Day Six – 70,000 Tons Of Metal: The Final Adventure

March 11th, 2013
by J P

70,000 Tons of Metal wrap up

 

70,000 Tons is the Metal cruise for everyone. Fans from 54 nations, fans of all religions, colours and all ages are welcomed and represented. The youngest person on board was 1 year old and the oldest was 71 years old! The gender ratio was about 35% female to 65% male. There was an ancient seafaring superstition that having a female on a boat was bad luck. I’m beginning to think there was dome credibility to that theory. I’m going to formally request UMC to ban all females from future 70000 Tons cruises. Seriously. I had to tolerate people ‘sucking face’ in front of me on several occasions. If there were no women allowed the band members wouldn’t waste their time chasing tail and they could dedicate that precious time to more productive and constructive endeavours such as interviews, clinics and meet and greet sessions with the fans. For example, during the Hedievolk concert at 2:30am on Wednesday, Herman Li of Dragonforce would rather talk to the tall, beautiful, blond Swedish supermodel than talk to me about obscure Dragonforce European CD bonus tracks. I can’t imagine why.

Lastly, all the hot women in bikinis distract the male fans from the true purpose of the cruise; namely drinking, head banging and worshiping the Metal Gods. I mean, how is anyone supposed to watch a concert with these girls strutting around?

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It’s virtually impossible to concentrate on the music, except for me because I’m pure Metal and all business. Honest.  EDITORS NOTE: We personally think JP is crazy and Metal-Rules.com formally apologizes on his behalf for any offence he may have caused to female Metal fans.

 

Longest hair contest.

Speaking of Li, I think he lost the ‘Longest Hair’ contest by a hair, being beat by Ross of Immolation.

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Longest Hair: Runner Up

 

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Longest Hair-The Winner! (Immolation)

 

On a more serious note the Majesty Of The Seas is a fantastic ship. The staff and crew are all friendly and professional and available 24 hours a day. The food was hearty and plentiful and available around the clock, including room service. There is a wide range of choices of things to eat and drink…not to mention the dozens of stocked bars all over the ship! The alcohol prices were very reasonable. The pre-paid card system worked very smoothly. Every amenity was provided to cater to even the most discriminating cruise enthusiast.

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The crew rocked!

In the final analysis, your Metal-Rules.com team of A.G., the Thrashmaster and myself ‘worked’ very hard and we brought you photos of all 41 bands and every single special event on the cruise. You’re welcome. Of the 41 bands on the cruise, I saw and wrote about 39 of them once (Apologies to Ektomorf and 3 Inches Of Blood!) and saw most of the bands twice. I also just about met my personal goal of my Must See List as I saw 19 (out of a possible 20) bands that I had never seen before.

We are proud of these facts and this report and mention it, not to brag but to help support the bands and to bring you information to help you make an educated decision for you (and your friends and/or family) if you are thinking if going on a UMC 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise. We highly recommend it!  There was always something fun and unique going on.

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The Shuffleboard of Steel

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A quiet, impromptu moment at the piano with Victor of Rage

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It’s all about the fans…

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Hot tub hooligans!

The next scheduled 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise will be on the same vessel, Majesty Of The Seas and will run from Jan 27 to Jan 31, 2014 from Miami, Florida to an unknown destination. In a democratic move, UMC has decided to let ticket holders vote on the actual destination! There will be an on-line access code and a series of choices with descriptions of each country and port if call. Fans/Passengers will vote and the destination will be announced quite early. The organizers hinted at some big bands for 2014 so it is anticipated that tickets will go on sale early and sell out faster. Don’t delay.

Thanks for reading and we hope to see you on the cruise in the future!

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It ain’t easy being a Metal journalist on a working vacation!

 

 

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Day 5 – 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2013: The Adventure

March 11th, 2013
by J P

Despite a third night in a row with four hours sleep I was ready to face the day. If Day Four was a mini-PaganFest then certainly Day Five was the day of Black Death!  I dubbed it that for two reasons.  First, because of the readership of the site I had to make choices about who to cover on the first few days and Black and Death Metal are a lower priority for most of our readers. Secondly, my personal taste leans towards the Classic/Power/True/Traditional/Thrash/Viking/Pagan/Folk/Prog Metal sub genres. Accordingly, some bands got relegated to the last day. However, I do love the extreme genres and I was really looking forward to seeing a number of bands that I had not seen on their first shows on the boat such as Etecc, Sinister, Inquisition, Cryptopsy and Anaal Nathrakh.

I knew it was going to be a very busy but awesome final day with the Press Conference, Interviews, the Jeff Waters (Annihilator) Jam, the George Kolias (Nile) drum clinic, and the Belly Flop Contest and at least a dozen Metal concerts!

The day started on a very good note where we accepted an offer from our gracious host for an ‘invite only’ photo shoot with the 70000 Tons Pool Girls! We accepted the invite for purely professional reasons to support 70000 Tons, and it had nothing to do with checking out deadly Metal chicks. Honest.Pool Girl_05 Pool Girl_13

The day was already in full swing, the hot sun burning away the clouds as people checked out Nightmare second show on the Pool Deck.

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Next it was off to the Spectrum Lounge to see Etecc (Must See #5)  What a wake up call after Nightmare! We want from uplifting Power Metal in the beautiful tropical sun to the very dark and smoky Spectrum to hear crushing Death/Thrash of Germany’s Etecc.  Only a few dozen souls were brave enough at that early hour but what amazed me were the number if people already sitting in the dark smoking and drinking! Maybe they were still there from the night before! Etecc while energetic and competent, were a bit of a mis-match as their more modern, Pantera inspired,down-tuned sound was different from pretty much every other band. They even threw in a cover of Pantera’s ‘ A New Level’ to cement the comparison. A few dozen loyalists grooved to their bass heavy and shouted vocals.

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Back into the more pleasant environment of the outdoor stage to see Delain. Although it was very hot, I knew what kind of Canadian winter I was going back too so I wanted to spend as much time as possible outside! I feel many others had the same idea as it was very full for the Dutch quintet. Delain performed much heavier live than on record and the gorgeous voice of Charlotte held up very well. I think they had a stronger set than on Tuesday.

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We attended the Press Conference and picked up a few fun facts as well.  Apparently there is 4 to 5 times the alcohol consumption than the average cruise! Not surprising really. That works out to about 10,000 cans of beer a day!   The big news is that 70,000 Tons Of Metal Part Four has been officially confirmed and set to sail once again on January 27-31st in 2014, on the (Metal Majesty Of The Seas)  The interesting twist is that this time the passengers will have a chance to vote on the destination!   Pre-paid passengers will get to vote from a number of pre-determined destinations.

After the brief Press Conference we headed back the Spectrum Lounge to see Die Apokalyptiscchen Reiter (Must See# 4) I knew very little about this German, quintet but in my mind they were very much like Subway To Sally. Not musically but in terms of being very popular regionally with big sales with virtually no exposure, touring or sales in North America.  Musically this excellent band reminded me of many quality mid-90′s bands that were on Century Media, such as Tiamat, Moonspell, Samael and they had an odd look but full and powerful sound. They drew one of the biggest crowds  I had seen in the Spectrum Lounge all week.  The boisterous crowd passed a girl in an inflatable rubber raft around over their heads, literally crowd surfing!  I didn’t know the lyrics or songs but I am now a fan of this excellent band. The maritime influences and gothic influences added nice aural textures to the quite heavy songs.  Naturally, under the circumstances, the song ‘Seeman’ (from RIDERS ON THE STORM) seemed to be a crowd favourite!

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The pre-arranged interviews were up next and we had a chance to talk to some bands.

 

Metal Church 1:00

F&J 2:00

Angra 2:30

Anacrusis 3:30

 

After a very successful round of interviews we made a quick stop topside on the Pool Deck to check out fellow countrymen Cryptopsy. They played a selection of cuts from across their career even going all the way back to BLASPHEMY MADE FLESH. They were a technical Death Metal fans dream as they hyper blasted through their 45 minute set with minimal chit-chat.

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I was going from seeing one of Metals finest drummers in the form of Flo Mourner who to use the cliche ‘put on a clinic’ to seeing an actual drum clinic by George Kolias but our interview went long and George finished early meaning we missed the entire thing.

Because of press duties I also missed Anacrusis, Steel Engraved, 3 Inches of Blood and the Belly Flop contest. I would have liked to see Steel Engraved and Anacrusis again but I never cared to watch fat sunburned guys jump in a pool. Because they are from my country, I’ve seen and interviewed 3 Inches of Blood about seven times over the years so they were one of the few casualties that I did not get too see at all on the boat.

However, here are some pics from the very popular Belly Flop event and the other bands I missed while doing my faithful press duties.

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The Circle Of Champions!

Immediately following the clinic was the second round of the very, very popular Jeff Waters Jam. This was music in it’s purest form, just Metal Friends playing a tiny place, on crappy gear, no egos, no labels, no politics, no managers… just Metal. The session has expanded from a few drunken friends doing karaoke late at night to one of the most popular events on the ship. I’m sure they will have to move it to a bigger stage next year but that might be a shame as it might loose some of its intimate jam charm to organized supergroup status. It will be a tough call for the organizers to see how it will grow (or not)

These were once in a lifetime performances and the enthusiasm level was high because fans knew they were seeing something special. The set list was a follows…

1) AC/DC -Highway To Hell

Doro Vocals

Christina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil) Vocals

Michael Gilbert (Flotsam And Jetsam) Guitar

Victor Smolksi (Rage) Guitar

Jeff  (Flotsam And Jetsam) Bass

Vika Piano

Hena Habegger (Gotthard) Drums

This was a great way to kick off the jam and it was fun to see Doro trading verses with Christina and hearing the massive crowd participation on the chorus!

2) Metallica-Enter Sandman

Sami Hinkka (Ensiferum) Vocals

Heri Joensen (Tyr) Guitar

Luca Princiotta (Doro) Guitar

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Jeff  (Flotsam And Jetsam) Bass

George Kolias (Nile) Drums

Sami had the loudest Hawaiian shirt I have ever seen!

3) Black Sabbath  War Pigs

Ronny Monroe (Metal Church) Vocals

Edward Carlson (Flotsam And Jetsam) Guitar

Felipe Andreoli (Angra) Bass

Janne Parviainen (Ensiferum) Drums

Ronny’s microphone didn’t work but his voice was powerful enough to carry the minimalist tune.

 Next everyone sang happy birthday to Jeff from Flotsam and Jetsam!

4) Ozzy Crazy Train

Ronny Monroe (Metal Church) Vocals

Kiko Loureiro (Angra) Guitar

Jeff  (Flotsam And Jetsam) Bass

Andre  Hilgers (Rage) Drums

5) AC/DC Hells Bells

James Rivera (Helstar) Vocals

Michael Gilbert (Flotsam And Jetsam) Guitar

Kiko Loureiro (Angra) Guitar

Nick Douglas (Doro) Bass

George Kolias (Nile) Drums

James did a high pitched, power metal version while Bon Scott rolled over in his grave!

Please note..the photos for the Jeff Waters Jam are from the previous session and do not match with the set-list/players listed above.

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Mille (Kreator), Victor (Rage), Doro and friends

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Ronnie Munroe (Metal Church) leads an all-star jam

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Christina, Jeff and co.

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James Rivera (Helstar) and friends in action

At 4:00pm  I had more painful choices to make. The Jeff Waters Jam overlapped both Lizzy Borden and Evergrey! I love Lizzy. I had not seen Evergrey yet and it was the last chance to this trip. However,  I did not want to miss the aforementioned ‘once in a lifetime’ jam. So I bailed on the Jam after five songs and prayed my hardworking and loyal photographers A.G. and the Thrashmaster were there in the crowd taking notes and shots so I could tell our readers about what happened. We had got separated so I took my chances they were there (somewhere) so I headed up and outside to see Lizzy Borden.

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The wind and clouds had taken some of the heat of the Pool Deck but Lizzy theatrical presentation did not come across as well as the other night in the small dark venue. He also played (to the best of my knowledge) almost  the exact same set which is always mildly disappointing. On the plus side of the equation, the crowd was easily four times the size of the one at his last gig. I was glad because I thought everyone might be at the Jeff Waters Jam.  For his last song they treated us to a different cover this time, Steppenwolf’s ‘Born To Be Wild’!  After 30 years Lizzy Borden still doesn’t get enough credit for his work.

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Mask…

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…after mask!

It was now sunset and actually getting cool and windy (by tropical standards) so after one last look at the sun and I was glad to go inside to the plush Chorus Line Theater to see the first gig of the night in that venue, namely Evergrey. The turnout was quite poor as Evergrey had to compete with the Jam and Arkona. Luckily there was a steady stream of people after Lizzy Borden coming to see the Swedish quintet. By the end of the gig the crowd has easily tripled in size. The band played a good selection of songs from across their career and I didn’t realize how many of their tunes start with acoustic, piano keyboard line. Evergrey’s dark, melancholic tones were a direct contrast to the frantic, shrill tones of Lizzy Borden! The bass sound was really distorted and up way to high in the live mix. Despite  this I was glad to see them again. (Please note photos are from earlier show)

 

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Back outside it was nearing dusk and on my way to Sinister (Must See #3)  I dropped by to check out Tiamat again.

 

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Sinister, the classic Dutch Death band had been a long time favourite since CROSS THE STYX and after 20 years it was good to see them live. Sinister is one of the few band that made no compromise in their style or sound over the course of 10 albums. Their brand of guttural, brutal Death Metal was not ultra fast like Cryptopsy or Nile but they still pounded the small crowd into submission with cuts like ‘Sadistic Intent’ as well as ‘Transylvania’ and ‘Blood Ecstasy’ from the new album THE CARNAGE ENDING.  There were only four true Death Metal bands on the boat and Sinister represented the genre well.

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Staying indoors it was time for a radical sonic shift! I left Sinister, arguably one of the heaviest bands on the boat to go see Gotthard again, arguably the mellowest band on the boat! The bulk of the ‘work’ of the day was mostly done so I just enjoyed a drink and their warm, melodic Metal sound even if it was  a virtually identical set.

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An hour later it was right back upstairs to witness one of the more cult bands in the boat, Inquisition. On each 70,000 Tons cruise there has been one or maybe two Black Metal bands in the line-up and frankly they stick out like a sore thumb. In 2011 it was Marduk and in 2012 it was Dark Funeral and in 2013 it was Inquisition. I imagine being the most underground band on the entire cruise must be odd but I was thankful for the opportunity to see this two man band from Columbia.

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Inquisition is about a pure Black Metal band as you can get. Inquisition was certainly minimalist, not at all theatrical other than the corpse paint, and had extremely limited presentation, stage show, lights, just music. I don’t know if it was a favourable time slot, or many curiosity seekers but there were quite a few people to see the band which struck me as odd. Maybe on Barge To Hell (UMC’s heavier extreme music sister cruise) I would expect more Inquisition fans but perhaps there are regular fans like me who enjoy all genres of Metal. I really enjoyed Dagon as his vocals were not the normal higher pitched Black Metal hiss or shriek but more of a gruesome croak.  They wrapped up the 45 minute set with ‘Ancient Monumental Warhymn’ from NEFARIOUS DISMAL ORATIONS .

 

Now it was time to unwind for a  while.  With 74 concerts of the 82 covered, photographed and completed, there was a string of bigger name bands playing their second show for the next six hours; Dragonforce, Rage (with the Lingua Mortis Orchestra), In Flames, Kreator and Sabaton and Flotsam & Jetsam. Here are a few pictures and some notes from these shows.

Dragonforce:  The band was firing on all cylinders outside.

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During the final moments of ‘Fury of the Storm’ in a moment of sheer inspiration guitarist Herman Li and keyboardist Vadim Pruzhanov both left the stage waded into the crowd AND each performer waded into the already packed 6 person hot tubs and finished the closing (blazing) solos surrounded by ecstatic fans!  Timing and luck are everything when getting those rare shots! Herman Li’s hands must of been burning from all the high fives he got on the long wet walk to the backstage! That will go down as a legendary Dragonforce moment. Lots of performers jump up on amplifiers, walk out in the crowd on the shoulder of a burly roadie, or climb the stage rigging…. but getting in a packed hot tub with fans while playing? Brilliant!

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Rage: Once again the large Theater was utterly packed as Rage and the LMO ran in an unopposed timeslot and for once due to the complex nature of the arrangements I did not mind seeing the very similar setlist again. The whole Francis Norman Violin vs. Victor Smolski Guitar trade-off battle was subtle and sublime, the whole audience was mesmerized in silence. Rage and the LMO added one new song to close out the set, ‘Higher Than The Sky’ from END OF ALL DAYS. Another triumph.

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I passed by the packed Pool Stage to catch a glimpse of In Flames. The modern influences in three sound have garnered them massive popularity among mainstream Metalheads but their sound is not to my taste any longer.  There is a reason why we at Metal-Rules call them ‘N Flaymz!

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Back inside in the Theater it was Kreator second show. The sound sound problems that marred the first show were thankfully eliminated although  they still started 10 minutes late. The set was significantly different from the first one and it was littered with old songs like ‘Under The Guillotine’ and the rare ‘Riot of Violence’. The band brought a dude named Bram (who was dressed in a bright pink dress) on stage as a birthday present and he got to usher in the last song by holding the ‘Flag Of Hate’ which culminated into ‘Tormentor’. Thrash at its finest!

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It seemed bittersweet as I proceeded to the small lounge to see the last band on my Must See list.  I’m talking about England’s Anaal Nathrakh (Must See #2). I had almost met my goal of watching 20 bands I had never seen before. This also meant it was nearing the end of the journey.

I’m quite fond of Anaal Nathrakh. I’m not the world’s largest fan but I do have about five of their nine or so albums and I was also impressed by their progressive elements mixed in with their Black Metal. What struck me most was how young they looked. For a band that has been around since 1999 I thought they would be older. Next thing I noticed was their image (or lack of) and the lack if stage charisma. I suppose I was expecting a more theatrical presentation. In addition, the songs I recognized seemed to lack the sophistication and nuances of the studio work. That is expected that bands are a bit heavier and streamlined live but those missing elements are what makes the bands albums,in my mind, stand out from the pack. They played to the smallest crowd I had seen all week having the poor fortune to have a time-slot that conflicted with both Sabaton and Kreator. Accordingly, I was disappointed with my first live experience with the band but still pleased to check them off my list.

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The final big show of the night was Sabaton on the final Pool Deck show of the cruise as the technical crew had to start dismantling the stage right away and work overnight in order to have it ready for unloading when we were scheduled to arrive in Miami at 7:00am.

Sabaton was a good choice to finish the night as they ran through  their punchy fun songs. Near the end they invited Andy Piller, founder of the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise, onstage where he spent a moment thanking the various people, crew, staff, sponsors and organizations that helped make the third cruise such a success.

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Sabaton giving the fans the finger…

Then it was back to Sabaton for one last song, fan favourite, ‘Metal Machine’ which culminated in the crowd carrying singer Joacim over to the pool and throwing him in!  He was joined in the final splashdown by several drunk fans and eventually the entire band came down and jumped in and everyone had an impromptu photo-shoot to the delight if the aforementioned drunk fans.

 

Despite the grand finale, our night was not quite over. We made our way back to the Theater for the final show in that location to catch Flotsam & Jetsam for the third time in five days. They mixed the set up nicely from the last couple of shows. There were a few hundred faithful hanging in until the bitter end.

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Speaking of the bitter end, we were down to one last performance, Threat Signal from Hamilton, Canada. I knew this gig could go one if two ways. Everyone could cram in for the final show and a big, fun blowout but my gut told me that the crowd would be sparse because Sabaton seemed to be the final wrap-up.

Threat Signal were playing at 2:15am in the small lounge upstairs. We took a few pictures of this popular and respected band who played to, as predicted a very small crowd of younger fans. I’m not a huge fan of their modern Metalcore sound so to end the concert portion of our trip on a high-note (thanks to Flotsam &Jetsam’s excellent gig) we called it a night at 2:30am not really looking forward to our 7:00am debarkation call. The last song I heard Threat Signal play was ‘Comatose’ from their self-titled debut album. Comatose in my bunk is where I needed to be after having a total of 12 hours sleep since Monday. The self-inflicted exercise of sleep deprivation was totally worth it!

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Heading back to my room I passed by the Metal Karaoke in one of the nearby lounges. It was just jammed with people socializing! As much as Threat Signal was not my favourite band, I was disappointed that hundreds of people were gathered watching random fans belt out drunken Karaoke versions of Pantera, instead if checking out a perfectly good, heavy band just a few feet away.

However the atmosphere was in high party mood as the booze and tongues flowed freely as no one really wanted the cruise to end. However end it must…

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THE OCEAN Unveils New Track From Pelagial

March 11th, 2013
by EvilG

Pre-Orders + Studio Footage Available at metalblade.com/theocean

Today THE OCEAN is pleased to unveil “Bathyalpelagic II: The Wish in Dreams” from their forthcoming new studio offering, Pelagial. Possibly their deepest and most profoundly sophisticated work to date, Pelagial is a progressive musical journey written, recorded, mixed and to-be-performed-live as one single 53-minute piece of music. Mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Witchcraft) at Fascination Street Studios in Orebro, Sweden, Pelagial will be released as a double CD, which includes a vocal and an instrumental version of the album and is scheduled for release on April 26th/29th (Europe) and April 30th (North America/world) through Metal Blade Records. Read the rest of this entry »

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SAVAGE MESSIAH TO PLAY HAMMERFEST VIP DAY THIS THURSDAY

March 11th, 2013
by EvilG

British shred-heavy melodic metallers SAVAGE MESSIAH have been added to the line-up for the VIP day at Hammerfest in Wales this Thursday.

The band will be performing from 9:15pm to 10:20pm this Thursday, March 14th alongside SISTER SIN, SACRED MOTHER TONGUE, JAGUAR and more.  The festival will also feature the likes of KILLING JOKE, HATEBREED, DESTRUCTION, ENSLAVED, SAINT VITUS, CANDLEMASS, SODOM and NAPALM DEATH.

SAVAGE MESSIAH lead guitarist JOFF BAILEY comments:

“Absolutely thrilled to announce that Savage Messiah have been confirmed to play this year’s Hammerfest on Thursday!  It’s a real honour to be playing such a killer festival again and we can’t wait to storm the stage and crack some fuckin’ skulls!  Let’s bang some heads, smash a few brewskies and thrash the living shite out of it… SAVAGE STYLE!  See ya in the pit!!!” Read the rest of this entry »

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED: WACKEN METAL BATTLE COMES TO CANADA; ONE CANADIAN BAND TO RULE THEM ALL

March 11th, 2013
by EvilG

The world’s most prestigious metal festival, Wacken Open Air, known for its elite lineup of the globe’s best metal bands is bringing the largest metal contest on the planet to Canada. Wacken Metal Battle Canada will be recruiting one independent Canadian band to perform at this year’s highly celebrated gathering of metal heads in Wacken, Germany. Searching for the strongest contenders, Metal Battle Canada will showcase Canada’s premiere talents for one true champion to represent the nation with highest honor at the Wacken Open Air Festival.

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MASH-UP MASTERS BEATALLICA READY NEW RELEASE, ‘ABBEY LOAD’

March 11th, 2013
by EvilG
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You’ve got to tip your hat to the lads in Beatallica. Few would have thought to merge together two of the most successful acts of their respective genres – pop tunesmiths the Beatles and thrash metal bashers Metallica – and create a must-hear, creative blend of both iconic artists. And the band that contains such wittily named band members as Jaymz Lennfield, Kliff McBurtney, Ringo Larz, and Grg III are back with their third full-length overall, ‘Abbey Load,’ on April 16th via Oglio Records (a label that is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year).

“Overall the album is our darkest,” explains Lennfield. “Not sure why it turned out that way, to be honest. We didn’t realize it til we got to listening to the first mixes. It sounds brooding in places. Not like we tuned down any more or played any stoner rock or anything. But the overall vibe is deeper than other projects we’ve done. Maybe it’s cuz the Beatles Abbey Road was the last release for them – like the end of an era. And we were placing our fingers on that. After a while, I got to embrace that whole vibe. Beatallica is always fun and interesting, and yes there are ‘candy’ songs on the album such as ‘Help!’ and ‘I Saw Her Standing There’… but there is something more foreboding about Abbey Load than what we initially thought.”

Once more, Beatallica have successfully found links between both aforementioned bands, most notably on the album’s tour de force, “Abbey Load Medley.” “The medley…well, it’s obviously one of the great famous pieces of rock music,” says Lennfield. “We really enjoyed working in NEWER Metallica tunes. Folks always ask us how much old stuff from Metallica we can use. Helloooo…they have a LARGE catalog, so use it!. Those tunes work great, plus the fact that we are doing what we always do: deal with tempo, time signature, rhythm patterns, keys from major to minor, adding our own riffs, etc., but now we have to make all the songs in the medley sound like they fit. Not just one song at a time, but now five songs, bang-bang-bang.. The challenge was irresistible.”

As for Beatallica’s plans for 2013, Lennfield predicts some good, old-fashioned global roadwork. “Well, we’d like to finally hit Japan. It’s just way overdue. We have US folks asking for us to come back so we’ll see how to best route. As far as Europe, they are starting to consider the fall sometime.”

“Beatallica is so much more than a novelty cover band,” adds Oglio Records founder Carl Caprioglio. “Beatallica’s members and producer are among the most creative and talented people I have encountered in my years with Oglio Records. Their ability to blend influences from these two legendary bands is as amazing and impressive today as it was when we met in 2006.”

Imagine what the Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ would have sounded like if it had been originally released by Metallica, and you have a good starting point for ‘Abbey Load.’

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:
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Win a FREE copy of Panikk’s “Unbearable Conditions”

March 11th, 2013
by EvilG
Win a FREE copy of Panikk's "Unbearable Conditions"

Win a FREE copy of Panikk’s “Unbearable Conditions”

Metal Tank Records is giving away 10 copies of Panikk’s latest album entitled “Unbearable Conditions”. To enter to win all you have to do is email Metal Tank Records at office@metaltankrecords.com with “Metal Tank Records Giveaway” as the subject and on March 25, 10 winners will be choosed randomly.

PANIKK’S “Unbearable Conditions” contain nothing but fast, old school and untamed thrash metal from one of the leading Slovenian bay-area influenced metal bands in the vein of VIO-LENCE, EVILDEAD, FORCED ENTRY and ACID REIGN.

The new revealed single “Dismay” from the forthcoming album has been posted online at YouTube.com (see below).

 

More information in regard can be obtained by visiting the renewed site at www.metaltankrecords.com

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STRONG AS STEEL – A TRIBUTE TO ANVIL; Out on April 19, 2013 on Skol Records

March 10th, 2013
by EvilG
STRONG AS STEEL - A TRIBUTE TO ANVIL

STRONG AS STEEL – A TRIBUTE TO ANVIL

Ultra limited CD edition: only 666 copies! Featuring: CRYSTAL VIPER (Poland), STORMZONE (Ireland), SINISTER REALM (USA), CAYM (feat. Robb’s son, Tyler Reiner on drums!), IRON KOBRA (Germany), CONVIXION (Greece), MAVERICK (Japan), SATANICA (Japan), SKELATOR (USA), SAVAGE BLADE (Canada) and others. Produced by Bart Gabriel (SACRED STEEL, JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR), front cover artwork by Michal Oracz / Black Mausoleum Arts!

“This will be a real tribute, a really high-quality release, because ANVIL deserve to have one. I realize it won’t be a bestseller, but all those who have seen “Anvil! The Story Of Anvil” movie will understand what’s the driving force behind this project. I’m one of those guys who got inspired by ANVIL to continue, to follow my dreams, to never give up. And I know there are many, many bands around who feel like the movie is about them as well. It’s all about positive energy, and I’m truly honored that the project was approved and blessed by ANVIL members, which is what makes it even more special!”
/Bart Gabriel

More info @ www.facebook.com/skolrecords

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TEJASMOSIS – Signs With THE METAL DEN RECORDS

March 10th, 2013
by EvilG

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Arlington, Texas thrashers TEJASMOSIS have signed a worldwide label representation deal with The Metal Den Records. Tejasmosis recently won the 3rd annual Battle of The Bands online contest at TMD. Their debut EP is set to be released this summer. More details to be revealed soon.

Tejasmosis is:

Jeff Miller – Guitars/Vocals
Tommy Richeson – Guitars
Brad Postlewate – Drums
Johnny O – Vocals
Shaun Fernandez – Bass

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Randy “Rocket” Cody of TMD states: “I want to welcome Tejasmosis to TMD Records and I look forward to introducing more brutal talent from the underground of metal!”

http://www.reverbnation.com/tejasmosis

http://themetaldenrecords.com/

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JUNGLE ROT DISCUSS DRUMMER’S IMPACT ON ‘TERROR REGIME’

March 10th, 2013
by EvilG

Wisconsin death metal force JUNGLE ROT talk about the impact drummer Jesse Beahler had on their eighth studio album, Terror Regime, out March 19th. Watch the video exclusively through DRUM!

 

Link: http://www.drummagazine.com/features/post/jesse-beahler-jungle-rot-studio-report/

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VIVID REMORSE: NEW LYRIC VIDEO

March 10th, 2013
by EvilG

Innovative thrashers Vivid Remorse release a new lyric video, extracted from their new album “Down to the wire”.

In words of the band:

“It’s one of our favorite tracks in the album, not the fastest but very dynamic, with varied riffs and some vocal melodies that interpret perfectly the meaning and content of the theme of the song, which is about the Columbine massacre . Indeed, the validity and relevance of this argument, following the recent slaughter of Newton and the debate on gun ownership in the United States, has been one of the key factors in the choice of “Theory of fear” as the second single from the album “.

 

More info on: www.artgatesrecords.com.

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BRUTAL TRUTH To Grind Through Brooklyn And Philly This Month; Europe… You’re Next

March 10th, 2013
by EvilG

brutal_truth_live_3.jpgThe blazed henchmen of grindcore, BRUTAL TRUTH, will storm through the Northeast US with two shows next week, and have confirmed the crashing of a round of European metalfests.

Next Saturday, March 16th, BRUTAL TRUTH will raid Brooklyn to pummel Saint Vitus bar with support from Total Fucking Destruction [double Hoak duty!], Psychic Limb and Hivesmasher, on the way to the Philthadelphia Infest in Philly the next night with Master, Malignancy, Embalmer, Phobia, Cannabis Corpse and labelmates Devourment among a rash of others.

This Spring and Summer BRUTAL TRUTH will raid European audiences several times, confirmed to hit Stockholm, Sweden on April 18th, followed by their participation on Close-Up Magazine’s Båten cruise with Entombed, F.K.Ü., Scar Symmetry, Grave and others over the following days. July will take the bastards back to Europe once again to slaughter crowds at Metal Days Festival in Slovenia and Stonehenge Fest in Holland.

BRUTAL TRUTH assaulted the masses with the monstrous End Time LP in September 2011, the band’s patented sonic abuse as always fueled by swarms of blastbeats, distortion, feedback and bong-sedated rage, its’ chambers loaded with nearly an hour of faceblasting anarchy. Recorded with Doug White at Watchman Studios in Lockport, New York, End Time showcases BRUTAL TRUTH continuing to reign as one of grindcore’s most influential acts.

Stream End Time in its hateful/hazy entirety at the horde’s official Bandcamp. Read the rest of this entry »

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WHITE WIZZARD CONFIRM WEST HOLLYWOOD SHOW WITH LIZZY BORDEN

March 10th, 2013
by EvilG

Los Angeles heavy metallers WHITE WIZZARD have confirmed a show in West Hollywood with veterans LIZZY BORDEN.

WHITE WIZZARD – who are currently recording their new studio album, THE DEVIL’S CUT – will be supporting LIZZY BORDEN at the world famous Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip on April 13th.

WHITE WIZZARD bassist and main man JON LEON comments:

“We are happy to announce White Wizzard will be playing direct support to the classic and amazing band Lizzy Borden at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, April 13.  We go on at 11pm sharp.  If you are in LA make sure you buy tickets.  It’s going to be an amazing show!!!”

THE DEVIL’S CUT is being recorded with producer RALPH PATLAN (MEGADETH, UFO, MICHAEL SCHENKER) at Phase Four Studios in Tempe, Arizona.  The album is the band’s third full-length release, and their first to feature vocalist JOSEPH MICHAEL.  The album is due to be released later this year on Earache Records in Europe and via Century Media/Earache Records in the USA.
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HYPOCRISY: First “End Of Disclosure” Album Trailer Posted

March 10th, 2013
by EvilG

Swedish death metal legends HYPOCRISY, have just uploaded the first album trailer from their upcoming masterpiece End Of Disclosure here:

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HYPOCRISY – End Of Disclosure

“This time I wanted to go back to basics,” commented Tägtgren previously about End Of Disclosure. “I felt like we lost it for the last couple of albums. This one is straight to the point and more HYPOCRISY than ever! Fast, heavy, and epic. Enjoy!” Being on a par with their 90’s brute yet multifaceted masterpieces, End Of Disclosure leaves no room for breathers. It was produced by mastermind Peter Tägtgren in his Abyss Studios in Sweden, with artwork was done this time by Wes Benscoter (SLAYER, KREATOR, NILE, VADER, BLOODBATH). End Of Disclosure will be released March 22 (Europe) and April 2, 2013 (North America) via Nuclear Blast.

Check a short documentary detailing the making-of the “End Of Disclosure” video clip, which recently took place in Stockholm, Sweden. Watch the footage here: http://youtu.be/B195M02nmq4. The final music video for the title-track of their upcoming masterpiece End Of Disclosure can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJsdZ2FR3WM. The clip was directed by Ville Lipiainen (AMORPHIS, NIGHTWISH, THE 69 EYES).

HYPOCRISY will return to North America once again this May for a headlining tour in support of their upcoming album, End Of Disclosure! Joining them are Brazilian brothers in death KRISIUN, Belgian gore-grinders ABORTED, and technical-melodic-death-masters ARSIS! AUTUMN’S END and STARKILL will also support them on their metal crusade across the continent on select shows.

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New Album “To Beast Or Not To Beast” Released; Video For The Single “The Riff” Also Available

March 10th, 2013
by EvilG

Finnish rockers Lordi have had their new album “To Beast Or Not To Beast” released this week, and with good reviews in both Metal Hammer and Kerrang, the album is going down a storm, which is really good news, given that the band are coming to the UK for 9 shows in May.

The band has also released a video for the single “The Riff”. This can be viewed here:

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