Michael Schenker Fest, Sortilège, Soen, Trollfest, Grave Digger, and More Booked for 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise

The tenth annual 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise has been dropping some incredible bookings for the 2020 cruise this January. Recently added bands are Michael Schenker Fest, Sortilège, Soen, Trollfest, Grave Digger, and more have been added to the cruise lineup! Schenker’s appearance makes the Official 50th Recording Anniversary for him as an artist. For the cruise he will be joined by a very special compliment of musicians: Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Schammasch – Hearts of No Light

Never judge a book by its cover, kids. It’s a good lesson. Listen to your mother more often, you’ll learn something. I only bring up this time-worn adage because I was too quick and judged Schammasch‘s latest Hearts of No Light (Prosthetic Records) based on the merits of album title and art. What? I saw it and therefore immediately assumed it was another self-important Black Metal release that would ultimately sound like it was recorded in an old washing machine filled with loose gravel, nails and an uncomfortable badger. Continue reading

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

Hath – Of Rot and Ruin

Hailing from the unsuspecting state of New Jersey, Hath is a young Metal act that is blossoming. The band stunned the scene in 2015 when they released their EP, Hive with its modern, Blackened Metal excellence. Now, this budding band is getting ready to release their first full-length record, Of Rot and Ruin (Willowtip Records) and is taking their vibrant heaviness to a whole new level. Continue reading

Wormwitch – Heaven That Dwells Within

Black Metal: Metal’s most infamous subgenre. The bastard son of Sabbath’s breed, Black Metal has always traded on evil and infamy. Where Black Sabbath made passing mention of Lucifer, Black Metal worships at Satan’s blood-stained altar in reverence. With this infernal DNA coursing through the genre there comes a weight of devilish expectation. Black Metal ought to terrify and perturb, it should scare the more conservative listener into a stupor. Can Wormwitch rise to this legacy? Continue reading

Emperor’s In The Nightside Eclipse Turns 25

Truth is stranger than fiction when it comes to the entire Norwegian Black Metal scene, its founding epoch, and its legacy. A lot of text has been written about how terrible certain characters in the scene were. Every band at the time seemed to revel in being befouled by the stain of their actions. Emperor is no different and was a vital part of that scene. Having made amends to whatever level they can mea culpa their mistakes as kids, their names no less ruined than their peers. Musically, however, they have few equals in terms of what they put down. Their full-length debut album In The Nightside Eclipse (Candlelight Records) is still one of the gold-standard Black Metal albums ever made, and worthy of deep analysis on the silver- anniversary of its release. Continue reading