Watch out, Nuclear Blast fans! Yesterday, the "Dong Open Air" festival 2018 pre-sale started! The event will take place from July 12th-14th in Neukirchen-Vluyn. Make sure that you grab your tickets fast - 75% of early bird tickets have already sold out, after only a few hours! Why? The answer is obvious: All four bands that the festival has announced up to now, are Nuclear Blast bands! See below the announcement overview for the first wave of bands: Multi-Grammy nominated thrash icons ANTHRAX, who helped pioneer the thrash metal genre as a member of The Big Four along with METALLICA, SLAYER and MEGADETH, will see »Kings Among Scotland«, the band's long-awaited live-in-concert DVD, arrive in stores and online on April 27, 2018. It can be pre-ordered now; log on to for all purchasing information. EXODUS' latest record was their masterpiece entitled »Blood In, Blood Out«, which was released in 2014. It entered the German Media Control Charts at #29 and debuted on the Billboard US Top 200 at the tremendous position of #38. Additionally, the album saw EXODUS entering several international charts for the first time ever. Get your copy here: DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER released their new record »Der Rote Reiter« earlier this year. The album entered the official German album charts at #10 and received lots of positive press feedback across the board (e.g. (7/7 METAL HAMMER, 14/15 LEGACY, 9/10 ROCK HARD, 9/10, and many more)! Get »Der Rote Reiter«: »Ode to the Flame«, MANTAR's current studio album, was released in April 2016. This year, the band unleashed a new EP titled »The Spell«, consisting of three previously unreleased songs. Even before the release date arrived, the 10" silver vinyl had already completely sold out! Only a few copies of the black version were left (and those also sold out very shortly after). Get »Ode to the Flame«: Of course even more bands will be announced soon for the festival, so be prepared for more news! In the meantime, make sure you get your hands on one of the last early bird tickets to give yourself (or a friend) a pure METAL christmas present!