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Metal Bands Take to the High Seas with Three Upcoming Themed Cruises

Hey, metalheads – how about a show on a boat?

In recent years, musically-themed cruises have been hugely successful for acts from all genres, including Kid Rock, the Backstreet Boys/New Kids on the Block, 311, Weezer, and Sister Hazel, among many others.

As a result, the popularity of cruises among music fans of all shapes, sizes and styles has led to a handful of new metal-themed cruises, all wanting to bring heavy music fans together on the high seas.

Mayhem Festival Cruise

  • This December, for example, the Mayhem Festival Cruise will set sail from Miami to the Bahamas, and feature a lineup of heavy hitters: Lamb of God, Machine Head, Hatebreed, Anthrax, Suicide Silence, Born of Osiris, and DJ sets from Jonathan Davis of Korn and Sid of Slipknot are only a few of the notable acts taking part in the event. The Mayhem Cruise is an offshoot of the successful annual Mayhem Festival, so you can probably expect an experience as solid as those tours happen every year. Click here to find out more.

Barge to Hell Cruise

  • If you dig your metal a bit more on the “extreme” side, the Barge to Hell excursion might be worth your time. Taking place the same week as the Mayhem Cruise and also departing from Miami, the Barge to Hell features extreme acts like Enslaved, Rotting Christ, Six Feet Under, Sepultura, Norgoth, Paradise Lost, At the Gates, Behemoth, Soilwork, and Corrosion of Conformity, among others. The current list of participating bands is available at the cruise’s official site.

70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise

  • But wait, there’s more – a THIRD metal boat outing, the third annual 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, leaves Miami in late January (giving you time to recover from the first two, if you just can’t get enough). Only a quarter of the 40 bands have been announced thus far, but the current list includes Lacuna Coil, In Flames, Immolation, and Nile. As of now, the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise is keeping silent on its Caribbean destination, but passengers can plan on taking part in fun events such as the Belly Flop Contest or “Head-Banging in the Hot Tub”. Check out the cruise’s website to stay tuned to all the appropriate details.

As you can see above, the burgeoning music cruise scene has exploded in recent years. Bands are always looking for ways to connect with fans, and what sounds better than hanging out on a luxury cruise liner for a week?

With these three different metal/hard rock cruises setting sail in the coming months, you’d best start saving up to secure yourself a spot – as long as you don’t think you’ll get seasick head-banging with millions of gallons of water around you at all times.

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About the Author


Adrian's love for music stemmed at an early age - but it wasn't until attending a Red Hot Chili Peppers gig in 1999 at the age of 15 that it blossomed to the all-encompassing obsession it is today. Since that fateful night in San Francisco, he has probably spent enough money on concerts to buy a few cars (not that he'd be likely to appreciate that fact). Not interested in pigeon-holing himself to one genre or type of music, he has an eclectic taste that is just as likely to make him hit up a Slayer gig as a Jack White concert. Warped Tour became a yearly pilgrimage for him in the early 2000s, immersing himself in the punk & metal world as only Warped can (for better and worse). Today, living in Los Angeles, he usually ends up going to 5-6 concerts per month, on average, which further cements his music appreciation, to the detriment of his bank account. He writes for a few different online magazines/websites, and is always hungry for new music (to the point of unhealthy obsession, some might say).

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