From the creators of the country's largest touring heavy music festival experience and presented in conjunction with Hal Roseman of Rose Tours comes the first annual Mayhem Festival Cruise, taking place aboard the Carnival Imagination.

The maiden voyage of the most crushing cruise on Earth sets sail on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 from the Port of Miami, Fla. and travels to the Bahamas, returning to the mainland on Monday, Dec. 10. Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 3 at 12:00PM EST with payment plans available.

Hosted by Jose Mangin of Sirius XM Liquid Metal, fans will experience a blistering 90-minute set from each one of these killer heavy metal bands: Lamb of God, Machine Head, Anthrax, Hatebreed, Suicide Silence, and Kingdom of Sorrow-as well as additional showcase sets from Century Media, Metal Blade Records, Roadrunner Records and Sumerian Records artists including Gojira, Periphery, Born of Osiris, Battlecross, Otherwise, Girl on Fire, Anti Mortem, and Gypsyhawk. Mayhem veterans JDevil (Jonathan Davis of Korn) and DJ Starscream (Sid Wilson of Slipknot) will also perform full DJ sets each night.

Watch Lamb of God's "Ghost Walking" Video

There's more to this voyage than heavy metal impaling your eardrums!

• Come hang with Clown (of SLIPKNOT) as he curates his own art show on the cruise, as well as hosts to Fangoria's Video Nasties Film Festival.

• Laugh along with comedian Big Jay Oakerson and The Legions of Skank featuring Luis J. Gomez and Dave Smith, who are set to perform two raunchy and raucous stand-up shows each night!

• Enjoy daily artist panels with stories from the road and music industry tips! Speakers include Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival co-creators John Reese and Kevin Lyman, amongst other musical icons.

• Check out the Neo-Burlesque dance troupe Iron Fist Velvet Glove Carnal Review. See the diverse and sexy dancers in an edgy underground setting.

Other entertainment on board will include:

• Beacher's Madhouse

• A full casino featuring a three-night poker tournament with artists and fans side by side

• Meet & Greets, signings, and photo-ops throughout the ship

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