While SkullsNBones has had the pleasure of covering the 70,000 Tons of Metal on several occasions, this marks the first time that I and my trusty partner in crime and photographer Jason Carlson will set sail. It is certainly a bucket-list type of party, and we are ready to bring the noise.
Before I delve into the acts that I am most excited to see, I want to invite everyone to track our adventures via a page dedicated exclusively to the cruise. You can find the page here: https://skullsnbones.com/live-coverage-70000-tons-metal-2018/ . We will be blogging, providing photos here and there, not to mentioning tweeting throughout.
Now, let’s talk bands. I have to admit at the expense of sounding old, but I hope that this body will let me see all that I hope to while on the cruise. There are a few that I won’t miss, though.
I love New Orleans, and I love the brand of metal that comes from the swampy, humid city. Goatwhore are true innovators in their sound, and their explosive presence are not to be missed.
Cannibal Corpse are a band who I haven’t ever seen, but I have listened to for years. I will see both of their sets, “come hell or high water.”
As a black metal enthusiast, and a huge fan of early Samael, I will be front and center for their performances. Despite their evolution toward more industrial influences, I hold Worship Him near and dear to my black, empty heart, and I can’t wait.
Belphegor are one of the additions to the cruise that made my excitement soar. They are some of the truest purveyors of the black metal genre on the scene today.
I saw Meshuggah once. I actually went for Intronaut, but they were a supporting act (with Animals as Leaders). Unfortunately, my friend Jagermeister completely erased any memory of anything they played. In fact, I don’t remember them taking the stage. Needless to say, I am eager to see these Swedes rip it up.
I could go on, but I will leave you with this: Exodus. This last minute addition to the cruise is such an excellent surprise.
Did I mention Aborted? Swallow the Sun? Exhumed? Kataklysm? Let’s do this!