Public Sales for the eleventh voyage of 70000tons Of Metal, The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, will start Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 12PM EST (9AM PST, 18:00 CET and respectively 17:00 GMT). Round 11 will sail from Miami, Florida to Bimini, Bahamas and back from January 30 – February 3, 2023 on board the Freedom of the Seas. Continue reading →
70000TONS OF METAL,”The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise” has booked their first three bands on board for 2023. Nightwish, Insomnium, and Rotting Christ are the first of what will be many announcements for the cruise. They previously revealed their eleventh sailing will be hosted on board The Freedom of the Seasfrom Miami, Florida to Bimini, The Bahamasfrom January 30th to February 3rd, 2023. The floating metal festival and vacation experience on the high-seas will soon announce the first bands, ticket on-sale dates, and more.
From the sublime to the ridiculous, Slipknot have been criticised for many things over the years, but playing it safe is one accusation that rarely arises. While it’s true the Iowan nine-piece possess a patented, signature sound, it’s also clear they’ve never been afraid to take chances, pushing the envelope at every turn. Even on their 1996 full-length demo Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. Slipknot were taking risks. Risks that led to the reward of a major label deal and a hugely successful career built on a foundation of unpredictability.
Nightwish is the only band that can make me cry. More on that later on. For now, it’s great to finally have them return stateside and with Beast in Black. I have to say it was kind of nice just to have two bands on a show. I get that everybody wants to tour and play catch up but sometimes less is more.
As one cycle ends, another begins. The flamboyant, dancing Cardinal Copia has been anointed Papa Emeritus IV and the plague-ridden doom of the 14th century is gone. Taking place hundreds of years after Prequelle, Tobias Forge and his band of Nameless Ghouls, otherwise known as psychedelic doom rock popsters Ghost, leave the rats behind as latest chapter Impera (Spinefarm/Loma Vista) tells of new empires built from the ashes of the old.
With seventeen years on the clock and five albums already in the bag, Finnish sextet Battle Beast are back once again with another head-shaking, neck-breaking slab of electrifying European power metal. For those already familiar with the band then their sixth full length release, Circus of Doom(Nuclear Blast), will be like slipping into an old pair of comfortable, sparkly metal boots. For everyone else who may be interested, just strap on the nearest air guitar and prepare to grin stupidly for the next forty gloriously cheesy minutes or so.
One of the more fascinating projects to be revived during everyone’s pandemic-induced free time, Darkwoods My Betrothed has returned with their first album since 1998’s Witch-Hunts. Angel of Carnage Unleashed (Napalm Records) sustains their old style for the most part, showing off a variant of Viking Black Metal with hearty Symphonic flourishes. Of course, it’s always interesting to see how time will toy with a preexisting formula, especially one that has gone undisturbed for twenty-three years.
Symphonic Metal legends Nightwish have announced a headline tour of North America next spring. The 10-date trek will kick off on May 6th, 2022 in Toronto with stops in New York, Chicago, and Denver before concluding in Los Angeles for two back-to-back shows at The Wiltern on May 20 and May 21. Opening all dates of the tour the tour will be special guests Beast In Black. Nightwish released their latest album, Human. :II: Nature. in April of 2020 (read our review here).
Slipknot has announced they will headline the debut of Knotfest Finland, set to take place August 12-13, 2022 in Turku. Finland. Also scheduled to appear at the event are Nightwish, Bring Me The Horizon and Arch Enemy, along with Stam1na and Blind Channel. The two-day Knotfest evolved from a Slipknot headlining concert initially scheduled to take place in Turku in August 2021. In the wake of ongoing restrictions with regards to international travel during the era of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the gig was postponed to August 2022 and ultimately evolved into a complete Knotfest experience. Slipknot has exp[anded their original festivals to an international affair with Knotfest Brasil, Knotfest Chile, Knotfest Japan, Knotfest Mexico, Knotfest UK, and Knotfest Meets Hellfest. in France.