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
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.
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)
The Ukraine's Jinjer announces second round of dates on the "Will To Power Tour" supporting Arch Enemy!
Melodic metal masters Arch Enemy are ready to conquer fans worldwide as they embark on their headlining international "Will To Power Tour"!
Jinjer will support Arch Enemy on this intense tour run! The first leg of the tour will trek across Eastern Europe from September 15th until October 11th! The second round of dates for the "Will to Power Tour" will take place in early 2018 from January 12th until February 7th across Western Europe, and feature support from Wintersun and Tribulation as well!
Arch Enemy bandleader and chief songwriter Michael Amott comments: “Very happy to already announce our “Will To Power" European headline tour for early 2018. We can't wait to get back out there with a new fresh Arch Enemy show full of cool surprises! And what a line-up! We have assembled a killer tour package with some amazing bands for you. Wintersun, Tribulation and Jinjer are all bands with their own unique and impressive live performances. This all adds up to an epic night of Metal that should not be missed!"
While Jinjer chimed in stating, "We are literally counting the days until this tour starts! It's everything that we've been working up to for the past few years: bigger venues, bigger crowds and smashing the stage every night with the likes of a heavy metal giant like Arch Enemy. This tour will be one for the record books for sure!"
Don’t miss out on this tour run! Tickets can already be purchased HERE!
JINJER as Support of ARCH ENEMY
“Will To Power Tour 2018” w/ Wintersun, Tribulation
12.01.2018 DE - Munich, Tonhalle
13.01.2018 DE - Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
15.01.2018 CH - Zurich, Komplex
17.01.2018 IT - Milano, Alcatraz
18.01.2018 FR - Lyon, Transbordeur
22.01.2018 FR - Toulouse, Le Bikini
23.01.2018 FR - Paris, Bataclan
24.01.2018 BE - Antwerp, Trix
26.01.2018 DE - Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
27.01.2018 DE - Geiselwind, Music Hall
29.01.2018 DE - Hamburg, Große Freiheit
31.01.2018 SE - Malmö, KB
01.02.2018 NO - Oslo, Rockefeller
02.02.2018 SE - Stockholm, Arenan
03.02.2018 SE - Gothenburg, Trädgarn
05.02.2018 DE - Berlin, Huxleys
06.02.2018 DE - Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
07.02.2018 DE - Saarbrücken, Garage
Tatiana Shmailyuk - Vocals
Roman Ibramkhalilov - Guitars
Eugene Kostyuk - Bass
Vladislav Ulasevish – Drums
With the new album "Rise And Shine" recently released (27th of January 2017) and with the band having recently finished a major North American Tour with multi-platinum selling band Amaranthe, Smash Into Pieces now return to tour Scandinavia and Europe.
Rise And Shine is now also available on Vinyl!
Order here: http://bit.ly/2lqLcwF
It's only been 4 months since the band finished their last European Tour and now Germany, UK, Norway, Sweden And Denmark awaits.
April 29 – Nya Kupolen, KARLSKOGA SE
April 30 – HardRock Café, NO
May 12 – Östgöta Rockfestival, NORRKÖPING SE
May 13 – Warwick Music Hall, MARKNEUKIRCHEN DE
May 14 – Maze, BERLIN DE
May 15 – Marx, HAMBURG DE
May 16 – MTC, KÖLN DE
May 17 – Underworld, LONDON UK
May 18 – Sputnik Caré, MUNSTER DE
May 19 – Uni-festival, LUBECK DE
May 25 - Adrenaline Cruise, STOCKHOLM SE
May 26 – Bomber Bar, MOTALA SE
May 27 – Lygten Station, COPENHAGEN DK
June 09 – Midnight Sun Festival, ÖVERTORNEÅ, SE
June 18 – Dreamhack, JÖNKÖPING, SE
July 08 – Peace and Love, BORLÄNGE, SE
July 22 – Uddeholmsladan, HAGFORS SE
Aug 04 – Skogsröjet, REJMYRE SE
Aug 05 – Övik kalaset, ÖVIK, SE
Aug 19 – VOX-Festivalen, ÖREBRO SE
Aug 26 – Eksjö Stadsfest, EKSJÖ SE
Sep 01 – Oscars Nite Club, VARBERG SE
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Norwegian black metal icons Mayhem are commemorating the release of their 1994 landmark De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas full-length with a worldwide live takeover performing the monumental record in its entirety. The band is currently wrapping up their critically-lauded Purgatorium Americæ Septentrionalis MMXVII tour with support from Black Anvil and Inquisition, with their final two performances - February 19th at the Gramercy Theater in New York, New York and a very special, intimate MAYHEM-only appearance on February 20th at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York - now sold out.
Following a short break, Mayhem will return to the road for a near-month-long European jaunt. Set to commence on March 24th in Karlstad, Sweden and run through April 16th in Munich, Germany, the Purgatorium Europæ Septentrionalis MMXVII tour includes stops at the Vienna Metal Meeting and Dark Easter Metal Meeting. Support will be provided by Dragged Into Sunlight on select dates. See all confirmed dates below.
In related news, Rolling Stone recently featured Mayhem in an extensive retrospective piece. Check it out at THIS LOCATION.
Mayhem - Purgatorium Americæ Septentrionalis MMXVII w/ Black Anvil, Inquisition [remaining dates]:
2/16/2017 Theatre Of The Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA [tickets]
2/17/2017 The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY [tickets]
2/18/2017 Royale - Boston, MA [tickets]
2/19/2017 Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY SOLD OUT
2/20/2017 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY * MAYHEM Only, SOLD OUT
Purgatorium Europæ Septentrionalis MMXVII:
3/24/2017 Nojesfabrieken - Karlstad, SE *
3/25/2017 En Arena - Stockholm, SE *
3/26/2017 Amager Bio - Copenhagen, DK *
3/27/2017 Train - Aarhus, DK *
3/28/2017 Patronaat - Haarlem, NL *
3/29/2017 Electric Ballroom - London, UK *
3/30/2017 Club Academy - Manchester, UK *
3/31/2017 Academy - Dublin, IE *
4/01/2017 Barrowland (Lords Of The Land) - Glasgow, UK*
4/03/2017 L'Empreint - Savigny-le-Temple, FR *
4/04/2017 CCO - Lyon, FR
4/05/2017 Les Docks - Lausanne, CH *
4/06/2017 Live Club - Milan, IT *
4/07/2017 Mostovna - Nova Gorica, SI *
4/08/2017 Arena (Vienna Metal Meeting) - Vienna, AT *
4/09/2017 Vintage Club - Zagreb, HR
4/10/2017 Dom Omladine - Belgrade, RS
4/11/2017 Mixtape 5 - Sofia, BG
4/12/2017 Club Rockstadt - Brasov, RO
4/13/2017 Fuzz Club - Athens, GR
4/15/2017 Durer Kert - Budapest, HU
4/16/2017 Backstage (Dark Easter Metal Meeting) - Munich, DE
* w/ Dragged Into Sunlight
De Profundis have been confirmed as part of a touring package that will be bringing an icy chill to spring in the UK. Along with atmospheric black metallers Fen and tour headliners, the Norwegian lords of the dark, Taake, De Profundis will be descending like black angels upon Bristol, London, Manchester and Glasgow during April. The dates are as follows:
April 6th - Exchange, Bristol - https://www.facebook.com/events/1174269739347094/
April 7th – The Dome, London - https://www.facebook.com/events/341771126204589/
April 8th - Ruby Lounge, Manchester - https://www.facebook.com/events/1765262270462391/
April 9th - Ivory Blacks, Glasgow - https://www.facebook.com/events/1514083958606600/
On this tour De Profundis will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the release of their debut album, Beyond Redemption. There will also be a very special release to commemorate the first decade of De Profundis being unveiled at this time, featuring artwork from renowned artist Gary Ronaldson (Kreator, Napalm Death, Benighted etc) – more details on this to follow soon. Meanwhile the band are nearing completion on recording work for their fifth album which will be released later in 2017.
Benighted have announced the final round of European shows in support of their latest album 'Carnivore Sublime', which will kick off tomorrow at Deathfeast Open Air in Andernach, Germany.
A full list of confirmed BENIGHTED dates can be viewed below.
03 Sep 16 Andernach (DE) Jugendzentrum Andernach (Deathfeast Open Air)
10 Sep 16 Belley (FR) Le Réservoir
17 Sep 16 Villeurbanne (FR) Metalhead For Refugees
28 Oct 16 Sofia (BG) Club Live and Loud
29 Oct 16 Bucharest (RO) Club Quantic
30 Oct 16 Cluj (RO) Napoca Flying Circus
12 Nov 16 Stockholm (SW) Prostatattack Fest
16 Dec 16 Eindhoven (NL) Eindhoven Metal Meeting (exact date tbc )
21 Jan 17 Lisbon (PT) RCA Club
17 Feb 17 Bergen (NO) Blastfest
Benighted will soon reveal the first details about their new upcoming album.
The current album 'Carnivore Sublime' is still available from the Season of Mist shop: http://smarturl.it/BenightedShop and streaming in full here: https://benighted.bandcamp.com/album/carnivore-sublime
Norway's Cretura are proud to announce their "Fall of the Seventh Golden Star European tour 2016"!
03.10.16 - TBA (Germany)
04.10.16 - MC Fabrika - (Ceske Budejovice, Cz. Republic)
05.10.16 - EXIT US - (Prague, Cz.Republic)
06.10.16 - THE ADVENTURE MUSIC CLUB - (Liptovsky, Mikulas, Slovakia)
07.10.16 - RAGNAROK - (Novy Targ, Poland)
08.10.16- S8 UNDERGROUND CLUB - (Budapest, Hungary)
09.10.16 - CLUB FLEX ARAD - (Arad, Romania
10.10.16 - CLUJ NAPOCA - (Romania)
11.10.16 - UNDERWORLD CLUB - ( Buchurest, Romania)
12.10.16 - LIVE CLUB - (Varna, Bulgaria)
13.10.16 - AUTUMN SOULS OF SOFIA FESTIVAL - (Sofia, Bulgaria)
14.10.16 - UNITED METAL FESTIVAL - (Novia Sad, Serbia)
The band stated:
"Our debut album "Fall Of The Seventh Golden Star" has been out for a couple of months now, and it has been very well received all across Europe. So we are proud and excited to take everything we have to offer and, in collaboration with WormHoleDeath, Hammer & Tongs and Rock 'n' Road, leave on a full scale European Tour in October 2016. During the tour we will have two fantastic bands as support: Human Desolation (Melodic Death Metal) and Fairy (Melodic rock/Metal) from Norway. Together we will bring what Scandinavia is known for far and near. A true lesson in darkness, atmosphere and brutality to a stage near you! We are all hungry and ready to kill, so see you all in tour!"
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