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
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
In early 2018, Brazilian thrash metal legends Sepultura will head out on a lengthy and extensive European headline tour in support of their highly acclaimed album ‘Machine Messiah’, which was released in early 2016 via Nuclear Blast. Be prepared for a full 90 minute onslaught of pure Sepultura, with a set list featuring new hits as well as some timeless classics.
After an extremely successful tour with Kreator and a raft of festival shows in 2017, Sepultura will return to the UK, Ireland and Europe with their most powerful billing yet. German technical death metal masters Obscura are confirmed as direct support, followed by US-based death / black metallers Goatwhore and New Jersey's finest deathcore outfit, Fit For An Autopsy.
Andreas Kisser states:
"Sepulnation Europe, I’m very happy to announce our first headline tour for the Machine Messiah album in February/March 2018! I couldn’t be more excited with the bands that are going to be with us, such amazing acts like Obscura, Goatwhore and Fit For An Autopsy! So be ready, the Messiah is on the move, see you all soon! DESTROY!!!!”
‘Machine Messiah Tour 2018’
w/ OBSCURA, GOATWHORE, FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY
23.02.2018 DE - Leipzig, Conne Island
24.02.2018 CZ - Zlin, Masters of Rock Cafe
25.02.2018 HU - Budapest, Barba Negra
27.02.2018 IT - Rome, Orion Club
28.02.2018 IT - Milano, Magazzini Generali
01.03.2018 AT - Graz, Explosiv
02.03.2018 SK - Bratislava, Majestic Music Club
03.03.2018 PL - Warsaw, Proxima
04.03.2018 PL - Gdansk, B90
06.03.2018 DE - Berlin, Columbia Theater
07.03.2018 DE - Hamburg, Docks
08.03.2018 DE - Saarbrücken, Garage
09.03.2018 DE - Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
10.03.2018 DE - München, Backstage
11.03.2018 NL - Utrecht, Tivoli Ronda
13.03.2018 UK - Bristol, SWX
14.03.2018 UK - Glasgow, SWG3
15.03.2018 IRE - Dublin, The Tivoli
16.03.2018 UK - Pwlhelli, Hammerfest
17.03.2018 UK - Sheffield, Foundry
18.03.2018 UK - London, Koko
20.03.2018 FR - Paris, Elysee Montmartre
21.03.2018 DE - Bochum, Zeche
22.03.2018 DE - Nürnberg, Hirsch
23.03.2018 AT - Salzburg, Rockhouse
24.03.2018 CH - Solothurn, Kofmehl
Irish metal three-piece Dead Label have today, announced a special London UK showcase performance for fans and industry professionals in Camden’s Black Heart on October 3rd. Tickets on sale now via Music Glue priced £5.00.
Following a busy Summer schedule with shows at Download UK, German dates with Nervosa as well as festival dates across mainland Europe, Dead Label are finally bringing their intense live show to London for a one-off exclusive showcase performance.
Having released their smash-hit video for ‘Pure Chaos’ earlier this year, the Celbridge-based metal band have been winning over legions of fans on both sides of the Atlantic, thanks to their infectious blend of formidable riffs and crushing grooves.
Check the out the video for "Pure Chaos here!
With a considerable amount of road experience under their collective belts, including 2014’s Japanese tour, 2015’s North American tour, 2016’s European tour with Fear Factory, as well as Irish dates with Machine Head, Gojira, Raging Speedhorn and notable festivals such as Bloodstock Open Air, Download UK, Metal Days to name but a few, Dead Label continue their quest in becoming one of metals hardest working unsigned bands.
Hand-picked by Live Nation’s Andy Copping for this year’s Download UK Festival, as well as appearing in Metal Hammer’s 'Hot New Bands’ feature in their December 2016 issue, to which Dom Lawson described the band as ‘A punishing groove metal monster with a thrash heart and a hardcore soul’ Dead Label have proved themselves to be one of metal’s most talked about unsigned bands and if you’ve seen them live, you will understand why that has come to be.
With Irish dates confirmed with SiKth this December and Hammerfest UK in March 2018, this will be the bands only London show for 2017 as they continue to write the follow-up to ‘Throne of Bones’.
UK's legendary extreme metal icons Cradle Of Filth are pleased to announce that NWOBHM inspired thrashers Savage Messiah will be accompanying them as special guests on their upcoming UK and Ireland tour dates.
Savage Messiah stated:
“We are thrilled to be joining Cradle of Filth on their UK/IRE tour in Oct/Nov! We had a great show together in Portsmouth recently, so we jumped at the chance to do a full run. This promises to be a really great night of metal so make sure you get your tickets early and we look forward to celebrating the UK metal scene with everyone!"
Dani Filth commented on the tour:
"We, as a band, are incredibly excited about hitting the UK and Ireland for a full run of dates around All Hallows Eve, as playing the band's home country is always great fun and the audiences here are very receptive. And nuts. The dates will be the first in a long line of shows that will extend throughout the rest of the World throughout 2018. We aim to be very prolific on the live front, delivering a show worthy of our fan’s exalted expectations and more"
Tickets are on sale now!
Cradle Of Filth ‘Cryptoriana World Tour’ - UK & Ireland
w. special guests Savage Messiah
30.10. Belfast - Limelight
31.10. Dublin - Academy (Halloween Show)
02.11. Manchester - Academy 2
03.11. Glasgow - Garage
04.11. Birmingham - O2 Institute 2
05.11. Leeds – Church
07.11. Oxford - O2 Academy
08.11. Southampton - Engine Rooms
09.11. Norwich - Waterfront
10.11. London - Electric Ballroom
11.11. Bristol – Bierkeller
Cradle Of Filth have also released a brand new video in which singer Dani Filth talks about working with Artūrs Bērziņš on the expressive artwork of their eagerly awaited 12th album, ‘Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay’. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/oVa2QASL0Jw
www.cradleoffilth.com | www.facebook.com/cradleoffilth | www.nuclearblast.de/cradleoffilth
In the last few days UK melodic death metallers Bloodshot Dawn entered the studio to begin work on their third full length album, which will be entitled Renanimation, and is slated for released early 2018 via Hostile Media.
Frontman Josh McMorran comments, "We are pleased to announce we have joined forces with Hostile Media to release our third full length, Reanimation. After working with their press team for years we have built a stalwart relationship that we believe will help take us to the next level as well as making it easier to purchase our music across the globe. Their passion and commitment is equal to our tenacity and hard work ethic making this a force to be reckoned with!"
Since their acclaimed self-titled and second album Demons, there has been shifts in the bands ranks making way for new members, Canadian shredder Morgan Reid and drummer James Stewart (also of Vader and Divine Chaos). The band commented earlier about James joining the fold, "His experience and recording insight has helped shape the new album and we couldn't be happier!"
As well as the news of an imminent new release the band has announced a new UK / Ireland tour, their first in almost 2 years! "We are also excited to be hitting the tour circuit again after a short hiatus. We are hungry for live devastation and looking forward to seeing fans old and new!"
Reanimation UK/Ireland Live Dates
17/01/18 - Black Heart, London
18/01/18 - Green Door Store, Brighton
19/01/18 - Boiler Room, Guildford
20/01/18 - The Underground, Plymouth
21/01/18 - Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff
22/01/18 - Venue TBC, Birmingham
23/01/18 - Audio, Glasgow
24/01/18 - The Fulford Arms, York
25/01/18 - The Peer Hat, Manchester
26/01/18 - Venue TBC, Cork
27/01/18 - Limelight, Belfast
28/01/18 - On The Rox, Dublin
Dutch Symphonic Metal Titans Epica have just announced a full headline UK & Ireland Tour for next Spring. The sextet will take on UK venues nationwide as well as play their first ever Irish show at Dublin's Tivoli.
Guitarist Mark Jansen commented:
"We're coming back to the UK! Not for just 1 show like last time. Also Ireland for the very first time!!! We're looking very much forward to partying with you guys! See you in April!"
Epica played a sold-out show at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire earlier this year bringing their latest album 'The Holographic Principle' to life with impressive lighting and staging. Light reflecting glass prisms accompanied the cinematic soundscapes of one of metal's biggest and most bombastic live bands. Don't miss your chance to see Epica in 2018 as they take on the whole of the UK with full force on THE UNITED PRINCIPLE TOUR!
VIP bundles & General Tickets go on sale this Friday 4th August and full routing plus ticket links can be seen below:
METALHAMMER PRESENTS: EPICA + supports TBA
Fri 06.04.18 Nottingham - Rock City
Sat 07.04.18 Glasgow - ABC1
Sun 08.04.18 Bristol - O2 Academy
Tue 10.04.18 Dublin - Tivoli
Thu 12.04.18 Manchester - O2 Ritz
Fri 13.04.18 London - 02 Forum
Epica's latest album 'The Holographic Principle' was released in 2016 and was well-received worldwide, making Top 10 Chart entries in the German, Dutch and Swiss album charts. It was also #3 on the UK Rock Chart.
Epica release their new EP, The Solace System,via Nuclear Blast on September 1st, 2017.
Pre-order digitally now in i-Tunes:
Or pick up a physical copy from the NB store:
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-
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.
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