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Swallow the Sun - 70,000 Tons of Metal 2018 - By Jason Carlson

Swallow The Sun Live Photos From Day 2 Of 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise left Fort Lauderdale on February 1 packed with 3,000 metal bands representing 75 countries primed and ready to see 121 sets of music from 60 bands. Photographer Jason Carlson was on board, camera in hand, to capture the action. Here is his gallery of photos of Swallow the Sun from their performance on the Pool Deck

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KUOLEMANLAAKSO “TULIJOUTSEN”

In my mind, a good album is one that seems to fly by, and you enjoy what you’re listening to so much you’re surprised when it ends. What makes it more enjoyable is when you don’t know the band that created the album in question, and they make you an instant fan. It has happened many times over the years,

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TUSKA OPEN AIR METAL FESTIVAL 2013 RECAP!

Yep, it’s fucking January and Tuska Open Air Metal Festival was all they way back at the end of June 2013.  Par for the course of my life, the brand new 3T hard drive I bought from Western Digital crashed right after the festival, in-between that and my wedding, taking with it all my interview footage and photos. My heart

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Kuolemanlaakso “Musta Aurinko Nousee”

For those of you who are familiar with Kuolemanlaakso, you already know about the powerful groove these guys have put together to create their signature sound. If you’re just learning about them, then you’re in for a real treat. Kuolemanlaakso are a Finnish death metal band conceptualized by guitarist Markus Laakso and fronted by vocal heavyweight Mikko Kotamäki (Swallow The Sun,

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KUOLEMANLAAKSO, “MUSTA AURINKO NOUSEE” SINGLE RELEASED!

Anyone familiar with what’s happening in the underground scene in Finland right now is aware of Kuolemanlaakso, but I don’t think many expected the new single released to be quite so powerful.  Showcasing his expanding skill set, Mikko Kotamäki brings a new depth to his art with the deep, low singing on this track.  The song itself, “Musta Aurinko Nousee,” is

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KUOLEMANLAAKSO, “IKIUNI” MUSIC VIDEO RELEASED

My Finnish buddy Mikko Kotamaki is at it again, this time in his native language band Kuolemanlaakso. This is a little more death and a little less doom than you’re used to from this guy and the band is sporting a dreadlocked bassist- something I can totally get on board with! I’m really excited to see these guys live at

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kuolemanlaakso-tulijoutsen

KUOLEMANLAAKSO “TULIJOUTSEN”

In my mind, a good album is one that seems to fly by, and you enjoy what you’re listening to so much you’re surprised when

kuolemanlaakso-musta-aurinko-nousee

Kuolemanlaakso “Musta Aurinko Nousee”

For those of you who are familiar with Kuolemanlaakso, you already know about the powerful groove these guys have put together to create their signature sound.