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70000 Tons Of Metal 2017 - Day Three: Metal Music In The Haitian Sun

Day 3 marks "Port Day" on 70000 Tons Of Metal. It's a time for anyone to have the standard mainstream vacation portion of the cruise…but in metal is anything "mainstream"? What awaited fans and musicians alike was sunning, swimming, snorkeling, exploring, volleyball, boating, jet skiing, open ocean zip lines and a go-kart style rollercoaster.

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Posted: 18.03.2017 by D.T. Metal | Comments (0)

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Getting Into: Melt-Banana

The articles in this series begun by our own Baz Anderson are designed to give a brief overview of a band's entire discography, so as to provide a clear point of entry for the uninitiated. It offers a different approach from the typical review format, for the curious newcomer to a well-traveled band.

Melt-Banana
Noise punk, experimental rock, grindcore, noisecore, hardcore punk
Japan

Picture The Damned. Now replace Dave Vanian's noble baritone with mousy tittering more akin to Kirby's chipmunk vocalizations, Captain Sensible with a masked stack of effects pedals and hemorrhagic feedback, Rat Scabies with a machine, and Algy Ward with a Japanese woman who otherwise suitably resembles Algy Ward. This is Melt-Banana, a cheery and unorthodox punk band whose unflagging enthusiasm has transformed the group into an endless well of indiscriminate and indecipherable intrigue. From a near-average noise punk quartet to an experimental grindcore trio to a something something duo, Melt-Banana has grown as it has shrunk and progressed as it has approached normality. The spastic blur of swirling motion and noise that is Melt-Banana has managed to turn some heads in its 20+ years of existence, if more out of confusion and curiosity than anything else.

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Posted: 17.03.2017 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (1)

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MS Awards 2016 - Staff Picks!!

It wasn't an easy task... emotions ran high… threats were made... longtime friendships were on the verge of falling apart…

Nah, it wasn't that bad, and in the end we came to our senses, hugged it out, and "kumbaya" was echoing in the halls of the MS Tower.

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Posted: 10.03.2017 by D.T. Metal | Comments (18)

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70000 Tons Of Metal 2017 - Day Two: The Longest Day Gets Even Longer

Day 2 of 70000 Tons Of Metal is usually packed with "can't miss shows" and the 2017 cruise was no different. Tired, definitely hungover but determined nevertheless, I dragged my butt to the upper deck after a 3'ish hour sleeping stint in my cabin.

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Posted: 04.03.2017 by D.T. Metal | Comments (1)

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Be Prog! My Friend 2016 - Poble Espanyol, Barcelona, Spain, 01-02.07.2016

at be prog my friend
amazing bands are playing
and it's blazing hot

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Posted: 28.02.2017 by Tiina | Comments (1)

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70000 Tons Of Metal 2017 - Day One: Here We Go Again

It was the end of January, and per usual, I made my way down to sunny Florida to soak up the sun before my annual 70000 Tons Of Metal adventure. At this point I would say 'same procedure as every year' but this year I finally made true on my promise and attended the cruise as a fan instead of "working". So, instead of shooting tons and tons of pictures, this year I drank tons and tons of adult beverages… yap - priorities ya'll.

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Posted: 27.02.2017 by D.T. Metal | Comments (2)

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A Year In Metal - 2016: Highlights Through The Eyes Of The MS Staff, Elites & Official Contributors

Yeah, it's that time of the year, when the Metal Storm Awards are looming closer on the horizon! But before we let you have all the fun...

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Posted: 29.01.2017 by Darkside Momo | Comments (32)

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Dirkschneider - Denver, USA - 16 Jan 2017

"Dirkschneider: Back To The Roots - Farewell To Accept" says it all.

Udo Dirkschneider hasn't been a part of the German heavy metal titans Accept for eons now, and since his solo band U.D.O. has a rather extensive discography on its own, he decided it was time to finally close this chapter of his musical career.

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Posted: 23.01.2017 by D.T. Metal | Comments (1)