Monster Of Rock Cruise the four-day, four-night voyage out of Miami on February 22-26 2016, aboard the NCL Pearl has announced its biggest line-up ever in its five year history. The 2016 cruise, appropriately titled Shredders From The Deep, will feature 40+ bands including headliners Tesla, Steve Vai, Extreme, Sebastian Bach, Queensrÿche, Helloween and Y&T, plus guitar fantasy camps, pre-cruise events and more.
Greek black metal masters Zemial will tour North America for their first time ever since their inception in 1989 and tagged Brooklyn's raw black metal band Throaat as their tour support. According to the band, they will be playing their 2013 highly-esteemed progressive black metal masterpiece Nykta in its entirety, as well as some other fan favorites.
After five consecutive SOLD OUT events, the organizers are gearing up for Round 6 of 70000 Tons Of Metal. The self-proclaimed "World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise" will sail on Thursday, February 4, 2016 from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale near Miami, FL and will not return to the real world until Monday, February 8, 2016.
Norway's Blastfest made a special announcement a few months back that it will be celebrating its national metal scene by boasting a 100% Norwegian lineup and having already announced acts such as Abbath, Green Carnation, Ihsahn, Ancient and Gorgoroth, the festival has now announced another wave of bands that will be appearing at the festival in February 2016.
Metal United Down Under (MUDU), an ambitious project which aims to give Australian artists another avenue for exposure and raise further international awareness for Australian metal, went off without a hitch in 2014.