Evanescence will be returning to the UK and Europe during November and December on their rescheduled co-headline ‘Worlds Collide’ tour with Within Temptation. Before that, they will be playing some of their own headline shows in June and have just confirmed extra dates in Madrid and Lisbon plus Rock In The City festival in Helsinki.
The band has also just announced a Stateside tour with Korn produced by Live Nation. Accompanied by special guests varying across select dates, the 18-city tour kicks off on August 16th at Ball Arena in Denver, CO making stops across the U.S. in Boston, Chicago, Houston, and more before wrapping up in Ridgefield, WA on September 16th.
“We’re looking forward to going on tour this summer and bringing our friends, Evanescence, out,” said Jonathan Davis of Korn. “Whenever Amy comes to one of our shows, I always love seeing her on the side of the stage watching the whole set and rocking out. We’re gonna have a great time on this tour, and we can’t wait to see you there.”
“I fell hard into Korn’s music in high school. It was an inspiration during the formation of my own band. The chances we’ve had to play together over the years are special, a part of our history. They remain one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen,” said Amy Lee of Evanescence. “It’s an honour and a thrill to go out with our friends again, our first full tour together since ‘07. We’re all really looking forward to this.”
2022 – European dates
* Evanescence only
+ new dates
Tickets for the Worlds Collide tour are here: worldscollidetour.net
Tickets and VIP Packages for the tour with Korn go on sale starting Friday, April 8th at 10 am local time from LiveNation.com
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Within Temptation and Evanescence are happy to announce that the anticipated co-headline ‘Worlds Collide’ European tour will still happen this year. The European arena tour that was originally due to kick off in March 2022, will now move to November and December 2022. All existing tickets & VIP packages will remain valid for the rescheduled dates and all venues remain the same.
Both bands stated earlier:-
“As the world is slowly reopening again, we have been feeling optimistic about the tour actually taking place in March and April. However - a lot of countries still have restrictions in place, and we are forced to make a decision right now for logistical reasons. We are aware that many fans are preparing to make their plans to attend the shows, some of which involve travel, and given the uncertainty as to exactly when certain countries will lift their restrictions, we are left with no choice but to reschedule the tour, hopefully for the final time.”
All existing tickets & VIP packages will remain valid for the rescheduled dates and all venues remain the same. For more information, please visit www.worldscollidetour.net
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Cello metal giants Apocalyptica unite with Epica to entertain audiences all over the continent from Budapest to Barcelona on the Epic Apocalypse Tour. The two will co-headline and will be joined by the exciting, progressive metal band Wheel, who will open each night with their engaging juxtapose of time-defying grooves and deep social exploration.
Eicca Toppinen states that:-
“This is all about adventure, exploration and bringing the dynamic excitement of symphonic metal to yet more fans both old and new. Both ourselves and Epica have the chance to reach each other’s audiences and also continue on our own exciting, and unique journeys. As we’ve said before, Cell-0 is, for us, a return to our roots while exploring new artistic universes within that realm, and this tour will help our horizons expand even further. So come one, come all, because we are going to present a great night of entertainment.”
Simone Simons from Epica is equally excited:-
“To celebrate the upcoming release of our long awaited 8th album, we are going to bring the 'Epic Apocalypse Tour' to Europe together with our friends from the mighty Apocalyptica. It's a great new step as we'll be playing some new, bigger venues which allows us to add some new exciting production to the show as well. We couldn't be more excited to present our new songs and to finally tour with Apocalyptica. See you there!”
With Apocalyptica and Epica guaranteed to push each other to new heights every night - not to mention some exciting new production - the Epic Apocalypse Tour is not one to miss under any circumstances.
EPIC APOCALYPSE UK & EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
21st - Switzerland, Zurich, Komplex
22nd - Switzerland, Lausanne, Metropole
23rd - Italy, Milan, Fabrique
25th - Hungary, Budapest, Barba Negra
26th - Czech Republic, Brno, Hala Vodova
27th - Germany, Munich, Tonhalle
29th - Sweden, Stockholm, Berns
30th - Norway, Oslo, Sentrum
31st - Denmark, Copenhagen, Amager Bio
2nd - Germany, Hannover, Capitol
3rd - Germany, Hamburg, Docks
4th - Germany, Berlin, Columbiahalle
6th - Poland, Warsaw, Progresja
8th - Germany, Leipzig, Haus Auensee
9th - Austria, Vienna, Gasometer
26th - Portugal, Lisbon, Coliseum
28th - Spain, Murcia, Gamma
29th - Spain, Madrid, La Riviera
30th - Spain, Barcelona, Razzmatazz
3rd - France, Paris, Zenith
4th - Belgium, Brussels, AB
5th - UK, London, Roundhouse
7th - UK, Bristol, 02 Academy
8th - UK, Glasgow, Academy
9th - UK, Manchester, Academy
11th - Netherlands, Amsterdam, Afas
12th - Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Dan Atelier
15th - Germany, Cologne, Carlswerk Victoria
16th - Germany, Wiesbaden, Schlachtof
17th - Germany, Ludwigsburg, MHP Arena
General sale will commence on Friday Feb 21st at 9am GMT, 10am CET. Apocalyptica VIP upgrades will also go on sale at the same time. Apocalyptica links for both VIP and regular tickets can be found in the following two locations.
VIP - https://apocalyptica.merchcowboy.com/tickets.html
REGULAR - https://www.apocalyptica.com/#dates
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Due to phenomenal demand Within Temptation and Evanescence have added three more dates to the UK leg of their 'Worlds Collide' tour as well as three more in Europe. VIP pre-sale begins 9 a.m. GMT 29th October followed by general on sale at 9 a.m. on 1st November. Tickets are available HERE.
Fronted by two of the most influential and creative women in the rock world in the form of Amy Lee from Evanescence and Sharon den Adel from Within Temptation, the extra UK dates take in Glasgow, Leeds, and Birmingham.
Den Adel commented:-
"It is beyond our greatest expectations that a lot of our shows with Evanescence would sell out so quickly! We are super grateful for this. Surprise! We’ve got a surprise for Belgium, Luxembourg and the UK: we are adding some extra shows end of April and beginning of May. Check out the extra dates!
“We are very excited to announce that due to the overwhelming response to our upcoming tour with Within Temptation, we are adding 5 more dates!”
Full tour dates are:
Sat 4th Belgium, Brussels Palais 12 (SOLD OUT)
Sun 5th France, Paris Accor Hotel Arena
Tues 7th UK, London, The O2
Thurs 9th Germany, Berlin Velodrome
Sat 11th Germany, Frankfurt Festhalle
Sun 12th Switzerland, Zurich Hallenstadion
Tues 14th Italy, Milan Mediolanum Forum
Wed 15th Germany, Munich Zenith
Fri 17th Germany, Hamburg Sporthalle
Sat 18th Germany, Leipzig Arena
Mon 20th Germany, Dusseldorf Mitsubishi Hall
Tue 21st Netherlands, Amsterdam Ziggodome (SOLD OUT)
Wed 22nd Netherlands, Amsterdam Ziggodome
Fri 24th Belgium, Brussels, Palais 12*^
Sun 26th Luxembourg, Luxembourg City, Rockhall Mainhall*^
Tue 28th UK, Glasgow, The SSE Hydro *
Thur 30th UK, Leeds, First Direct Arena*
Fri 1st UK, Birmingham, Arena*
*= New dates
^= New dates on sale Thursday, October 31st at 10am CEST.
A variety of VIP ticket packages are available to ensure fans obtain the best seats in the house. Other VIP benefits include the opportunity to meet the band and attend their sound check, plus receive exclusive merchandise items.
For full details go to: www.evanescence.com and www.within-temptation.com
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Portuguese dark metal pioneers, Moonspell, will embark on an extensive European Tour with Rotting Christ this Fall. Starting on October 24th in Hamburg, Germany, this finest metal package will travel two months literally all over Europe, including dates in the UK, Spain, Turkey, Scandinavia and many more!
Just recently, Moonspell proudly announced to re-release their path-breaking Sin/Pecado and 2econd Skin records on December 13rd 2019 with Napalm Records. Especially Sin/Pecado, originally released back in 1998, became a great divider of the Moonspell wolfpack, showcasing the band's diverse talent, skills and signs of a rebellion in within vampire and wolves themes. A diversity the band will be also representing live on stage, when they will not only perform songs of their latest, Portuguese album 1755, but also timeless classics of their entire band history – from records such as Sin/Pecado, the unforgettable Irreligious, Wolfheart, Night Eternal or the critically acclaimed Extinct – no matter what's your favourite Moonspell era, on this run you will definitely come at your expense!
States Moonspell vocalist, Fernando Ribeiro:-
“The question in the air for Moonspell and Rotting Christ is: how will you guys pull this one out? We concede that we have embraced a quite epic trek of more than fifty cities to take in just one breath from the 24th of October all the way to December 15th. There’s only one way to answer your question: to grab a ticket and show up in one of our shows. The tickets are running low in some dates, some are sold out, and yes besides 1755 we will represent the classics and a couple of Sin/Pecado songs live to celebrate its reissue via Napalm Records in December. Europa under the spell!!!“
Make sure to catch this unholy tour pack of MOONSPELL & ROTTING CHRIST, live at the following dates:
24.10.2019 DE - Hamburg / Markthalle
25.10.2019 DE - Bochum / Matrix
26.10.2019 NL - Hengelo / Metropool
27.10.2019 NL - Amsterdam / Melkweg
28.10.2019 FR - Nancy / L'Autre Canal
29.10.2019 UK - London / Islington Assembly Hall
30.10.2019 BE - Antwerp / Trix
31.10.2019 FR - Rennes / L'Etage
01.11.2019 FR - Paris / La Machine du Moulin Rouge
02.11.2019 FR - Toulouse / Metronum
03.11.2019 ES - Madrid / Mon
07.11.2019 ES - Murcia / Garaje
08.11.2019 ES - Barcelona / Salamandra
09.11.2019 FR - Bourg-en-Bresse / La Tannerie
10.11.2019 IT - Milano / Magazzini Generali
11.11.2019 IT - Bologna / Estragon
15.11.2019 TR - Istanbul / If Performance Hall
16.11.2019 RO - Bukarest / Quantic Club
17.11.2019 BG - Sofia / Mixtape 5
18.11.2019 HR - Zagreb / Mochvara
19.11.2019 AT - Graz / Dom im Berg
20.11.2019 SK - Bratislava / Majestic Club
21.11.2019 AT - Vienna / Simm City
22.11.2019 HU - Budapest / A 38
23.11.2019 CZ - Zlin / Winter MOR - Euronics Sports Hall
24.11.2019 PL - Krakow / Kwadrat
25.11.2019 PL - Warszaw / Progresja
26.11.2019 PL - Gdansk / B90
27.11.2019 LV - Riga / Melna Piektdiena
28.11.2019 EE - Tallinn / Tapper
29.11.2019 FI - Helsinki / Tavastia *SOLD OUT
30.11.2019 FI - Tampere / Klubi *SOLD OUT
01.12.2019 FI - Turku / Apollo
03.12.2019 SE - Stockholm / Slaktkyrkan
04.12.2019 NO - Oslo / Parkteatret
05.12.2019 DK - Kolding / Godset
06.12.2019 DK - Roskilde / Gimle
07.12.2019 DE - Berlin / Columbia Theater
08.12.2019 DE - Hanover / Musikzentrum
09.12.2019 DE - Mannheim / MS Connexion Complex
10.12.2019 LU - Esch Alzette / Kluturfabrik
11.12.2019 CH - Geneve / PTR
12.12.2019 CH - Pratteln / Z7
13.12.2019 DE - Leipzig / Hellraiser
14.12.2019 DE - Würzburg / Posthalle
15.12.2019 DE - Munich / Backstage
DragonForce´s Fred Leclercq and Joey Jordison of Vimic (former drummer and co-founding member of Slipknot), who just released the brand new and critically acclaimed album 'Repulsion For Humanity' by all-star death metal band Sinsaenum on August 10th 2018 with Ear Music, are about to kick off for an extensive European tour this September! Starting on September 28th with shows in France, continuing their run all over Germany, Poland, Italy, Scandinavia, BeNeLux and many more European hot spots with a final show in Helsinki a month later, the band will be joined by very special guests Hatesphere.
When you hear about artist side projects or self-styled “all-star bands”, you usually cannot help but roll your eyes at the audacity of the creators. However, when it comes to the extreme metal beast that is Sinsaenum, open your mind and ears and forget your preconceptions! Whilst they may draw their sonic power from renowned names, these are first and foremost friends joining forces as the most logical thing to do. Sinsaenum is a solidly bonded band of like-minded great musicians featuring Joey Jordison, DragonForce's Fred Leclercq, Attila Csihar from Norwegian black metal legends Mayhem and drone masters SunnO))) (who has been featured on the band's highly acclaimed debut album 'Echoes Of The Tortured`'), Sean Zatorsky from NWoAHM titans Dååth and Chimaira, Stéphane Buriez of French death metal veterans Loudblast as well as Heimoth, mastermind of eclectic extremists Seth.
“I’ve been a death metal fan ever since and wrote some of these songs already in 1998, so it’s something I always wanted to do,” says multi-instrumentalist and virtuoso bass player of London-based Power Metallers DragonForce Fred Leclercq, who sticks to the guitar on this venture. “There was never the right time though, nor did I find the proper people to pull it off.”
The end result of this mighty fusion is the second successfully released album titled 'Repulsion For Humanity', featuring some head-splitting riffs, challenging rhythms and structures, but at once such an infectious record created by one of the most influencing and incredibly versatile musicians the metal scene has to offer.
It's been just a matter of time to finally bring this exciting band project live on stage:-
"We are really excited about this upcoming tour in the fall and we looking forward to finally being able to meet our fans. To embark on this run with HateSphere is an honour and a great motivation to outdo ourselves every night! Those of you who have already seen us with our other bands know what we are capable of; all these energies combined will be something unique you dont want to miss! See you all very soon!“ - Joey, Steph, Heimoth, Sean, Fred.
Check out this promising teaser in support of the band's upcoming 'Repulsion For Humanity Tour 2018' right HERE!
Make sure to catch this unique all-star death metal group of Sinsaenum live on the following dates, presented by Dragon Productions with very special guests Hatesphere:-
28.09.18 FR St. Brieuc / La Citrouille, with HateSphere + T.A.N.K.
29.09.18 FR Paris / Flow, with HateSphere + T.A.N.K.
30.09.18 FR Reims / La Cartonnerie, with HateSphere + T.A.N.K.
01.10.18 LUX Esch Sur Alzette / Kulturfabrik, with HateSphere + T.A.N.K.
03.10.18 DE Hamburg / Knust, with HateSphere + Critical Mess
04.10.18 DE Hannover / Musikzentrum, with HateSphere + Critical Mess
05.10.18 DE Berlin / Lido, with HateSphere + Critical Mess
06.10.18 PL Warsaw / Proxima, with HateSphere + Critical Mess
07.10.18 CZ Prag / Futurum, with HateSphere + Critical Mess
09.10.18 DE München / Backstage, with HateSphere + Critical Mess
10.10.18 HU Budapest / Dürer Kert, with HateSphere + Critical Mess
11.10.18 AT Wien / Szene, with HateSphere + Critical Mess
12.10.18 CH Zug / Galvanik, with HateSphere + Critical Mess
13.10.18 IT Milano / Legend, with HateSphere + Critical Mess
14.10.18 FR St. Étienne / Le Fil, with HateSphere + Critical Mess
16.10.18 FR Colmar / Grillen, with HateSphere + T.A.N.K.
17.10.18 DE Stuttgart / ClubCANN, with HateSphere + T.A.N.K.
18.10.18 BE Vosselaar / Biebob, with HateSphere + T.A.N.K.
19.10.18 UK London / The Dome, with HateSphere + T.A.N.K.
20.10.18 NL Amstelveen / P60, with HateSphere + T.A.N.K.
21.10.18 DK Kopenhagen / Vega, with HateSphere
22.10.18 SE Göteborg / Sticky Fingers, with HateSphere
23.10.18 NO Oslo / Parkteateret, with HateSphere
24.10.18 SE Stockholm / Klubben, with HateSphere
26.10.18 FI Turku / Apollo, with HateSphere + Mörbid Vomit
27.10.18 FI Tampere / Olympia, with HateSphere + Mörbid Vomit
28.10.18 FI Helsinki / On The Rocks, with HateSphere + Mörbid Vomit
Exclusive V.I.P tickets are now available under the following link:
More upcoming Sinsaenum Live Dates:
29.10.18 RUS St. Petersburg
30.10.18 RUS Moscow
01.11.18 TW Taipei / The Wall
02/11/18 CN Hong Kong / TTN
03/11/18 PHL Manila /tba
04/11/18 THA Bangkok /Hollywood Awards
06.11.18 JP Tokyo Club Quattro, with Sigh
08.11.18 AUS Sydney / Factory Theatre, with Bulletbelt, Heathenspawn & Tamerlan Empire
10.11.18 AUS Melbourne / Max Watt's, with Bulletbelt, Scaphis & Requiem
11.11.18 NZ Wellington Valhalla, with BulletBelt
13.11.18 NZ Auckland Whammy Bar, with BulletBelt
Hamburg-based Sludge & Stoner Metal band High Fighter, who just recently announced to return to the UK this summer with support from special guests Tuskar and My Diablo, have added a bunch of new dates around their UK summer run! Beside gigs at Bolton's Riff Fest and more UK cities, High Fighter added some upcoming shows in France as well as Luxembourg.
It's been three years since the band toured the United Kingdom while on their first European tour ever back in early 2015. This August, High Fighter will bring their latest record 'Scars & Crosses' as well as some brand new material live on stage. It will be one of the last tours High Fighter are going to play this year and before they will release their second full length album in early 2019. If you're looking for a highly polished band then look elsewhere as High Fighter play mean and dirty Blues, Stoner, Doom & Sludgy riffs to fuel your appetite with, make sure to catch them live on the following dates this year:
23.08.18 NL - Tilburg / Little Devil
24.08.18 UK - Bournemouth / The Anvil
25.08.18 UK - Bolton / Riff Fest
26.08.18 UK - Edinburgh / Bannerman's
27.08.18 UK - Bristol / The Old England
28.08.18 UK - Milton Keynes / The Craufurd Arms
29.08.18 UK - London / The Devonshire Arms
30.08.18 FR - Lille / Bobble Café
31.08.18 FR - Paris / Rigoletto
01.09.18 LUX - Belval / Mix n Kawa
More upcoming HIGH FIGHTER dates:
14.09.18 DE - Hannover / Subkultur
20.10.18 DE - München / Keep It Low Festival
Born in the summer of 2014 by former band members of A Million Miles, Buffalo Hump and Pyogenesis, this band is a volatile cocktail of heavy as hell riffs! Add a heavy dose of the blues and these deadly schizophrenic vocals and High Fighter offer something new to the Sludge, Stoner, Doom & Metal Scene. After their critically acclaimed debut EP 'The Goat Ritual' released end of 2014, followed by numerous shows all over Europe, including festivals such as Wacken Open Air, Summer Breeze, Desertfest Berlin & Antwerp, Sonic Blast, Up In Smoke and many more, as well as several gigs with bands alike Ahab, Conan, Crowbar, Mantar, Corrosion of Conformity, Elder, Downfall of Gaia, Mammoth Storm, Brant Bjork, The Midnight Ghost Train and Earth Ship to name just a few, High Fighter released their first full length album 'Scars & Crosses' in June 2016 with Svart Records. The band's second studio album will see the light of day in early 2019.
High Fighter are:
Mona Miluski – Vocals
Christian Pappas – Guitar
Ingwer Boysen – Guitar
Constantin Wüst – Bass
Thomas Wildelau – Drums / Backing Vocals
Australian prog metal masters Ne Obliviscaris have announced a European tour with Ihsahn and Astrosaur. The tour kicks off on October 29 in Sweden and will end on November 11, in Hungary. A full list of tour dates can be found below.
Ne Obliviscaris comment:
"Ihsahn, from arguably the most well known black metal band in history, Emperor, has given us the opportunity to share his European tour in support his latest solo release, the brilliant, “Ámr”. We’ve all been fans of Ihsahn’s work for many years now and to support such an iconic artist we’ve looked up to is an honour and will certainly be a defining moment in not only our careers, but also our lives. Opening will be instrumental Norwegians, Astrosaur. If you want prog, melody, metal, and history, be there."
'Urn' is streaming in full at the link below.
With IHSAHN and ASTROSAUR
29 Oct 18 Göteborg (SE) Sticky Fingers
30 Oct 18 Copenhagen (DK) Lille Vega
31 Oct 18 Hamburg (DE) Logo
01 Nov 18 Köln (DE) Luxor
03 Nov 18 Leeds (UK) Damnation
04 Nov 18 Eindhoven (NL) Effenaar
05 Nov 18 Paris (FR) La Machine
06 Nov 18 Esch (LU) Kulturfabrik
07 Nov 18 Milan (IT) Santeria Social Club
09 Nov 18 Vienna (AT) Szene
10 Nov 18 Prague (CZ) Palac Akropolis
11 Nov 18 Budapest (HU) A38
NE OBLIVISCARIS will be touring in support of their new release 'Urn'.
Following the announcement of the arrival of new vocalist Matt James (ex-Wild Lies) and fresh from their UK tour with Savage Messiah, breaking UK metallers The Raven Age have confirmed they will be supporting heavy-weights Killswitch Engage on their European tour this summer, which kicks off next month in Sweden.
In addition to a number of dates already announced with legends Iron Maiden, The Raven Age will also be joining Shinedown for a show in Germany on June 6th, Tremonti for a date in Holland on June 26thand will being playing main stage slots at this year’s Graspop, Hellfest and Volt Festivals, amongst others.
Their relentless touring schedule only builds on their already impressive portfolio of over 250 live shows played worldwide, which includes their first European headline run, support slots with acts including Anthrax, Gojira, Mastodon and Ghost, as well as appearances at Wacken Open Air, Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park and Download UK.
The band, formed of new addition Matt James (vocals), guitarists George Harris and Tony Maue, bassist Matt Cox and drummer Jai Patel, have been tipped as “the UK’s next brightest metal hope” by Metal Hammer and were Planet Rock’s ‘Best New Band’ award winners in 2017, following the release of their debut album Darkness Will Rise. They’ve now just released their first taste of new music with frontman Matt, with the new single ‘Surrogate’ - WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
They are now set to continue their global rise at the forefront of a new wave of British metal acts with a second album in the works and the US in their sights.
EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
Thur 31st – Gothenburg Pustervik, Sweden (w/Killswitch Engage)
Sat 2nd – Olso Rockefeller, Norway (w/Killswitch Engage)
Sun 3rd – Tronhelm Rocks, Dahis Arena, Norway (W/ Iron Maiden)
Wed 6th – Hamburg Gruenspan, Germany (w/ Shinedown)
Thu 7th - Solvesborg Sweden Rock Festival (w/ Iron Maiden)
Sat 9th - Munich Rockavaria, Germany (w/ Iron Maiden)
Sun 10th - Hannover Expo Plaza, Germany (w/ Iron Maiden)
Mon 11th - Cologne Live Music Hall, Germany (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Thu 14th - Krakow Kwadrat, Poland (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Sat 16th - Budapest Akvarium, Hungary (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Sun 17th - Nickelsdorf Nova Rock, Austria (w/ Iron Maiden)
Tue 19th - Warsaw Proxima, Poland (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Wed 20th - Prague Letnany Airport, Czech Republic (Iron Maiden)
Fri 22nd - Dessel GMM, Belgium
Sun 24th – Clisson Hellfest, France
Mon 25th – Luxembourg Den Atelier (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Tue 26th – Zwolle Hedon, Holland (w/ Tremonti)
Thu 28th – Sopron Volt Festival, Hungary
Sat 30th – Freiburg Messegelaende, Germany (w/ Iron Maiden)
Thu 5th - Paris AccorsHotel Arena, France (w/ Iron Maiden)
Fri 6th - Paris AccorsHotel Arena, France (w/ Iron Maiden)
Mon 9th - Milan Ippodromo San Siro, Italy (w/ Iron Maiden)
Thu 12th - Resurrection Festival, Spain
Fri 13th - Lisbon Altice Arena, Portugal (w/ Iron Maiden)
Tue 17th - Trieste Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia, Italy (w/ Iron Maiden)
Fri 20th - Athens Rockwave Festival, Greece (w/ Iron Maiden)
Sun 22nd - Plovdiv Hills of Rock, Bulgaria
Wed 1st – Dublin Academy, Ireland (w/ Killswitch Engage)
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.
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