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70000 TONS OF METAL's ANDY PILLER Takes On Cruise Criticism: 'The Line Ends With Me'

By David E. Gehlke After a two-year pandemic-related break, the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise returned to action in January. The brainchild of Swiss promoter Andy Piller, the cruise has its selling points as a five-day jaunt in warm, beautiful weather, surrounded by fellow music fans, 60 bands and coun...
March 24, 2023

Watch DRAGONFORCE Perform On Water Slide And In Hot Tub Aboard 70000 TONS OF METAL Cruise

Can DRAGONFORCE guitarist Herman Li and bassist Alicia Vigil play the band's classic song "Through The Fire And Flames" on the water slide and in the hot tub? Watch the video below to find out what happened on this year's edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, which sailed from Miami, Florida to...
March 21, 2023

RACHEL BOLAN Doesn't Believe SKID ROW Reunion With SEBASTIAN BACH Would Generate A Lot More Money

SKID ROW bassist Rachel Bolan has shot down the rumor that he was the lone holdout on a proposed reunion with singer Sebastian Bach more than a decade ago. Speaking to Tulsa Music Stream, Bolan said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "It's not just me. The three of us [me and guitarists Dave 'Sna...
March 13, 2023


In a new interview with Chile's Radio Futuro, bassist Frédéric Leclercq reflected on his departure from DRAGONFORCE. Leclercq, who became an official member of DRAGONFORCE in 2006, played his last show with the band in August 2019 in Hamburg, Germany. Frédéric said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NE...
March 1, 2023

Watch: KREATOR Joined By Singer SOFIA PORTANET For 'Midnight Sun' Performance In Paris

KREATOR was joined by German-French singer Sofia Portanet on stage during the band's February 27 concert at L'Olympia in Paris, France to perform the song "Midnight Sun". Fan-filmed video of her appearance can be seen below. Portanet was the featured guest on the studio version of "Midnight Sun", wh...
February 28, 2023

DÅÅTH Releases First New Song In 12 Years, 'No Rest No End'

Metal Blade Records has announced the signing of Atlanta, Georgia's experimental, progressive death metal band DÅÅTH. DÅÅTH's new single, "No Rest No End", can be streamed below. The track features guest solos by Rafael Trujillo (OBSIDIOUS, ex-OBSCURA) and Spiro Dussias and was mixed by Jens Bogren...
February 22, 2023

SKID ROW To Release New Live Album This Year

In a new interview with the 96.1 KLPX radio station, SKID ROW bassist Rachel Bolan spoke about the band's touring plans for the coming months. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I know we start up again in March, and we're doing a tour — us and BUCKCHERRY are going out, with another band...
February 16, 2023

SKID ROW's RACHEL BOLAN Says Performing Entire 'Slave To The Grind' Album For 30th Anniversary Was 'Fun' And 'Cool'

In a new interview with Barry Robinson of Classic Album Review, SKID ROW bassist Rachel Bolan spoke about what it was like for him and his bandmates to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their classic second album, "Slave To The Grind", by performing it in its entirety a couple of shows in 2021. He s...
February 12, 2023

DRAGONFORCE's HERMAN LI Explains How He Got Into Online Content Creation

DRAGONFORCE guitarist Herman Li is the featured guest on the latest episode of "Everything But Music With Jen Majura", the podcast hosted by former EVANESCENCE guitarist Jen Majura. Speaking about how he transitioned into the world of online creation after initially not being very involved in social...
February 11, 2023

KREATOR And LAMB OF GOD Release Collaborative Song 'State Of Unrest'

LAMB OF GOD and KREATOR have collaborated on a new original song, "State Of Unrest". The trek is being released today (Friday, February 10) to promote the two groups' European tour of the same name. When the initial "State Of Unrest" tour was postponed in March 2020 due to the global pandemic, Mark...
February 10, 2023

Watch: KREATOR Plays Special 1985-1990 Set Aboard 70000 TONS OF METAL Cruise

On January 30, German thrash metal veterans KREATOR played a very special set aboard this year's 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise consisting of only songs from the band's first five albums: "Endless Pain" (1985),"Pleasure To Kill" (1986),"Terrible Certainty" (1987),"Extreme Aggression" (1989) and "Coma...
February 5, 2023

SKID ROW Singer ERIK GRÖNWALL Shares His Cover Of JUDAS PRIEST's 'Painkiller'

SKID ROW singer Erik Grönwall has shared his cover version of the JUDAS PRIEST classic "Painkiller". The track, which features Love Magnusson on lead guitar and Erik Modin on drums, was produced, mixed and mastered by Jona Tee. Erik, who made his recording debut with SKID ROW on the recently release...
January 28, 2023

KREATOR To Play Special 1985-1990 Set Aboard 70000 TONS OF METAL Cruise

German thrash metal veterans KREATOR will play a very special set aboard this year's 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. Round 11 will sail from Miami, Florida to Bimini, Bahamas and back from January 30 to February 3 on board the Freedom Of The Seas. Earlier today (Thursday, January 26),KREATOR tweeted ou...
January 26, 2023


Extreme industrial metal pioneers FEAR FACTORY have re-signed with Nuclear Blast Records. Initially signed to the label in 2013, the band has released the albums "Genexus", "Aggression Continuum" and "Recoded" through the long-running record company. FEAR FACTORY guitarist and founder Dino Cazares c...
January 23, 2023

SKID ROW's DAVE 'SNAKE' SABO Is 'Not Interested' In Reunion With SEBASTIAN BACH: 'It Comes Down To Happiness'

In a recent interview with Ruben Mosqueda of We Go To 11, SKID ROW guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo was once again asked about the possibility of a reunion with the band's former singer Sebastian Bach. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "It's not even a part of any sort of thought process...
January 8, 2023