How could this year’s 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise (featuring Carcass, The Haunted, Death Angel, Fear Factory, Overkill, Symphony X, Obituary and many others) get any better? Well even though the metal festival cruise is less than a month away from setting sail, it appears there’s a few more big names to be added, including Death To All (the touring tribute act featuring former members of Death paying tribute to the late Chuck Schuldiner)
In a Facebook post that has since been taken down but can be seen in the image above, Eric Grief (president of Perseverance Holdings Ltd./ lawyer of Schuldiner’s intellectual property) teased that Death To All may be appearing on the cruise. “Anyone going on the 70,000 Tons of Metal in four weeks? Hint, hint… ;),” said Grief in the post. He then went on to clarify in the comment section “OK – there is a CHANCE we’ll be playing. At this point we’re in negotiation with Andy – he has requested that we play. Also Cynic is on board, too…and Terry & Obituary. See what I’m saying? Lots of friends…”
While Death To All’s involvement may not be set in stone, Grief’s later comment did insinuate two major points:
1) If Death To All was to play the cruise, it would likely be the Human-era lineup (who have been touring under the moniker for most of 2013, most recently Europe) performing aboard the cruise with Obituary/ex-Death bassist Terry Butler partaking in some form.
2) Though it hasn’t been officially announced, Grief pretty much lets it slip that Cynic is also playing the 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise this year (another major addition to the lineup if that turns out to be true).
15 out of 40 bands for the cruise have yet to be officially announced. However, if Death To All (which also plans to embark on another round in Europe this summer) and Cynic are indeed confirmed for the cruise, then an official announcement will likely be made very soon. And talk about two killer additions to an already stellar lineup!
UPDATE: In response to a comment made on a separate Facebook post, Grief commented saying “Nothing is agreed yet – and if it doesn’t happen it is because the musicians aren’t available, not because of the organizers – the organizers want it to happen.” Thus, though Death To All (and possibly even Cynic) has yet to officially sign on, both Grief and the organizers are definitely trying to make something happen.