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  • Jay Nanda / AXS.com

    70000 Tons of Metal's best of rest put cruise fun to test

    Try as one person might, let alone 3,000, one thing's for certain regarding the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise: it's impossible to see all 61 bands playing two concerts apiece.   With partying taking place around the clock, many fans fail to pace themselves and are already passed out during the first...
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    70000 Tons of Metal spotlight: Annihilator

    Of the many perks on board the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise each year -- witnessing up to 61 bands, having the ship serve as a humongous backstage pass, to name a couple -- another one comes into play every now and then. The opportunity to catch artists live that, incredibly, don't tour the States...
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    70000 Tons of Metal spotlight: Overkill

    For all the years he has spent pumping up audiences with the intensity of his band's brand of thrash metal, Overkill vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth may have outdone himself on the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise. How? By thanking the crowds on the pool deck and inside the Alhambra Theater in...
  • Jay Nanda / AXS.com

    Worldwide fans unite in making seventh 70000 Tons of Metal headbanging success

    The 70000 Tons of Metal cruise has sold out all seven years of its existence, necessitating a bigger ship to accommodate an extra 1,000 passengers and 20 bands from its inception in 2011. A large reason is the people from what this year amounted to a record-breaking 74 countries. Such lofty status...
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    Labadee provides bodaciously beautiful backdrop for 70000 Tons of Metal trek to Haiti

    The trek down flights of stairs and through corridors that would eventually lead to a brief departure from Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas gave way to a breathtaking view before both feet were even off the boat. Plush green forests, rock formations and crystal waters were already coming...
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    70000 Tons of Metal spotlight: Arch Enemy

    Any skepticism that may have still existed in the minds of Arch Enemy fans when former vocalist Angela Gossow departed and gave way to Alissa White-Gluz in 2014 was put to rest in a big way aboard the seventh annual 70000 Tons of Metal cruise. Of course, many of those fans from 74 nations on the...
  • Arch Enemy premieres, discusses forthcoming DVD on board 70000 Tons of Metal

    Arch Enemy premieres, discusses forthcoming DVD on board 70000 Tons of Metal

    Although 3,000 passengers from 74 countries had a backstage pass for four days aboard the seventh annual 70000 Tons of Metal cruise, one unique event was off limits to fans. Until now. As one of the 61 bands on Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas from Feb. 2-6, Arch Enemy held a press...
  • Jay Nanda / AXS.com

    70000 Tons of Metal spotlight: Testament

    As one of the original 42 artists that can say they were part of the inaugural 70000 Tons of Metal cruise in 2011, Testament is well-versed in having a grand ol' time on a ship. As one of the 61 bands that played on the seventh annual rendition Feb. 2-6 aboard Royal Caribbean's Independence of the...
  • Jay Nanda / AXS.com

    70000 Tons of Metal spotlight: Anthrax

    As the first band officially announced last summer to commit to the seventh annual 70000 Tons of Metal cruise, Anthrax's inclusion figured to make this year's voyage the biggest one yet. As the first Big 4 band ever to perform on the ship, Anthrax may have also given Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer...
  • Interview: Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante chats at 70000 Tons of Metal

    Interview: Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante chats at 70000 Tons of Metal

    After six years of selling out the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise, skipper and brainchild Andy Piller reached into his bag of invitations for something bigger last summer. He got it in the form of the first Big 4 thrash band to ever commit to his undertaking in the form of Anthrax.   While that...
  • Jay Nanda / AXS.com

    70000 Tons of Metal All-Star Jam provides dream team of collaborations

    Thousands of concertgoers, of any genre, could attend hundreds of shows in their lifetime and rarely witness on-stage collaborations of their favorite musicians. Even if they did, it might be for a song or two. Certainly not for an entire 90-minute concert of its own. But that's what happens every...
  • Jay Nanda / AXS.com

    'World's Biggest Heavy Metal Beach Party' calm before 70000 Tons of Metal storm

    Before heavy metal fans' annual extravaganza on a cruise ship could take place, there was the simple matter of the pre-parties. The appetizer was labeled "World's Biggest Heavy Metal Beach Party,"  and as the buildup to the seventh annual 70000 Tons of Metal, it wasn't for the faint of heart. Miami...
  • Overkill new album preview on 70000 Tons of Metal cruise, released Friday

    Overkill new album preview on 70000 Tons of Metal cruise, released Friday

    Of all 18 studio albums New Jersey thrash outfit Overkill has released since 1985, none of those titles has been more apropos than the one that dropped Friday. The wrecking crew led by original vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and original bassist D.D. Verni released The Grinding Wheel to the world...
  • Jay Nanda / AXS.com

    70000 Tons of Metal spotlight: Amaranthe

    You have to start somewhere when there are 61 bands playing two concerts apiece aboard a cruise vessel, and Sweden's Amaranthe had the honors within an hour of the boat's departure. Chosen to christen the spacious Alhambra Theater -- and become the third group overall to play -- Amaranthe kicked off...
  • Jay Nanda / AXS.com

    70000 Tons of Metal spotlight: Uli Jon Roth

    It's not exactly a feather in one's cap to say it's tiresome listening to a musical artist living off his prior fame. When that artist possesses the guitar wizardry, and the background, of Uli Jon Roth, hearing blasts from the past never gets old. The feathers on his Electric Sky instrument...
  • Amy Harris

    Slideshow: Check out exclusive band portraits from 70000 Tons of Metal

    The heavy metal cruise ship 70000 Tons of Metal set sail to Haiti from the port of Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 2, offering fans a chance to see over 60 bands in a uniquely intimate setting. The high seas metal festival gave 3,000 lucky passengers a chance to catch performances from their favorite...
  • Amy Harris

    Photos: Anthrax rocks the high seas on 70000 Tons of Metal

    Before Anthrax headed off to Europe for the Among the Kings tour this week, they set sail with 3000 other metal heads and 60 bands on 70000 Tons of Metal. 70000 Tons of Metal set sail Feb. 2 though Feb 6 out of the port of Miami headed to Labadee, Haiti on Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Sea...
  • Amy Harris

    Photos: 70000 Tons of Metal 2017 sails to Labadee

    70000 Tons of Metal, the world’s original heavy metal cruise, set sail from the port of Fort Lauderdale bound for Labadee, Haiti on the Independence of the Seas Feb. 2-6. The cruise featured over 60 bands of the heaviest musical acts from all around the world. Music ranged from thrash metal to...
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