The 70000TONS OF METAL festival organizers have announced that the twelfth edition of the floating festival will sail on January 29th to February 2nd from Miami, Florida – Cruise Capital of the World – to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and back, on board the luxury passenger vessel Freedom of the Seas.
The festival will once again host 60 Heavy Metal bands spanning all subgenres and welcome 3000 metalheads from around the world.
The Freedom of the Seas, a Freedom class cruise ship, offers a host of amenities and complimentary dining options. Guests will also enjoy unrestricted festival access to all 120+ performances across four stages:
The Royal Theater is a five-storied concert hall. The more intimate Star Lounge offers the local club vibe. A third indoor stage, Studio B, provides an arena-like atmosphere. Lastly, but most notable, the Pool Deck Stage: The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage structure to sail the Open Seas. This colossal stage is surrounded by bars, plenty of room to sunbathe and even hot tubs incorporated into the stage itself, offering guests the unique opportunity to watch their favorite metal bands from the comfort of a hot tub.
The ship will sail to Puerto Plata – the Dominican Republic’s oldest city in the north and the pioneer of tourism in the country. The city is famous for Parque Independencia, the “Central Park” of Puerto Plata and a popular meeting point. Take a cable car to the top of “Monte Isabel de Torres”, a peak rising 2,600 feet above sea level. Swim and snorkel at Sosua beach and then grab some lunch or a beverage at one of the many nearby restaurants and bars. Try some local fare with a bowl of la Bandera: a meat stew with rice, beans, and fried plantains or a saucy Pescado con coco (fish in coconut sauce).
La Casa de la Cultura is a three-story Victorian house that features local arts exhibits, a contemporary art gallery, library and store with local goods for sale. Find yourself some of the oldest, most translucent amber in the world, which Puerto Plata is famous for. As the festival organizers continually strive to innovate and improve the Heavy Metal Festival Experience for their guests and their surroundings, festivalgoers will once again have the option to purchase a Carbon Offset when booking their Private Cabin or Single Ticket for 70000TONS OF METAL 2024. For the eleventh voyage of 70000TONS OF METAL in 2023, nearly 15% of their customers chose to purchase the additional Carbon Offset. The funds contributed through the Carbon Offset Program went to Greentripper’s Improved Cookstoves in Ghana project. Visit 70000tons.com for more information and watch their social media pages @70000tons for more announcements including sales dates. About 70000TONS OF METAL 70000TONS OF METAL is The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise. With ten consecutive sellouts since the inaugural voyage in 2011, this extraordinary and unique floating festival now sails on board some of the largest luxury passenger vessels in the world. Featuring 60 world-class Heavy Metal bands from around the globe performing across four stages, 70000TONS OF METAL is home to The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to sail the Open Seas. Guests can enjoy the Heavy Metal festival experience of a lifetime with all the benefits that a cruise has to offer: complimentary fine dining, bars that never close, 24-hour room service, as well as the ship’s many amenities. This four-day Heavy Metal Music Festival and Caribbean vacation offers 3000 metalheads the amazing opportunity to mingle side-by-side with all of the bands on board. With no VIP areas it truly is like everyone has a backstage pass. Not only do guests have unrestricted festival access to 120+ live performances (all bands play twice), every ticket also includes meet & greets with every band, intimate masterclasses with select musicians and exclusive live & listening premieres. Guests also have full access to the “Jamming in International Waters All Star Jam” – a one-of-a-kind jam session featuring a host of musical virtuosos performing classic metal songs together on stage. Festivalgoers also have the special opportunity to explore a Caribbean dream destination with their favorite band members on an “Artist Escorted Shore Excursion”, another 70000TONS OF METAL exclusive. For more details about 70000TONS OF METAL 2024, including FAQs, vessel amenities and contact information, please visit 70000tons.com. Guests and fans are also invited to join the 70000TONS OF METAL community on The70000TONS OF METAL Official Forum, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Telegram and Spotify: @70000tons
We are very pleased to say that we have visited Blaze in the hospital. His spirits are high and his sense of humour remains intact! He is currently waiting on news about his surgery and is optimistic for the future. We wish Blaze a full and quick recovery.
Nevertheless, with Blaze likely to be in recovery for several months, this blows a big hole in our touring plans and therefore we are beginning the process of booking shows for Absolva. We are open for offers for headline shows and/or festivals in UK & Europe.
Meantime, we had stocked up on merch ahead of the original shows, so if possible it would be a big help if you would please buy online items which you might have bought on the tour. Please check out our webshop to see our ‘Stand Your Ground’ T-shirts & more www.absolva.com
MINNEAPOLIS, MN (January 27, 2023) — Johnny O’Neil announces the release of the EP “LIVE at the Southern Theater”. This follows up his debut album TRUTH OR DARE. The EP was recorded live at a show the band performed at the iconic Southern Theater in Minneapolis on December 11th, 2021. The EP features five songs that provide a snapshot of Johnny and his band’s history, ranging from a song initially recorded by Johnny’s former band Dare Force, “Let Me Play,” the lead track from Johnny’s first solo album, “Snake In the Grass,” to three brand new tracks from Johnny’s upcoming second album: “Take Me Down,” “Tell Me Your Story,” and a remake of the Thin Lizzy classic, “Don’t Believe A Word.”Fans can download the new live EP for free directly from Johnny’s website: http://www.JohnnyONeil.com or it can be streamed from your favorite platform.Johnny O’Neil talked about the recording of their second full length album, “We are currently in the studio recording our second album. While we have “officially” been a band since late 2020 and performed live over the past year-and-a-half, the new album represents the maiden voyage of my full band in the studio. As such, we all are discovering more about each other as musicians, band mates, and dear friends. My first solo album, “Truth Or Dare” set a high bar to meet with the second album, this time featuring my whole band.”Johnny O’Neil is excited to announce a show on March 6th supporting The Winery Dogs at the Fine Line in Minneapolis, MN. Show info and tickets can be found at https://bnds.us/2kqa3xARTIST: Johnny O’NeilALBUM: LIVE at the Southern Theater1. Take Me Down2. Don’t Believe A Word3. Tell Me Your Story4. Let Me Play5. Snake In The GrassBand Members: JOHNNY O’NEIL: All Lead and Harmony Vocals, GuitarsJOHN FUNK: GuitarsBENNY CRAIG: BassJOACHIM BAECKER: Drums and PercussionLive Mix Engineer: Michael TienkenFinal Mix Engineer: Brian BartCo-Produced by the Blood Brothers: Johnny O’Neil & Brian Bart Executive Producer: Johnny O’NeilBack Cover Photographer: Blake BogdanovichGraphics and Design: JoB VisualsManagement: Michael BrandvoldHISTORY: (Johnny O’Neil’s previous band Dare Force)DARE FORCE: Dare Force was a legendary hard rock/heavy metal band based in Minneapolis that was initially founded by Johnny and Brian Bart when they were 18 years old. Dare Force released three albums in the 1980s and performed in concert with numerous national acts such as KISS, Ted Nugent, Triumph, Kansas, UFO, the Joe Perry Project, and Ratt, as well as headlining in venues throughout the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. Dare Force also had several songs that received heavy airplay on rock radio stations throughout the midwestern US in the 1980s. Dare Force released its third album, “Firepower,” with a reformed version of the band in 1989. The original lineup performed occasional reunion gigs after the long run of the original band ended in 1987, but the original version of Dare Force stopped performing live altogether after their last reunion show in 2002. Dare Force reformed yet again with a return to a four-piece lineup in 2017, and released its fourth album, “Callin’ Your Name,” in 2018.WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA: Website: http://www.JohnnyONeil.com FB: http://www.Facebook.com/JohnnyONeilOfficial Instagram: http://www.Instagram.com/Johnny_ONeilOfficial Bandcamp: https://johnnyoneil.bandcamp.com/releases YouTube: https://youtube.com/JohnnyONeilOfficial Twitter: https://twitter.com/JohnnyONeil16
NICK ROWE (VAMPIRE WEEKEND, MADONNA) DROPS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2023
ON AFM RECORDS
January 30, 2023 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Motive Black’s debut album titled, Auburn, drops worldwide on Friday, February 10, 2023. Produced by Grammy-winner Nick Rowe(Bloodsimple, Vampire Weekend) the album features special guests such as Marcos Curiel (P.O.D.), Ray Luzier (Korn), and Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies).
“Motive Black are poised for big things,” says Eli Enis at REVOLVER and compares Elana Justin to artists like Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale and the Pretty Reckless’ Taylor Momsen. Leah Brungardt at All Access adds: “Motive Black is the creative phoenix born of singer Elana Justin’s pain, tenacity, and resilience.”
“Auburn has been a roller coaster to work on,” frontwoman and founding band member Elana explains. “It explores change, evolution, and the ugly and beautiful things that go along with that. It’s a ride through manic highs and heavy lows. There is a lot of messiness involved in rediscovering yourself. I’m so grateful for all of the amazing people involved in the creation of this album. It was really amazing working with people like Carla, Ray, Marcos, and of course Nick. I am so excited to finally get Auburn out into the world!”
Elana says that album “is named for my sister’s beautiful auburn-colored hair. Losing her to addiction forced me to reexamine my life and make significant changes. I went through a huge transitional period. This album is the narrative of that journey.”
Auburn features Elana Justin on vocals; Nick Rowe on guitar, bass and co-songwriting credits; drummer Ray Luzier (Korn) on six tracks; guitarist Marcos Curiel (P.O.D.) on the first single “Broken“; and “special guest” Carla Harvey of Butcher Babies on the song “Lift Me Up.” Harvey also co-starred in the video for that track and says: “I love collaborating with strong women on projects so when I was asked to add my vocals to “Lift Me Up,” I happily obliged. The result…an infectious tune, a new found friendship…!”
Auburn was produced at the legendary NRG Studios in North Hollywood, Calif. by Grammy-winning Nick Rowe (Vampire Weekend, Lamb Of God, Madonna, Snoop Dogg) and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Korn, Papa Roach). Motive Black will appeal to fans of Evanescence, Delain, Follow The Cypher, The Pretty Reckless, Halestorm, New Years Day, In This Moment, Shinedown.
Auburn track listing: 1. “Lift Me Up” (feat. Carla Harvey) 2. “Broken” (feat. Ray Luzier, Marcos Curiel) 3. “Let Down” 4. “Bloodsport” 5. “Caged” (feat. Ray Luzier) 6. “Purge” 7. “Cellophane” (feat. Ray Luzier) 8. “Bad Decisions” 9. “Fake” (feat. Ray Luzier) 10. “Fight Alone” (feat. Ray Luzier) 11. “Auburn” (feat. Ray Luzier)
ABOUT AFM RECORDS AFM Records is a Rock/Metal record label, based in Hamburg, Germany. Founded in Schwalmstadt in 1996 the label’s roster has included iconic acts like U.D.O., Danzig, Doro, Evergrey, Theatre Of Tragedy, Flotsam And Jetsam, Anvil, Cabin Boy Jumped Ship, BillyBio, Thundermother and Destruction. Motive Black was signed the label in 2020.