vis - Ieper, BE
12/01/2017 The Crowndale - London, UK
12/02/2017 Temple Of Boom - Leeds, UK w/ Harley Flanagan
12/03/2017 Patronaat - Haarlem, NL w/ Harley Flanagan
12/04/2017 Hafenklang - Hamburg, DE w/ Harley Flanagan
12/05/2017 Faust - Hannover, DE w/ Harley Flanagan
12/06/2017 Scheune - Dresden, DE w/ Harley Flanagan
12/07/2017 Hydrozagadka - Warsaw, PL w/ Harley Flanagan
12/08/2017 Arena - Vienna, AU w/ Harley Flanagan
12/09/2017 Legend Club - Milano, IT w/ Harley Flanagan
12/15/2017 Ungdommenshus - Fredericia, DK
Lifesick twists the clobbering sounds of bands like Merauder, Xibalba, and Nails, combined with the northern European climate: harsh, cold, and steeped in metal history. Between brutal breakdowns and direct, forceful vocals, the young Danes make their mark with evil melodies that ooze black and death metal vibes, all delivered in the crushing tone of the HM-2.
London's Formicarius joins Devilment for a fiendishly festive December show at the Camden Underworld
The fiends of Formicarius have been invited to join Dani Filth’s Devilment for an evening of quintessentially English black metal at the Camden Underworld, on Sunday December 10th.
Formicarius will offer up a selection of dark delights from their Black Mass Ritual debut, before Nuclear Blast recording artists Devilment invite the assembled hordes to revel in the wickedness of The Mephisto Waltzes.
Formicarius launched their Black Mass Ritual album at the Underworld with a triumphant show alongside Tengger Cavalry and cannot wait to return to what is fast becoming a favourite venue for the performance of their black incantations.
There can surely be no finer diabolical pairing than the Cradle Of Filth frontman’s gothic horror show of Devilment and the wild, symphonic darkness of Formicarius. A savagely splendid way to kick off the festive season we’re sure you’ll agree...
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