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Formed: 1996
From: Kemi, Finland
Last Known Status: Active

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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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Amberian Dawn Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

Finnish symphonic metal outfit Amberian Dawn 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 42, with 18 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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70,000 Tons Of Metal Announces Public Sales Date

Just after adding Wolfchant, Swallow the Sun (performing Songs of the North I, II & III with backing orchestra), Alestorm, Benediction and Die Apokalyptischen Reiter to the bill for the eighth voyage of 70,000 Tons of Metal in February 2018, UMC has announced the date for public sales - which commences Thursday, September 21st @ 12:00pm EDT (9:00am PDT and 6:00pm CEST).

The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise sets sale from February 1-5, 2018 and will sail from Miami/Fort Lauderdale to Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands and back.

Only 3,000 tickets will be sold, with prices starting at USD 766.00 plus Taxes and Fees per person and includes on board accommodation, access to all shows, meals, room service, port and service charges.

Sales for 70,000 Tons of Metal Survivors (festival goers who have attended the event before) started on July 7, 2017 so limited tickets remain. Visit 70000tons.com to book your cabin before they’re gone!

So far 25 of the 60 acts have been announced, with Wolfchant, Swallow the Sun, Alestorm, Benediction and Die Apokalyptischen Reiter joining the following previously named acts: More...

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Kreator, Gyze, Primal Fear Added to 70,000 Tons 8

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - has announced the next four additions to the 8th edition of the floating festival: German thrash legends Kreator, German power metal veterans Primal Fear, Japanese extreme power metal act Gyze and Scottish pirate scallywags Alestorm. This brings the tally to 21 of 60.

70,000 Tons of Metal 8 will set sail on February 1st-5th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands. For more information on the voyage and ticket information, head on over to 70000tons.com.

The festival will board The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service.

Kreator, Primal Fear, Gyze and Alestorm join the previous 17 artists to have been confirmed are (with 39 left to go):

Aeternam
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Enslaved
Goatwhore
In Extremo
Insomnium
Korpiklaani
Meshuggah
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Rhapsody Reunion
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sonata Arctica
Wolfheart More...

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Cannibal Corpse, Wolfheart Added To 70,000 Tons

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - has announced the next two additions to the 8th edition of the floating festival: Tampa death metal veterans Cannibal Corpse and Finnish melodic death metal act Wolfheart.

70,000 Tons of Metal 8 will set sail on February 1st-5th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands. For more information on the voyage and ticket information, head on over to 70000tons.com.

The festival will board The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service.

Cannibal Corpse and Wolfheart join the previous 15 artists to have been confirmed are (with 43 left to go):

Aeternam
Dark Tranquility
Enslaved
Goatwhore
In Extremo
Insomnium
Korpiklaani
Meshuggah
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Rhapsody Reunion
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sonata Arctica More...

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First Bands Announced For 70,000 Tons Of Metal 8

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - has announced the first wave of acts for the 8th edition of the floating festival. Over the July 4th weekend, the following bands were announced: Meshuggah, Sonata Arctica, Dark Tranquility, Septicflesh, Korpiklaani, Obscura, In Extremo, Necrophobic, Rhapsody Reunion, Aeternam, Sepultura, Enslaved, Insomnium, Goatwhore and October Tide, with more announcements imminent.

70,000 Tons of Metal 8 will set sail on February 1st-5th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands. For more information on the voyage and ticket information, head on over to 70000tons.com.

The festival will board The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

To recap, the first 15 artists (of 60) to have been confirmed are (with 45 left to go):

Aeternum
Dark Tranquility
Enslaved
Goatwhore
In Extremo
Insomnium
Korpiklaani
Meshuggah
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Rhapsody Reunion
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sonata Arctica More...

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Sonata Arctica Announces U.K. Shows

The Finnish melodic metal heroes from Sonata Arctica are very pleased to announce they will be returning to U .K. shores in March 2017.

This run, part of a larger European tour, will be taking the band across ten U.K. cities starting at the Engine Rooms in Southampton and culminating at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton, before the band heads back to the European mainland for more dates.

Sonata Arctica will be joined on the road by Norwegian hard rock/prog newcomers Triosphere (until March 20th), Finland-based heavy metallers Thunderstone (March 22nd onwards) and NWOBHM influenced Canadians Striker (all shows).

Keyboard player Henrik "Henkka" Klingenberg said the following: “It´s been far too long since we had a chance to do a proper UK tour, so of course we’re really happy to finally be able to announce 10 shows in the UK, as part of our European leg of ‘The Ninth Hour’ world tour. See you at the shows!!” More...

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Sonata Arctica Releases New Lyric Video

Brand new studio release "The Ninth Hour" from Finland's melodic metal wolves Sonata Arctica (reviewed here) has seen the light of day and started to enter the charts worldwide, including:

#2 Finland
#7 Sweden - Rock/Metal
#15 Canada - Hardcharts
#18 Switzerland
#22 Germany
#43 Austria

USA:
#7 Heatseeker
#12 Hard Music
#48 Rock Album
#113 Billboard Top Current

"It's always exciting to find out how our latest album has been received and this time around we were blown away by the great chart positions, especially in Germany and Finland," states Henrik "Henkka" Klingenberg. "It'll be really great to see where it'll go from here! Thanks a lot for buying the album!!!"

And to clink the champagne glasses, Sonata Arctica now releases a new lyric video for the ballad "We Are What We Are." More...

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Sonata Arctica Posts Second Track-By-Track Clip

Finnish melodic metal group Sonata Arctica will drop a new studio album titled "The Ninth Hour" on October 7th through Nuclear Blast (check out our review here).

Today, the band releases the second part of a track-by-track video series, in which the entire group explains the meaning behind the songs on the record. Watch the clip covering tracks 5 - 8 below.

Did you miss part 1 in the track-by-track series? It's still online at this location. More...

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Sonata Arctica Releases Track-By-Track Video

Finland's Sonata Arctica will unleash impending album "The Ninth Hour" (reviewed here) on October 7th, 2016 through Nuclear Blast.

Today, the band releases the first part of a track-by-track video series, in which Sonata Arctica explains the meaning behind the first four songs off the album.

"The Ninth Hour" album pre-orders are still online here, and if you missed it, a music video for second track "Life" is available at this location.

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Sonata Arctica Posts "Life" Video

The Finnish melodic metal titans Sonata Arctica will unleash new studio album "The Ninth Hour" on October 7th through Nuclear Blast.

Today, the band releases a music video for the brand-new song "Life." The clip was directed by Ville Juurikkala and is available below.

You can pre-order "The Ninth Hour" through Nuclear Blast here.

"The Ninth Hour" will be released on CD, digipack, and 2LP. The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Closer to An Animal (see lyric video here)
2. Life
3. Fairytale
4. We Are What We Are
5. 'Till Death's Done Us Apart
6. Among the Shooting Stars
7. Rise a Night
8. Fly, Navigate, Communicate
9. Candle Lawns
10. White Pearl, Black Oceans, Pt. II - "By the Grace of the Ocean"
11. On the Faultline (Closure to an Animal)
12. Run to You More...

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Sonata Arctica Posts Third Trailer For New Album

Finnish power/progressive act Sonata Arctica posted the third in a series of trailers for the upcoming new album "The Ninth Hour," which will be released on October 7th via Nuclear Blast. In the latest clip, vocalist Tony Kakko discusses the lyrical topics on the album.

"The Ninth Hour" will be released on CD, digipack, and 2LP. The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Closer to An Animal (see lyric video here)
2. Life
3. Fairytale
4. We Are What We Are
5. 'Till Death's Done Us Apart
6. Among the Shooting Stars
7. Rise a Night
8. Fly, Navigate, Communicate
9. Candle Lawns
10. White Pearl, Black Oceans, Pt. II - "By the Grace of the Ocean"
11. On the Faultline (Closure to an Animal)
12. Run to You

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Sonata Arctica Posts Album Trailer

"The Ninth Hour" is approaching and Finnish power metal group Sonata Arctica is ready to celebrate it with you on October 7th.

Today, the band releases the first trailer for this upcoming ninth album - check it out below.

If you missed the first lyric video, you can watch "Closer To An Animal" at this location.

"The Ninth Hour" will be released on CD, digipack, and 2LP. The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Closer to An Animal
2. Life
3. Fairytale
4. We Are What We Are
5. 'Till Death's Done Us Apart
6. Among the Shooting Stars
7. Rise a Night
8. Fly, Navigate, Communicate
9. Candle Lawns
10. White Pearl, Black Oceans, Pt. II - "By the Grace of the Ocean"
11. On the Faultline (Closure to an Animal)
12. Run to You

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Sonata Arctica Releases "Closer To An Animal"

Today, Finland's Sonata Arctica brings you "Closer to An Animal" with a lyric video for the opening track and first single from the upcoming release "The Ninth Hour." The album drops like a Nuclear Blast on October 7th.

The track list for the album is:

1. Closer to An Animal
2. Life
3. Fairytale
4. We Are What We Are
5. 'Till Death's Done Us Apart
6. Among the Shooting Stars
7. Rise a Night
8. Fly, Navigate, Communicate
9. Candle Lawns
10. White Pearl, Black Oceans, Pt. II - "By the Grace of the Ocean"
11. On the Faultline (Closure to an Animal)
12. Run to You

Check out the clip here: More...

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Sonata Arctica Reveals New Album

Only two years after the release of "Pariah's Child" (reviewed here) and a massive world tour, the Finnish melodic metal quintet Sonata Arctica is already back for more.

The band's ninth masterpiece entitled "The Ninth Hour" will see the light of day on October 7th via Nuclear Blast. Once again, the album was produced by Sonata Arctica and mixed by Pasi Kauppinen.

“The studio work for the new record started seriously in mid-April 2016 in several home studios around Finland," singer Tony Kakko explains. “But the main recording and mixing took place at the Studio57 in Alaveteli, Finland. It functions as a kind of centre point and all work finally ends up there. We aimed to create another melodic, beautiful, surprising Sonata Arctica album… Did it turn out that way? I surely think so. But maybe I should leave that for you to decide!”

After a North American tour with Nightwish plus many headline shows around the globe, the band was once again able to take a look at the entire world as it is at the moment – on the edge of a possible armageddon. This spirit is reflected in the new artwork of "The Ninth Hour." Sonata Arctica comments:

“The artwork of our ninth studio album 'The Ninth Hour' depicts a future utopian landscape. Nature and human technologies are balanced. In the middle we have an hour glass contraption with a knob for us to meddle with. The right-hand side cup represents the nature side with no humans left, on the left we have the human dystopia after we have destroyed nature. The idea I had was, that turning the knob will tilt the hour glass in one direction or another, and the other cup will slowly empty and that future will be erased. Biblically we are expected to repent and sacrifice on 'The Ninth Hour'…to dive right back to a more mundane reality, it’s a fact that we are currently living in critical, historical times. Our decisions will define the future. Not only ours as a race, but the future of this entire planet. We need to make sacrifices and in many cases we will repent our already made choices.” More...

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Omnium Gatherum To Tour With Sonata Arctica

Omnium Gatherum will return to North American soil in November / December 2016 supporting Sonata Arctica and Leaves' Eyes.

Advanced tickets for the confirmed tour dates are now available exclusively at this location. Tickets will go on sale April 29th at all other outlets. Dates for the trek are as follows:

Nov. 06 - The Fillmore - Charlotte, NC
Nov. 07 - The Fillmore - Silver Spring, MD
Nov. 08 - Upstate Concert Hall - Clifton Park, NY
Nov. 09 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
Nov. 11 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
Nov. 12 - Webster Theater - Hartford, CT
Nov. 13 - Club Soda - Montreal, QC Canada
Nov. 14 - Mavericks - Ottawa, ON Canada
Nov. 16 - Dallas - Kitchener, ON Canada
Nov. 17 - Park Street Saloon - Columbus, OH
Nov. 18 - Token Lounge - Westland, MI
Nov. 19 - Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA
Nov. 21 - Rave - Milwaukee, WI
Nov. 22 - Mill City Nights - Minneapolis, MN
Nov. 24 - The Exchange - Regina, SK Canada
Nov. 25 - Dickens - Calgary, AB Canada
Nov. 26 - Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB Canada
Nov. 28 - The Venue - Vancouver, BC Canada
Nov. 29 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
Nov. 30 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR More...

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Sonata Arctica Working On New Album

Finnish melodic metal quintet Sonata Arctica announced that the band is working on the follow up to the 2014 album "Pariah's Child" (see review here). The band will also tour 9 European countries with support from label mates Twilight Force.

The new album is due for release in October via Nuclear Blast, stay tuned for more info. As with "Pariah's Child," the as yet untitled upcoming ninth studio album will be recorded at Studio 57.

Keyboard player Henrik ‘Henkka’ Klingenberg commented: “As far as the musical direction of the album, it's really too early to say how it will turn out. Having said that, I expect the usual Sonata Arctica trademarks to be found on it. We will however get this album completed in time for an autumn release and we'll tell you all more as things progress..."

Sonata Arctica commented on the EU tour announcement: “We're all really looking forward to finishing our new studio album and taking the songs on the road. This time we'll start in Europe and the UK before heading on to the rest of the world. As always, you can expect an energetic show with new material as well as some old favourites.”

Henrik continued: "At the moment we're taking a break from the recording of our 9th studio album and heading out with Nightwish for a couple of months in North America. When we get back we're more or less going straight into the studio to continue working on the album." More...

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