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Amon Amarth Announces “The Great Heathen” Tour For 2022

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The Press Release:
Batten down the hatches and prepare for battle as the undisputed kings of Viking heavy metal, Amon Amarth, have announced they will be setting sail for US shores this Fall for what is set to be the death metal raid of the year. The Great Heathen Tour, produced by Live Nation, will pillage its way across North America this coming November/December, razing 27 cities to the ground in its wake. The tour concludes with a special show at the Kia Forum, Los Angeles where Amon Amarth will bring their full European production and become the first death metal band to headline the famous venue. No Sleep Til………..Los Angeles!!

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Joining Amon Amarth on their epic quest will be Carcass, Obituary and Cattle Decapitation making this *the* must-see tour for fans of death metal. Tickets go on general sale on Friday, July 15th, 2022 at 10am local from www.amonamarth.com (linked below)
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70,000Tons Of Metal Announces First Bands For 2019 Excursion

When I announced the performer lineup for the 2019 “ShipRocked” Cruise (seen HERE), a lot of Metalheads were wondering just what in the heck was going on with the announcement for the 2019 “70K Tons Of Metal” excursion since that usually came up in July. Well, as the saying goes “it’s better late than never” as the first details and bands have been lined out. Read on down below.

The Announcement:
60 Bands, 4 Days, 1 Cruise Ship, and only 3000 Tickets. This is 70000TONS OF METAL™, The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise!

On 70000TONS OF METAL™ you get unrestricted festival access to all 120 live shows on board, 70000TONS™ OF KARAOKE until sunrise, Jamming With Waters In International Waters – the Official 70000TONS OF METAL™ All Star Jam which writes Heavy Metal History every year, Clinics and Work-Shops with the musicians, our infamous Belly Flop Contest, Shore Excursions with your favorite artists, and much more!
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Guitarist Ralph Santolla (Iced Earth/Obituary/Deicide) Has Died (1966-2018)

It’s once again with great sadness that I must share the news about another of our Heavy Metal stalwarts having passed with guitarist Ralph Santolla. Recently, his personal Facebook profile found the musician noting that he was not feeling well and not long after he would suffer a heart attack and soon fall into a coma. Despite the efforts to save him, the doctors found there was no promising change or hope of recovery and he was taken off of life support late Wednesday evening and would leave us at the age of 51. Such a shame.

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Santolla was most famously known as one of the axe wielders in some incredible acts like Obituary, Iced Earth and Deicide. At one point in his career he kept up pace with the legendary Chuck Schuldiner in Death’s live shows but he didn’t record anything with them sadly. Ralph worked on a number of other projects that you can learn more about in his Wikipedia entry down below. One of them was a solo effort that his family maintains will see the light of day posthumously as soon as its possible to be addressed. A family member mentioned online that Ralph was an organ donor and that should some musical ability or razor sharp sarcasm come into play in someone’s life that it was likely due to Ralph’s presence with them. At least during this sad time that some other people can have a chance on a longer life. More should consider being a donor because its not like we need the stuff anymore once we pass on.

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I met Ralph several times over the years thanks to the shows I was covering and sharing some mutual friends. He was a talented and interesting person for sure and the photos in this memorial reflection all feature Ralph from some Obituary tours that I covered back around 2007-2009. Two of these shows took place at the now shuttered B.B. King Blues Club while the other was at the Gramercy Theatre which might have been called The Blender Theatre at the time. I didn’t remember seeing him in Deicide or Iced Earth but I could be wrong since those shows are so long ago in my memory at this point. Ralph was truly an excellent player that I think we only ever got to see a small part of since his talents were far deeper than only the Heavy Metal stuff that so many of us bore witness to.

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Though there were many news outlets reporting on his passing days before, we opted to wait until the news was 100% final out of proper respect. We wish his family, friends and numerous band mates over the years the deepest of condolences during this sad time. Thank you Ralph for giving us some incendiary riffs for many years. May you Rest In Peace. We welcome fans of the musician to add their own reflections down below in the comments.

Official Artist Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Santolla

Exodus & Obituary Announce “Battle Of The Bays” Tour

Summer is just around the corner and that means its time for more and more end of season or fall event happenings to get announced. This sounds like a cool one as the mighty Exodus is pairing up with the devastating Obituary for a co-headlining run called “Battle Of The Bays”. Dig into the poster, press copy and dates below. I’ll return with some closing thoughts on it soon.

The Press Release:
Bay Area thrash pioneers EXODUS announced their co-headlining Battle Of The Bays American Tour with Tampa Bay Florida Death Metal Godfathers OBITUARY. The tour kicks off on September 14 in Durham, NC making stops in Sayreville, Columbus, and San Antonio before ending in Baton Rouge, LA on October 15.. Joining the two American legends on the road are POWER TRIP and DUST BOLT. Before heading out on tour in the Fall, EXODUS are playing several one-off shows in California as well as 4-dates leading up to the Battle Of The Bays American Tour.

On July 1st, the band will join IRON MAIDEN on their San Manuel Amphitheater date of the Book Of Souls Tour with GHOST. The following week they will play 2 Sacrilegious Nights at The Chapel In San Francisco. . On July 7th, they will share the stage with HATRIOT and INFEX followed by performances with EXMORTUS and POUNDER on the 8th. Tickets for the 2 SF dates can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/2rDN0DC
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The First Annual Florida Metal Fest Happens January 30th 2016

If you leave now by car you will make it provided you first purchase a “Box Of Joe” from Dunkin Donuts and keep the need to check your Facebook feed to a minimum (which I hope you will not be doing while driving anyway). If you book a quick flight out of JFK or LaGuardia you’ll be down there with time enough to rest and have a nice dinner in town and of course I’m referring to all of you readers who are up here in the NYC metropolitan area when it comes to the news that the First Annual Florida Metal Fest will happen tomorrow, January 30th. Check out the official press release and then I will chime back in for a couple of more thoughts.

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The Press Release:
This Saturday, January 30th, 2016 marks the first annual Florida Metal Fest! Organized by brothers John and Donald Tardy of death metal legends, Obituary, and set to take place at The Cuban Club, Ybor City in Tampa, year one of the brutal, two stage gala will see some of the Sunshine State’s most iconic bands – including Obituary, Malevolent Creation, Atheist and Deicide – unite and return to their roots in the very heart of the death metal world. Additionally, the Tardy brothers have invited some of their favorite bands from around the country to take part in this special event including Corrosion Of Conformity, Trouble, Madball, Broken Hope and Generichrist!

Two local Floridian bands, both winners of the Battle Of The Bands contest show, will be opening the fest. The first battle was held on November 27th at the BrassMug where the winning band was Untoten Krieg. The second battle took place on December 26th at the Crowbar in Ybor City, with Unsung Destroyer winning the proverbial belt.

Said John Tardy of fest:

“My brother and I have been so fortunate and thankful to be part of some the best and biggest music festivals in the world. The amount of people, bands and energy these festivals can bring is just awesome. From the first time we played one, it has always been a dream of ours to put together a music festival that is not only fun for the fans, bands and crews, but one that also brings a closeness to all involved. After years and years of talking about it, we finally decided the time is now. We want to put together a first class festival. From the venue to the PA, from the lights to the lineup we are trying our best to make this as memorable event as possible. No festival, anywhere in the world, even with the best possible lineup, would work if the area does not support it. I think that Tampa, and its surrounding cities, is a great music area and one that is ready to make this event come to life.”

Florida Metal Fest I Schedule – Doors: 3:00pm

Criss Oliva Stage:
Atheist: 4:30pm – 5:15pm
Madball: 5:45pm – 6:30pm
Trouble: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Deicide: 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Corrosion Of Conformity: 10:00pm – 11:00pm
Obituary: 11:30pm – 12:30pm

Chuck Schuldiner Stage:
Untoten Krieg: 4:00pm – 4:30pm
Unsung Destroyer: 5:15pm – 5:45pm
Generichrist: 6:15pm – 7:00pm
Broken Hope: 7:40pm – 8:20pm
Malevolent Creation: 9:30pm – 10:30pm
Aftershow Party w/ Painkiller: 12:30pm

The Cuban Club, Ybor City in Tampa, Florida, home to the Florida Metal Fest, is surrounded by dozen of bars and restaurants, includes easy parking and is in walking distance or a short cab ride to dozens of hotels at a variety of prices for further info visit http://www.floridametalfest.com where you’ll find ticket, travel and lodging info.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: For starters let me say how cool it is that this all-day festival show will have two legendary figures of Metal’s past honored in stage names with both Criss Oliva from Savatage and Chuck Schuldiner of the mighty Death. What is great about this festival is that so many of the bands hitting the stage tomorrow were influenced by Death themselves and you have to imagine that somewhere in the great beyond Chuck has put down his guitar and glanced at the proceedings and smiled at what he helped inspire. There are no less than seven bands on this lineup that I want to see and I wish that I could head down there to rock out with reckless abandon like the folks who already have their tickets. What do you readers think of this one? Let me know in the comments below. Maybe we can start a petition on Change.org to convince them to bring something like this a few states further up the coast. I know this has the kind of lineup that would blow away that last Mayhem Festivals early stage for sure.

Official Website: http://www.floridametalfest.com