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Metal News for February 10, 2019

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Headline News

High on Fire Wins Grammy Award

HIGH ON FIRE was honored with a Grammy in the "Best Metal Performance" category in the pre-telecast ceremony at the 61st annual Grammy Awards, which is being held tonight (Sunday, February 10) at Staples Center in Los Angeles. HIGH ON FIRE was nominated for "Electric Messiah", the title track of its 2018 album.

When HIGH ON FIRE was first nominated, guitarist/vocalist Matt Pike said in a statement: "We are so honored to be appreciated by our peers. We love and live our art." Drummer Des Kensel added: "It doesn't matter whether we win or not. It's just an honor to be recognized for our hard work and sacrifice after devoting our whole lives to music." Bassist Jeff Matz concurred, saying: "This is pretty mind-blowing. We're beyond thrilled about the nomination. We all put a lot of sweat and sleepless nights into writing and recording this album. It's amazing that our efforts are being recognized in this way."

The nominees in the "Best Metal Performance" category were as follows:

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME - "Condemned To The Gallows"
DEAFHEAVEN - "Honeycomb"
HIGH ON FIRE - "Electric Messiah"
TRIVIUM - "Betrayer"
UNDEROATH - "On My Teeth"

The majority of the awards in the 84 Grammy categories spread across 30 fields are being handed out in a non-televised event, the Premiere Ceremony, this afternoon. The televised portion of the Grammys will begin on CBS at 5:00 p.m. PT/8:00 p.m. ET.

Last year, the Recording Academy announced several changes to the awards process, most notably to the "General Field" categories — record of the year, album of the year, song of the year and best new artist — where the number of nominations was increased from five to eight. The Recording Academy also claims to have made greater efforts this year to diversify its voting body, reaching out to women and people of color specifically about becoming new members while requiring longtime members to re-qualify based on recent work.

The Grammys are voted on by approximately 13,000 Recording Academy members, who are comprised of artists, songwriters, producers and engineers. More than 21,000 recordings were submitted for Grammys consideration this year. For 2019 awards, music must have been released between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018 in order to be eligible. More...

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Interview

Grave Digger Drummer Talks "The Living Dead"

Recently, German heavy metal veterans Grave Digger returned to London for their first British concert in years. As mentioned in my review (which can be read here,) it was a true heavy metal extravaganza, filled with all the fun and excitement that makes traditional heavy metal so beloved. Before the show, I had the pleasure of meeting up with the band's drummer and keyboardist Marcus Kniep to discuss the new album, "The Living Dead" and more. You can watch the chat in full below. More...

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Report

70.000 Tons of Metal: Day 1

After sitting out the 2018 edition Metalunderground.com writer and photographer Georg Wilfinger boarded The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, 70.000 Tons of Metal again, taking place January 31st through February 4, 2019.

The largest and longest-running sea travel of its kind this year headed again from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Labadee, Haiti and back, featuring 60 bands playing 123 live shows on 4 stages to fans from over 74 different countries. For most fans on board it’s "the" annual metal highlight. Below you can see George's personal extensive photo-recap of the events, scenery, and shows of his favourite bands taking place on "The Independence Of The Seas" metal-battleship:

Day 1: Dark Funeral – Fleshgod Apocalypse – Soulfly – Bloodbath

Due to weather delays on the Northern American side -  the snow and cold cancelling almost every flight – some bands and co-sponsors of the event arrived late at Port Everglades. So the boat was almost two hours late, when leaving the dock and the first bands were already performing their shows. Having cruised the 70K before, I could notice some nice improvements onboard, lots of new eateries and bars, even in the indoor venues.

Swedish black metal band from Stockholm Dark Funeral were afforded the Royal Theater, the biggest of the three indoor venues, performing their one hour set:

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