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The Ultimate Festival On The Sea “70000Tons Of Metal” Begins Announcing Bands For 2020 Cruise

As you readers know, in addition to all of the TOURS AND FESTIVALS that we post about in that Category on PiercingMetal, there are also a whole lot of awesome Music Cruises to choose from and I’m going to continue to post the alerts and updates about the ones we find most interesting. One of the most famous of them all is the “70000Tons Of Metal” excursion and the bands have begun to be announced. As a rule of thumb I will continually edit this post to reflect the new alerts and share it repeatadley across the socials so lets go.

70000 tons of metal cruise logo

The Confirmed Bands Are As Follows: Emperor, Epica, Haggard, Origin, Einherjer, Leaves’ Eyes, Candlemass, Moonsorrow, Venom, Wintersun, Sortilege, Kampfar, Flotsam and Jetsam, Devin Townsend, Cruachan, At The Gates, Aborted, Archon Angel, Aether Realm, Grave Digger, Kissin’ Dynamite, Trollfest, Soen, Michael Schenker, The Agonist, Ihsahn, Axxis, Omnium Gatherum, Stamina, Finntroll, Bloodbound, Suffocation, Orphaned Land, Carach Angren, Cattle Decapitation, Atheist, Edenbridge, Suffocation, November’s Doom, Havok, Whiplash, The Faceless, Ghost Ship Octavius, Exodus, Seven Witches, Ross The Boss, Vio-Lence, Aeternam, Toxik, Brujeria, Once Human, Possessed, Striker, Without Waves, Wilderun and Soilwork.

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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 Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas, one of the biggest cruise ships in the World, offers guests complimentary fine dining, 22 bars and lounges, 24 hour room service, and a host of activities and on board amenities. With seven 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 their Caribbean dream destination with Artist escorted shore excursions.

For more information on 70000TONS OF METAL 2020, including photos, FAQs (for booking, travel documents, payment, etc.), vessel amenities, events details and more, please visit the websitelinked at the close of this announcement. Guests and fans are also invited to join the 70000TONS OF METAL community on Facebook and Twitter (also linked at the close).

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: As this will be a continuous list I will refrain from commenting just yet.

Official Website: https://70000tons.com/
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/70000tons/
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/70000tons

Revisiting “Metal Edge” Magazine: The CD Reviews – Part 3

These album overviews were originally written for Metal Edge Magazine when I was a contributor to their “Hear Us Out” CD reviews section back in 2006-2007. With the magazine wrapping up publication a few months ago, I decided to add them to the context of our PiercingMetal presentation. I felt that by doing this I would not only be raising the horns in remembrance of the magazine but would also be able to showcase just how different writing for a major publication was when it all came down to it. Since “Hear Us Out” notations were usually “100” words in length, these posts will feature several reviews each until we run out of them. The freelance writing tenure at Metal Edge Magazine was discussed on THIS LINK so please check that out when done. Here are the reviews, so “Hear Us Out”.

Crimson Glory: “Astronomica” Deluxe Edition (Metal Mind Productions)

The masks were gone and the sun had risen on former singer Midnight with the arrival of Wade Black. Yet despite the changes, Crimson Glory remained a supremely powerful Melodic Metal force. Astromonica was a great release that showed they were not all image but instead musically proficient players. The remaster includes a bonus CD of rarities (live & demo) with expanded liner notes. A must for fans of the genre when it was still new and boundless. With reunion material pending, this is a great jumping on point for those who only heard about their legend from others who lived through those early years.

Cruachan: “The Morrigan’s Call” (Candlelight Records)

If Korplikanni gets you kicking and Finntroll finds your fancy then it’s high time to “go Irish” with Cruachan who show you how it’s done on the Emerald Isle. Rich Folk melody with a truly Irish twist will get the blood and the Guinness pumping as you rock to this one. Dark Metal elements and traditional instruments join together and deliver high-energy tunes that will turn a rousing jig into a swarming mosh pit. Points on this CD make you feel like you are in a concert hall while others have you in faraway lands on open fields with good friends. Brilliant!
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“The Morrigan’s Call” by Cruachan

Artist: Cruachan
Title: “The Morrigan’s Call”
Label: Candlelight Records
Release Date: 3/20/2007
Genre: Celtic/Folk Metal
Rating: 4.5/5

I would venture to guess that if bands like Korplikanni get you kicking and Finntroll finds your fancy then it’s about time that you “get your Irish up” with the music of Cruachan – a band that shows you how it’s done on the Emerald Isle. The rich Folk melody with a decidedly Irish twist is capable of getting the blood and the Guinness pumping as you energetically rock out to this one. “The Morrigan’s Call” is the bands first release on Candlelight Records, and a perfect home they could not have found any easier for their amalgamation of Celtic Metal, Irish Traditional, and Black Metal adventures. Rich Folk melody with a true Irish twist will get the blood and Guinness pumping as you rock to this one. The band uses a strong sense of Irish Folklore on many of the tracks and while there is a definite Metal vibe to much of the album, everything has that Celtic essence to it. “Shelob” begins with a rumbling Black Metal growl but as it reaches the middle you don’t know whether to mosh or do a jig. They swap between vocal styles with the Dark being handled by Keith Fay while Karen Gilligan handles the clean and the end result is overall very interesting. Fay also handles the electric and acoustic guitar duties, bodhran drum, mandolin, percussion and keyboard. A lot for one person yes, but it allows for a deeper amount of experimentation to be done. The use of traditional instruments does not end with him as John Ryan Will provides the Tin Whistle, Violin, Banjo, bouzouki and keyboards. The rhythm section is complimented by John Clohessy and Joe Farrell on bass and drums respectively. Among the more traditional Celtic fair lies in “Coffin Ships” with its flutes and whistles and “Morrigan’s Tale” which is vocal and bodhran drum exclusively. There is a nice heaviness that always has that folkish stomp to it and some of them will turn any traditional jig into a swarming mosh pit. As I listened and discovered this I found it made the experience of this band a lot more rewarding. It’s hard to compare them to any of the existing Folk bands I currently follow since there is such a Celtic flair and most the others I’ve been digging on have been Viking ones. I guess it would be cool to say imagine the Corrs meeting the likes of a decent Black Metal band and siring offspring.
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