Feb 27

Obituary – “Obituary” (2017)

Florida death metal pioneers Obituary are back at it again with their tenth studio album. The self-titled release via Relapse Records drops this March with a crushing blow to the eardrums of all nearby.  Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 25

Overkill – The Grinding Wheel (2017)

After eighteen albums and way more lineup changes than we can count, Overkill shows us you don’t need off the wall left field experimentation to bring something fresh to the table. 

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Feb 24

Doyle talks about his new album As We Die, touring and Misfits reunion

The Misfits‘ legendary guitar player and now solo artists Doyle is about to release his new album As We Die, the album which was recorded at the same time as Doyle‘s latest album Abominator was put on ice until the completion of the Abominator cycle. With that in mind, this new album is a continuation and the next chapter in the solo artist work that Doyle has done so far.  Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 22

70000 Tons of Metal 2017 – Day 4

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end and the final day of this fantastic adventure had slowly crept up on me. I had intended to wake up extra “early” to go watch Serenity, but my body had decided that sleep was more important and sadly missed their set. Slightly disappointed with myself, I jumped into some clothes and swiftly made my way up to the pool deck for Amaranthe’s show.

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Feb 21

Angel Vivaldi discussed new album at NAMM 2017

Angel Vivaldi is a young and talented guitar player that started his career as a guitar player in 2004, and since 2008 he has released a total of 5 self-released albums. His playing has been compared with the likes of virtuosos like Steve Vai & Joe Satriani, with a hint of cinematic dramatic flare. Last year Angel Vivaldi revisited his third album The Speed of Dark (2009) which was re-recorded and released later in August. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 21

70000 Tons of Metal 2017 – Day 3

It was a nice four-hour rest until I woke up to some heavy turmoil from the waves of the sea rocking the boat (literally this time) and realized we had arrived at Labadee, Haiti. 

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Feb 20

Kreator – Gods of Violence (2017)

So our favorite German thrash heroes are at it again. After fourteen albums you’d suspect that maybe Kreator might be risking reaching their “shelf life” and going stale like a few others who need not be named, but this album puts that fear to rest. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 18

Felix Martin talked about his new guitar & his new album at NAMM 2017

Venezuelan guitar innovator, Felix Martin is about to release his third studio album titled Mechanical Nations, after the release of his previous album The Scenic Album (2013) and playing successful tours all over the US & Europe, and being part of Mike Portnoy‘s Progressive Nation at Sea 2014, Felix Martin returns with a new album that features his new 16 string guitar and a lot of new jazzy and metallic sounds.  Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 16

David Davidson of Revocation discussed guitar gear, 70000 Tons & touring

Revocation is a 17-year-old band that has gained the respect and love from the metal community by coming from humble origins in Boston, MA to become one of the most notorious metal acts in the world, at the same time it seems that guitar player/vocalist David Davidson has enjoyed a similar treatment as his fame as one of the most skilled guitar players in metal still raising.  Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 15

Herman Li of Dragonforce talked about his new Ibanez guitars & the new album

There is no doubt that Herman Li of Dragonforce is one of the most gifted guitar players on the planet, and he along with Sam Totman are the driving force behind Dragonforce‘s massive and crazy sound. The band that was put in the spotlight with the single Through the Fire and Flames almost 10 years ago as part of the widely popular Guitar Hero III video game has become an important player in the power metal scene ever since. With Dragonforce touring around the world several times and participating in several summer festivals in Europe every year.   Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 14

70000 Tons of Metal 2017 – Day 2

It begins! Our first full metal day at sea, starting off with a breakfast in the Windjammer, of course, to fuel up before all the metal madness starts. Considering the daily lineup, it would be a hasty day for me scrambling between the Pool Deck and Alhambra Theater nearly all day long. Starting off the day to wake up the right way with Orden Ogan in the Alhambra. The crowd was very into this admired German band, singing along and cheering about to their great combination of power and folk metal. Soon thereafter, it was time to grab a drink and move on to the Pool Deck to go check out Saltatio Mortis!

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