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70000 Tons of Metal: Jason’s Band List for 2019

Hey Metalheads! Jason here. How is it 2019 already?! I can’t believe that a year has gone, and that we are about to embark on another adventure aboard the Independence of the Seas for 70000 Tons of Metal! Last year was my first time ever on a cruise, not to mention 70000 Tons. I’ve never really been interested in cruises

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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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Slayer: Live Photos from Tinley Park, IL!

Slayer!!! Where do I even start? One of the “Big Four” of thrash metal. Arguably the heaviest of the “Big Four”. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve even seen Slayer. 10? 15? 20? I can’t remember. All I remember is a great show with an absolutely insane crowd every time. When I heard that Slayer were going to

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Lamb of God: Live Photos from Tinley Park, IL!

The last band before Slayer was Lamb of God. The guys from Richmond, VA are one of the best acts in metal today. I’ve been a fan since “New American Gospel” came out and saw them on tour with GWAR way back then (when John played with 3 strings on his bass). If memory serves, they were the first band

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Anthrax: Live Photos from Tinley Park, IL!

The third band on the bill for Slayer’s final world tour is Anthrax. They are one of my favorite bands to shoot, especially Joey and Frank – they’re so active on stage that I (almost) always get cool shots of them. Security was tight at this venue, and one thing they did was escort us to/from the photo pit. A

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Behemoth: Live Photos from Tinley Park, IL!

Everyone knows that Slayer has announced their “final” tour. When I saw the lineup, I couldn’t just go as a fan, I had to go there to cover the event! Anthrax, Behemoth, Testament, Lamb of God, and Slayer?! I wish more tours would come around like this one!! The only “unfortunate” (and I’m using that word very loosely) thing about

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Is Stadium-Sized Metal Disappearing One Band At A Time?

These are strange times in the metal world. Strange times, indeed. Slayer are calling it quits after 37 years with one more tour that kicks off later in this spring, and fellow Big Four titans Metallica are ramping up for a 34-date 2018/2019 tour that has metalheads spewing all kinds of happy nonsense down their faded black shirts. But the

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Slayer Announce Second Leg Of North American Farewell Tour

Excitement surrounding Slayer’s final is tangible with more than half the dates on the first leg of the North American tour either sold-out or damned close. The first leg of the tour will kick off on May 10 10 at the Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, California, and the band, by popular demand, have now added a second leg

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Behemoth And Lamb Of God Live Photos From The Forum In Inglewood, CA

Slayer, Lamb of God, and Behemoth packed The Forum to capacity this past weekend, selling out every seat in the arena and filling the streets of Inglewood with black-clad, Satan-worshipping metalheads. A pair of scolding church protesters greeted fans arriving in the parking lots, but they could do nothing to spoil a lazy, sunny Saturday afternoon tailgate for the thousands

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Show Review: Slayer, Lamb Of God, And Behemoth In Bemidji, MN

There is something magical about witnessing the opening night of a tour.  You see the creation of the stage show, the introduction of new songs, the reemergence of old songs that have been shelved for a bit, not to mention the players are fresh and anxious to deliver to the audience. A Slayer show is always intense, but witnessing the

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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