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.
Want to tour Cuba on Brutal Summer Fest? Brutal Battle Cuba 2017 submissions start Nov 1st (open to Canadian bands only)
FREE download of 45 minutes of 2016 BBC competing bands:
Brutal Battle Cuba is proud to announce its return for a 2017 edition across Quebec and Ontario to send one Canadian band to perform on the Brutal Summer Fest Tour across Cuba. The tour will take place during August 2017 with one Canadian band joining five to seven other international bands along with crew members, drivers and one big bus for the two week journey across the country. The winning band will also be provided a $500 worth package that will include a custom banner, shirts and stickers for the tour. While on the road, the Canadian band will also be introduced to every aspect of Cuban culture.
Watch video from last year's tour with 2016 champions Montreal's Dealer with Verbal Abuse (USA), Fang (USA), Neige Morte (France), Euglena (Russia), KESS'KHTAK (Switzerland) and local Cuban bands Switch Adox, Sex By Manipulation and Spermask - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vE-aCoVppuA
Submissions for Brutal Battle Cuba 2017 will begin on November 1st, 2016 and end on November 30th, 2016 11:59 pm EST.
Submit your band at the following link: http://www.piranhaproductions.ca/soumission.php
Ontario: Oshawa, Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, Kingston
Quebec: Montreal, Quebec City, Trois Rivieres
For more information, please visit: www.facebook.com/BrutalBattleCUBA.
10 Fun Facts To Why You Should Apply To Brutal Battle CUBA:
1- Between 2010 and 2015, more than 55 foreign bands have toured the Brutal Fest. France, Switzerland, UK, Belgium, Italy Hungary, Canada, USA, Denmark, Finland, Costa Rica, Sweden Chili, Mexico...
2- Every show, but one, is outdoor. 6/7
3- Beer cost less than $2 in Cuba.
4- You can have a good meal for less than $2 during the tour.
5- Rum is so cheap, you better buy a whole bottle than ordering some rum and coke.
6- Every hotel is reserved in advance so bands don't have to take care of finding a place in each city.
7- Lot's of Cuban fans! They will ask for AUTOGRAPHS. Bring a Sharpie!!
8- There will be days off during the tour to visit and enjoy Cuba.
9- Cuba has an official Rock Agency located in la Havana.
10- There is no music shop in Cuba. We will try to raise some money to bring them some instruments. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/brutal-battle-cuba-2016--2#/
BRUTAL BATTLE CUBA is proud to announce submissions are now open for independent Canadian metal bands in Oshawa, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, Fredericton and Moncton to submit to this year's first ever competition. One group will win a performing slot on this year's 2016 BRUTAL SUMMER FEST TOUR line up where they will be playing in front hundreds of Cuban metalheads each night from Aug 18-28.
Quebec’s Chariots of The Gods alongside touring front man Chase Wilson from Ontario’s Darkness in Aurora were the first Canadian metal band ever to join the fest in 2014.
"We have been working on this project for a while and we are really excited that it is finally happening! It's a great opportunity for bands to experience touring outside of Canada and getting the chance to share the stage with international bands. Chase Wilson and I were part of the first Canadian metal band to tour Cuba in 2014. The cultural immersion as well as the musical experience really makes it a Brutal Fest!" comments BBC organizer Rich O'Neil.
For full submission details and rules, please visit the following link (deadline to submit application is February 10 at 11:59pm EST):
What is BRUTAL SUMMER FEST TOUR?
It's a seven date tour with five to seven international bands, ten crew members, two bus drivers and one big bus on the road for two weeks across Cuba.
The selected Canadian band will share the stage with five or six other talented international bands every night and will be on the road during the day visiting every aspect of the Cuban culture.
Not only will the winning band be sent to tour with Brutal Fest in Cuba with tour shirts and promo stickers, but they will also have the opportunity to be endorsed by companies such as InTune Guitar Picks and SoulTone Cymbals as well as a few other great prizes from their sponsors.
Are you ready for the most Brutal experience of your life?
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