SEPT 12th 2016
MARDUK FORCED TO POSTPONE, ROTTING CHRIST CONTINUE ON TOUR
Swedish metallers, MARDUK released the following statement that unveils that the band is forced to postpone them from rejoining the tour due to the US visa situations. Read their statement below:
"As the situation with the US visa still havent been solved, the booking agency together with Marduk have decided to postpone the tour!
 News regarding rebooked dates and so on will be posted as soon as the time for the tour has been decided."


Now, for those who may believe from the statement above that the whole tour is cancelled, that is incorrect. Only Marduk is off the tour. The rest of the tour package, ROTTING CHRIST, CARACH ANGREN, and NECRONOMICON are continuing and finishing the tour as planned. Check the statement from Carach Angren's FB page below:
"We want you to know that we, Rotting Christ and Necronomicon are crushing every night as scheduled, regardless of Marduk's cancellation. So the tour is still on and fucking amazing!"

 
SEPT 12th 2016
PAIN RELEASE NEW VIDEO FROM COMING HOME
 
"A Wannabe", the brand new Owe Lingvall-directed video from PAIN, the Swedish metal band led by multi-instrumentalist and producer Peter Tägtgren, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's new album, "Coming Home", which was released on September 9 through Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2011's "You Only Live Twice" features cover artwork by Stefan Heilemann.


SEPT 12th 2016

PROGPOWER USA ANNOUNCES 2017 LINE-UP
ProgPower USA 2016 has come to a close, but that being said, they aren't taking 2017 lying down, they have announced the first roster of bands for the event. Check out the tour poster pictured below to see the next big line-up one of North America's biggest metal festivals.
Tickets for ProgPower USA XVIII Days 3 & 4 on sale October 1st at 10:00 am via all ticketmaster outlets.  Poster designed by Wayne Joyner.
If you missed 2016, don't make the mistake twice, and check out Prog Power USA.



SEPT 12th 2016

GHOST RELEASE NEW SONG "SQUARE HAMMER"
This morning Ghost debuted "Square Hammer," a song so catchy it most certainly was spawned from a deal with the devil, on SiriusXM Octane. It's the first track from the five-song EP Popestar, which has a September 16th release date and consists primarily of covers. The EP is intended to be a companion to 2015's Meliora, and therefore will not feature a new Papa, for all the Ghost fanatics keeping track. Don't miss your chance as well to pre-order from the Ghost offical website for exclusive deals and limited edition items.
https://shop.ghost-official.com/collections/apparel/products/limited-edition-new-ghost-vinyl-tee-bundle

Check out "Square Hammer" below, and catch the current Papa and the Nameless Ghouls in their live rituals starting this Friday.



9/16 The Armory – Rochester, NY
9/17 Revolution Rock Festival – New London, CT
9/18 Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Fesival – Chester, PA
9/19 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
9/21 Masonic Auditorium – Cleveland, OH
9/23 Minglewood Hall – Memphis, TN
9/24 Texas Munity – Fort Worth, TX
9/25 Houston Open Air – Houston, TX
9/27 Brady Theater – Tulsa, OK
9/28 The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
9/30 Midland Theatre – Kansas City, MO
10/01 Sonic Boom – Janesville, WI
10/02 Louder Than Life Festival – Louisville, KY
10/03 The Fillmore – Detroit, MI
10/04 Kalamazoo State Theatre – Kalamazoo, MI
10/05 Paramount Theatre – Cedar Rapids, IA
10/07 Paramount Theatre - Denver, CO
10/08 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
10/09 The Wilma Theater – Missoula, MT
10/11 MacEwan Hall – Calgary, AB
10/13 The Vogue Theater – Vancouver, BC
10/14 The Moore Theater – Seattle, WA
10/15 McDonald Theatre – Eugene, OR
10/16 The Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
10/18 Riverside Municipal Auditorium – Riverside, CA
10/20 The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
10/21 The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
10/22 Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV
10/23 Discovery Park – Sacramento, CA
10/25 Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
10/27 City Bank Auditorium – Lubbock, TX
10/28 The Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX
10/29 Voodoo Music Experience – New Orleans, LA
10/31 Metroplex – Little Rock, AR
11/02 The Hard Rock – Orlando, FL
11/03 Fillmore Miami Beach – Miami Beach, FL
11/04 The Florida Theatre – Jacksonville, FL
11/05 The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
11/07 The Ritz – Raleigh, NC
11/09 Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Toronto, ON
11/11 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
11/12 Kings Theatre – Brooklyn, NY



SEPT 12th 2016

CARACH ANGREN UNVEILS NEW MUSIC VIDEO
The Dutch masters of horror are back! CARACH ANGREN will take you to the hell of war with their mind blowing third full-length "Where The Corpses Sink Forever". With bold strokes of eerily shimmering and whirring guitars, scratching dashes of fiercely rasping vocals, dabs of precisely rattling drums and a wide palette of grey and black sound hues, the trio creates dark portraits of supernatural landscapes that rival the masterful craftsmanship of Rembrandt, Bruegel and Vermeer in their vivid imagery and depth of detail. This new music video captures the atmosphere that is, Carach Angren. Check out the video and statement below from the band's official facebook page that continues to tell the story of the new video.



We are very proud to show you our new visual piece of horror:

When Crows Tick On Windows.

Together with director Rick Jacops and his company Backstage Film Productions we worked very hard to take you on a journey through dark, dramatic and sad sceneries accompanying the pitch black story of two children on the run.

We would like to thank our professional ballet dancers from the grave and everyone else that helped out to make this possible!

See you on our current tours through the US, Canada, Mexico and Dubai!

SEPT 2nd 2016
DEVIN TOWNSEND SIGN TO NEW DAMAGE RECORDS
New Damage Records is thrilled to announce the addition of prolific progressive metal outfit Devin Townsend Project to their Canadian roster. The beloved, award-winning, Vancouver-based band will release their eagerly awaited new studio LP Transcendence through New Damage Records on September 9, 2016. In anticipation of their forthcoming release, Devin Townsend Project recently shared a brand new track titled “Stormbending”. The track, which premiered yesterday via the Independent, is now available to listen + share HERE.
 
Transcendence will be available as a limited 2CD Digipak (featuring an extra disc of 11 additional new tracks), standard CD Jewel Case & Gatefold heavyweight 2LP + CD w/ etching (on various colours), as well as digital download.
 
In support of their new record, Devin Townsend Project is set to play a handful of dates in select Canadian and US cities, kicking off tonight with a performance at Hellraiser Festival in Kelowna, BC.  On September 9th, the band will embark on their Transcending The Coma co-headline tour with progressive metallers Between The Buried and Me, with main support offered on all dates by Fallujah. All USA and Canada dates are listed below.
*Upcoming US/CANADA Tour Dates:

09.02.16 – Level Night Club – Hellraiser Festival, Kelowna, BC*
09.03.16 – The Gateway at SAIT, Calgary, AB*
09.04.16 – Starlite Room, Edmonton, AB*
09.06.16 – Pyramid Cabaret, Winnipeg, MB*
09.07.16 – Mill City Nights, Minneapolis, MN*
09.09.16 – Marathon Music Works, Nashville, TN
09.10.16 – Prog Power Fest, Atlanta, GA*
09.11.16 – The Plaza Live, Orlando, FL
09.12.16 – Amos’ Southend, Charlotte, NC
09.13.16 – The Fillmore Silverspring, Silverspring, MD
09.15.16 – Theatre Of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
09.16.16 – PlayStation Theatre, New York, NY
09.17.16 – The Palladium, Worcester, MA
09.18.16 – Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre, Montreal, QC
09.20.16 – The Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON
09.21.16 – Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH
09.22.16 – St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI
09.23.16 – House of Blues, Chicago, IL
09.24.16 – The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI
09.25.16 – Mercury Ballroom, Louisville, KY
09.27.16 – The Joy Theater, New Orleans, LA
09.29.16 – Gas Monkey Live!, Dallas, TX
10.05.16 – The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
10.06.16 – The Novo, Los Angeles, CA
10.07.16 – The Marquee, Tempe, AZ
10.08.16 – Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NZ
10.09.16 – Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA
10.11.16 – Knitting Factory, Boise, IH
10.12.16 – Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
10.13.16 – Chrystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
10.14.16 – Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
10.15.16 – Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC
*DTP only

AUG 11th 2016

70000 TONS PUBLIC SALES START ON AUGUST 16TH
PUBLIC SALES for ‪Round 7‬ of 70000tons OF METAL, The Original, The World's Biggest Heavy ‪‎Metal Cruise‬ will start on Tuesday August 16, 2016 at 3PM EDT / 9PM CEST. Mark down the date and time in your calendar to join sailors from over 70 different countries!

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Round 7 Sails to Labadee

70000TONS OF METAL will sail February 2 - 6, 2017 onboard Royal Caribbean's luxurious Independence Of The Seas which will be leaving from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to an all new Caribbean dream destination: Labadee, situated on the northern coast of Haiti, featuring pristine beaches, coral reefs and lagoon-like bays surrounded by forested mountains.

Soar over the Dragon's Breath Flight Line, the world's longest zip line over water! Propel down the 300 foot long waterslides, get your adrenaline fix on the Dragon's Tail Roller Coaster, cool off in the Arawak Aqua Park, or kick back and relax at the cabanas on Nellie's Beach.

There's no shortage of shore activities here! Don’t miss out on your chance to explore this Caribbean dream destination with your favorite Artists! Check out official video footage of excursions available at Labadee here.

The first 32 of 60 bands slated to play 70000TONS OF METAL 2017 are: AMARANTHE, AMORPHIS, ANNIHILATOR, ANTHRAX, ARCH ENEMY, CRUACHAN, DEATH ANGEL, DEVIL DRIVER, DRACONIAN, DYING FETUS, EQUILIBRIUM, GRAVE DIGGER, HAGGARD, KALMAH, KAMELOT, MOONSORROW, NILE, OMNIUM GATHERUM, ORDAN OGAN, ORPHANED LAND, POWERGLOVE, REVOCATION, SALTATIO MORTIS, SERENITY, STAM1NA, STUCK MOJO, SUFFOCATION, TESTAMENT, THERION, ULI JON ROTH, UNLEASHED and XANDRIA.

Visit the Artist Page on 70000TONS.com to see the most up-to date billing.




Get Ready For #SuperMetalSunday!

Sunday February 5, 2017 is #SuperMetalSunday! Start off the best Sunday of the year with Heavy Metal bands from around the globe playing concerts on 4 different stages. Think you can make a splash? Participate in the infamous 70000TONS Belly Flop Contest, which is judged by some of the Artists! Witness history in the making with JAMMING WITH WATERS IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS: the Official 70000TONS OF METAL All Star Jam. The NFL Championship Game will also be screened on board, so don’t forget your jerseys! Not enough action for you? Throw in multiple workshops and Artist Clinics, and end the cruise at 70000TONS OF KARAOKE for a final sing along until the sun rises!

AUG 11th 2016
SERPENTINE DOMINION UNVEILS NEW ALBUM AND MORE
SERPENTINE DOMINION, the new band featuring KILLSWITCH ENGAGE guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, CANNIBAL CORPSE frontman George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher and ex-THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER drummer Shannon Lucas, will release its self-titled debut album on October 28 via Metal Blade.

"Serpentine Dominion" track listing:

01. Intro
02. The Vengeance In Me
03. Vanquished Unto Thee
04. Divide, Conquer, Burn, And Destroy
05. Sovereign Hate
06. On The Brink Of Devastation
07. Jagged Cross Legions
08. Prelude
09. This Endless War

The song "The Vengeance In Me" can be streamed below.

The origins of SERPENTINE DOMINION can be traced back to 2009's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which boasted a lineup that included KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, CANNIBAL CORPSE and THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER. During that fateful summer, Dutkiewicz made a proposition to Fisher: "George, I want to write you a record." On the Mayhem fest tour, Lucas, who performed with THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER through 2012, was tapped to record drums on the album. Between 2009 and 2016, CANNIBAL CORPSE and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE released three albums each, so scheduling time to work on SERPENTINE DOMINION was no easy feat — but when their rigorous schedules allowed, SERPENTINE DOMINION began to come together, with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE vocalist Jesse Leach penning the lyrics, which touch on corruption within the government, religion, big business, and other timely issues. Ultimately, though, this debut is a pure passion project; it was written and recorded simply for why musicians get into music in the first place: fun.

"Serpentine Dominion" pre-order formats:

* CD
* 180g black vinyl
* olive-green marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies!)
* dark red marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies!)
* dark khaki marble vinyl (USA; limited to 250 copies!)
* red/black marble vinyl (USA; limited to 250 copies!)

Dutkiewicz in 2013 spoke to Decibel magazine about how SERPENTINE DOMINION came together. He said: "When [KILLSWITCH] toured with CANNIBAL CORPSE and BLACK DAHLIA on the [Rockstar Energy Drink] Mayhem [Festival], I was just hanging out with George one night, and I was like, 'Dude, if I wrote you a bunch of songs to sing over, would you do it?' And he was like, 'Fuck yeah, man!'" he said.

Asked if this was material he had sitting around that he thought George would be good for, or if these were songs that were written specifically for George to sing, Adam said: "They were written specifically for him. He's one of my favorite singers of all time, and I thought there wouldn't be any harm in at least asking him. Once he said yes, it was like, 'Alright — let's go!'"

Regarding the musical direction of the new project, Adam said: "It's not straight death metal — there's some melodic elements in there — but it's much faster and more aggressive than KILLSWITCH is. And the drums are blazing, so Shannon is probably one of the only guys on the face of the earth who could pull this off."

Fisher told "The Jasta Show" last year that KILLSWITCH ENGAGE singer Jesse Leach ended up writing all the lyrics for SERPENTINE DOMINION. He explained: "I originally was going to write stuff [for the new band], and you know what? [Writing lyrics has] just never been my thing, and we were getting down to when I was supposed to go up there [and lay down my vocals]. And [Adam] just said, 'Look, I'll ask Jesse to write some stuff.' So he wrote it, and I just said I don't want no pro-religious crap 'cause I ain't about all that. Anyway, so it's more just about like getting revenge against corrupt motherfuckers and shit like that."

He continued: "And so [Jesse] wrote a bunch of lyrics and Adam arranged a lot of it, and then when I went up there, we recorded it in his bedroom of his house. And, basically, I would be, like, 'No, wait. We've gotta change this, fix that.' Maybe we'd tweak a word or take a word out or take a couple words out or take some lines out. We just basically fucked with it, you know? And I went up two [or] three different times [to work on the vocals]."

AUG 11th 2016

PAIN RELEASE "CALL ME" VIDEO FROM UPCOMING NEW ALBUM
The official video for "Call Me", a brand new song from PAIN, the Swedish metal band led by multi-instrumentalist and producer Peter Tägtgren, can be seen below. The song is taken from PAIN's new album, "Coming Home", which will be released on September 9 through Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2011's "You Only Live Twice" features cover artwork by Stefan Heilemann.


Since the beginning of his career in the early '90s, the Swedish allrounder has enjoyed diving into the extreme and has grown to be an untameable force. But this is exactly what makes him so fascinating. Taboos, creative stagnation, or genre boundaries have never existed in the world of the forty-six-year-old mastermind. And, of course, Peter Tägtgren wandered the same unexplored paths when the time came to forge "Coming Home", the eighth studio release of the industrial institution PAIN. However, the path was long and winding and therefore, the writing process for the follow-up of "You Only Live Twice" wasn't all fun and games, but Peter Tägtgren is well prepared for the fight:

"Sometimes you pull your hair out and lay sleepless all night long, because you can't figure out this one chorus or don't know how to finish a certain song," admits the singer and guitarist."That's just me: When I dive into it, there's no ending in sight. It's a self-destructive mechanism. But I want perfection — or I don't want it at all."

Therefore, it is no wonder, that PAIN delivers a revolutionary mix of styles on this new release — bizarre alternative metal meets electronic melodies — and, in addition, the band weave some spectacular orchestral arrangements into the tracks on "Coming Home", without risking any cheesy moments or overloading the songs. The result is ten highly addictive hymns with massive depth and experimentation. With the orchestrated portions, PAIN entered a new era and seeked assistance from CARACH ANGREN's Clemens "Ardek" Wijers, who added some magical final touches to Tägtgren's bombastic songwriting. But the album also has time to breathe with beautiful acoustic guitar intros appearing hand in hand with stormy moments, showing the band at the zenith of their creativity.

"Coming Home" includes drummer Sebastian Tägtgren, Peter's seventeen-year-old son who delivers an impressive guest appearance on the title track as well as SABATON's Joakim Brodén who joins the team for some typically raw warrior vocals on "Call Me".

But a PAIN release wouldn't be a typical masterpiece without some thought-provoking topics and tales: On the callboy-singalong "Call Me" and "Final Crusade", the band crawls through the deepest corners of society and the human mind, while "Absinthe-Phoenix Rising" is based upon an incident in Leipzig during PAIN's tour with NIGHTWISH, where the band was attacked and beat up after leaving an Absinthe bar. And of course, lovers of mystery and conspiracy theories also get their money's worth with "Black Knight Satellite". "Nikola Tesla, who invented the lightbulb, electricity, and other stuff, thought that he heard beeping sounds from space," Tägtgren elaborates of the track's inspiration, "It was around the year 1899 and it seemed like a message to him, a hidden code. He was the first one to discover it, but in the 1950s, when humans started to go into space, they heard the same noises and found out: There is some signal from a satellite out there… but it isn't ours. And as they started their research, they found out, that people had been talking about this phenomenon for around thirteen-thousand years. The story of this so-called 'Black Knight Satellite' is very fascinating to me. Whether it's true or not, I don't know. But it definitely inspired me to write these lyrics."

PAIN will hit the road for a full European headline tour this autumn. The band will join forces with the German gothic metal outfit THE VISION BLEAK.