Watch Devin Townsend and Ihsahn Perform “Juular” at 70000 Tons of Metal

Devin Townsend performed at the just concluded 10the edition of the 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise, and his sets were the stuff of legends. Performing two sets of Strapping Young Lad songs, other rarely heard deep cuts and hits, there was one particular highlight we wanted to call out! Watch Devy joined by Ihsahn (Emperor) to perform ‘Juular’ together, right now!

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70000 Tons of Metal Cruise Books Emperor, Epica, and Haggard for 2020

After a late start announcing bands for 2020 that had long-time cruisers concerned for the future of the event, 70000 Tons of Metal 2020 has announced their first bands for 2020. Black Metal legends Emperor we the first band announced, will Epica soon after, and now Haggard. Many more bands will be announced right up until the cruise. Gold and Silver level “Survivors” – past cruisers, are getting email codes for pre-purchase this weekend, with the public on sales taking place next week, October 26th. 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise takes place from January 7th to 11th 2020 and sails from Miami/ Ft. Lauderdale to Cozumel, Mexico. Tickets and more info at the link below. Continue reading

Hatebreed – Obituary – Cro-Mags – Terror – Fit For An Autopsy: Live Worcester Palladium

There’s something that happened at the Worcester Palladium that may be the best thing I’ve witnessed in many many years. I don’t want to waste anyone’s time with lead up, let’s dive right into this perfectly orchestrated amoeba of chaos.Continue reading

Watch A Pikachu Moshpit At 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise

We are already seeing reports that the just completed 70000 Tons of Metal cruise was the craziest and most fun yet for the nine-year-old event. We have already seen a ton of hilarious posts by “survivors”, but this one takes the cake! During a set by Finnish melo-death band Kalmah, an entire army of Pikachu’s took over the mosh pit. Check out this hilarious fan footage by Duncan Fosnough (a.k.a. The Pink Ranger, also the drummer of a badass metal band, Sonic Pulse) who shared this video with us on Facebook! Next year’s cruise is already set so make sure to check them out if you’ve never gone!Continue reading

Megadeth Is Launching “The MegaCruise” In 2019

Megadeth is joining 70000 Tons of Metal, KISS, Shiprocked, Cruise To Edge and others with their own cruise. The band launched a mailing list signup and social media networks promoting the TheMegaCruise, sailing in the Pacific in 2019. No other information is available yet. Typically major cruise lines sail out of ports like Los Angeles, San Diego or Seattle, and travel to Mexico, South America or north to Canada or Alaska. Links to signup are below. Megadeth is celebrating 35 years as a band in 2018 and is working on a new album for release in 2019.Continue reading

Watch A New Video From Pain For The Track Coming Home


Pain, the industrial rock band led by legendary multi-instrumentalist and producer Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, Lindemann) just released a new music video. You can watch the clip for the track ‘Coming Home’ below:Continue reading

70000 Tons Of Metal 2017 Cruise Is Five Months Away, 39 of 60 Bands Announced

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In a little less than five months, the 7th Editon of the 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise will set sail from the Port of Miami, to Labadee, Haiti, and back on a cruise made of metal music and fun.

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News: Children of Bodom Add New Headline Dates

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Children of Bodom have announced a string of headline shows around their upcoming North American tour supporting Megadeth.

Feb 04-08: 70000 Tons of Metal – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Feb 09: Orpheum – Tampa, FL (Headline Date)
Feb 10: 1904 – Jacksonville, FL (Headline Date)
Feb 11: Saturn – Birmingham, AL (Headline Date)
Feb 12: Exit/In – Nashville, TN (Headline Date)
Feb 13: New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN (Headline Date)
Feb 15: The Ready Room – St. Louis, MO (Headline Date)
Feb 16: The Granada – Lawrence, KS (Headline Date)
Feb 18: House of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX (Headline Date)
Feb 19: Scoot Inn – Austin, TX (Headline Date)
Feb 20: Southside Ballroom – Dallas, TX (with Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies and Havok)
Feb 21: Bayou Music Center – Houston, TX (with Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies and Havok)
Feb 23: Fillmore – Denver, CO (with Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies and Havok)
Feb 24: The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT (with Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies and Havok)
Feb 26: The Pearl – Palms Concert Center – Las Vegas, NV (with Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies and Havok)
Feb 27: Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ (with Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies and Havok)
Feb 28: Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA (with Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies and Havok)
Feb 29: Warfield Theatre – San Francisco, CA (with Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies and Havok)
Mar 01: Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA (Headline Date)
Mar 03: El Corazon – Seattle, WA (Headline Date)
Mar 04: Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR (Headline Date)
Mar 05: South Okanagan Events Centre – Penticton, BC (with Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies and Havok)
Mar 06: Grey Eagle Event Centre – Calgary, AB (with Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies and Havok)
Mar 08: Encana Events Centre – Dawson Creek, BC (with Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies and Havok)
Mar 09: Rexall Place – Edmonton, AB (with Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies and Havok)
Mar 10: Mosaic Place – Moose Jaw, SK (with Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies and Havok)
Mar 12: TBA – St. Paul, MN (with Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies and Havok)
Mar 13: Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL (with Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies and Havok)
Mar 15: Rapids Theatre – Niagara Falls, NY (with Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies and Havok)
Mar 16: Terminal 5 – New York, NY (with Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies and Havok)
Mar 17: Terminal 5 – New York, NY (with Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies and Havok)
Mar 19: Sands Bethlehem Event Center – Bethlehem, PA (with Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies and Havok)
Mar 20: Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA (with Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies and Havok)
Mar 21: House of Blues – Boston, MA (with Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies and Havok)
Mar 23: Cross Insurance Center – Bangor, ME (with Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies and Havok)
Mar 24: Videotron Centre – Quebec City, QC (with Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies and Havok)
Mar 25: Corona Theater – Montreal, QC (Headline Show)
Mar 26: The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY (Headline Show)
Mar 27: Broadberry – Richmond, VA (with Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies and Havok)

As promised – we have 15 additional live shows in the US and Canada to tell you about. We will be headlining these…

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At War With World Domination – Martin Larsson of At The Gates


At The Gates. Photo credit: Ester Segarra

At The Gates. Photo credit: Ester Segarra

Swedish extreme metallers At The Gates have been keeping themselves busy on the road, and venturing into new areas on each stop. Their venture took them to Knotfest in Devore, CA where they played to a packed second stage area on the Saturday of the two day event.

It has been over a year since they released At War With Reality, their first new album since 1994’s Slaughter of the Soul. Being away from the music scene under this moniker since the band stopped, guitarist Martin Larsson spoke about how different their writing approaches were, versus prior to their abrupt stop years ago.

The actual writing [is] not much difference, but the collaboration is so much easier. Now we’re so spread out. In the 90s we were all in Gothenberg…um I wasn’t so nevermind…basically Gothenburg.

But now the drummer’s [Adrian Erlandsson] in London in the UK and three of us are in Gothenberg, and the bass player [Jonas Bjorler] is about three to four hours away in Sweden. With the internet and email and files to Dropbox and what have you, usually what happened on this album is Anders [Bjorler] made a demo and then once he’s satisfied, in a second we can all listen to it wherever we are and comment on it. Ideas bounce back and forth over the internet.

I think we spent the better part of a year just sending ideas back and forth and doing demos. We had such a full idea of the album already when we went into the studio. I think that’s the big difference – the whole collaboration is so much easier.

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During the time away from the band, the various members were at various times involved in a number of other bands and projects. Frontman Tomas “Tompa’ Lindberg was involved in The Crown, Disfear, Skitsystem, Nightrage and Lock Up; guitarist Anders Bjorler was with The Haunted and now his solo project; bassist Bjorler is with the Haunted; and Erlandsson with Nehain, as well as his stints in Cradle of Filth and Paradise Lost. Larsson himself is currently playing with Agrimonia when At The Gates has down time.

Have doing other projects re-energized the members of At The Gates towards adding a new spark into the band? “Maybe in a way yeah. I guess doing other stuff always gets you excited to do At The Gates, I suppose. A lot of outside influences and ideas or whatever, so I guess so,” he said.

Photo Credit: Hillarie Jason

Photo Credit: Hillarie Jason

When it comes to the touring side, Larsson explained how they balance out who will be touring with what band and aligning schedules to make it work in the long run.

With the other bands it’s first come first serve, so it’s an easy rule to follow. Whatever band gets the booking first has the privilege. All of us do regular stuff on the side or At The Gates is on the side. Mostly Tomas and Jonas have regular proper jobs. They work part-time during the week. We mostly play weekends. We’ve done that for this year since the album came out. We’ve done a couple of tours. We did a US tour for three weeks in March. Right after this we have a week in Australia and a couple of dates in Japan. It’s mostly weekends.

There’s a lot of travelling just doing weekends. I feel like I’ve been jet lagged constantly for about a year, but playing is such a pleasure. You don’t mind it at all. We’re privileged that we get to do this and that people still want to see us.

Photo Credit: Hillarie Jason

Photo Credit: Hillarie Jason

Since the band has reformed, At The Gates has found themselves touring new territories they were unable to visit the first time around. Larsson spoke about some of their target areas they wish to hit.

I’m a bit of an explorer myself. I always like going to places I haven’t been before. We’re going to South Africa in March. I’m stoked to do that. I’d like to play more in Eastern Europe and Asian countries. We’ll take it gradually.

He spoke about their visit to China, one of the newest frontiers for many artists in recent years.

We played China twice. Things haven’t really happened in China metal wise, but they’re starting to. First time we were there we played to 100 people, and the second time 200 people. There’s a progression. Things are happening. It’s exciting. It’s like when we started 25 years ago.


Aside from their upcoming US tour with The Haunted and Decpaitated, he also unveiled another upcoming tour stop on a cruise. “The cruise in the Carribbean – 70,000 Tons of Metal. We’re playing that. This is the first time under that name. We did the Barge to Hell ones, which is kind of the same. That one had even more focus on the extreme metal. I guess this one is all around metal. It’s going to be great.

Lastly, he talked about the possibilities of a new At The Gates record and whether it was realistic to talk about one yet. “No. I’m not saying we’re not gonna but we don’t know. The only plan we have at the moment is not quitting. So we’re going to take it as it comes. We’re already booked until August. Once this goes down we’ll just sit down and see.

We’re not going to push it. If there’s more music – fine. That’s good. I’d like it there to be more music but we’ll find out.

By Rei Nishimoto

Ensiferum Streaming “One Man Army” Music Video


Ensiferum is streaming the making of “One Man Army” video here, which will be out February 24, 2015 via Metal Blade Records.

The album was predominantly analog recorded by Anssi Kippo (Children of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine) at Astia-Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland and delivers eleven punishingly epic odes alongside a four-track bonus CD featuring the band’s rendition of Barathrum’s “Warmetal,” Iron Maiden’s “Wrathchild,” Uriah Heep’s “Lady In Black,” and Judas Priest’s “Breaking The Law,” initially unveiled as the covermount CD of issue #94 of Germany’s long-running Legacy Magazine.

The band has confirmed a number of upcoming tour dates, including an appearance on 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise, and supportomg Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum.

Jan 22-26: 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise – Miami, FL
Feb 27: Pakkahuone – Tampere, FI
Feb 28: Rytmikorjaamo – Seianajoki, FI
Mar 06: Lutakko – Jyvaskyla, FI
Mar 07: Nosturi – Helsinki, FI

w/ Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum:
Mar 11: Zeche – Bochum, DE
Mar 12: Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg, DE
Mar 13: Backstage – München, DE
Mar 14/2015 Masters of Rock Café – Zlin, CZ
Mar 15/2015 Club 202 – Budapest, HU
Mar 16/2015 Szene – Wien, AT
Mar 18/2015 Live Club – Milan, IT
Mar 19/2015 Les Docks – Lausanne, CH
Mar 20/2015 La Laiterie – Strasbourg, FR
Mar 21/2015 Z7 – Pratteln, CH
Mar 22/2015 Ninkasi Kao – Lyon, FR
Mar 23/2015 Le Bataclan – Paris, FR
Mar 24/2015 O2 Academy Islington- London, UK
Mar 25/2015 Patronaat – Haarlem, NL
Mar 26/2015 Hedon – Zwolle, NL
Mar 27/2015 Biebob – Vosselaar, BE
Mar 28/2015 Tivoli – Bremen, DE
Mar 29/2015 Grünspan – Hamburg, DE
Mar 30/2015 Vega – Copenhagen, DK
Mar 31/2015 Göta Källare – Stockholm, SE
Apr 01/2015 Sticky Fingers – Gothenburg, SE
Apr 02/2015 Inferno Metal Festival – Oslo, NO
Festivals Summer 2015:
Aug 13: Rockstadt Extremefest – Rasnov, DE
Jun 19-21: Hellfest – Clisson, FR
Jul 30- Aug 01: Wacken Open Air – Wacken, DE
Aug 06-08: Party San Open Air – Schlotheim, DE
Aug 09: Bloodstock Open Air – Walton-On-Trent, GB
Aug 13 -15: Summer Breeze – Dinkelsbühl, DE

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