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Last updated on January 19, 2020 at 2:57 PM ET

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Venom On Changing The Face Of Metal

What more can be said about Venom? It's been nearly forty years since the band released their classic debut, "Welcome To Hell," which was followed a year later with the ground breaking "Black Metal" and in one form or another, the band has carried on ever since. The current lineup has been together for eleven years now and in that time, has released three of the most exciting albums in Venom's history, proving that they're not one of the "Whatever happened to them?" bands.

This year, the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise marked its tenth voyage and so it seems natural that such a milestone should be celebrated with a band as gargantuan as Venom on board. On the second day at sea, I caught up with the trio to discuss their live shows, their latest album, "Storm The Gates" and how they changed the game forever. You can watch it in full below.

Diamond Oz: What can fans expect from your performance based on previous times you've played 70000 Tons Of Metal?

Dante: If it's anything like the other two times, it's going to be fun, it's going to be rocking.

La Rage: Circle pits in jacuzzis!

Cronos: This is the tenth of edition of this (70000 Tons) and it just keeps evolving and getting better. Fans are so cool and they don't hassle you like they did the first time we played where it was just a scream fest and everyone was running around like headless chickens. We noticed the second time we did it that everybody had kind of calmed down and kind of got it. The fans and the bands are hanging out together and it, everybody's cool. Yes, you can go watch Michael Schenker from a jacuzzi if you want, it's not a problem but I just think that this thing's evolving to where it's so easy for bands to come and do this without any fear of getting hassled. We do our job, the fans get a great experience and you can hear from all the different accents that fans are from all over the world and I can't imagine it's any less expensive than going to a big festival nowadays, when you look at the prices of some of them.

La Rage: Just less muddy! Nobody's pissing on your legs in a field in Germany.


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Imperial Age Announces UK Tour

Being already possibly the first Russian metal band to ever succesfully tour the UK as headliners, Imperial Age have announced dates of their second - and bigger - UK tour in April 2020, kicking off at The Dome in London.

Prior to working on the highly anticipated follow up to 2018‘s ’The Legacy Of Atlantis‘ you can catch them here:

April 16th LONDON – The Dome
April 17th BIRMINGHAM – Asylum
April 18th MANCHESTER – Rebellion
April 19th GLASGOW – Ivory Blacks

Watch out for special news concerning support bands soon

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Powerwolf To Release Re-Recorded Songs

2019 marked the 15th anniversary of the currently most successful modern heavy metal band in Germany: 15 years of Powerwolf, 15 years of the one and only metal mass! Of course, the ultimate high priests of heavy metal are celebrating their triumphant history in glorious style. Set for a summer release on June 5th 2020 via Napalm Records, "Best Of The Blessed" isn't just another Best Of album. Featuring 16 metal anthems the band is known and loved for, "Best Of The Blessed" will include several brand new versions of hits such as "We Drink Your Blood," "Werewolves of Armenia," "Sanctified with Dynamite," and the most celebrated festival hymn of all time, "Resurrection by Erection." And while speaking of live: If you cannot get enough of Powerwolf's captivating live sound, this MUST-HAVE magnum opus will also include 14 Live tracks; the available Earbook and LP Box Edition will even get you more of Powerwolf's incredible live sound.

Timeless classics by the band shrouded in a brand new shape, "Best Of The Blessed" is the ultimate metal soundtrack to explore Powerwolf as fans have never heard them before!

In celebration of their 15th anniversary, the band already shared a first appetizer of what the Powerwolf- army can expect from "Best Of The Blessed": Taken from the band's groundbreaking debut album, Return in Bloodred, Powerwolf re-wrote the iconic track "Kiss of the Cobra King," to give it an absolutely new and refreshed vibe! Watch the video for the 2019- version of "Kiss of the Cobra King" below.

"Best Of The Blessed" will be coming out on June 5th 2020 via Napalm Records More...

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Lordi Posts New Lyric Video Online

Lordi have released their new lyric video for single "Like A Bee To The Honey," a track written by Paul Stanley/Jean Beauvoir.

The new Lordi album features an unreleased song by KISS frontman Paul Stanley! The hidden gem "Like A Bee To The Honey" also features the Hanoi Rocks legend Michael Monroe
You can check out the official lyric video below.

Lordi's 10th studio album "Killection" drops worldwide on the 31st of January through AFM Records. Not only is the album a brand new concept in itself – a fictitious collection of hits from the years and decades past – but it also brings a truly hidden gem into the daylight: one of the songs on the album is 'Like A Bee To The Honey', which was written by KISS's lead singer Paul Stanley together with Jean Beauvoir, known for working with names such as Bruce Springsteen, The Ramones and of course KISS. The song that had been collecting dust in Beauvoir's desk drawer ever since the end of the 1980's has now been handed down to Lordi.

"This is a tremendous honour to a band that wouldn't even exist without KISS. Simply having the privilege to listen to a song from the 1980's that no fan has ever heard before… and then to get to be the artist that brings the song for everyone to hear – it is mind-blowing", Mr. Lordi states.

Mr. Lordi and the band's guitarist Amen had been making songs together with Jean Beauvoir as a trio, and one of these songs, Scream Demon, made its way to the new album. It was during these songwriting sessions in Helsinki that the very existence of 'Like A Bee To The Honey' came up: Jean thought the song would fit the new record perfectly, and the band was more than ready to get this rare gem on their album. The song is made even more unique by its saxophone solo – first one ever in Lordi's history – performed by the Hanoi Rocks legend Michael Monroe. More...

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Carnosus Premiere New Song

Swedish death/thrash outfit Carnosus premiere a new song called "Lost To Funereal Desires", taken from their upcoming new album "Dogma Of The Deceased". The record will be out in stores March 13th via Satanath Records (Russia) and Shirley Road Records (USA) .

Check out now "Lost To Funereal Desires" below.

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Hecate Premiere New Song "Oracle Atone"

Hecate premiere a new song entitled "Oracle Atone", taken from their upcoming new album "Ode au désert suspendu", which will be out in stores in March via Mourning Light Records.

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Wombbath Premiere New Song "A Vulgar Declaration"

Wombbath premiere a new song titled "A Vulgar Declaration", taken from their upcoming new album "Choirs of the Fallen", which will be out in stores March 06 via Soulseller Records. The album was mixed by Tomas Skogsberg at the legendary Sunlight Studios in Stockholm and comes with cover art done by Benny Moberg of Sufficiently Studios.

Check out now "A Vulgar Declaration" below.

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laCasta Premiere New Song "Vultures"

Italian band laCasta premiere a new song titled "Vultures", taken from their upcoming new album "Æternvm", which will be out in stores February 28th via Argonauta Records.

Check out now "Vultures" below.

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