League of Legends is throwing a virtual heavy metal concert

Artwork of Kayle from League of Legends in her Pentakill skin.
(Image credit: Riot Games)

League of Legends is holding a virtual heavy metal concert with one of its in-game bands.

Pentakill was one of Riot's first forays into League's musical universe back in 2014: a heavy metal band with all the members being in-game characters. With big names from the likes of Nine Inch Nails and Dragonforce behind them, Pentakill gained a fair bit of traction when their debut EP Smile and Ignite topped the iTunes metal charts. 2017 saw the release of the full album Grasp of the Undying, which also did pretty damn well.

Bar a small teaser for another album in 2019, it's been fairly quiet for Pentakill since then. Riot's been exploring the world of hip-hop and K-Pop with True Damage and the insanely popular K/DA, but it looks to be ready to dive back into some heavy riffs and deafening drums. Last week saw yet another teaser for the third album drop on Twitter, and now the announcement of a virtual gig alongside it.

The whole thing's being touted as a "virtual experience," with attendees able to chat with other gig-goers and make choices that may influence the direction the concert will take. It'll be around an hour long with a half-hour preshow, taking players through the entire album.

While Riot isn't exactly a stranger to plonking their virtual bands in live performances—both K/DA and True Damage have performed at the Worlds final opening ceremony—this is the first time it's done a full-blown dedicated concert. It'll be interesting to compare it to Fortnite's numerous in-game performances, especially with Epic raking in big names like Ariana Grande and Travis Scott.

The Pentakill: Lost Chapter virtual concert is happening on September 8 at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET / 9 PM BST. You can catch the interactive version over on wave.watch, or watch a livestream on YouTube or Twitch.

Mollie Taylor
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Mollie spent her early childhood deeply invested in games like Killer Instinct, Toontown and Audition Online, which continue to form the pillars of her personality today. She joined PC Gamer in 2020 as a news writer and now lends her expertise to write a wealth of features, guides and reviews with a dash of chaos. She can often be found causing mischief in Final Fantasy 14, using those experiences to write neat things about her favourite MMO. When she's not staring at her bunny girl she can be found sweating out rhythm games, pretending to be good at fighting games or spending far too much money at her local arcade.