Michael Schenker Fest, Sortilège, Soen, Trollfest, Grave Digger, and More Booked for 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise

The tenth annual 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise has been dropping some incredible bookings for the 2020 cruise this January. Recently added bands are Michael Schenker Fest, Sortilège, Soen, Trollfest, Grave Digger, and more have been added to the cruise lineup! Schenker’s appearance makes the Official 50th Recording Anniversary for him as an artist. For the cruise he will be joined by a very special compliment of musicians: Continue reading

Watch A Pikachu Moshpit At 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise

We are already seeing reports that the just completed 70000 Tons of Metal cruise was the craziest and most fun yet for the nine-year-old event. We have already seen a ton of hilarious posts by “survivors”, but this one takes the cake! During a set by Finnish melo-death band Kalmah, an entire army of Pikachu’s took over the mosh pit. Check out this hilarious fan footage by Duncan Fosnough (a.k.a. The Pink Ranger, also the drummer of a badass metal band, Sonic Pulse) who shared this video with us on Facebook! Next year’s cruise is already set so make sure to check them out if you’ve never gone! Continue reading

Soulfly Books Headline Tour Of America For Early 2019

Soulfly, on the cusp of releasing their new album later this week, Ritual, on October 19 via Nuclear Blast. Now the band has announced new headline tour dates for early 2019, with labelmates Kataklysm. Other support will come from Incite, Chaoseum, Alukah, and Skinflint. Soulfly will also perform a special exclusive set at 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise, where Max And Igor Cavalera will perform their final “Return To Roots” show, celebrating their classic album Roots (Roadrunner) from 1996. Continue reading

70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise Books Accept, Eluveitie, Subway To Sally As First Bands For 2019

After what seemed like a summer of endless waiting, the 70,000 Tons Of Metal (70K of Metal) has finally named their first band for the 2019 cruise. Accept, Eluveitie, and Subway To Sally is the first band setting sail on the next cruise. Follow 70 tons on Facebook and their other social for clues to what other bands they will add to finish the first wave of acts. The cruise will take place from January 31st to February 4th2019 from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Labadee, Haiti. Continue reading

Members Of Kreator, Sepultura, Destruction, And Other Bands Cover Metallica, AC/DC, Judas Priest & More At 70000 Tons Of Metal All-Star Jam

The eight annual 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise returned to the States last week, and from all reports, it was another epic affair on the open seas. As always, the cruise came to a close with an amazing all-star jam hosted by Annihilator‘s Jeff Waters. Continue reading

Metsatoll Added to 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise, More Bands To Be Announced

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Estonian folk metallers Metsatoll have been added to the upcoming 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise, setting sail in less than a months time. As of now 46 of the 60 bands have been announced for the cruise, which is sold out but has a wait list that makes it possible to get a last-minute ticket. Continue reading

Mark Osegueda, Aaron Homma, Scott Ian, D.D. Verni And Gene Hoglan Cover Metallica’s Metal Militia On The 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise

The 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise had a stacked lineup this year, which made for an impressive “All-Star Jam” on the last night of the trip. Continue reading

70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise Announce First Bands for 2016

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70000 Tons of Metal Cruise 2015, by MasterPhelps Photography

The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise” the 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise has announced the first 10 bands for their 2016 cruise. So far the bands slated to perform are At The Gates, Delain, Dragonforce, Firewind, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Iced Earth, Lacuna Coil, Moonspell, and Turisas. The cruise takes place from February 4th to 8th 2016, and departs from Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Florida setting a course for an as yet to be named destination, before returning again. Tickets are on sale and updates are available from the cruise’s website:

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70000 Tons of Metal Cruise: A Heavy Metal Odyssey at Sea Part II

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On the third day we docked in Ocho Rios, Jamaica for an afternoon of fun off the ship. My husband and I decided to forgo the cruise planned excursions in favor of having a cab driver take us around and see the sights. After sampling the “local flavor” we headed up to the Blue Hole located in the Parrish of Exchange. Blue Hole is a series of waterfalls that you access after a guided trek through the rainforest. When we reached the top, you had various cliffs and waterfalls to jump from into the blue pools below.

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By three o’clock, it was time to head back and dive immediately into the continuing festivities. This was to be a night of very little sleep as the shows went from 4:30 in the afternoon until 6 am the following morning. There was something for every type of fan that night, ranging from thrash metal, to symphonic metal, and everything in between.

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As the final day on the sea arrived, we anticipated the really big name bands on the main stage. Starting out the lineup with Primal Fear, and continuing with Cannibal Corpse, Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock, Therion, Annihilator, and the big cherry on top, legendary German Power Metal band, Blind Guardian – a fitting end to an incredible experience.

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Upon returning to Port Everglades, it was time to say farewell. We made a lot of amazing new friends from around the world on our journey at sea. And we are happy to know that we will be seeing most of them again next year, on the worlds biggest heavy metal cruise.

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WORDS BY TAYLOR PHELPS

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70000 Tons of Metal Cruise: A Heavy Metal Odyssey at Sea Part I


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You haven’t truly lived until you’ve moshed in a hot tub. Just sayin.’

70000 Tons of Metal is an adventure unlike anything else. With 60 bands on board and people from 70 countries, the party never stops. As thousands of black clad metal fans lined up to board Royal Caribbean’s massive ship, The Liberty of the Sea, the excitement was palpable.

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Many changes were to occur on this, the 6th year of the cruise. For one, the ship is bigger and the cruise longer by two days. Because of this, they were able to cram in an extra 20 bands, and a larger amount of tickets were available on this sold out event.

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The change of venue lended itself to a few massive problems. On the first night of the cruise, workers on the main pool deck struggled to build the worlds largest open air stage on the sea. Because of issues with the schematics, the stage needed to be reassembled after the initial setup. That issue, in addition to high winds making it dangerous to raise rigging for the lights, made it impossible to start the main stage shows until way into the second day at sea.

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That didn’t stop the metal, however. With three other club sized venues in various places aboard The Liberty, there were plenty of shows and special events to keep passengers occupied while we waited. Including, but not limited to, various listening parties and music clinics, belly flop competition, and the nightly 70000 Tons of Karaoke, where musicians and passengers alike could take the stage.

On top of the non stop concerts, we were able to enjoy all the trappings of a traditional cruise, such as multiple swimming pools and hot tubs, Flow Rider stationary surfing, rock climbing wall, spa, and the shops of The Promenade.


Soulfly was the first band to finally get on the main open air stage, after a 10 hour delay on the stage assembly effort. They somehow were able to rework the schedule to fit in the 6 bands that were bumped, including Trollfest, COC, and Gravedigger. Because that portion of the ship was closed all day, it meant that the main pool deck was completely inaccessible to passengers, leaving a serious void where there should have been the gorgeous 70k Pool Girls.

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The reward for this long wait was that the concerts virtually never stopped. While bopping back and forth between the many on board bars and venues, you stopped being surprised when you bumped into various musicians from the 60 bands in attendance. We rode the elevators with the guys from Korpiklaani and Municipal Waste, tanned next to the pool with the beautiful ladies of Therion, stood in the beer line with Ralf and Mat of Primal Fear, and head banged at the Sky Bar with Alestorm while watching Arch Enemy.

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