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Formed: 1981
From: Seattle, WA, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

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70000 Tons Of Metal: Day Two

After a superb first day aboard the Independence Of The Seas, it was time for another long day of seeing and meeting some of the most revered bands in metal. There's worse ways of spending a long weekend I suppose...

A late night and jet lag meant sleeping in longer than expected and missing out on the first few bands, though I was up and fed in time to head to the pool deck for the first time and check out one of the greatest names in British death metal, Benediction. While some may onky recognise them as the group Barney Greenway fronted before joining Napalm Death, the Birmingham based bruisers have had a long career with some outstanding music under their belts and it's fair to say that a live setting is the best place to sample it. There's no frills and no pretentiousness about Benediction, they're working class English guys who play old school, thrash inspired death metal and they do it wonderfully. I imagine Benediction to thrive in a small venue, which makes an outdoor venue with thousands of potential crowd members something of a risk, as not all bands used to intimate stages can work on a bigger setting. I'm pleased to report however, that Benediction don't have this problem. Those in attendance were treated to a blistering performance, which no doubt won over those who are put off by the poor production of their earlier work and delighted fans and curious parties. A great way to kick off the day. More...

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70000 Tons Of Metal Lineup Completed

The organisers of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise has announced the last four bands to perform at this year's event. Canadian death metal veterans Kataklysm will be performing, in addition to American power metal outfit Seven Kingdoms has been confirmed for the journey, as well as Belgian groove metal band Diablo BLVD and Colombian speed metal group Revenge. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

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Two More Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

Comedy metal act Psychostick and Mexican doom metal band Majestic Downfall are the latest groups announced to play this year's edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, which sets sail in only six days. This brings the total number of confirmed bands up to fifty six, with only four more to be confirmed. The organisers have said that the next three bands to be confirmed will all hail from different continents. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands is as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Amberian Dawn
Battle Beast
Belphegor
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Destruction
Enslaved
Evergrey
Evertale
Exciter
Exhumed
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
In Mourning
Insomnium
Internal Bleeding
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Leaves' Eyes
Majestic Downfall
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Metsatöll
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Psychostick
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Seven Spires
Sinister
Sirenia
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Triosphere
Voivod
Witchery
Witherfall
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Belphegor Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

The organisers of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise has announced that Austrian blackened death metal veterans Belphegor will be performing at this year's edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. This brings the total of confirmed bands to fifty four, with only six more to be revealed. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands is as follows: More...

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Evertale Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

German power metal band Evertale has been announced to perform at this year's edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. This brings the total of confirmed bands to fifty three, with only seven more to be revealed. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands is as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Amberian Dawn
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Destruction
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Evertale
Exciter
Exhumed
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
In Mourning
Insomnium
Internal Bleeding
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Leaves' Eyes
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Metsatöll
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Seven Spires
Sinister
Sirenia
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Triosphere
Voivod
Witchery
Witherfall
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Leaves Eyes Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

German symphonic metal band Leaves' Eyes are the latest group to be confirmed for this year's edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. This brings the total of confirmed bands to 52 with only eight more still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

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Triosphere Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

Norwegian progressive metal group Triosphere has been announced as the latest bans to perform at this year's edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. This brings the total number of bands to 51, with only nine more to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands is as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Amberian Dawn
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Destruction
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Exciter
Exhumed
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
In Mourning
Insomnium
Internal Bleeding
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Metsatöll
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Seven Spires
Sinister
Sirenia
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Voivod
Witchery
Witherfall
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Destruction And Seven Spires Added To 70000 Tons

The organisers of the 70000 Tons Of Metal event has announced a further two bands to perform on this year's cruise. Joining the fray will be legendary German thrash trio Destruction and Boston based symphonic death metal outfit, Seven Spires. This brings the list of confirmed bands up to fifty, with only ten more groups to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

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In Mourning Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

Swedish melodic death metal band In Mourning has been announced as the latest group to perform at this year's edition of the famous 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. This leaves only twelve more bands to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands is as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Amberian Dawn
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Exciter
Exhumed
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
In Mourning
Insomnium
Internal Bleeding
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Metsatöll
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sinister
Sirenia
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Voivod
Witchery
Witherfall
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Witherfall Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

Witherfall, the progressive power metal group featuring former White Wizzard members Jake Dreyer (also of Iced Earth) and Joseph Michael, are the latest band to be confirmed this year's edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. Their debut album, "Nocturnes And Requiems" was released through Century Media in February last year. This leaves only thirteen more bands to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands is as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Amberian Dawn
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Exciter
Exhumed
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
Insomnium
Internal Bleeding
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Metsatöll
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sinister
Sirenia
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Voivod
Witchery
Witherfall
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Metsatöll Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

Estonian folk metal outfit Metsatöll are the latest band to be confirmed to perform at next year's 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, with fourteen more groups still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands are as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Amberian Dawn
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Exciter
Exhumed
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
Insomnium
Internal Bleeding
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Metsatöll
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sinister
Sirenia
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Voivod
Witchery
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Internal Bleeding Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

New York death metal veterans Internal Bleeding, who are credited for bringing a "slam metal" style to the extreme genre, has been confirmed as the latest band to perform at next year's 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, with fifteen more groups still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands are as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Amberian Dawn
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Exciter
Exhumed
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
Insomnium
Internal Bleeding
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sinister
Sirenia
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Voivod
Witchery
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Exhumed Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

American death metal favourites Exhumed has been announced as the latest band to be announced for the original heavy metal cruise, 70000 Tons Of Metal. This addition takes the list of confirmed bands to 44, with 16 more bands still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands are as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Amberian Dawn
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Exciter
Exhumed
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
Insomnium
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sinister
Sirenia
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Voivod
Witchery
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Sirenia Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

Norwegian gothic metal act Sirenia are the latest band to be confirmed for the original heavy metal cruise, 70000 Tons Of Metal. This addition takes the list of confirmed bands to 43, with 17 more bands still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands are as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Amberian Dawn
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Exciter
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
Insomnium
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sinister
Sirenia
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Voivod
Witchery
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Threshold Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

British progressive metal veterans Threshold are the latest band to be announced for the original heavy metal cruise, 70000 Tons Of Metal. This addition takes the list of confirmed bands to 41, with 19 more bands still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands are as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Exciter
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
Insomnium
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sinister
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Voivod
Witchery
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Voivod Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

Canadian progressive thrash metal legends Voivod are the latest band to be announced for the original heavy metal cruise, 70000 Tons Of Metal. This addition takes the list of confirmed bands to 40, with 20 more bands still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

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Arch Enemy, Triptykon,.. Feat. On 2016 "W:O:A" DVD

The official live Blu-ray/DVD Set release for last year's edition of the annual "Wacken Open Air" titled "27 Years Faster : Harder : Louder", has been scheduled for August 11th in North America via Silver Lining Music. Double disc CD and double disc DVD/Blu-ray sets are planned with footage/audio of 43 artists and 54 songs set for inclusion. You’ll hear music from Arch Enemy, Bullet for My Valentine, Borknagar, Barb Wire Dolls, Triptykon, Saxon, Metal Church, Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons and Steel Panther, Axel Rudi Pell, Entombed A.D., Red Fang and Tarja Turunen, plus experience the emotional tribute to legendary Motörhead founder Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister, “Born To Lose, Live To Win”.

A trailer for the Blu-ray/DVD Set can be seen below:

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Metal Church Recruits New Drummer

Fans that have seen Metal Church live at recent shows in the United States and Europe may have noticed a new face on stage. The guy behind the kit has been none other than Stet Howland, and now that transitional process is complete, Metal Church is happy to announce the addition of Stet Howland as the band’s permanent new drummer.

Vocalist Mike Howe commented: "I am overwhelmed and grateful that Stet has found his way into the fold and I look forward to many successful and joyful performances together."

Guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof added: "We are extremely happy to have Stet as our new engine. He is a fantastic drummer and a great guy to work with. But the hazing shall continue relentlessly!"

Stet Howland shares his excitement about joining Metal Church: "After being home for only a few days from possibly the best tour of my life, I received a conference call from Kurdt and Mike, for a split second I thought to myself 'Oh shit, what did I do?' But my concern quickly turned to an un-removable smile when they asked if I would be interested in being a permanent member of Metal Church.

"It's no secret that Metal Church have always been one of my favourite metal bands and that, in my opinion, they are on the strongest ascent of any band in their genre! And given that the band kicks ass live, has an incredible record label, a rabid fan base, relevant new music, recent Billboard chart positions and first week CD sales that rival multi-platinum acts, my answer was an unwavering 'YES!' More...

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Graspop Metal Meeting 2017: Day One

The Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Belgium has become one of the biggest and most popular events on the European summer circuit. Seemingly every year they put together a fantastic line up, mixing the classics, the young blood and cult favourites to really give something for all head bangers. This year was no different, with such legends as Scorpions, Deep Purple and Blue Oyster Cult all booked, as well as plenty for the kids like Chelsea Smile and Architects. It all promised to be a hell of a weekend and indeed it was.

Though the festival doesn't begin it's "official" schedule until Friday, weekend campers arrive the day before and are met with plenty on offer, including a number of live bands and the Metal Cafe. Being too tired after travelling from England to Belgium, we were only able to catch one full performance, though we also caught the last ten minutes of Belgian stoner metal act, King Hiss, who would probably please fans of Mastodon but left little impact. This was followed by the very short journey to the Jupiler Stage, which housed most of the weekend's hardcore and deathcore groups to watch Dutch hardcore veterans, Born From Pain. The quintet are regarded as one of Europe's best hardcore groups and it's easy to see why, particularly in the live setting where their brand of positive energy spreads to the audience very quickly, making for a very enjoyable live set. More...

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Weekend Of Metal Festival Live Streams On Tap

Two of the most popular European festivals kick off this weekend - Graspop Metal Meetings in Belgium and Hellfest in France. Both will live stream selected acts starting today and through the weekend.

Among the confirmed acts set for the live stream (subject to change daily) at Graspop Metal Meetings: Melechesh, Rotting Christ, Axel Rudi Pell, Devildriver and Alestorm.

For Hellfest, you can witness (subject to change daily): Devin Townsend Project, Powerwolf, Behemoth, Obituary, In Flames, Saxon, Opeth, Metal Church and Coroner.

To check the schedule and two channels of live streaming (all times CET) from Graspop Metal Meetings, head on over to this location.

To check out live streaming from Hellfest (all times CET), head on over to this location. More...

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