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SODOM, BLIND GUARDIAN, MY DYING BRIDE, EPICA And ANGRA Among Confirmed Bands For 2024 Edition Of 70000 TONS OF METAL

SODOM, BLIND GUARDIAN, MY DYING BRIDE, EPICA, UNLEASHED and ANGRA are among the confirmed bands for the the twelfth edition of the the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, which will sail on January 29 to February 2, 2024 from Miami, Florida to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and back, on board the luxury p...
June 27, 2023

Anno 1696

It's not unusual for bands to pay a price for being consistent. INSOMNIUM have trundled along, fruitfully and without fuss, for the last two decades; unquestionable masters of a frosty but full-blooded strain of metal that spits fire into the night sky, equidistant between black and melodic death me...
February 23, 2023

While The Gods Are Sleeping

It takes a talent of considerable size to truly harness and express the pure essence of any of heavy metal's many subgenres. Having the ability to conquer more than one of them is, with all due respect, taking the piss. Arguably best known as guitarist and creative mastermind behind melodic death me...
May 4, 2022


Twenty-five years into a creatively glittering career, OMNIUM GATHERUM are still the great unsung heroes of melodic death metal. The last 20 years have been a weird time for the subgenre, not least due to metalcore's plundering of its key tenets, but while many of us are inclined to hide behind the...
November 2, 2021

DEMON HUNTER Drops Reworked Version Of 'I Will Fail You' From New Album 'Songs Of Death And Resurrection'

DEMON HUNTER has released a reworked version of "I Will Fail You" from its forthcoming album, "Songs Of Death And Resurrection", a mostly acoustic and stripped-down effort, due March 5 via Solid State Records. "Songs Of Death And Resurrection" features 11 new "Resurrected" versions of classic DEMON...
January 16, 2021


The thin line between thrilling, ultra-hooky melodic death metal and weakening, ultra-hooky metalcore was blurred beyond all recognition long ago. Fortunately, the subgenre's malleability has enabled many bands to pursue a more progressive course, and COUNTLESS SKIES elbow barge their way to the fro...
November 3, 2020

MOONSPELL's New Drummer Is Already Contributing To Songwriting Process

Vocalist Fernando Ribeiro of Portuguese metallers MOONSPELL spoke to Finland's Kaaos TV about how he and his bandmates are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. He said (see video below): "There was a time that we had to be distant from each other for at least a couple of months and work from home....
August 19, 2020

Aeternum Ignis

Timing is everything in the world of metal. If RE-ARMED had released their blistering 2012 debut "Worldwide Hypnotize" a decade earlier, the Finns would surely have been propelled to the front of a then flourishing melodic death metal scene. These days, melo-death is more of a fringe concern and, de...
June 3, 2020

Redneck Vikings From Hell

It might be a slight exaggeration to say that AETHER REALM are attempting to be all of your favorite bands at the same time, but they're certainly demonstrating a phenomenal grasp of multiple metallic disciplines on "Redneck Vikings From Hell". Perhaps mindful that bands from the US generally don't...
April 30, 2020

INSOMNIUM And OMNIUM GATHERUM Announce Live Streaming Event

Finnish melodic death metal heavy hitters INSOMNIUM and OMNIUM GATHERUM have announced a very special and exclusive live streaming event, taking place on Friday, April 10 at 18.00 CEST. Like many other bands, INSOMNIUM and OMNIUM GATHERUM were forced to cancel their North American tour, which brough...
April 2, 2020

OMNIUM GATHERUM Parts Ways With Longtime Guitarist, Announces New Bassist

Finnish melodic death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM have parted ways with longtime guitarist Joonas Koto. In addition, they have acquired a new bassist, Mikko Kivistö. OMNIUM GATHERUM announced the latest lineup changes in a social media post earlier today. The group wrote: "As you all know times and si...
March 31, 2020

INSOMNIUM And OMNIUM GATHERUM Cancel North American Tour After One Show

Finnish melodic death metal masters INSOMNIUM and OMNIUM GATHERUM have been forced to cancel their North American tour after playing just one show: Thursday, March 12 at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The trek was scheduled to conclude on April 18 in Halethorpe, Maryland. INSOMNIUM and...
March 13, 2020


Finnish melodic death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM have recruited Nick Cordle (ex-ARCH ENEMY) to play guitar for the band starting with their appearance on this year's 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. He will also perform with the group when they hit the road in North America in March/April as the support a...
January 6, 2020


VIO-LENCE, ROSS THE BOSS, SEVEN WITCHES, TOXIK, AETERNAM and BRUJERIA are among the latest confirmed acts for next year's edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. Round X of 70000 Tons Of Metal will sail January 7 to January 11, 2020. As always, 70000 Tons Of Metal will be host of some very exclus...
December 31, 2019

EXODUS To Play Special 'Bonded By Blood' Set On 70000 TONS OF METAL Cruise

EXODUS, THE FACELESS, WHIPLASH, INCANTATION, HAVOK, EDENBRIDGE, NOVEMBERS DOOM and GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS are among the latest confirmed acts for next year's edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. EXODUS will play two very special sets: one "best-of" set and one celebrating the 35th anniversary of...
December 25, 2019