Want to kick out the February blues? How about an all-inclusive five-day Caribbean cruise with a snarl of heavy metal bands, fans and all the grub you can eat?
70000 Ton Of Metal promises all this and more.
The initiator and founder of the cruise package is former Swiss concert promoter and tour manager, Andy Piller. According to Piller, the idea for the onboard metal mayhem was conceived in '06 when he observed cruise ships from his apartment balcony in Vancouver. Piller then began a four-year process of planning, organizing, and finding investors for what would become 70000 Tons of Metal.
The first cruise was in Jan. 2011 aboard the MS Majesty of the Seas. Over 2,000 signed up from 48 countries for the cruise from Miami to Cozumel. On-board attractions at the time included Fear Factory, Sodom, Sonata Arctica, Shawshbuckle, and Voivod.
The sixth edition of 70000 Tons of Metal will take place on February 4 – 8, 2016, sailing to Falmouth, Jamaica on board the Royal Caribbean MS Liberty of the Seas.
Bands confirmed so far: Ancient Rites, At The Gates, Aura Noir, Belphegor, Bloodbath, Carach Angren, Children of Bodom, Cradle of Filth, Delain, Dragonforce, Epica, Firewind, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Gamma Ray, HammerFall, Holy Moses, Iced Earth, Insomnium, Jag Panzer, Katatonia, Krisiun, Lacuna Coil, Manilla Road, Moonspell, My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, Rhapsody of Fire, Rotting Christ, Samael, Sodom, Squealer, Stratovarius, Subway to Sally, Thyrfing, Tsjuder, Turisas, Týr, Vader, Vallenfyre, Visions of Atlantis.