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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

MIKE DELEON Confirms He Will Play Guitar For SOULFLY At SICK NEW WORLD Festival, On Summer 2023 European Tour

Mike DeLeon has confirmed that he will play guitar for SOULFLY at the Sick New World festival in May, as well as on the band's European tour during the summer. DeLeon is currently handling the guitar duties on SOULFLY's 57-date U.S. tour, which kicked off on January 25 in Tucson, Arizona and will ru...
March 11, 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

BEHEMOTH Announces June/July 2023 European Tour

Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH will embark on "The Deathless Svmmer" European tour in June. BEHEMOTH will make appearances at some of the biggest festivals, including Download, Hellfest, Graspop Metal Meeting, Sweden Rock and more, plus play headlining shows with a curated accompaniment, featurin...
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

MERCYFUL FATE Has 'Three Songs Worked Out' For Next Studio Album

MERCYFUL FATE members King Diamond (vocals),Hank Shermann (guitar) and Mike Wead (guitar) spoke to Guitar World magazine about the band's upcoming studio album, which could arrive before the end of the year. Regarding the new MERCYFUL FATE song "The Jackal Of Salzburg", which the group performed li...
February 21, 2023

LAMB OF GOD And KREATOR Members Visit ALEXI LAIHO's Grave In Helsinki: 'It's Nice To Go Pay Respects'

Prior to LAMB OF GOD and KREATOR's February 19 concert at Jäähalli in Helsinki, Finland during the two bands' joint "State Of Unrest" 2023 European tour, LAMB OF GOD's Randy Blythe and KREATOR's Mille Petrozza visited the grave of CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman Markku Uula Aleksi "Alexi" Laiho. Blythe t...
February 21, 2023

LAMB OF GOD Bassist JOHN CAMPBELL: Why I Play With A Pick

In a new interview with For Bass Players Only, LAMB OF GOD's John Campbell was asked if he ever played with his fingers before switching to playing with a pick/plectrum and if so, what prompted the change. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "In Richmond [Virginia], when we first star...
February 20, 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


SOULFLY kicked off its massive U.S. tour this past Wednesday (January 25) at The Rock in Tucson, Arizona. Fan-filmed video of the concert can be seen below (courtesy of Facebook user Jerry Colburn). SOULFLY's 57-date trek will run through early April, and features support from Florida death metaller...
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