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Raven

Formed: 1974
From: Newcastle, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest Raven News

Below is our complete Raven news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Raven Announces North American Tour

NWOBHM outfit Raven will soon return to the road in North America supporting latest release "ExtermiNation" (reviewed here).

The tour kicks off August 27th in Baltimore, MD and runs through September 9th in Vienna, VA. A complete list of dates can be found below. If you missed it, check out the band's recent video for "Battle March/Tank Treads" at this location.

8/27: Baltimore, MD @ Club Orpheus
8/28: Brooklyn, NY @ Nihil Gallery
8/29: Kenilworth, NJ @ 10th Street Live
8/30: Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joe's
8/31: Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar
9/1: Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electrique
9/2: Toronto, ON @ Garrison
9/3: Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
9/4: Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry
9/5: Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st St. Pub
9/6: Dayton, OH @ Rockstar Pro Arena
9/7: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
9/9 Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java More...

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Raven Releases "Battle March/Tank Treads" Video

Legendary metal act Raven released a music video for the new track "Battle March/Tank Treads." The song appears on the band's upcoming new album "ExtermiNation," which is scheduled for release on April 24th (Germany), April 27th (EU) and April 28th (USA) via SPV/Steamhammer Records. A review for the album can be found at this location.

The track list is:

1. Destroy All Monsters (see lyric video)
2. Tomorrow
3. It's Not What You Got
4. Fight (song streaming here)
5. Battle March/Tank Treads (The Blood Runs Red)
6. Feeding The Monster
7. Fire Burns Within
8. Scream
9. One More Day
10. Thunder Down Under (preview clip available here)
11. No Surrender
12. Golden Dawn
13. Silver Bullet
14. River Of No Return
15. Malice In Geordieland (Bonus Track)

Check out "Battle March/Tank Treads (The Blood Runs Red)" here: More...

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Raven Premieres New Track "Fight"

Raven premiered the new track "Fight" over at Invisible Oranges at this location (also in the player below). The song appears on the upcoming new release "ExtermiNation," which drops today in Scandinavia, April 24th (Germany), April 27th (EU) and April 28th (USA) via SPV/Steamhammer Records.

The track list is:

1. Destroy All Monsters (see lyric video)
2. Tomorrow
3. It's Not What You Got
4. Fight
5. Battle March/Tank Treads (The Blood Runs Red)
6. Feeding The Monster
7. Fire Burns Within
8. Scream
9. One More Day
10. Thunder Down Under (preview clip available here)
11. No Surrender
12. Golden Dawn
13. Silver Bullet
14. River Of No Return
15. Malice In Geordieland (Bonus Track)

Check out "Fight" here: More...

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Pit Stories: The Drunk Drummer Gets Home Aloned

Every time the glory of New Release Tuesday rolls around we also share show stories provided by metal bands from across the globe.

Usually these stories take place right in the pit, but sometimes the shenanigans metal musicians get into aren't constrained to the performance itself. This week Raven shares a tale of accidentally Home Alone-ing the band's drummer at the Wacken festival:

In 1997 we started a European tour with Tank & Hammefall as opening bands. The 1st show was the Wacken festival (which was a good bit smaller in those days). All 3 bands were travelling on one bus...

So, in Hamburg we picked up the backline at some crazy warehouse. Joe went to the bathroom and since no one did a head count.... the guy locked up the place and the bus left without him! We did not notice for about 30 mins, and freaked! Meanwhile Joe is smashing shit up trying to reach someone – the guy finally heard him before he left... and stuck him in a cab (about 400 euro) along with a bottle of whisky!

So our very drunk drummer turned up just in time for a 10 hour fight with the organizers who wanted us to play in this tent while our opening bands played the main stage....but that's another story...

Raven's new album "ExtermiNation" (reviewed here) is set for release on April 27th (Europe) and April 28th (USA) via SPV/Steamhammer Records. Check out a clip taken from the release below. More...

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Raven Releases Lyric Video For New Track

Legendary metal act Raven has released a lyric video for the new track "Destroy All Monsters." the song is the opening number from the new album "ExtermiNation," which is set for release on April 22 (Scandinavia), April 24th (Germany), April 27th (EU) and April 28th (USA) via SPV/Steamhammer Records.

The track list is:

1. Destroy All Monsters
2. Tomorrow
3. It's Not What You Got
4. Fight
5. Battle March/Tank Treads (The Blood Runs Red)
6. Feeding The Monster
7. Fire Burns Within
8. Scream
9. One More Day
10. Thunder Down Under (preview clip available here)
11. No Surrender
12. Golden Dawn
13. Silver Bullet
14. River Of No Return
15. Malice In Geordieland (Bonus Track)

Check out "Destroy All Monsters" here: More...

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Raven Posts Clip Of New Track "Thunder Down Under"

Legendary metal act Raven has posted a snippet of the new track "Thunder Down Under," a song dedicated to the late Bon Scott (AC/DC), who died 35 years ago today. The song appears on the band's new album "ExtermiNation," which is set for release on April 22 (Scandinavia), April 24th (Germany), April 27th (EU) and April 28th (USA) via SPV/Steamhammer Records. The album will be released as a digipak version (incl. 1 bonus track), 2LP gatefold green vinyl version and download.

The track list is:

1. Destroy All Monsters
2. Tomorrow
3. It's Not What You Got
4. Fight
5. Battle March/Tank Treads (The Blood Runs Red)
6. Feeding The Monster
7. Fire Burns Within
8. Scream
9. One More Day
10. Thunder Down Under
11. No Surrender
12. Golden Dawn
13. Silver Bullet
14. River Of No Return
15. Malice In Geordieland (Bonus Track)

Check out the preview clip for "Thunder Down Under" here: More...

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Raven Streaming "Party Killers" Sampler

The NWOBHM thrash godfathers from Raven are now streaming audio samples from their upcoming covers album "Party Killers."

Clips of Raven's versions of "Cockroach" (Sweet), "Tak Me Bak Ome" (Slade), and "Fireball" (Deep Purple) can be heard in the SoundCloud player below.

Raven is currently running a crowd-funding campaign to help fund the recording of the band's next original studio album "ExtermiNation." The covers album "Party Killers" is available exclusively through the Kickstarter campaign, and will not be available after the campaign ends on November 28th. Get full details on the campaign over here. More...

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Raven Unveils New Album Cover

The NWOBHM thrash godfathers in Raven have unveiled the cover to their upcoming studio album "ExtermiNation." The artwork was designed by Jay Sharpe and can be seen below, with the album due out in early 2015.

Raven is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the recording of "ExtermiNation." Take part in the campaign and sees the perks for contributing over at this location.

In addition to the forthcoming studio record, the band is also releasing a new all-covers album titled "Party Killers." The track listing is as follows:

- "Too Bad Too Sad" (Nazareth)
- "Bad Reputation" (Thin Lizzy)
- "Cockroach" (Sweet)
- "Fireball" (Deep Purple)
- "Hang on to Yourself" (David Bowie)
- "He's a Whore" (Cheap Trick)
- "In For the Kill" (Budgie)
- "Is There a Better Way" (Status Quo)
- "Ogre Battle" (Queen)
- "Queen of My Dreams" (Edgar Winter)
- "Tak Me Bak Ome" (Slade)

Vocalist and bassist John Gallagher comments on the album: "We were writing for the new album at a cool studio in Richmond, VA, and in the middle of jamming asked the engineer there if we could record a few cover tunes just for the hell of it. The sounds were so good we decided to do something we'd been threatening for many years: 'Party Killers' - a collection of cover tunes guaranteed to deafen yer neighbors!! It's basically a peek into the little red 45rpm singles box we used to have at home...songs and bands that were very influential to us as kids, but given the Raven overhaul! I think it gives a nice insight to our roots and will be an excellent companion to the new album!"

See Raven live on these dates:

Nov 24th - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
Nov 25th - Raleigh, NC - The Maywood More...

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Raven Announces Covers Album "Party Killers"

NWOBHM thrash godfathers Raven have recorded a full-length cover album entitled "Party Killers." The trio has been in heavy pre-production for an upcoming original studio album due in early 2015. Somehow amid the writing and rehearsal process, the band also found time and energy to record the cover album. Further details will be released in the coming days, but it has been revealed that the track-listing will include covers of "Ogre Battle" (Queen) and "In For the Kill" (Budgie).

Vocalist and bassist John Gallagher comments on the album: "We were writing for the new album at a cool studio in Richmond, VA, and in the middle of jamming asked the engineer there if we could record a few cover tunes just for the hell of it. The sounds were so good we decided to do something we'd been threatening for many years: 'Party Killers' - a collection of cover tunes guaranteed to deafen yer neighbors!! It's basically a peek into the little red 45rpm singles box we used to have at home...songs and bands that were very influential to us as kids, but given the Raven overhaul! I think it gives a nice insight to our roots and will be an excellent companion to the new album!"

Raven is currently in the midst of the "North American Extermination Tour" in the United States with support act Night Demon.

Remaining dates are as follows:

10/10: Little Rock, AR @ Vino’s
10/11: Austin, TX @ Red 7
10/15: Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
10/17: Ramona, CA @ Ramona Main Stage
10/19: Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon
10/20: Los Angeles, CA @Whiskey a Go Go
10/22: Ventura, CA @ Bombay
10/26: Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp
10/27: San Francisco, CA @ The Elbo Room
10/29: Ashland, OR @ Club 66
10/30: Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
11/1: Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
11/2: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
11/3: Boise, ID @ The Shredder
11/4: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Lo-Fi Cafe
11/6: Denver, CO @ TBA
11/7: St Louis, MO @ Fubar
11/9: Columbus, OH @ Shrunken Head
11/11: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
11/13: Indianapolis, IN @ Headquarters
11/14: Akron, OH @ Empire Rock Club
11/15: Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
11/16: Chicago IL @ Reggie’s
11/18: Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge
11/19: Syracuse, NY @ Macs Bad Art Bar
11/20: Pittsburgh, PA @ Dead Horse
11/21: Brooklyn, NY @ St.Vitus
11/22: Philadelphia, PA @ Dobbs
11/23: Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
11/24: Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
11/25: Raleigh, NC @ The Maywood

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Raven Checks In From The Road

New wave of British heavy metal out Raven is currently on the road for the "North American Extermination Tour 2014."

Fans can expect to hear Raven classics and new songs as the tour runs through November 25th in Raleigh, NC. Vocalist/Bassist John Gallagher has checked in with this update:

"The tour is off to a great start...we've mixed things up set wise and are playing a few brand new songs that will be in the upcoming album and a few old ones we have not done in a long while or ever! We even did 'Ballad of Marshall Stack' last night! Night Demon is killing it as support and we are really looking forward to the rest of the gigs."

Raven also recently signed a worldwide deal with SPV/Steamhammer, with a new studio album and follow-up to "Walk Through Fire" set for a release in February, 2015. Catch the band live on these dates: More...

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Raven Announces North American Extermination Tour

New wave of British heavy metal and thrash legends Raven have confirmed that they will be touring North America this fall as part of the "North American Extermination Tour 2014." It was recently announced that RAVEN has signed a worldwide deal with SPV/Steamhammer and their new studio album and follow up to "Walk Through Fire" is set for a release in February 2015. Fans can expect to hear Raven classics and new songs that the band is currently in the studio working on. The tour begins on October 3rd in Pompano Beach, FL and runs through November 25th in Raleigh, NC. Support will come from label mates Night Demon.

Before their headline tour begins, Raven will also be serving as special guests at two upcoming Accept shows. The first is set for September 12th in Los Angeles, CA at The Saban Theater and September 15th at The Gramercy Theater in New York, NY.

Confirmed dates are:

RAVEN as Special Guests With Accept

9/12: Los Angeles, CA @ The Saban Theater
9/15: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater

RAVEN "North American Extermination Tour 2014"

10/3: Pompano Beach, FL @ Rip's
10/4: Atlanta, GA @ 529 Bar
10/5: Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Café
10/9: Tulsa, OK @ TBA
10/10: Little Rock, AR @ Vino's
10/11: Austin, TX @ Red 7
10/15: Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
10/17: Ramona, CA @ Ramona Main Stage
10/19: Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon
10/20: Los Angeles, CA @Whiskey a Go Go
10/22: Ventura, CA @ Bombay
10/26: Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp
10/27: San Francisco, CA @ The Elbo Room
10/29: Ashland, OR @ Club 66
10/30: Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
11/1: Vancouver, BC @ Media Club More...

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Denim And Leather: Celebrating 35 Years Of NWOBHM

This month marks thirty five years since one of the most important terms in heavy metal history was coined. After a show featuring Iron Maiden, Angel Witch and Samson, Sounds writer Geoff "Deaf" Barton wrote a review of the concert in which a phrase was used that still stands strong today. It was the time when head banging public was introduced to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. The term was arguably created to cause a stir amongst fans who would argue that heavy metal bands in Britain was nothing new and that the likes of Black Sabbath and Judas Priest had been packing out large venues and appearing on such television shows as Top of the Pops for the last few years, despite the dominance of punk rock. However, these bands were different. They possessed the energy of punk but had the look and volume of the early metal bands before them. They took heavy metal away from the grandiose indulgence which some bands had become embroiled in and brought it back to the common man.

It was truly an exciting movement, full of high quality bands which would go on to influence hundreds more and in some cases, become superstars themselves. More or less every metal fan will be able to tell you that Iron Maiden was one such NWOBHM band, with a slightly smaller number being able to point to Def Leppard as another group from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal who went on to stardom after the release of their excellent self-titled EP and debut album, "On Through the Night," following which they shifted direction to the band we know today. More...

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Fozzy And Raven Hit Springfield, Virginia

I recently made my first trip to the United States, for which I decided that catching a metal show was mandatory. The best option was by far a trip to the Empire in Springfield, Virginia, where Fozzy were headlining on May 5th, a show sweetened immensely by the addition of New Wave of British Heavy Metal legends Raven performing as special guests. The venue itself is quite impressive, it's got a nice lounge area before heading into the main venue itself, which is plenty spacious but still relatively compact, perfect for up and coming metal acts as well as those with a cult following.

Unfortunately, the show was far from sold out but there was still a decent sized crowd in attendance for the festivities on hand, which began with a local outfit called Shotgun Sugar, who were exclusively a covers band, performing songs by AC/DC, Journey and the like. They served their purpose as a warm up act before Newcastle nutters Raven took to the stage.

Raven are known for their energetic live performances and influential, hectic sound, something I am pleased to say they still possess in abundance. They kicked things off with the "All For One" opener, "Take Control," which immediately caught the crowd's attention. From then on, it was classic after classic, with songs such as "Live at the Inferno" and "Hard Ride" being thrown to the audience at full speed, as well as the title track from their 1981 debut album, "Rock Until You Drop," which had been slowed down for a more anthem like vibe. The interaction between the Gallagher brothers is still great and Raven put on a proper, old school heavy metal show with plenty of crowd banter, posing and a mid-set guitar solo. They finished their forty minute set with the hit, "On and On" from the 1985 album, "Stay Hard," much to the delight of fans in attendance. Of course, there'll always be a few songs which would have been great to hear such as "Don't Need Your Money" and "Crash, Bang, Wallop" but Raven's catalogue is strong enough that even if some favourites aren't busted out, you're guaranteed great music and a great time. More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal: Day Four

I woke up with a four alarm hangover….it was my birthday! For the second year in a row, I just couldn’t believe that I would spend it in such “majesty on the seas” with bands I admire and musicians I worship. I rose after just 4 ½ hours and reached for the knife that felt buried in my left temple. A quick look out the porthole of the room revealed a cloudy, foggy and rainy day. I stumbled to the shower and managed to get ready for the first show – Atrocity on the pool deck. I took the elevator to floor 11 to get some breakfast and I peaked through the back stage door (just out the elevator) and the rain was torrential. Ok…how is this going to work? More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal: Day One

It seemed like one year had passed in a blink of an eye. No sooner had I experienced my first 70,000 Tons of Metal, which included a birthday that saw Helloween, Rage (w/Lingua Mortis Orchestra) and Metal Church play, than I was plotting my next adventure on the high seas. The floating festival is not only the most unique and phenomenal metal sojourns in the world, its boasts a diverse genre spanning 40+ bands. Though the 2013 installment represented an array of bands more geared towards my personal favorite tastes, a “Barge to Hell” like fog is built up around this year with Carcass, Obituary, Massacre, Death: DTA Tours, Satyricon, Terrorizer among a few which has swung the pendulum towards a harsher environment. For the traditional and power styles there is return act and “athletic rock” legends Raven, German euro power and proclaimed “happy metal” act Freedom Call, German symphonic metallers Xandria, Israeli symphonic ambassadors of peace Orphaned Land and the 700 piece traveling city Haggard, which single handedly make this 71,000 Tons of Metal. More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Finalizes Lineup

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced the final band just as the floating festival sets sail today. It was no surprise as Germany's Atrocity was named. The band makes up the majority of Leaves' Eyes, who are also on the cruise, and both acts will set out on a North American Tour with Moonspell this weekend right after the cruise returns to Miami on Friday morning (see tour dates here).

The sold out event will set sail at 4:00pm today from Miami with a stop at Costa Maya, Mexico on Wednesday before heading back to Miami on Friday morning. Metal Underground.com will also be onboard to provide daily reports on all of the festival activities.

The final lineup is as follows:

Atrocity
Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Freedom Call
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Hatesphere
Izegrim
Keep of Kalessin
Leaves' Eyes
Massacre (playing selections from the upcoming new album "Back From Beyond") More...

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70,000 Tons Announces 2 More Acts; Reports Sellout

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced two of the final three acts as the final weekend before the floating festival sets sail in three days (Monday, January 27th) has arrived. California's Nekrogoblikon and Tampa death metal act Massacre were welcomed onboard in the last 24 hours.

Massacre will be performing some songs from their forthcoming album "Back From Beyond" during the band's two sets.

In addition, UMC reported that the event has sold out, however there are still single tickets in shared cabins still available. For more information, head on over to www.70000tons.com. The cruise dates are from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. Metal Underground.com will also be onboard to provide reports on all of the activities.

There is at least 1 more band to be announced (it is unknown whether any add on acts will be announced as have been in past years) and the current lineup including the latest is as follows:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Freedom Call
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Hatesphere
Izegrim
Keep of Kalessin
Leaves' Eyes
Massacre (playing selections from the upcoming new album "Back From Beyond") More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Names Three New Acts

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, launched another volley of acts for the upcoming floating festival, which sets sail in 11 days: New Jersey's Swashbuckle, Norway's Keep Of Kalessin and International act Twilight Of The Gods.

For Swashbuckle, it will be the band's second appearance on the cruise and Twilight of the Gods appeared on the first cruise as a Bathory tribute band and will pay homage to Quorthon in one of the band's two sets this year.

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Swashbuckle, Keep Of Kalessin and Twilight Of The Gods join the previously announced acts, with 3 more bands still to be announced:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Freedom Call
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Hatesphere
Izegrim
Leaves' Eyes More...

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Freedom Call, Unearth And Hatesphere Added To 70K

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, launched another volley of acts for the upcoming floating festival, which sets sail in 11 days: Germany's Freedom Call, Boston's Unearth and Danish death thrashers Hatesphere.

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Freedom Call, Unearth and Hatesphere join the previously announced acts, with 6 more bands still to be announced:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Izegrim
Leaves' Eyes
Novembers Doom
Obituary (debuting the band's forthcoming new album in its entirety)
Orphaned Land
Overkill
Poltergeist
Pungent Stench
Raven
Rising Storm
Satyricon
Septicflesh
Soilwork
Swallow the Sun
Symphony X
The Haunted
Victory
Vicious Rumors (playing "Digital Dictator" album in its entirety)
Xandria More...

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Gloryhammer & Poltergeist Named For 70000 Tons

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced the next two bands for the upcoming floating festival: Gloryhammer (featuring Christopher Bowes of Alestorm and Thomas Lazlo Winkler formerly of Emerald) and reformed Swiss thrashers Poltergeist (featuring André Grieder, who sang vocals on Destruction's 1990 album "Cracked Brain").

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Gloryhammer and Poltergeist join the previously announced acts, with 9 more bands still to be announced:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Haggard
Izegrim
Leaves' Eyes
Novembers Doom
Obituary (debuting the band's forthcoming new album in its entirety)
Orphaned Land
Overkill
Pungent Stench
Raven
Rising Storm
Satyricon
Septicflesh
Soilwork
Swallow the Sun
Symphony X
The Haunted
Victory
Vicious Rumors (playing "Digital Dictator" album in its entirety)
Xandria More...

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