Opinion

70,000 Tons Of Metal 2020 Announcements: The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

Veterans of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, lovingly referred to as “Survivors,” are cultish when it comes to the annual event. The camaraderie is unmatched, and most hold this voyage as the “must-attend” metal event of the year. In fact, banter about the next year’s lineup begins the day the cruise docks … and is met for months by

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70000 Tons of Metal - Party In A Hot Tub By Jason Carlson

Five Things We Can’t Wait To Do On 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2019

Photo Editor Jason Carlson and I took our first 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise last year, and it was beyond fun. The music, the new friends, the experience – it was amazing. For those who haven’t been on the annual voyage, we thought we would break out five things that we can’t wait to do again on next year’s cruise. 

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KISS - Gene Simmons 2014 By SkullsNBones

Opinion: KISS’ Final Tour Is A Welcome One

I am embarrassed to say this, but I thought KISS retired a few years ago. My first album ever was KISS‘ Dynasty on vinyl. It came out in 1979, making me a wee lad upon its release, but I loved it. Arguably a more accessible album than the classics that preceded it, the painted faces on the cover were enough

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Zeal - Ardor - Strange Fruit - Promo Photo

Opinion: The Improbable Appeal Of Zeal & Ardor

Zeal & Ardor are strangers in the metal world. Septultura delivered Roots which bristled with Brazilian tribal energies, Devildriver recently released their outlaw country homage Outlaws ‘Til the End Vol. 1, and Zeal & Ardor, with 2017’s Devil is Fine and this year’s Strange Fruit, explore a world where the shackles of slaves are part of the music’s rhythmic lifeblood.

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The Future Of Metal Is Here

We recently pondered the future of stadium-sized metal, given the impending exit of Slayer and the aging mega-bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden (read it here). Well, friends, the question of who will take over the throne is being answered night after night on Slayer‘s farewell tour. The answer is Lamb of God. When Randy Blythe and company took the stage

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Five Things Missing From Our Lives Since 70,000 Tons Of Metal

It has been a mere four months since the 2018 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, and, quite honestly, we haven’t been “complete” since stepping off the Independence of the Seas and saying good-bye to friends, new and old. Now it is a waiting game. We know the dates for next year’s cruise and we are currently making plans. We know

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Zeal - Ardor - Strange Fruit - Promo Photo

Opinion: The Improbable Appeal Of Zeal & Ardor

Zeal & Ardor are strangers in the metal world. Septultura delivered Roots which bristled with Brazilian tribal energies, Devildriver recently released their outlaw country homage

The Future Of Metal Is Here

We recently pondered the future of stadium-sized metal, given the impending exit of Slayer and the aging mega-bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden (read it