Bloodstock Announces More Bands For 2019 Edition

The organisers of Britain’s Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced six more bands for next year’s edition of the event, in addition to the previously announced headliners, Sabaton. Bands now added include Finnish metallers Children Of Bodom, who will be performing their only British show of 2019 at the festival, as well as Gothic stalwarts Cradle Of Filth, Swedish death metal veterans Hypocrisy and Soilwork, the former will also be performing their only UK show at Bloodstock, former Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider and progressive metal legends Queensryche.

The festival is set to take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire between Thursday 8 August and Sunday 11 August 2019. You can read reviews of this year’s festival below, as well as checking some interviews with Power Trip, Exhorder, Orphaned Land and At The Gates which Metal Underground conducted.

Bloodstock Open Air Day 1

Bloodstock Open Air Day 2

Bloodstock Open Air Day 3

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Swedish melodic death metal band Hypocrisy is confirmed to headline at Inferno Metal Festival 2019.

Swedish death metal band Hypocrisy was formed all the way back in 1991. Hypocrisy is one of the most important bands within the Swedish death metal scene – as they paved the way for the more melodic sound that the Swedish death metal scene would be world wide famous for in the late 90s. Founding member Peter Tägtgren is not only a multi-instrumentalist, also known from bands like Pain, Lindemann, Bloodbath and Lock Up, he is also one of Swedish best known producers and the owner of The Abyss Studio. Hypocrisy will perform at Inferno Metal Festival for the first time in 2019.

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Amon Amarth launches live video for “Twilight of the Thunder God”

– October 5th, 2018 –

Taken from new documentary and live album(s), ‘The Pursuit Of Vikings: 25 Years In The Eye Of The Storm’

On November 16th, Amon Amarth will release their new documentary and supporting live album(s), The Pursuit Of Vikings: 25 Years In The Eye Of The Storm – which includes a retrospective documentary that features a wealth of live and behind-the-scenes content and extensive band interviews. This film tells the Swedish quintet’s history, through both their own eyes and those of the fans that have supported them along the way. It is a thrilling collection that pays respect to the faithful, as well as making for a detailed and riveting introduction for those new to their inspiring story. Paired with this documentary is the live video/audio, which contains two different sets at 2017′s Summer Breeze Festival in Dinkelsbuhl, Germany, capturing the unit at their very best.

Having played the German festival numerous times over the years, and loving the family vibe they have always experienced there, Amon Amarth leapt at the chance to appear twice in the same year. Playing a secret, smaller scale set that focused primarily on older material, and then headlining the main stage with full production – including their giant sea serpent and lots of fire – allowed them to showcase their songs at their best – though putting together setlists from such a mighty catalogue was not the easiest of tasks. “For the first night, we wanted to write a set that the fans would enjoy by wholly diving into our back catalog but also keeping it interesting,” explains guitarist Olavi Mikkonen. “But putting the two shows together also made us realize that we have a lot of songs to choose from!”

For the band, producer Alexander Milas (who contributed to Kerrang! and was an award-winning editor-in-chief of Metal Hammer, before starting his own creative solutions company, Twin V Ltd.) and director Phil Wallis, The Pursuit Of Vikings has been a true labor of love. “I think I first became conscious of Amon Amarth around the release of 2002′s ‘Versus the World‘,” Milas states. “It was a really transitional time for metal, and it seemed there wasn’t a credible band on the heavier end of the scale that hadn’t in some way responded to or been influenced by the pioneering sounds of the Swedish death metal scene, but I distinctly remember thinking that there was something unique about these guys: the artwork, the thematic underpinnings, even that curiously timeless logo.” While their sound certainly displays strong echoes of the nation that birthed them, Amon Amarth arguably wield a unique aura, a “lusciously crafted escapism” that Milas likens to the classic bands he grew up with: Dio, Iron Maiden, and others who exist on a spectrum of their own making.

For a preview of The Pursuit Of Vikings, a live video of “Twilight of the Thunder God” can be viewed now at: amonamarth.lnk.to/pursuitofvikings – where the DVD/live album can also be pre-ordered in the following formats via Metal Blade Records in the USA:


–CD/2DVD 8-Panel Digipak
–Blu-ray (includes audio digital download of Main Stage Show)
–special edition hardcover book with 6 discs (3DVD, 2CD, 1 Blu-ray) plus amulet and patch – (import – limited to 500 copies)
–transparent orange vinyl (US retail exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–clear with black splatter vinyl (US webstore exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
–transparent yellow with orange marble vinyl (US webstore exclusive – limited to 250 copies)

CD track-listing (Main Stage Show: August 17th, 2017):
1. The Pursuit of Vikings
2. As Loke Falls
3. First Kill
4. The Way of Vikings
5. At Dawn’s First Light
6. Cry of the Black Birds
7. Deceiver of the Gods
8. Destroyer of the Universe
9. Death in Fire
10. Father of the Wolf
11. Runes to My Memory
12. War of the Gods
13. Raise Your Horns
14. A Dream That Cannot Be
15. Guardians of Asgaard
16. Twilight of the Thunder God

DVD Digipak and Blu-ray track-listings:
Documentary
T-Stage Show: August 16th, 2017
1. Twilight of the Thunder God
2. Free Will Sacrifice
3. With Oden on Our Side
4. The Last with Pagan Blood
5. For the Stabwounds in Our Backs
6. Thousand Years of Oppression
7. Gods of War Arise
8. Versus the World
9. Asator
10. Under the Northern Star
11. Fate of Norns
12. Varyags of Miklagaard
13. Live for the Kill
14. Victorious March
Main Stage Show: August 17th, 2017
1. The Pursuit of Vikings
2. As Loke Falls
3. First Kill
4. The Way of Vikings
5. At Dawn’s First Light
6. Cry of the Black Birds
7. Deceiver of the Gods
8. Destroyer of the Universe
9. Death in Fire
10. Father of the Wolf
11. Runes to My Memory
12. War of the Gods
13. Raise Your Horns
14. A Dream That Cannot Be
15. Guardians of Asgaard
16. Twilight of the Thunder God

**Note: special edition hardcover book contains all of the above, plus audio from T-Stage Show: August 16th, 2017**

Vinyl track-listing (Main Stage Show: August 17th, 2017):
SIDE A
1. The Pursuit of Vikings
2. As Loke Falls
3. First Kill
4. The Way of Vikings
SIDE B
5. At Dawn’s First Light
6. Cry of the Black Birds
7. Deceiver of the Gods
8. Destroyer of the Universe
9. Death in Fire
SIDE C
10. Father of the Wolf
11. Runes to My Memory
12. War of the Gods
13. Raise Your Horns
SIDE D
14. A Dream That Cannot Be
15. Guardians of Asgaard
16. Twilight of the Thunder God

Amon Amarth online:
http://www.amonamarth.com
https://www.facebook.com/amonamarth
http://twitter.com/amonamarthband
https://www.instagram.com/amonamarth
https://youtube.com/AmonAmarthOfficial
http://giphy.com/amonamarth

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Public Sales Date For 70000TONS OF METAL 2019 Cruise Announced

70000TONS OF METAL™, The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, has announced the Public Sales date and the first 28 of 60 bands for their ninth voyage, sailing January 31 – February 4, 2019, from Miami / Fort Lauderdale to beautiful Labadee and back.

Public Sales will begin on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at 12:00 PM EDT.

Only 3,000 tickets will be sold. Prices start at USD 766.00 plus Taxes and Fees per person and includes on board accommodation, access to all performances, meals, and numerous special events including meet and greets with all bands on board.

Sales for 70000TONS OF METAL Survivors (festival goers who have attended the event before) began on September 5, 2018, so limited tickets remain. Visit 70000tons.com/booking to book your cabin before they are gone.

The first 28 of 60 bands that have been announced are: ACCEPT, ARKONA, CORONER, DARK FUNERAL, DELAIN, ELUVEITIE, ENSIFERUM, GLORYHAMMER, GOD DETHRONED, GRIM REAPER, HEIDEVOLK, IN VAIN, KALMAH, NE OBLIVISCARIS, NILE, OBITUARY, ONSLAUGHT, PERSEFONE, PESTILENCE, SOULFLY / MAX AND IGGOR CAVALERA RETURN TO ROOTS, SUBWAY TO SALLY, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, TIAMAT (WILDHONEY SHOW), TWILIGHT FORCE, UNLEASH THE ARCHERS, VISIONS OF ATLANTIS, VOMITORY, and WARBRINGER

As is customary for 70000TONS OF METAL, some of the bands will have very special performances on board:

Max and Iggor Cavalera officially retired their extremely successful project RETURN TO ROOTS in 2017. Soley for 70000TONS OF METAL, The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, they decided to perform a World Exclusive one more time. MAX AND IGGOR CAVALERA RETURN TO ROOTS will be playing Sepultura’s highly acclaimed album “Roots”, in its entirety.
TIAMAT will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of their groundbreaking album “Wildhoney” by performing the album in full.
After reforming recently in 2018, VOMITORY will be celebrating 30 years of Swedish Death Metal on board.
That’s not all! There will be some more very special performances announced… SOON! For up-to-date lineup additions, please visit: 70000tons.com/artists

About 70000TONS OF METAL

70000TONS OF METAL is The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, which features 60 Heavy Metal bands on board a luxury cruise ship performing across four stages, including The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to Sail the Seas.

The newly refurbished Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas features a host of new amenities including dual waterslides, an Escape Room and a bungee trampoline. One of the biggest cruise ships in the World, it offers guests complimentary fine dining, bars and lounges that never close, and 24 hour room service.

With eight consecutive sellouts since the first voyage in 2011, this five-day, four-night Heavy Metal Music Festival and Caribbean vacation offers 3,000 Metalheads a once in a lifetime opportunity to mingle side-by-side with 60 world class Heavy Metal bands.

Every band plays twice and you get unrestricted festival access to 120+ live performances, including the Jamming with Waters in International Waters All Star Jam, meet & greets with every band, intimate artist clinics & workshops, exclusive Album Premiere Listening Sessions and much more. All of this with no VIP areas on board makes it feel like everyone has a Backstage Pass. If that’s not enough, festival goers even get a chance to explore a Caribbean dream destination with their favorite Artists.

For more information on 70000TONS OF METAL 2019, including photos, FAQs (for booking, travel documents, payment, etc.), vessel amenities, event details and more, please visit 70000tons.com.

Guests and fans are also invited to join the 70000TONS OF METAL community on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @70000tons

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Amon Amarth reveals details for new documentary and live album(s), ‘The Pursuit of Vikings: 25 Years in the Eye of the Storm’

– September 21st, 2018 –

Launches trailer and pre-order online

On November 16th, Amon Amarth will release their new documentary and supporting live album(s), The Pursuit Of Vikings: 25 Years In The Eye Of The Storm – which includes a retrospective documentary that features a wealth of live and behind-the-scenes content and extensive band interviews. This film tells the Swedish quintet’s history, through both their own eyes and those of the fans that have supported them along the way. It is a thrilling collection that pays respect to the faithful, as well as making for a detailed and riveting introduction for those new to their inspiring story. Paired with this documentary is the live video/audio, which contains two different sets at 2017′s Summer Breeze Festival in Dinkelsbuhl, Germany, capturing the unit at their very best.

Having played the German festival numerous times over the years, and loving the family vibe they have always experienced there, Amon Amarth leapt at the chance to appear twice in the same year. Playing a secret, smaller scale set that focused primarily on older material, and then headlining the main stage with full production – including their giant sea serpent and lots of fire – allowed them to showcase their songs at their best – though putting together setlists from such a mighty catalogue was not the easiest of tasks. “For the first night, we wanted to write a set that the fans would enjoy by wholly diving into our back catalog but also keeping it interesting,” explains guitarist Olavi Mikkonen. “But putting the two shows together also made us realize that we have a lot of songs to choose from!”

For the band, producer Alexander Milas (who contributed to Kerrang! and was an award-winning editor-in-chief of Metal Hammer, before starting his own creative solutions company, Twin V Ltd.) and director Phil Wallis, The Pursuit Of Vikings has been a true labor of love. “I think I first became conscious of Amon Amarth around the release of 2002′s ‘Versus the World‘,” Milas states. “It was a really transitional time for metal, and it seemed there wasn’t a credible band on the heavier end of the scale that hadn’t in some way responded to or been influenced by the pioneering sounds of the Swedish death metal scene, but I distinctly remember thinking that there was something unique about these guys: the artwork, the thematic underpinnings, even that curiously timeless logo.” While their sound certainly displays strong echoes of the nation that birthed them, Amon Amarth arguably wield a unique aura, a “lusciously crafted escapism” that Milas likens to the classic bands he grew up with: Dio, Iron Maiden, and others who exist on a spectrum of their own making.

For a preview of The Pursuit Of Vikings, a trailer can be viewed now at: amonamarth.lnk.to/pursuitofvikings – where the DVD/live album can also be pre-ordered in the following formats via Metal Blade Records in the USA:


–CD/2DVD 8-Panel Digipak
–Blu-ray (includes audio digital download of Main Stage Show)
–special edition hardcover book with 6 discs (3DVD, 2CD, 1 Blu-ray) plus amulet and patch – (import – limited to 500 copies)
–transparent orange vinyl (US retail exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–clear with black splatter vinyl (US webstore exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
–transparent yellow with orange marble vinyl (US webstore exclusive – limited to 250 copies)

CD track-listing (Main Stage Show: August 17th, 2017):
1. The Pursuit of Vikings
2. As Loke Falls
3. First Kill
4. The Way of Vikings
5. At Dawn’s First Light
6. Cry of the Black Birds
7. Deceiver of the Gods
8. Destroyer of the Universe
9. Death in Fire
10. Father of the Wolf
11. Runes to My Memory
12. War of the Gods
13. Raise Your Horns
14. A Dream That Cannot Be
15. Guardians of Asgaard
16. Twilight of the Thunder God

DVD Digipak and Blu-ray track-listings:
Documentary
T-Stage Show: August 16th, 2017
1. Twilight of the Thunder God
2. Free Will Sacrifice
3. With Oden on Our Side
4. The Last with Pagan Blood
5. For the Stabwounds in Our Backs
6. Thousand Years of Oppression
7. Gods of War Arise
8. Versus the World
9. Asator
10. Under the Northern Star
11. Fate of Norns
12. Varyags of Miklagaard
13. Live for the Kill
14. Victorious March
Main Stage Show: August 17th, 2017
1. The Pursuit of Vikings
2. As Loke Falls
3. First Kill
4. The Way of Vikings
5. At Dawn’s First Light
6. Cry of the Black Birds
7. Deceiver of the Gods
8. Destroyer of the Universe
9. Death in Fire
10. Father of the Wolf
11. Runes to My Memory
12. War of the Gods
13. Raise Your Horns
14. A Dream That Cannot Be
15. Guardians of Asgaard
16. Twilight of the Thunder God

**Note: special edition hardcover book contains all of the above, plus audio from T-Stage Show: August 16th, 2017**

Vinyl track-listing (Main Stage Show: August 17th, 2017):
SIDE A
1. The Pursuit of Vikings
2. As Loke Falls
3. First Kill
4. The Way of Vikings
SIDE B
5. At Dawn’s First Light
6. Cry of the Black Birds
7. Deceiver of the Gods
8. Destroyer of the Universe
9. Death in Fire
SIDE C
10. Father of the Wolf
11. Runes to My Memory
12. War of the Gods
13. Raise Your Horns
SIDE D
14. A Dream That Cannot Be
15. Guardians of Asgaard
16. Twilight of the Thunder God

Amon Amarth online:
http://www.amonamarth.com
http://www.facebook.com/OfficialAmonAmarth
http://twitter.com/amonamarthband
https://www.instagram.com/amonamarth
https://youtube.com/AmonAmarthOfficial
http://giphy.com/amonamarth

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Demons & Wizards, Threshold And More Confirmed For Progpower USA 2019 Lineup

The organisers of the ProgPower USA festival has announced the lineup for next year’s edition of the event. Among the bands performing over the four day show will be Demons & Wizards, featuring Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian and Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth, Swedish progressive metal outfit Evergrey and Finnish melodic death metal band, Insomnium. The festival takes place on September 6th and 7th. The complete roster is available below.

Tickets go on sale on Saturday, October 6th at 10:00am EST.

Day 1:
Pretty Maids
Insomnium
Secret Sphere
Iron Mask

Day 2:
Evergrey
Galneryus
MaYaN
Tomorrow’s Eve

Day 3:
Seventh Wonder
Orden Ogan
Psychotic Waltz
Barren Earth
Subsignal
Wind Rose

Day 4:
Demons & Wizards
Threshold
Poets of the Fall
Caligula’s Horse
Jag Panzer
Sorcerer

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Sweden’s world famous progressive metal band Opeth is confirmed for Inferno Metal Festival 2019

It’s been 16 years since the Swedish prog masters played at Inferno Metal Festival. Here’s the current line-up for the renown festival set to take place April 18-21, 2019.

OPETH – DIMMU BORGIR – TAAKE – 1349 – VOMITORY – GAAHLS WYRD – CARACH ANGREN – BATUSHKA – THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER – TRIBULATION – MISÞYRMING – ARCHGOAT – URFAUST – CULT OF FIRE – SVARTTJERN – THE RUINS OF BEVERAST – DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT – SKOGEN
INCULTER – VALKYRJA – CARONTE – SHAKMA – AVAST

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Three More Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal 2019

The organisers of the 70000 Tons Of Metal has announced a further three bands for next year’s edition of the cruise, including Swedish legends Tiamat, who will be performing their album, “Wildhoney” in full, as well as Russian folk metal band Arkona and Anglo-Swiss power metal group, Gloryhammer. The ship will set sail from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on January 31 and dock in Labadee, Haiti, before returning on February 4.

The lineup is now as follows:

Accept
Arkona
Coroner
Delain
Eluveitie
Ensiferum
Gloryhammer
Persefone
Subway To Sally
The Black Dahlia Murder
Tiamat
Vomitory
Warbringer

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Unleashed Premiere New Song “Lead Us Into War” From Upcoming New Album “The Hunt For White Christ”

Unleashed premiere a new song titled “Lead Us Into War”, taken from their upcoming new album “The Hunt For White Christ”, which will be out in stores October 26.

Check out now “Lead Us Into War” HERE.

Tells bassist/vocalist Johnny Hedlund:

“Correct. The name White Christ means Cowardly here. As opposed to “red” Thor which would be something like “brave” Thor. Now, the story of Odalheim ended on the previous album with a victorious return to Folkland shores (through lake Mälaren in present day Swedish capital Stockholm). The Midgard Warriors (led by the Son of Thor) had been taking back land by land from the armies of White Christ in most of Svithiod and the greater Nordic territory. Since most men and (armed) women were out on this task, most children, old people and unarmed women were left behind in the villages.

A smaller army of White Christ that escaped gathered up to attack and burn one of these villages. Only one person survived, (but more on that later). Children were sliced to shreds, old people and women killed, some left without genitals and eyes. As the Hammer Battalions reached the village it was all too late. And this is what you see on the album cover. The back side of the album there is a text describing this in more detail and what happens next. But as you can understand, peace is not what comes to mind…”

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Unleashed Premiere New Song “Lead Us Into War” From Upcoming New Album “The Hunt For White Christ”

Unleashed premiere a new song titled “Lead Us Into War”, taken from their upcoming new album “The Hunt For White Christ”, which will be out in stores October 26.

Check out now “Lead Us Into War” HERE.

Tells bassist/vocalist Johnny Hedlund:

“Correct. The name White Christ means Cowardly here. As opposed to “red” Thor which would be something like “brave” Thor. Now, the story of Odalheim ended on the previous album with a victorious return to Folkland shores (through lake Mälaren in present day Swedish capital Stockholm). The Midgard Warriors (led by the Son of Thor) had been taking back land by land from the armies of White Christ in most of Svithiod and the greater Nordic territory. Since most men and (armed) women were out on this task, most children, old people and unarmed women were left behind in the villages.

A smaller army of White Christ that escaped gathered up to attack and burn one of these villages. Only one person survived, (but more on that later). Children were sliced to shreds, old people and women killed, some left without genitals and eyes. As the Hammer Battalions reached the village it was all too late. And this is what you see on the album cover. The back side of the album there is a text describing this in more detail and what happens next. But as you can understand, peace is not what comes to mind…”

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