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.
Russian sci-fi metal group Sunwalter head out on their first tour of 2018 taking 3 East European countries. Titled The Course Of The Alien King, this will be a joint tour with Polish group Lux Perpetua. The band are still heavily promoting their recent release, Alien Hazard, which has been getting extremely positive reviews. This is always a fun and colourful band to check out live and they hope to announce dates in Russia and wider afield very soon!
Here’s the Sunwalter tour announcement from their always entertaining Facebook page;
“Earthmen! After the lengthy New Year holidays, we have finally returned to the habitual orbit around this planet. While the Earth celebrated the date, we have decided on the upcoming venues in terms of our next European tour, and we are ready to share the information with you. Unfortunately, there are no dates of Russian shows on the list yet, but we’ll try to persuade the Anunnaki race to consider that territory as landing site during the tour. Please, don’t hesitate to let us know, where else you would like to visit Sunwalter performances.”
Italian progressive rock / metallers Heretic’s Dream are now confirmed as main support for Katatonia's shows in Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. Check out the details below.
December 04 - Klubi Tapper - Tallinn
December 05 - Melnà Piektdiena - Riga
December 06 - Loftas - Vilnius
As previously announced, Heretic's Dream will share the stage as special guests on Amaranthe's shows in St. Petersburg and Moscow, as follows:
December 01 – Saint Petersburg – Aurora
December 02 – Moscow – Volta
Just recently the Italian progressive rock / metallers Heretic’s Dream joined the Finnish progressive metal masters Amorphis on the 10th Eclipse Anniversary Shows in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Spika tour Agency has released the full video of Heretic’s Dream show performed at Zal Ozhidaniya Club 13.05.2017, Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIEGJ36VUZE
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
Japan's Survive announce headline tour in the Baltics, Ukraine and Russia + supporting Overkill in Kiev!
Japanese Thrash Heroes Survive have announced their headlining tour in Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine and Russia, kicking off on June 16th in Kaunas, Lithuania. The tour trek includes also a show in Kiev, supporting the legendary New Jersey thrashers, Overkill!
"Human Misery Assault Tour 2017" dates:
16.06 Kaunas (Lithuania) - Lemmy
17.06 Kekavas Novads (Latvia) - Metalshow Open Air 2017 - https://www.facebook.com/events/391739884527674/
20.06 Kiev (Ukraine) - with OVERKILL - Bel étage Concert Club - https://www.facebook.com/events/1937947483095339/
21.06 Kharkov (Ukraine) - Zhara
22.06 Zaporizhia (Ukraine) - Chicago Blues
24.06 Moscow (Russia) - Rock House
25.06 Saint Petersburg (Russia) - Zoccolo 2.0
Survive released their latest album “Human Misery”, on September 30th, 2015 via Rebel Recordings. Check out “Shred them All” video from the album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uP98KdggW4A
Survive – formed in 1998 – have released 9 albums, 1 DVD and played several festivals (Loud Park, Beast Fest, Multiplex-motorbike event, Korean Live Rock, Formoz Festival, Asia Metal Festival, Dongducheon Rock Festival, Trendkill Extreme Feast, etc.), and toured all over the world with Behemoth, United, Killswitch Engage, Dope, Pulling Teeth, Testament, Outrage, Anthrax, Hatebreed, Napalm Death, just to name a few of them.
http://www.rebel-survive.com – https://www.facebook.com/survive333
Metal Mercenary and Lilith Promotions are proud to present the BERSERKER (LT) DARK WORLDS COLLIDE UK TOUR with very special guests EVYLTYDE.
Berserker is a melodic metal band from Vilnius, founded on the 7th of March, 2009. The name of the band is bound with Viking era; Berserk (berserker) – is known from historic tales as a fearless Scandinavian warrior. Bands songs also reflect inner and outer battles. Inner fights are personal emotions, mixed feelings. Outer fights are social injustice, industrialization, destruction of the wild nature.
Berserker vision – music, which combines epic melodies, apocalyptic lyrics, strong and expressive vocals to bring every listener to his own unearthly, magical, fantastic reality Berserker often plays various gigs in Lithuanian clubs, festivals, charitable, biker events. In 2013 won the second place in a Broadway Star competition. In 2014 band performed with famous band Turisas in Vilnius. In 2015 Berserker played in Latvia, Rigas famous club “Melna Piektdiena”, “Metal Crowd” festival in Belarus and wonderful “Rock Cafe” in Tallinn, Estonia. In 2016 band played 6 gigs in Polish tour, 3 concerts in Berlin-Bohemia tour.
Article about the band was in the book "Sunkūs metai: 2013“ about Lithuanian heavy metal. The book had a CD with various songs of local bands, Berserkers ballad “Wolf” was included. In the 2014 the band participated in a project “Muzyczne Rodowody”, with a result of a CD with mix of local music, which included Berserker’s „W jedności nasza siła”.
In the January of 2015 debut album “Dark Worlds Collide” was released in digital version, with video to the title track.
12 Nov | The Gryphon, Bristol
13 Nov | Sanctuary Live, Basingstoke
17 Nov | Fiddler's Elbow, London
18 Nov | Duffy's Bar, Leicester
19 Nov | The Giffard Arms, Wolverhampton
Tickets available at the venues or online via the event page HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/315315155470558/
Joining them on the tour are London metallers Evyltyde fresh back from their September tour with ex-Bangalore Choir / Accept / Bonfire vocalist David Reece and his new band Reece Percudani Group (RPG).
Alpha Omega Management has a huge pleasure to announce that the Croatian Melodic death metallers Infernal Tenebra are confirmed as main support for Testament on their shows in Baltic region, as follows:
June 29th - Vilnius, Lithuania
June 30th - Riga, Latvia
Comments the band:
"We're very excited about those shows... it's the first time we visit the Baltic region. Having the opportunity to share the stage with one of our main influences... this is going to be sick!"
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