70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise Tickets Now On Sale To The Public

Tickets went on sale today for the biggest metal party of 2018! 70000 Tons Of Metal, “The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise”, released their tickets to the public today. The cruise takes place February 1-5, 2018 voyage and sails from Miami / Fort Lauderdale to Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands and back. Continue reading

Meshuggah, Sepultura, Enslaved, Goatwhore And More To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2018

70000 Tons of Metal Cruise 2015, by MasterPhelps Photography

Over the July 4th holiday, the annual 70000k Of Metal™ Cruise announced the first 16 of their 60 bands for their 8th edition rolling out to sea, in just under 7 months, next February. Among the bands announced are Meshuggah, Sepultura, Enslaved, Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore, Dark Tranquility, Septicflesh and more. The full list of the 14 can be seen below: Continue reading

Heidevolk – Velua

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Velua (Napalm) is the fifth full-length album by the Dutch Pagan Metal band Heidevolk. Since their conception in 2002 this band has made music that shows their passion for nature, Germanic mythology, and the Veluwe; the beautiful nature in their native province of Gelderland. Heidevolk combine heavy riffs in dirty distortion with mellifluous string and violin arrangements, add the occasional power solo, and ground it all with solid drum and bass.

Their vocals, however, are what truly set them apart. The vocals of Mark Splintervuyscht and Lars Nachtbraecker combine to chants with a low voice moving over a limited range and a high voice adding counter melodies and definition. They rarely have two notes to a syllable, and you will not find many drawn out words, but a near spoken vibe which I have not encountered in any other band, but which works well with the Dutch language. Lyrically they paint scenes or recreate stories and since most Dutch rhyme is inherently clichéd, I am pleased that they rarely force rhyme into their lyrics.

The opening song, ‘Winter Woede’ (Winter Rage), sets the tone for the album: heavy and melodious intertwined with a catchiness that means you can hum along to the chorus before the song is out. The next song, ‘Herboren in Vlammen’ (Reborn in Flames), is more in the direction of Power Metal than pagan, with parallel guitars, fast drums, and a strong guitar solo. ‘The Vervloekte Jacht’ (The Cursed Hunt) initially reminded me of In Extremo in its riffs and vocals, but soon regained its individuality. ‘Het Dwalende Licht’ (The Wandering Light) was one of my favourite songs of this album, because it has an excellent balance between ethereal string arrangements and solid power metal, and with the addition of the vocals evokes a scene where the will-o’-the-wisp lures someone to their watery grave. The title track ‘Velua’ praises the hardy people who inhabited the Veluwe with dreamy guitar licks and chanting. Another favourite on this album is ‘Richting the Wieven Belter’ (Towards the Wieven Belter). It opens with very high female vocals, and they remain present in some form throughout the song, and tie the music to the lyrics about the mythological White Women.

All in all this is a very solid album which alternates between a Pagan feel and a more Metal feel. While not all the songs really catch the ear like these mentioned here, the remaining songs are far from bad, and I gladly recommend it to lovers of Pagan metal.

 

8.0/10

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Die Toten Hosen, Slipknot, Motley Crue Confirmed For Nova Rock Festival

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Nova Rock Festival is confirmed for June 12-14, 2015 at Pannonia Fields II in Nickelsdorf, Austria. The confirmed acts for the festival include:

Die Toten Hosen
Slipknot
Mötley Crüe
Die Fantastischen Vier
Beatsteaks
Rise Against
Nightwish
Deichkind
Farin Urlaub Racing Team
In Flames
Kraftklub
Five Finger Death Punch
The Gaslight Anthem
Lamb Of God
Godsmack
Papa Roach
Hollywood Undead
In Extremo
Eagles Of Death Metal
Life Of Agony
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls
Jennifer Rostock
Lagwagon
All Time Low
Asking Alexandria
Eluveitie
Yellowcard
Fiva
Powerwolf
Callejon
Backyard Babies
Blues Pills
Architects
Feine Sahne Fischfilet
Moop Mama
The Answer
The Sword
King 810

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Wacken 2015 Announces Partial Lineup

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Wacken Open Air 2015 has started announcing bands who will be taking part on their event, happening July 30 and August 1, 2015 in Schleswig-Holstein in Northern Germany.

The confirmed acts so far include:

Alkbottel
Amorphis (Special Tales From The Thousand Lakes set)
Angra
Armored Saint
Asrock
At The Gates
Biohazard
Black Label Society
Cannibal Corpse
Cryptopsy
Death Angel
Ensiferum
Epica
Exumer
Godsized
Ill Nino
In Extremo
In Flames
Judas Priest
Kataklysm
Khold
Kommando
Powerwolf
Rob Zombie
Running Wild
Sabaton
Samael
Savatage
Sepultura
Shining
Stratovarius
Subway To Sally
Tears for Beers
The BossHoss
Thyrfing
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
U.D.O. with Bundeswehr Musikkorps