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.
Tokyo based “Samurais from Hell”, Survive, will join Venom Inc + Suffocation on "Blood Stained Earth Tour 2018" in Europe, kicking off on March 9th in Bristol (UK). Other support will come from Brazilian thrashers Nervosa and Canadian ethnic symphonic metallers Aeternam. Further details can be found below.
BLOOD STAINED EARTH TOUR 2018
VENOM INC + SUFFOCATION + NERVOSA + AETERNAM + SURVIVE
3.9.Fri - Bristol (UK) “Bierkeller”
3.10.Sat- Manchester (UK) “Rebellion”
3.11.Sun - Glasgow (UK) “Audio”
3.12.Mon - Birmingham (UK) “Asylum” -
3.13.Tue - London (UK) “Islington Academy”
3.14.Wed - Opwijk (BEL) “Nosta”
3.15Thu - Paris (FRA) “Petit Bain”
3.16Fri - Eindhoven (NLD) “Dynamo”
3.17.Sat - Hamburg (GER) “Kultur Palast”
3.18.Sun - Aarhus (DEN) “Voxhall”
3.19.Mon - Copenhagen (DEN) “Pumpehuset”
3.20.Tue - Mannheim (GER) “MS Connexion”
3.21.Wed - Ingolstadt (GER) “Eventhalle Westpark”
3.22.Thu - Brescia (ITA) “Circolo Colony”
3.23.Fri - Bologna (ITA) “Zona Roveri”
3.24.Sat - Graz (AUT) “Xplosiv”
3.25.Sun - Budapest (HUN) “Barba Negra”
3.26.Mon - Cluj Napoca (ROM) “Form Space”
3.27.Tue - Vienna (AUT) “Viper Room”
3.28.Wed - Kosice (SVK) “Collosseum”
3.29Thu - Prague (CZE) “Futurum”
3.30.Fri - Dresden (Ger) “Eventwerk”
3.31.Sat - Katowice (Pol) “MegaClub”
Bloodstock are excited to make their first band announcement of 2018!
Tickets for 2018 are flying out the door, with less than 50 VIP tickets remaining. Do not delay if you’re planning on joining us in the Serpent’s Lair! Standard tickets, as well as the very popular Deposit Scheme and the last few camper van pitches are all currently available in the ticket store. So, about those band announcements...
Jasta & Friends are set for a Ronnie James Dio main stage slot on Sunday! As a great friend of Bloodstock, we’re thrilled to welcome Jamey Jasta, frontman of Hatebreed, Kingdom of Sorrow and Icepick, back to the festival with his solo band, Jasta. However, this is not just Jasta, this is Jasta & Friends, so expect some special guests to jump on stage for various songs, just for the BOA faithful at Bloodstock 2018! Guests will be revealed in due course, but we can tell you that the mighty Kirk Windstein (Crowbar, Down, Kingdom of Sorrow) will be one of them! Jamey says, “I’m beyond excited and honoured to have my first UK show with Jasta be at the mighty Bloodstock Festival! So many legends have graced the Bloodstock stages, we will channel their energy and give the fans a killer set with some special surprise guests!” Check out Jasta’s recent video for ‘The Same Flame’ here - https://youtu.be/P7PnbooaTOE.
Venom Inc also join Saturday’s main stage bill! With new album, ‘Avé’ released via Nuclear Blast last year, the seminal British metal icons will be bringing both classic tracks and new to Bloodstock next August. Check out the lyric video for ‘Avé Satanas’, taken from that album here - https://youtu.be/Xt_yGt0ET0U and get ready to welcome The Demolition Man, Mantas and Abaddon to Catton Park!
Our Saturday night Sophie Lancaster stage headliner will be Orphaned Land! The ground-breaking band’s new album, ‘Unsung Prophets And Dead Messiahs’ is set for release later this month via Century Media and features guest appearances from Blind Guardian’s Hansi Kürsch, Tomas Lindberg from At The Gates and Steve Hackett. Check out the epic album teaser here - https://youtu.be/GNm20DFCO7Y.
Also joining the bill are the hotly tipped Danish prog metal outfit Vola, who join the Sophie stage bill on Saturday. The band are hard at work on their new studio album, set for release through Mascot Records this year. Get a taster of their sound via the video for ‘Stray The Skies’ taken from 2016’s debut album, ‘InMazes’ - https://youtu.be/EipdyUZfrG0.
If you haven’t grabbed your ticket yet and are a bit stretched post-Christmas, Bloodstock’s payment plan helps ease the ‘lump sum’ shock of paying for your ticket by breaking it into five smaller, more manageable amounts. Sign up in the ticket store any time before 28th Feb for an initial deposit of £36.00. Thereafter, four additional instalments of £29.00 will debit your bank account on 3rd April, 1st May, 1st June and 2nd July respectively. Find out full details and sign up over at https://bloodstock.seetickets.com.
If you already know you can only attend for one day, sign up for a day ticket reminder email as day tickets will not go on sale until next summer. Register your day ticket interest here - https://www.seetickets.com/register/bloodstock.
With Friday night headliners, JUDAS PRIEST, Saturday headliners, GOJIRA and Sunday’s bil toppers, NIGHTWISH already announced, as well as EMPEROR, DEVILDRIVER, WATAIN, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, WEDNESDAY 13, FOZZY, COMBICHRIST, BLOODBATH, MR BIG, KAMELOT, DORO, ORDEN OGAN, SEPTICFLESH and MEMORIAM so far, 2018 is shaping up to be another stellar year for BLOODSTOCK.
BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 9th-12th August 2018. Get additional information over at www.bloodstock.uk.com.
Rotting Christ and Carach Angren have updated their extensive European co-headlining tour, "Rituals Amongst The Rotten" in January and February 2018. The Greek veterans and Dutch masters of horror metal will be joined by French blackened death outfit Svart Crown.
See below for an updated list of all confirmed shows with added pre-sales links.
Rotting Christ & Carach Angren + Svart Crown
26 Jan 18 Essen (DE) Turock http://bit.ly/2zSr7bf
27 Jan 18 Utrecht (NL) De Helling http://bit.ly/2AJ0ZQ1
28 Jan 18 Hamburg (DE) Kultur Palast http://bit.ly/2nlvANQ
29 Jan 18 København (DK) Pumpehuset http://bit.ly/2niKeVN
30 Jan 18 Berlin (DE) Musik & Frieden http://bit.ly/2zQqhM1
31 Jan 18 Katowice (PL) Mega Club http://bit.ly/2j4efnT
01 Feb 18 Praha (CZ) Futurum http://bit.ly/2kdWje1
02 Feb 18 Glauchau (DE) Alte Spinnerei http://bit.ly/2niOYe4
03 Feb 18 Mannheim (DE) MS Connection Complex http://bit.ly/2AJFLRV
04 Feb 18 Paris (FR) Petit Bain http://bit.ly/2nfvw1X
05 Feb 18 Nantes (FR) Ferrailleur http://bit.ly/2kbXR8m
06 Feb 18 Lyon (FR) CCO http://bit.ly/2zBoOVQ
07 Feb 18 Barcelona (ES) Razzmatazz 3 http://bit.ly/2jAceiH
08 Feb 18 Oviedo (ES) Sir Laurens http://bit.ly/2jAceiH
09 Feb 18 Porto (PT) Hard Club (tba)
10 Feb 18 Lisboa (PT) RCA Club (tba)
11 Feb 18 Madrid (ES) Caracol http://bit.ly/2jAceiH
12 Feb 18 Marseille (FR) Jas Rod http://bit.ly/2zBoOVQ
13 Feb 18 Brescia (IT) Circolo Colony http://bit.ly/2BzmGiK
14 Feb 18 München (DE) Backstage http://bit.ly/2jyLdfG
15 Feb 18 Wien (AT) Szene http://bit.ly/2Bp3djE
16 Feb 18 Wil (CH) Gare de Lion http://bit.ly/2ir4UJP
17 Feb 18 Arnhem (NL) Willemeen http://bit.ly/2BzshVZ
18 Feb 18 Vosselaar (BE) Biebob http://bit.ly/2AszbyY
Danish metallic hardcore outfit Lifesick has announced a European tour which begins next week and runs through mid-December, providing support for Harley Flanagan on most the shows.
Lifesick is an overwhelmingly hard-hitting act who integrates elements of morbid, extreme metal into aggressive, mosh-primed hardcore. The band is currently in Dead Rat studio recording their follow up to 6.0.1which was released in November 2016 on LP format via Southern Lord, and prior to that on CD format via FWH Records.
See Lifesick's official video for "In Love With Hate" RIGHT HERE.
Lifesick European Tour Dates:
11/29/2017 Innocent - Hengelo, NL
11/30/2017 Vort'n Vis - Ieper, BE
12/01/2017 The Crowndale - London, UK
12/02/2017 Temple Of Boom - Leeds, UK w/ Harley Flanagan
12/03/2017 Patronaat - Haarlem, NL w/ Harley Flanagan
12/04/2017 Hafenklang - Hamburg, DE w/ Harley Flanagan
12/05/2017 Faust - Hannover, DE w/ Harley Flanagan
12/06/2017 Scheune - Dresden, DE w/ Harley Flanagan
12/07/2017 Hydrozagadka - Warsaw, PL w/ Harley Flanagan
12/08/2017 Arena - Vienna, AU w/ Harley Flanagan
12/09/2017 Legend Club - Milano, IT w/ Harley Flanagan
12/15/2017 Ungdommenshus - Fredericia, DK
Lifesick twists the clobbering sounds of bands like Merauder, Xibalba, and Nails, combined with the northern European climate: harsh, cold, and steeped in metal history. Between brutal breakdowns and direct, forceful vocals, the young Danes make their mark with evil melodies that ooze black and death metal vibes, all delivered in the crushing tone of the HM-2.
Rotting Christ and Carach Angren are announcing their extensive European co-headlining tour in January and February 2018. The Greek veterans and Dutch masters of horror metal will be joined by French blackened death outfit Svart Crown.
ROTTING CHRIST & CARACH ANGREN + SVART CROWN
26 Jan 18 Essen (DE) Turock
27 Jan 18 Utrecht (NL) De Helling
28 Jan 18 Hamburg (DE) Kultur Palast
29 Jan 18 Copenhagen (DK) Pumpehuset
30 Jan 18 Berlin (DE) Musik & Frieden
31 Jan 18 Katowice (PL) Mega Club
01 Feb 18 Praha (CZ) Futurum
02 Feb 18 Glauchau (DE) Alte Spinnerei
03 Feb 18 Mannheim (DE) MS Connection Complex
04 Feb 18 Paris (FR) Petit Bain
05 Feb 18 Nantes (FR) Ferrailleur
06 Feb 18 Lyon (FR) CCO
07 Feb 18 Barcelona (ES) Razzmatazz 3
08 Feb 18 Gijon (ES) Acapulco
09 Feb 18 Lisbon (PT) RCA Club
10 Feb 18 Porto (PT) Hard Club
11 Feb 18 Madrid (ES) Caracol
12 Feb 18 Marseille (FR) Jas Rod
13 Feb 18 Brescia (IT) Circolo Colony
14 Feb 18 München (DE) Backstage
15 Feb 18 Wien (AT) Szene
16 Feb 18 Wil (CH) Gare de Lion
17 Feb 18 Veghel (NL) Veghel Black Fest
18 Feb 18 Vosselaar (BE) Biebob
Denmark's finest black metal bands Solbrud and Orm have both released some of the most vital albums of 2017, and now, announce a joint tour of Denmark in November, called Blōtmōnaþ 2017.
There is movement in the shadows of Danish metal, as new talented bands have emerged from the darkest and coldest crannies of the scene during the last couple of years. Solbrud and Orm are two of those bands. Both have released heavyweight black metal albums via Indisciplinarian in 2017 and have thereby contributed to the increasing high standard of Danish metal music.
Atmospheric black metallers Solbrud have existed since 2009 and released their third album Vemod - a wuthering and misanthropic piece of black metal art - this past June, a co-release with Vendetta Records. The band is known for their captivating and hypnotic live shows, and they have just returned from a success full European tour with Wildernessking from South Africa. The quartet ORM made their recorded debut with an epic but hammering self-titled album this past March, and the subsequent shows have consolidated the band as an excellent live act.
Now, Soldbrud and Orm join forces in November for a tour of their native country Denmark entitled Blōtmōnaþ 2017. The word (pronounced Blotmonath) means "month of sacrifice" in old Anglo-Saxon tongue, and November was exactly the month, where Northern pagans slaughtered the cattle to honour the gods and prepare for winter. Denmark and its citizens can look forward to a bloody month where the nation's prime black metal ensembles will proclaim the coming of winter with their sinister tales and fierce soundscapes. The tour is presented by 3rd Tsunami Agency and Gearbox Agency, and tickets for all shows are now on sale RIGHT HERE.
Stream the new albums by Soldbrud and Orm album at the Indisciplinarian Bandcamp HERE.
Find the high-quality gatefold LP versions of Soldbrud's Vemod and Orm's Orm in the US at Earsplit Distro HERE and internationally at the Indisciplinarian webstore HERE.
Solbrud and Orm - Blōtmōnaþ 2017 Tour Dates:
11/03/2017 Radar - Aarhus, DK
11/04/2017 Plantagehuset - Thisted, DK
11/10/2017 Aalborg Metal Festival - Aalborg, DK
11/11/2017 Harders - Svendborg, DK
11/17/2017 Ungdommens Hus - Fredericia, DK
11/18/2017 Forbraendingen - Albertslund, DK
11/24/2017 Koncerthuset, Studie 3 - Copenhagen, DK
11/25/2017Elvaerket - Helsingoer, DK
Sólstafir are announcing the second leg of their 2017 European tour in support of their latest full-length 'Beyrdreyminn'. The enigmatic Icelandic rockers will be joined by Myrkur at most shows.
SÓLSTAFIR tour + MYRKUR
17 Nov 17 London (UK) Heaven
18 Nov 17 Leeuwarden (NL) Neushoorn
19 Nov 17 Lille (FR) Maison Folie Beaulieu
20 Nov 17 Paris (FR) Alhambra
21 Nov 17 Rennes (FR) Antipode MJC
23 Nov 17 Bilbao (ES) Santana27
24 Nov 17 Madrid (ES) Caracol
25 Nov 17 Barcelona (ES) Razzmatazz2
26 Nov 17 Marseille (FR) Jas Rod (without Myrkur)
27 Nov 17 Milano (IT) Circolo Magnolia
29 Nov 17 München (DE) Theaterfabrik
30 Nov 17 Salzburg (AT) Rockhouse
01 Dec 17 Bologna (IT) Locomotiv
07 Dec 17 Budapest (HU) A38
08 Dec 17 Wien (AT) Arena
11 Dec 17 Praha (CZ) Roxy
12 Dec 17 Berlin (DE) Heimathafen
13 Dec 17 Köln (DE) Kantine
14 Dec 17 Osnabrück (DE) Rosenhof (without Myrkur)
15 Dec 17 Rotterdam (NL) maasSilo
16 Dec 17 Bruxelles (BE) VK
18 Dec 17 København (DK) Pumpehuset
20 Dec 17 Stockholm (SE) Debaser Strand
Sólstafir's new album, 'Berdreyminn' entered the digital and charts after its release on May 26th. Below is a list of physical entries in the first week.
Finland #20 National album charts
France #121 National charts
France #2 Metal charts
Germany #30 National album charts
Sweden #8 Vinyl charts
Sweden #18 Hardrock charts
Switzerland #42 National charts
UK #39 - Top 100 independent album chart
UK #24 - Top 40 rock/metal album chart
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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Denmark's Forever Still will embark on a massive European tour together with The Italian Gothfathers from Lacuna Coil. Starting in Paris, the new hope of heavy rock will haunt throughout Europe over to the UK and end the trip in Bologna.
"We are beyond thrilled for this tour!", singer Maja states. "We have wanted to visit our fans all around Europe for a long time, and this line-up with Lacuna Coil is the perfect fit. Not only am I excited to tour with a band I've been listening to growing up, they're also in the top 3 of bands our fans have requested us to tour with! We really can't wait, and I can only imagine the fans are gonna be as excited for this, as we are!"
European tour dates and UK ticket links. Dates are on sale now!
w/ LACUNA COIL
20.10. F Paris - Le Cabaret Sauvage
21.10. B Vosselaar - Biebob
22.10. NL Tilburg - O13
24.10. D Cologne - Underground
25.10. D Berlin - White Trash Ballroom
26.10. D Hamburg - Grünspan
28.10. DK Copenhagen - Vega
30.10. N Oslo - John Dee
02.11. D Essen - Zeche Carl
03.11. D Munich - Strom
04.11. CZ Prague - Rock Café
05.11. A Vienna - Simm City
07.11. CH Pratteln - Z7
10.11. UK Bristol - Marble Factory
11.11. UK London - Koko
13.11. UK Birmingham - Institute 2
14.11. UK Newcastle - Riverside
15.11. UK Glasgow - Garage
16.11. UK Manchester - Academy 2
18.11. UK Southampton - 1865
20.11. F Cognac - West Rock
22.11. E Madrid - But
23.11. E Granada - El Tren
24.11. E Barcelona - Razzmatazz
26.11. I Pordenone - Deposito
27.11. I Rome - Orion
28.11. I Milan - Live Club
29.11. I Bologna - Zona Roveri
With their untamed female lead vocals and haunting melodies, the new wildfire named Forever Still started to spread from Denmark and is ready to burn down every shore with their first studio release Tied Down out on October 21st. The band now published their second album trailer and in this clip, singer Maja Shining speaks about the writing of her lyrics and explains where the inspiration for the album came from.
Watch the video here:
"Pieces of the lyrics will usually come randomly during my daily activities and I'll record them on my phone or I'll write them down. And sometimes it can be one little word that will put the final piece into the puzzle!", Maja explains. "I'm not sure, if I'll ever be able to talk about those things that I sing about. That's why I make music about it."
If you missed the first trailer, check it out here:
With a pinch of Lacuna Coil and a hint of Flyleaf and Bring Me The Horizon, the female-fronted rock inferno Forever Stil mixes heavy guitars with melancholic sounds and just recently signed to Nuclear Blast.
Even though the band just recently signed to Nuclear Blast, they already released two haunting music videos.
See 'Scars' here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUG0c05iK-Q
And 'Miss Madness' here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qtheIeofZo
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