The 70000 tons Of Metal being the biggest heavy metal cruise has gained and ceated the loyal and fanatical following amongst the metal fans around the globe. Even though there were a lot of discussions and even outraging outburst in the official 70000tons forum and social media about the long silent in the booking of the bands. However the whole cruise turned to be a surrealistic experience for the noobie journalists despite the rainy day on the last chapter of the cruise whipped the sea of Caribian and the ship Majesty Of The Seas. The metallic mayhem on the sea sailed from Miami, Florida to Costa Maya, Mexico and back. Here is the brief write-up of all these bands who appeared on the “ferry”.
Article by Arto Lehtinen and Timo Hanhirova
Pics by Arto Lehtinen
Bonfire’s booking to the cruise definitely made several people wonder what Bonfire is, who they are in forums. But hey long German old school hard rock kicks ass at least that could be fairly said when the German hard rockers pulled a nice crowd to both the gigs. On the first set BonFire performed the entire FIREWORKS album from the beginning to the end. Even though the people had wondered what BonFire is all about, but the band definitely caught the attention from the crowd and created the positive hard rock gig. The band sounded vital and above all hard as rock.
Bells of Freedom
Sword and Stone
Give It a Try
Ready 4 Reaction
Seeing Carcass under the Caribian sky was definitely tremendous feeling and atmosphere. The four piece grinders kicked the set off on the pool deck in the front the enthuastic crowd. The whole audience went absolutely beserk when Steer and Walker unleashed a real sonic torment of the ear piercing grinding assault. The band was in a real vicious strike during both the set. However the screen didn’t work on the pool deck whereas it worked and looked fine in the in-door environment. Carcass definitely enjoys the massive and loyal following amongst the old school metal fans. Well “Genital Grinder” was spefically dedicated to Terry Butler and other former Death members from the LEPROSY era.
Incarnated Solvent Abuse
No Love Lost
Unfit for Human Consumption
Noncompliance to ASTM F 899-12 Standard
Ruptured in Purulence / Heartwork
Technical death metal band Cynic hopped onboard from our departure port city Miami and drummer Sean Reinert surely didn’t hide his love of his home team Miami Heat as he played both Cynic and DTA gigs with Heat shirt on. I didn’t hear stuff from the brand new Cynic album Kindly Bent To Free Us before gigs so I was pleasantly surprised of all the dynamic goodness going on. The lineup was otherwise identical to Death To All but Steve DiGiorgio was swapped to Brandon Griffin. Admittedly Cynic is death metal no more but their brand of progressive rock/metal is still pleasing to the ear. In addition to cuts from the new album and Traced in Air (2008) there was couple Focus-era tracks, Veil of Maya and How Could I, both brilliant showcases of that good old Cynic sound. Performance-wise the first gig was a bit rusty as band didn’t apparently have much time to rehearse but the second one was already miles better. What was missing was the audience, sadly Cynic seems to be a cult band for the clever minority. I’d also missed some variety between sets but you can’t have it all I guess.
Kickstarter Internet phenomenon and the legendary old school death metal, Obituary can be the best in the both worlds, the new and the old. Upcoming crowdfunded album is still coming but the band’s live energy in 70k was absolutely superb. Obituary definitely still have some life in that old corpse so I’m somewhat optimistic towards the new album. They don’t reinvent any wheels there but if you are an old dog like Obituary you don’t have to. Sound-wise whole festival was a jackpot and that was especially great thing for Obituary’s live act that could really suffer from the weak sound. Now Obituary sounded absolutely crushing, both inside and in the pool deck and also audience was really into it. It’s heartwarming indeed to see this kind of generation-spanning appeal. Don’t know if band has been playing Body Bag a lot lately but for me that was probably the highlight of the shows.
Death to All
Death To All being the tribute to the memory of the late frontman of Death was without any doubts one of those requested and demanded compos amongst the goers of the 70000ton Of Metal. Death To All pulled two set in a row. The second one was supposed to play on the Pool Deck, because of the rainy and windy weather, DTA had to pull the second one in the same Chorus Line Theater as the first one. As for the first set, Flattering Of Emotions started the hour gig and was followed by songs off the LEPROSY album. The whole set was an ultimate return to the Death material all the way from SCREAM BLOODY GORE up to SYMBOLIC leaving the last release out. The singer Max Phelps from Cynic did an excellent job in both the sets when growling in the spirit of Chuck Schuldiner. Honestly the Death material still sounds as refresh and timeless as over 20 years ago. Steve, Paul, Sean and Max treasure the legacy of Chuck Schuldiner more than awesome.
Everywhere Death Angel is playing there’s a guaranteed surge of juvenile energy. These guys can still thrash the hell out of most competition. The new album was totally unknown to me but when you judge the new material by these two gigs, this band still sounds surprisingly good and energetic. It’s already 2014 and we must already acknowledge that these original thrash bands have matured. Death Angel is not afraid to show they are proud of their new material and it’s cool. They didn’t play much from the first album, understandable as they did Ultra-Violence tour a while ago. Now it was the time to show that there’s more in Death Angel than the infamous debut and to me they succeeded.
The legendary cross over combo DRI were forced to cancel the European tour last year. Seeing DRI for the first time was definitely the matter of timing. The cross over heroes’ first set consisted of all the known and furious D.R.I. tunes all the way from the first output up to the last studio album. Before the four piece kicked the set off, only a handful of people had arrived to testify them in action. It already looked kind of pathetic in the first place. But out of blue the whole place was totally packed and the floor was on fire when people started messing around in the pit. D.R.I got the extra boost to the set when the crowd got into the more violent pits. Bassist Harald Oimoen appeared in the strange looking mask, Spikey raged with his guitar whereas vocalist Kurt handled the vocals with the ultimate passion. It was truly a killer set indeed.
Due to the massive heavy rain the schedule got kind of fucked up D.R.I had to switch the playing slot. Obviously some of guys didn’t know about the re-arranged schedule as they were called around the ship to do the sound-check. Of course Metal-Rules.Com writer was as confused as others about the schedule.
Tampa’s Massacre was forced to play their first show in the pool deck in very late hours and there weren’t plenty of people awake anymore to see these masters of the beyond in action. The whole situation led to the gig that was a forced and tired. Luckily the next show in the smaller stage was a way more involved, both from the band and the audience. Along some old hits band was playing few songs from the new Back From Beyond album. Those songs were ok, not mind-blowingly good or anything, but ok enough to ensure me that the new album is worth to check out when it’s out soon. The new vocalist Edwin Webb did a good job too so I’m not missing Kam Lee. It would have been so great to see ex-Death members Rick Rozz and Terry Butler doing some Death stuff with DTA but that was not going to happen, sad but true.
Overkill knows how to thrash for sure. The frontman Blitz is a real duracel bumdy having got 220 volt up to his tiny skinny body. The Ny thrasher always offers a valid and quarantee set having a balance of the old school and new school material. Killer live band indeed. Nothing more to add.
Deny the Cross
Rotten to the Core
Bring Me the Night
Hello From the Gutter
In Union We Stand
The legendary New Wave of the British Heavy metal trio Raven made the second stint on the 70000tons of Cruise. The trio unleashed the lesson of the old school heavy metal in the small and intimate Spectrum Lounge place where a few hundreds people had crawled to witness. The Gallagher brothers put one hell of show by unleashing a load of the Raven classics. Raven is a real epitome of the old school heavy metal with all the cliché, but in a good way that several bands of the present day are missing. Even though the band has been marching thru years and decades, but Raven will no longer reach the bigger success, but instead Raven enjoys the true loyal following amongst the metal maniacs as that could be witnessed at both the shows.
Satyricon has no luck with the US officers once again denying Frost’s access to the soil of America. Fortunately the booked show at 70000tons wasn’t jeopaidered when the Soilwork drummer stepped in to take over the drums. After the one and only rehearsal Satyricon backed up by Dick Verbeuren kicked the one hour set off. Though the newest Satyricon’s self titled album didn’t sound that convincing, but on the stage the Norwegians still sounded tight and uncompromising. In the first set on the stage of Chorus Line Theater was nothing tremendous great. The first set consisted the known Satyricon tunes and was kicked off by Now, Diabolical, and was concluded by K.I.N.G. As for the drummer Dirk Verbeuren, his job and role behind the drum battery was phonemal and could be said genius. No need to mention about possible mistakes in his playing. Satyricon continued the brilliant show on the pool deck in the following night. The set was basically replica with a few song changes, to the set a night before. The lights, the atmosphere and all in all factors in the band were in the balance. Dirk Verbeuren continued his unbelievable playing. Obviously the last song Fueled For Hatred had been dropped from the second set because of the overtime. Satyricon shed for sure.
Black Crow on a Tombstone
Our World, It Rumbles Tonight
Repined Bastard Nation
Walker Upon the Wind
The Infinity of Time and Space
Fuel for Hatred
The Pentagram Burns
Repined Bastard Nation
Our World, It Rumbles Tonight
Black Crow on a Tombstone
The Infinity of Time and Space
To the Mountains
The Pentagram Burns
The original Pungent Stench didn’t do me much and this duo of gigs in the 70k cruise is not going to change that fact for me even it was actually The Church of Pungent Stench, semi-unofficial reformation by Martin Schirenc aka Don Cochino playing old Pungent Stench songs. Many people say this is classic stuff but for me personally most of the material is rather unmemorable basic affair of early gore-filled death/grind. Trio was still funny enough to check the gig outs. Legal battles between Schirenc and Rector Stench about using the name Pungent Stench are more interesting than the music itself. Currently it seems that 70k’s performances were the last ones under this name and now Schirenc performs eponymously.
Terrorizer led by Pete Sandoval with Sam Moline and Lee Harrison from Monstrosity backing up were booked in the very last minute therefore both the playing times were rough and inappreciated. The three piece brutalized the 45 minute set in the morning. The set by Terrorizer was kicked off at noon on the small stage in Spectrum Lounge. It looked quite weird as a handful of people had realized to arrive on time to witness the three piece in action. Finally the place was pretty crowded. Terrorizer definitely terrorized with the intensive brutal grind core delivery without any gimmicks. The current frontman Sam Molina’s growling truly sounded brutal and fitted to the intensive grind core outburst perfectly. The band didn’t keep or had any sort of small talk crap between songs. After a small break, the three piece continued grinding. But Placing Terrorizer to play the second set at 5 am on the pool deck was absolutely the terrible schedule thing. When Terrorizer started the second set, people started showed up and gathering in front of the stage. Pete Sandoval, the man behind the drum artillery, has recovered tremendous well. His playing is sharp and tight as hell. But the playing time of the both the set didn’t give the justice for a band like Terrorizer at all. The more inhuman and reasonable playing time would have brought more audience and created the real grinding vibe in them.
The Haunted went thru radical changes in the line-up a few years back. Fortunately it gor rescued when the former singer Marco Aro returned to the fold. In his wake of return the old drummer Adrian Erlandsson and new recruited guitarist Ola Englund. With this line-up The Haunted debuted at 70000tons Of Metal. Aro seems to have missed amongst the fans keeping shouting his name. The first gig on the pool deck was kind of warm-up to the following second one. Even though Aro managed to get his forehead bleeding that didn’t prevent him to go utter relentless. When The Haunted hit the indoor stage, Aro nearly climbed into the audience and the pit was tremendous. The Haunted is rescued and Aro is back, but The Haunted won’t tour crisscross the world. Welcome back
I’ve been ignoring Twilight of the Gods before this cruise but now I had to get a glimpse of this ex-Bathory-tribute. Their own material is not raved about and I see now why, it’s a bit tedious hybrid of Hammerheart-era Bathory and Manowarish heavy metal. It’s totally listenable but nothing to get excited about. I don’t have slightest things against Alan’s vocals but they are probably too tied to Primordial sound and Twilight of the Gods ends up being too close. They should have played Bathory tribute set one last time but due drummer problems, they had a lad from Einherjer as a short notice fill-in, Bathory stuff was reduced to couple of songs. Those sounded really good though.
Old-school technical thrash from Switzerland is a very good premise and I was actually quite psyched to see reformed Poltergeist on stage. Unfortunately these lads weren’t that inspired anymore. I remember liking their sophomoric Behind the Mask LP a lot but during the years something was lost and this charade wasn’t superbly convincing anymore. They were certainly alright but there weren’t too many really interesting riffs to get things really going forward. I didn’t except any massive attendance as not too many people remember Poltergeist and I was right. Maybe they played just too many songs from the third album, maybe they need more gigs, maybe Poltergeist just wasn’t that good to begin whit.
More German hard rock when the legendary Victory got on the stage. The band has only one surviving original member left from the glorious days of the early years. Herman Frank being the guitarist for Accept as well has guided the band thru years facing ups and downs. The five kicked the set off, but right in the beginning guitarist Frank kind of lost the control when bursting to laughing after seeing the Metal-Rules.Com guy showed up into the photo pit. Whoever Victory with the current frontman Jioti Parcharidis sounded solid and offered a quaranteed hard rock with a good set. Frank definitely relies on the new school hard rock sounding tunes with the catchy riff and memorable songs. Even though Victory remained more on the level of the cult status, however hundreds of people had crawled to see them.
Take the Pace
Are You Ready
Burn Down the City
Power Strikes the Earth
Temples of Gold
Hero(Herman Frank cover)
Standing Like a Rock
Check’s in the Mail
House of Blues Hollywood March 1, 2014
Halo of Blood over North America tour 2014
Review and photos by Metalette
When I heard that Children of Bodom, Death Angel, and Týr were touring together, I was stoked. What a dream line-up! I saw them on a Saturday night at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip, and the show was even more awesome that I imagined it would be. And I knew it was going to be awesome, so that’s saying quite a bit. Read the rest of this entry »
Evertale burst onto the international scene in late 2013 with an incredibly well-recieved independent debut album, OF DRAGONS AND ELVES. It ranked highly on a number of Metal webzines year-end lists including #6 on my own Top 20 list here at Metal-Rules.com. I contacted this powerful act to learn more.
Tell us briefly about how Evertale evolved from the band Blackened?
Blackened was originally a Metallica Coverband but we never really managed to get rid of the name when we were already writing our own songs. The BG Open Air in 2003 marks the biggest success of this band, but afterwards nothing really happened and the band fell apart. I knew already back then that Blackened had no future and the songs I was writing at that time needed a new label so to say. So I sat down with J.Schumacher(Drums) and David Baumann (Bass) and showed them my ideas for a new band name. To my surprise they liked the name Evertale the most although I favorited another one and so we changed the name.
Is the Evertale debut EP still available?
I think we have about 50 copies left – but they’re not available in our shop at the moment. We might put them online in our shop, if people are really interested.
How did you manage to get Felipe Machado for your cover art?
I simply asked him! We were a little desperate as our former cover artist screwed us over by selling our artwork to “empire merch” who were already printing posters of it and we had to get a new one. After that I did a quick research about who’s that guy who made all the great covers that were around and found his website. I sent a short message and asked if he would be interested and he agreed. He has done a really awesome job with the cover of “Of Dragons and Elves”.
How important in this modern, digital age how important is it to have a physical product and strong image?
Well if you asked one of the big players in the pop-music business I think they would answer, that it is not very important. In the metal scene I think it is very important. I think most fans still buy CD´s for the reason to get a booklet that has all the lyrics and band pictures in it or just because it sounds much better. Also you won´t sell a single T-Shirt if you have a crappy artwork. So to stick out of the masses of bands, a great artwork, really helps.
How did you get Ralf Scheepers to contribute?
Actually it happened pretty much the same way it did with Felipe. Marco, our bassplayer, is a huge Primal Fear fan and I was looking for guest vocalists to be featured on 1 or 2 songs on our album. We talked about who would fit best and he came up with Ralf´s name. I sent him a message and asked politely and he agreed to do it. He´s really a great down to-earth guy and delivered brilliant vocals for “Brothers in War” which brought this song to another level.
Why did you choose to release the album so close to Christmas? In my experience sometimes those albums that get released late in the year miss the cut-off for many publications ‘Year-in-Review’ lists.
Honestly I had no idea about all the reviews and the best of-lists. We just wanted to get it out as soon as possible since we had postponed the release so many times before. We were thinking that we would lose a great amount of credibility if the album would get delayed further as it was announced for 2013. If we had known about all this before, we surely would have waited till January. Well, this was some kind of beginner’s mistake but we learned something for the next release and we hope we made our fans worldwide very happy with it.
Are you looking for a record deal or do you prefer to stay independent? I think you would fit perfectly on a label like Limb Records for example.
We were looking for a deal, yes. There was also a bigger record company that contacted us but the deal offered was really not what we expected. Unfortunately that deal is the only kind of deal you will get as a newcomer these days. We had decided before, that we would rather release the album by ourselves than sign a contract just for the sake of having a label. And a 360° deal where the company even claims exclusive rights on our merchandise was no option for us. That is why we released the album by ourselves. We try to make ourselves a good name in the scene and then we can hopefully negotiate a better deal for the next album.
There is a huge amount of buzz around your albums, with a number of the world’s largest webzines rating OF DRAGONS AND ELVES very highly. Are you surprised by this sudden success?
Totally yes, we knew that we had some good songs and were eager to see and hear how people would react to it or if they would react to it at all. I mean there are so many new bands out there and so many releases each month that it is really hard to get your music heard. The amazing feedback we got so far from all over the world really surprised us – or at least me. Woody kept telling me, when I showed the other guys a new review with 10/10p points: “See? I told you…”. So he kinda guessed or hoped something like that could happen but I didn´t see it coming.
Despite the recent popularity in concept albums, as a percentage of Metal albums released, they are still quite rare. Why did you decide to have your debut as a concept album?
It wasn´t a real decision it rather was like a decision of fate. I started out with two songs (Tale of the Everman and Into the Dragon´s Lair) that dealed with the Dragonlance setting already. I guess it was while writing the lyrics for these songs that I realized again how great the story is and more ideas kept coming in so it just happened along the way. To make it all work in the end and to align the songs chronologically with the story and their sequence on the CD itself was a totally different story and a lot of work.
When writing the concept for the album, which came first, the music, lyrics or the fantasy concept?
Actually I didn´t write the concept story for the album by myself. It´s all inspired and based upon the “Chronicles of the Dragonlance” by Margret Weis and Tracy Hickman. I just picked certain characters and their fate in certain events in the story and wrote songs about them as they travel along on their journey in the tale. As for writing songs I also have no rule what comes first. Sometimes you find a great vocal line and then write the melody and riffs for it. Sometimes you have a great riff and add vocals…it´s never really the same process.
Power Metal in consistently ignored or discriminated against by much of the Metal media and industry, especially in North America. What are your thoughts on this?
Of Course that’s a problem for bands of that genre like us. People sometimes tend to judge a band without ever listening to the music. On the other hand we don’t fell influenced by such things that much and we don’t really feel discriminated. We do our type of art in music, lyrics und visual appearance. If people don’t understand what we are doing, it’s a pity, but we won’t change the direction of the band to please some narrow-minded wannabes, who are afraid to be ‘uncool’ if they would admit listening to our stuff.
Do you have any touring plans in the near future?
Yes, we want to get a support tour with a bigger act for fall 2014. Besides that we plan to play some smaller gigs on weekends in middle Europe. If someone reading this has a good offer for us, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are ready to visit every spot on this planet.
Any last words for the fans?
We just wanna thank every single one of you who like our music, buy our CD, hopefully come to our concerts and support us in every imaginable way. You are metal and we are glad having such great fans! We hope to meet you all one day.
Visit https://www.facebook.com/EvertaleOfficial for more information.
The “America Under Plague” tour kicks off in Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 11th, just days after DIAMOND PLATE wrap up their current five-week US tour with EAST OF THE WALL. Also appearing on the America Under Plague tour are Colorado power metallers CELLADOR.
DIAMOND PLATE comment:
“Back in the early days of us playing shows in Chicago, Hatchet would always be the band from California that we looked forward to bringing out to our scene the most. They even played Konrad’s 18th birthday show. Years later, we’re pumped to finally hit the road with our friends and bring heavy music to new scenes across the USA. The road for Diamond Plate doesn’t end in 2014!”
Polish extreme metal band VADER have completed their work at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland recordingtheir twelfth studio album, TIBI ET IGNI, which was produced by Wojtek and Slawek Wiesławski.
VADER frontman & guitarist Peter W. shares:
“VADERMANIAX!!! The fire was released!!! The word made flesh and the new VADER album – TIBI ET IGNI [Latin for ‘For You and Fire’] – is done! We’ve been working for weeks in Hertz Studio between December and February… 10 brand new songs plus 4 bonus tracks are recorded and ready for YOU. In April we plan to release a video report from the studio and some interviews with the musicians in VADER. Some more info about the cover graphics will be made known as well. You’ll be able to hear some new tracks from the upcoming album during summer festivals. Be ready for other surprises until TIBI ET IGNI is in your hands. The absolute heaviestVADER album in the history!!!! Demons are knocking to your door now!!! \m/” Read the rest of this entry »
2013 was truly an eventful year for DEW-SCENTED! The band released the special anniversary compilation “Insurgent”, toured Europe with Testament in April, played several outstanding festival events (including the inaugural Full Metal Cruise as well as Wacken Open Air) and then finished off by touring Europe (10 countries) again with Death Angel. What a blast! Read the rest of this entry »
Avid war historians & Swedish heavy metallers SABATON havereleased the first album trailer to their upcoming seventh studio release, Heroes, due out in North America in Spring 2014. Shot during a listening session in Stockholm and produced & edited by David Havlena of Spark Magazine, the video can be viewed on the Nuclear Blast YouTube Channel:
Heroes was recorded at Abyss Studios with Peter Tägtgren (CHILDREN OF BODOM, AMORPHIS, IMMORTAL); album art was created by Péter Sallai.
LOST SOCIETY, one of the most promising up-and-coming Finnish bands of our time, presents the second installment in their hilarious track-by-track video series. In this episode, Samy, Arttu, Mirko and Ossi provide you with background information regarding the tracks “Game Over” and “Attaxic”. Watch it here: http://youtu.be/x738CMMciyE
IRREVERENCE are entering NADIR MUSIC STUDIOS in Genova (IT) with producer Tommy Talamanca (Sadist) to start the recording sessions of the new album“SHREDS OF HUMANITY”, fifth studio-work of the italian thrashers. The release, the first with a new guitar player (Eros Melis) and new bass player (Stefano Trulla), is scheduled for MAY 2014.
The band will also start touring from the end of April. For the first time in their long career, the combo will hit Sardinia and warm-up live engines before the new album official release show that will be announced soon. To follow all confirmed gigs:
Desertfest, the greatest stoner/doom festival known to man, is soon returning to the shores of England and with headline acts like, Spirit Caravan, Kvelertak and Boris, it’s looking to be one hell of a party.
Taking over London’s Camden Town for a weekend of the 25th – 27th April 2014, Desertfest will take place in such venues, like The Electric Ballroom, The Underworld, and The Black Heart, giving you the opportunity to drink beer, stage dive, headbang, and have the time of your life.
Eagle Rock Entertainment, in association with Banger Films, are proud to announce the world premiere of Super Duper Alice Cooper at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, where it will screen as part of their Spotlight section. Taking us through his life and career, ALICE presents his story in the first ever “doc opera” film – a dizzying blend of documentary archive footage, animation, and rock opera.
Super Duper Alice Cooper is the twisted tale of a teenage Dr. Jekyll whose rock n’ roll Mr. Hyde almost kills him. It is the story of Vincent Furnier, a preacher’s son who struck fear into the hearts of parents as ALICE COOPER, the ultimate rock star of the bizarre. From the advent of Alice as front man for a group of Phoenix freaks in the 60’s to the hazy decadence of celebrity in the 70s to his triumphant comeback as 80s glam metal godfather, we will watch as Alice and Vincent battle for each other’s’ souls. Alice’s story is told not only by the man himself, but through exclusive interviews with members of the original Alice Cooper band, Elton John, Iggy Pop, John Lydon, and Dee Snider.
Super Duper Alice Cooper is the creation of Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn at Banger Films, producers of Iron Maiden: Flight 666 (2009 SXSW Audience Choice Winner) and Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage (2010 Grammy-nominated and Tribeca Audience Choice Winner), and much-lauded filmmaker Reginald Harkema, winner of the TIFF Special Jury Prize for his film Monkey Warfare.
The 13th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 16 to April 27 at locations around New York City.
For more information on Super Duper Alice Cooper, please visit www.SuperDuperAliceCooper.com or like the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/superduperalicecooper
Alice Cooper needs no introduction. Still touring the world, with over 100 concerts scheduled in 2014, and hosting his internationally syndicated “Nights With Alice Cooper” radio show five nights a week for over a decade, Alice shows no sign of slowing down.
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Banger Films is a multiple award-winning film and television production company based in Toronto. Banger’s catalogue includes the smash-hit documentary Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey (2006), SXSW Audience Award and Juno-winning Iron Maiden: Flight 666 (2009), Grammy-nominated and Tribeca Audience Award-winning Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage (2010), the biggest-ever heavy metal doc series Metal Evolution (2011), and the eagerly anticipated “doc opera” Super Duper Alice Cooper (2014). Currently, Banger is producing a number of film and TV projects including The Message, a double-feature doc on the history of hip-hop, and Rock Icons, a new music-bio series featuring exclusive, intimate portraits of the most legendary artists in the history of metal and rock.
Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Richie Kotzen of The Winery Dogs have announced Dog Camp, their first annual immersive program for aspiring musicians of all ages and levels, set for July 21-25, 2014 at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY.
Produced by Dreamcatcher Events (www.dreamcatcher-events.com), this special vacation experience offers the opportunity to get up close and personal with the three legends as campers attend instrument-specific clinics, learn songwriting mechanics, and enjoy very special intimate performances and jam sessions from The Winery Dogs and special guests. Look for the daily itinerary for Dog Camp to be announced in the coming weeks and check out a video from Mike Portnoy talking about Dog Camp here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlAaHTcsuLQ.
Tickets for Dog Camp are on sale now at www.winerydogcamp.com. Attendees will have access to all workshops, seminars, gourmet meals, performances, jam sessions, and camp activities.
“We’ve all done clinics over the years, but it’s always been something that’s primarily centered around one instrument that each of us has typically done on an individual basis,” says drummer Portnoy. “Dog Camp is the first time that any of us have hosted or participated in a true ‘Band Camp.’ As a result of that, we’ve got some incredible surprises in store for everybody attending.”
“We’ll be living together, hanging together, and jamming together,” Portnoy continues. “We want you to ask as many questions as possible, and we’re going to engage you on a one-on-one basis to help you realize your goals as a player.”
“What’s interesting is to talk about music, concepts, objectives, reasons why you’re playing the instrument, what you want to achieve, and how to get to that point, rather than talking about major versus minor scales,” says lead vocalist/guitarist Kotzen. “I love that feeling of sharing concepts with people. In The Winery Dogs, we all have various experiences that a lot of other people don’t have. It’s an opportunity to share that and grow; the feeling of moving forward and learning and experiencing something new. That’s what excites me about Dog Camp. It’s the creative process and creativity that make me want to do music, and I want to share that.”
“I want to emphasize that players should keep an eye on what we’re doing and why during the performances,” adds bassist Sheehan. “In between songs or mid-song, I want to stop to make a point about what’s going on and why. The expertise of being able to play ensemble is a bit of a lost art with kids today. They don’t do what we did when we were growing up. Right away, we just got in a band whether we could play or not. Now, kids want to get up to a level of expertise and then join a band.”
“[During the seminars] I like to have back-and-forth communication,” Sheehan continues. “I want to speak with people and hear their opinions, disagreements, and challenges. I believe anyone who attends will see a jumpstart in their quest to achieve their dreams.”
Dog Camp offers a variety of pricing options, based on the variety of available accommodations. All activities will be held at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY, which features an eclectic array of comfortable, rustic country-inn accommodations as well as primitive tent camping. All accommodations are just steps away from daily camp activities. Guests can enjoy the spring-fed swimming pool, on-site access to the Esopus Creek, and explore the splendors of the Catskills on the nearby network of hiking trails. Dedicated to the celebration of nature, music and the arts, this one hundred-acre wonderland of mountains, fields, and streams is a world of its own.
Dog Camp Website: www.winerydogcamp.com
Dog Camp Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Winery-Dog-Camp-with-Billy-Sheehan-Mike-Portnoy-and-Richie-Kotzen/600934109989009