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.”
German female-fronted thrash metal act Dying Gorgeous Lies are confirmed for Hard Rock Laager 2018 in Estonia, going onstage on June 30th. Get more information on festival at https://www.facebook.com/hardrocklaager. Facebook Event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/177061902871684
As previously announced, Dying Gorgeous Lies will join, as Main Support, the German Thrash titans Destruction on their shows in Saint Petersburg and Moscow:
February 15 – Opera Concert Club – Saint Petersburg
February 16 – Moscow Hall – Moscow
Upcoming Dying Gorgeous Lies Festivals:
Hard Rock Laager 2018 - Estonia - June 30th
Metal Days 2018 - Slovenia - on July 22nd-28th
German Female fronted thrash metal act Dying Gorgeous Lies‘ powerful stage presence creates a toxic essence generating an ominous seething in front of every stage that puts all metal heads under its spell. Watch the band’s “First World Breakdown” video here: https://youtu.be/uB2y3Y3lPYU
Iconic German thrashers Rage are teaming up with their comrades Firewind for a Teutonic Tour for the ages. In January 2018 the band will co-headline two UK shows playing London's famous Underworld venue on January 21st and The Corporation in Sheffield the following night, January 22nd. Support comes from British metallers Crimes Of Passion UK.
Tickets for both dates are on-sale now. Secure yours here:
Jan 21st – London, Underworld
Jan 22nd – Sheffield, Corporation
RSVP to the London show on Facebook here: http://po.st/UnderRAGE
Rage released their new, 23rd studio album titled 'Seasons Of The Black' last month.
'Seasons Of The Black' was recorded in February/March 2017 at Megafon Studios (Burscheid, Germany) and at Soundchaser Studios (Zandhoven, Belgium). Its production was handled by Rage, whilst the renowned Dan Swanö (Marduk, Opeth, Katatonia) took care of mix and mastering at Unisound Studios (Grefrath, Germany).
Russian Sci-Fi Metal group Sunwalter have announced 5 dates across Europe to celebrate the release of their brand new and second album, Alien Hazard. The album will be released worldwide in all digital formats on September 15th, 2017 via Sliptrick Records. Alien Hazard will be their first full length release since their debut in 2013, Forbidden Sun.
The band are known for their heavily sci-fi influenced persona, hard, heavy, extreme sound and wilfully bizarre media releases. Expect the unexpected and keep watching the skies!
Alien Hazard | Released on September 15th, 2017 on Sliptrick Records
Sep 30, 2017 | Moscow, Russia | Album release party
Oct 06, 2017 | Reutlingen, Germany
Oct 07, 2017 | Harderwijk, Holland
Oct 13, 2017 | Olomouc, Czech Republic
Oct 15, 2017 | Warsaw, Poland
The Sunwalter project was launched in Moscow on August 31st, 2008. Originally, they were defined as melodic black metal but have since morphed to what they like to call Sci-Fi Metal with clean female and extreme male vocals, a mix of metalcore, power and modern metal all wrapped up in some truly extra-terrestrial lyrics.
Alexio – Extreme Vocals
Olga Sol – Clean Vocals
Myutel – Guitar
St.Odium – Bass
Miran – Drums
Official Website | Facebook | Youtube
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
Swedish Power Metal group Veonity continue their assault on 2017 with 4 East European dates supporting the mighty German band PowerWolf. The boys have also starting working on tracks for their 3rd album which they promise will take Veonity to even higher levels of greatness. This has been a sterling year for the band so far and they certainly haven’t finished yet!
PowerWolf is a German power metal band notable for having dark themes and images and include usage of corpse paint and gothic-tinged compositions.
Oct 25 | Yekaterinburg, RUS | Teleclub
Oct 27 | Moscow, RUS | Yotaspace
Oct 28 | Minsk, BY | Re:public
Oct 29 | St. Petersburg, RUS | A2
Anders Sköld – Vocals/Guitar
Samuel Lundström – Guitar
Joel Kollberg – Drums
Kristoffer Lidre – Bass
Official Website | Facebook | Youtube
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-
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
The Iberian Extreme Metal act Noctem confirms its first headlining tour in Rusia presenting the brand new album "Haeresis" (Art Gates Records-Prosthetic Records). Supporting act will be "From Hell" from North America. Dates as follows:
HAERESIS RUSSIAN ASSAULT 2017:
18.08 ZELENOGRAD - "Pub Rebel"
20.08 KALUGA - "Garage"
21.08 YELETS - "Scena"
22.08 VORONEZH - "Station Mir"
23.08 ROSTOV-ON-DON - "Podzemka"
24.08 LIPETSK - "Centre"
25.08 MOSCOW - "Rock House" MOSCOW BLACK METAL CONVENTION
26.08 TULA -"Dolina X" BLACKENED LIFE FEST
27.08 SAINT -PETERSBURG -"Opera"
There is a slot available for this tour. If you're interested in your band opening for Noctem contact to email@example.com
Other Noctem shows confirmed so far:
8-10.06 Santa María Summer Fest / Portugal
1.07 Rock Arena / Alicante (Sp)
5-8.07 Resurrection Fest / Viveiro (Sp)
9-12.08 Leyendas del Rock / Alicante (Sp)
official sites of Noctem:
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