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.
Amberian Dawn's Europoan tour with Co-headliner Edenbridge and support Manzana is getting really close. The show on 9.2.2018 in Regensburg moves to Burglengenfeld (Vaz Pfarrheim)
AMBERIAN DAWN w/ Edenbridge
Presented by metal.de, Stormbringer, Lords Of Metal and Metal & Highheels
09.02.18 DE – Burglengenfeld / VAZ Pfarrheim
10.02.18 DE – Markneukirchen / Framus & Warwick Musichall
11.02.18 DE – Erfurt / From Hell
12.02.18 AT – Vienna / Viper Room
13.02.18 DE – Frankfurt / Nachtleben
14.02.18 CH – Pratteln / Z7
15.02.18 DE – Mannheim / MS Connexion Complex
16.02.18 DE – Cologne / Nachtleben
17.02.18 NL – Eindhoven / Dynamo
18.02.18 DE - Würzburg / Posthalle
TICKET LINKS AT WWW.AMBERIANDAWN.COM/GIGS
As we creep through October, BLOODSTOCK is very excited to announce three more bands for 2018!
Joining Friday’s bill in the Ronnie James Dio main stage special guest slot are black metal legends, EMPEROR in a UK exclusive appearance. Frontman Ihsahn tells us that they’ll be performing a special set based around one of their classic albums. “We're finally bringing the 20th Anniversary show for ‘Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk’ to the UK! We’ll be performing the album in its entirety and look forward to celebrating with everyone at BLOODSTOCK!” Check out a stream of the atmospheric opus here and get excited for next August - https://youtu.be/Jmlhq5rtFXw.
Also stepping into a main stage slot on Sunday are Californian circle pit kings, DEVILDRIVER. Frontman Dez Fafara tells us “DEVILDRIVER is playing BLOODSTOCK in 2018 and we couldn’t be more fucking ready to bring the heavy and get the whole festival moving! We are thankful for the opportunity and can’t wait to see everyone there! Get ready to get the fuck in the pit!” Check out the band doing what they do best in the video for the title track of their current studio album, ‘Trust No One’ - https://youtu.be/XuVibnWHoLA.
Hotly-tipped, super brutal three-piece, NAILS land a Ronnie James Dio main stage slot on Sunday in a UK exclusive show. Frontman Todd Jones informs us, “I've been following BLOODSTOCK and looking at their advertisements online for the past few years, admiring how great a job the festival does having a great mix of underground bands and some of metal's biggest and finest. We're proud to finally say we're part of what BLOODSTOCK is doing to fight the good fight! We'll see all you motherfuckers at BLOODSTOCK!!!” Not familiar with NAILS? Melt your face with 91 seconds of hardcore intensity via the video for ‘You Will Never Be One Of Us’ - https://youtu.be/hGGGh03jN4w.
With Friday night headliners, JUDAS PRIEST, Saturday night headliners, GOJIRA and Sunday headliners, NIGHTWISH already announced for next year's event, 2018 is shaping up to be another stellar year for BLOODSTOCK.
Snap up your VIP tickets now as they’re going fast! The first wave of Serpents Lair VIP tickets (priced £290) and deluxe VIP packages are in the ticket store now for those who want their VIP spot guaranteed. Luxpads have already sold out, but a selection of Podpads, Bellepads and Octopads are still available. A smaller second wave and a limited amount of VIP upgrades will then become available on 16th December at 9am. Don't delay if you want to join us in the VIP Serpents Lair, as they’re moving faster than ever before!
Standard weekend tickets are also currently available at ‘early bird’ prices (just £125 for four days of metal fun) so grab yours now at the ticket store if you want to save £20! In order to keep up with inflation and extra costs in 2018, standard weekend tickets with camping will increase from last year's £139 to £145 once the ‘early bird’ allocation is gone. The limited allocation of VIP upgrades (for those who've bought early bird tickets) will cost £145.
BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 9th-12th August 2018.
Get additional information over at www.bloodstock.uk.com.
After their most successful festival to date in 2017 and first ever weekend sell-out at a capacity 15,000 tickets, Bloodstock is thrilled to announce Gojira and Nightwish as its first headliners for 2018's event which will take place at Catton Park from 9th-12th August.
Gojira had this to say:-
"We are excited and honoured to headline Bloodstock festival in 2018. One of our favourite festivals in the world. We had such a great time in 2016 with the Bloodstock crowd and are sure that 2018 will be even better. We are already planning what we can do to make it the most awesome GOojira show yet. We can't wait!"
Nightwish had this to say:-
"We can't wait to hit the mighty Bloodstock Festival in 2018! By then we'll be in full flight on our 'Decades' World Tour (a retrospective) so expect an unusual set-list with a bit of nostalgia for the old fans, but some recent epics for the new. We will throw ourselves into it with everything we've got so be there!"
The bands were revealed at the festival this weekend, on the big screens at the Ronnie James Dio main stage. See the video reveals at: https://youtu.be/CIwPDJsr3bg and https://youtu.be/X2eTzwnZrk4.
Early Bird tickets are available now from http://bloodstock.seetickets.com, priced £125 plus booking fee. VIP tickets will be available from 1st September.
Having just closed a spectacular Bloodstock festival headlining the Sophie stage Sunday night, Finnish epic metallers Wintersun have just announced they will embark on a full UK tour with Arch Enemy and Tribulation in early 2018.
Tickets for all dates are on sale now and available here: www.myticket.co.uk
Full routing is as follows:
09.02. UK Glasgow - ABC
10.02. UK Nottingham - Rock City
11.02. UK London - Koko
13.02. UK Manchester - Ritz
14.02. UK Bristol - Academy
Wintersun released their brand-new record 'The Forest Seasons' last month which charted at #1 in their native Finland and charted highly worldwide:
'The Forest Seasons' - Chart Entries
#7 Sweden (Hard Rock)
#10 Sweden (Physical)
#16 UK (Indie)
#18 UK (Rock)
#124 Belgium (Flanders)
#170 Belgium (Wallonia)
#8 USA (Hard Music)
#19 USA (Rock)
#50 USA (Top Current Albums)
Legendary amplifier-worshipping trio Boris recently announced the release of their twenty-third studio album, Dear, which is due out July 14th on Sargent House. Today we're pleased to share news of live shows on the horizon in support of the album and their 25th Anniversary, including festival appearances, all dates below:-
BORIS 25 ANNIVERSARY / DEAR TOUR DATES
03/08 - Moscow, Volta - RU
04/08 - St. Petersburg, ClubZal - RU
05/08 - Vienna, Szene - AT
06/08 - Katowice, OFF Festival - PL
07/08 - Leipzig, Naumans - DE
08/08 - Berlin, Lido - DE
09/08 - Jaromer, Brutal Assault - CZ
10/08 - Munich, Backstage - DE
11/08 - Frankfurt, Das Bett - DE
12/08 - Lausanne, Rock Altitude - CH
13/08 - Leper, Ieperfest - BE
15/08 - Cologne, Underground - DE
16/08 - Hamburg, Hafenklang - DE
17/08 - Bielefeld, Forum - DE
18/08 - Amstelveen, P60 - NL
19/08 - Bristol, Arctangent Festival - UK
20/08 - Dublin, Whelans - IE
21/08 - Cork, Cyprus Avenue - IE
23/08 - Belfast - Limelight - UK
25/08 - Helsinki - Nosturi - FI
Dear marks the band’s 25th year of existence and while the 10-track album is chock-full of early-Boris calling cards, the avant-garde ravens aren’t learning on old tricks, describing the album as “heavenly—far beyond heavy.” Boris have shared the album’s first single and magnificent new music video “Absolutego”.
Though Boris have traversed a broad swath of sonic territories, they have always been consistently embraced the excess, pushing their myriad of approaches and stylistic forays to points of intoxicating absurdity. Eventually the band reached a crossroads in the early years of their third decade together, leaving them wondering if there were any new horizons left to explore. The renewed vitality yielded an album that fortifies their monolithic wall of sound while also allowing the individual band members to explore the nuances and intricacies of minimalist riffs played at maximum volume.
Songwriting for Dear initially yielded three albums’ worth of material by the end of 2015, but as the band was slated to spend a large chunk of 2016 on their “Performing Pink” worldwide tour, they decided to hold off on releasing any new material. The tour further rekindled their passion for the craft, spurring the band to return home to crank out even more new material while scaling down three records’ worth of sonic deluge down to one.
From the glacial pacing and earthquaking rumble of the album opener to the smouldering rock ’n roll-infused “Absolutego”, Boris have managed to find wildly thrilling work in the familiar trenches of metal. Never ones to shy away from a challenge, the trio carves even experiments with fuzz fuelled dream pop. “At the very first moment, this album began as some kind of potential farewell note of Boris,” the band said. “However, it became a sincere letter to fans and listeners… you know, like ‘Dear so-and-so, this is the new album from Boris’ or something like that. We feel so grateful we can release this album in our 25th anniversary year.”
Dear will be released to the world on July 14, 2017 on CD, 2xLP, and digital formats. Stay tuned for more news to come.
WATCH A MUSIC VIDEO FOR THE FIRST SINGLE "ABSOLUTEGO"
Dear Track Listing:
1. D.O.W.N. (Domination Of Waiting Noise)
7. The Power
8. Memento Mori
9. Dystopia -Vanishing Point-
Multi-platinum rock band Evanescence are set to play their first UK dates for 5 years. They appear at London’s Eventim Apollo on June 13th & 14th. More info available at http://www.evanescence.com/shows/
Led by Amy Lee’s operatic and passionate vocals, Evanescence has sold nearly 25 million albums since the band’s 2003 debut, Fallen. The album’s lead single, “Bring Me To Life” won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. Other massive hits followed including “My Immortal,” “Going Under,” and “Call Me When You’re Sober,” establishing Evanescence as worldwide tour headliners.
Lee comments "Coming back to Europe has been a high priority for us and we are very excited for the shows this summer. The band has a special new energy right now and we are pushing ourselves and more than ever onstage, and enjoying ourselves immensely. Can't wait to share it with you!"
Full European tour dates are below:
June 10th – Vantaa, Finland @ Rockfest
June 13th - London, UK @ Eventim Apollo SOLD OUT
June 14th – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo SOLD OUT
June 18th – Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop
June 20th – Warsaw, Poland @ Torwar
June 21st – Trakai, Lithuania @ Sunset Festival
June 26th – Kiev, Ukraine @ Stereo Plaza
June 29th – Bucharest, Romania @ Arenale Romane
July 2nd – Athens, Greece @ Rockwave Festival
July 4th – Milan, Italy @ Milano Summer Festival
July 6th – Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic @ Rock for People
July 8th – Pratteln, Switzerland @ Summer Nights Open Air
July 9th – Cologne, Germany @ Palladium
Amy Lee recently announced that the band are working with an orchestra on new album ‘Synthesis’. They will be re-recording core Evanescence tracks as well as showcasing a couple of new songs. You can watch the announcement here: https://www.facebook.com/Evanescence/videos/10154322072766786/
Amy Lee: Vocals, Piano, Keyboards
Will Hunt: Drums
Troy McLawhorn: Guitar
Jen Majura: Guitar, Vocals
Tim McCord: Bass
Finnish doom metal band Red Moon Architect has released their 3rd album. It carries the name "Return Of The Black Butterflies" and is released worldwide via Inverse Records.
Its six tracks, clocking at 49 minutes, perfectly represent band's brutally heavy, atmospheric and beautiful soundscape.
Red Moon Architect has also released a new music video of the title track "Return Of The Black Butterflies". It's the last video release of this album and tells the haunting story with over six minutes of crushing doom.
Watch "Return Of The Black Butterflies" video on Youtube: http://youtu.be/KVw55N9Nf68
The album was recorded, produced and mixed by the band's mastermind Saku Moilanen at Deep Noise Studios. It is mastered by Juho Räihä at Soundspiral Audio.
As Spring creeps into Summer, Bloodstock HQ is a hive of activity. The ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finals are well under way and plans are on track for 2017 being the biggest and best Bloodstock yet! Here’s ten more bands for starters...
Bloodstock is delighted to now reveal that nefarious Nuclear Blast group Devilment will join the bill at Catton Park this Summer. Featuring the unmistakable vocals of Dani Filth, catch the band on the Ronnie James Dio main stage on Friday. Devilment declare, “Obviously the band are really looking forward to playing the festival, and as a English band it will definitely be an honour to play the main stage on what is tantamount to the best British festival out there. Hopefully festival goers will come and check Devilment out, we intend on putting on quite a raucous heavy metal spectacle!” If you’re not a loyal disciple already, get to grips with their most recent album, ‘Devilment II: The Mephisto Waltzes’, via their Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/devilmentcorps/ and watch the video for ‘Hitchcock Blonde’ - https://youtu.be/tQbZ-tQycEY.
Thursday’s headliner over on the Sophie Lancaster stage will be Helsinki’s own Battle Beast! With ferocious riffs galore, Battle Beast are both heavy AND metal, perfect for opening night party shenanigans! Bassist Eero comments, “We're psyched to be taking on Bloodstock for the first time. We had a great time playing in the UK this spring, and it's really neat to be returning there so soon. Looking forward to seeing all our friends again soon!” Check out the video for ‘Bringer Of Pain’, the title track from their most recent album, at: https://youtu.be/pBpv_pcUEIQ.
Bloodstock can also announce the first batch of additions from the ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finals! Friday welcomes Coventry winners Devil’s Playground, who combine hardcore vocals with power melodies (https://www.facebook.com/devil.playground) and modern metalheads Merithian, who took top prize in the Swindon heat (https://www.facebook.com/MerithianOfficial). Check out their lyric video for ‘Grow’ at: https://youtu.be/vnsGwZTJMgk.
Also brutalizing Friday are Brighton’s death metal victors Enslavement (https://www.facebook.com/EnslavementUK), influenced by classics like Suffocation, Immolation, & Devourment. On Saturday, Sheffield champions Ba’al add their blackened doom (www.facebook.com/baalsheff) plus Dublin’s top dogs Zhora bring some progressive sludge a long way from Tipperary (https://www.facebook.com/zhOramusic/).
Sunday sees Slovenian doomsters Mist roll in, as part of the band exchange with MetalDays (www.facebook.com/mist.doom). Originally all-female, the group builds on the legacy of acts like Black Sabbath, Candlemass, & Pentagram - hear it in ‘Phobia’ at: https://youtu.be/u7QwIwGk28w. CD application conquerors Heathen Deity join Sunday from the Midlands (https://www.facebook.com/heathendeityofficial). Get into their esoteric lore and absolute blackness via ‘Gut The Church’ at https://youtu.be/414Y6aG-RUo. Last but not least, melodic death metallers Shrouded also join Sunday’s bill (https://www.facebook.com/shroudedband), having clinched first place in Belfast’s final.
Stay tuned to Bloodstock’s social media at https://www.facebook.com/bloodstock and https://twitter.com/bloodstockfest for the latest!
Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2017. Standard weekend camping tix are on sale at £139 (+ booking fee) from http://bloodstock.seetickets.com. Children’s weekend tickets are just £35 (+ booking fee) and under 4’s go free! Can’t come for the whole weekend but can join in for a day? Sign up at https://www.seetickets.com/register/bloodstock for a heads up when day tickets go on sale so you don’t miss out! VIP & camper van tickets are sold out.
Haloo Helsinki! will celebrate its 10-year career in Autumn and will embark on the "Hulluuden Highway Areenakiertueen" tour, which will start in October and visit 10 cities. The tour's concluding concert will be at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki on December 2nd. The tour tickets will be available on Monday 15th May. Ticketmaster's website. Tickets for Turun Logom concert are sold by lippu.fi.
"After the great feedback from Tallinn's Saku Arena we decided to organize our 10-year career as the most massive tour. We want to bring all 10 cities warm and joyful lifestyles! Our gigs are unique to the public and our chemistry, something that is just amazing. All the gigs in the Arena Tour are S/K18 gigs, so all ages are welcome to party with us! "- guitarist-composer Leo Hakanen
"It's wonderful to see the band has stuck together over those 10 years! Our listeners give us faith and strength! It's great to share that evening together with them <3" - vocalist-songwriter Elli Haloo.
Hulluuden Highway Areenakiertueen Tour:
PE 20.10. Lahti, Exhibition Hall
LA 21.10. Turku, Logomo
PE 27.10. Rovaniemi, Lappi Areena
LA 28.10. Oulu, Ouluhalli
PE 03.11. Tampere, Tähti Areena
LA 04.11. Seinäjoki, Seinäjoki Areena
PE 10.11. Kuopio, Kuopio Hall
LA 11.11. Joensuu, Joensuu Arena
PE 17.11. Jyväskylä, Synergy Arena
LA 02.12. Helsinki, Hartwall Arena
The show starts at 20:00 (doors 18:30). S / K18.
Tickets from 39,90 EUR www.ticketmaster.fi
(For the Turku gig www.lippu.fi)
Haloo Helsinki! made a return in March at two Tallinn Saku Arena concerts, which attracted a total audience of nearly 20,000 people. The return concert was followed by a Finnish tour, all of which were sold out.
Haloo Helsinki! released their sixth album, "The Highness of the Fallen". In Berlin, the legendary Hansa Studio album has sold more than 40,000 copies, therefore going double platinum. "The Highness of the Fall" has since been released as the most sold album in Finland, taking the top spot for a total of 8 weeks. The album includes the singles "Dear" and "The Highness of the Fallen".
Haloo Helsinki! is currently the largest Finnish band that has released 6 albums, which have sold more than 300,000 songs. The band's tracks have been listened to over 120 million times in streaming services, and music videos have been watched over 55 million times. The achievements include, among others, 6 Emma Awards, 10 Radio Lists of the first singles and nearly 700 gigs. The band's hits include, among others:-
("Dear", "The Highway of the Fall", "Beibi", "The Moon Will Wind", "Pulp Fiction", "I Hate Tired", "Thank You Is No Kiros", "Shout!", "Worldwide Side" and "The world has been made for us".)
(”Rakas”, ”Hulluuden Highway”, ”Beibi”, ”Kuussa tuulee”, ”Pulp Fiction”, ”Vihaan kyllästynyt”, ”Kiitos ei ole kirosana”, ”Huuda!”, ”Maailman toisella puolen”, ”Vapaus käteen jää” ja ”Maailma on tehty meitä varten”. respectively)
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