As last year, METALGLORY will give you a full report on these years second edition of 70.000 Tons of Metal. We, again, present you a full report on each day. Enjoy....
Everybody who was able to experience the maiden’s voyage of 70.000 Tons of Metal at firsthand in 2011 was exhausted about this very special experience. It was absolutely proven that a luxury Cruise ship and more than 2000 Party willing Heavy Metal pirates are absolutely suitable. And so it was quite obvious that a second Edition of this outstanding event was announced for January 2012. The concept was the same than last year, just changing the destination of our cruise. Beside the fact that every band had to play two shows during the cruise, there was always the possibility to meet your idols as there was no backstage area like at other festivals. All bands were placed in the same cabins and decks as the fans, so that they could even be your next door neighbors. But there were also many other opportunities for fun apart from heavy metal, such as a karaoke bar, a casino with slot machines as well as poker and blackjack tables, a climbing wall, a fitness studio, a small shopping mall and much more. Especially the karaoke bar was a late night meeting place for fans and bands alike. Where else would you have the opportunity to sing karaoke and celebrate until the break of dawn with the Nightwish guys, Chris Boltendahl of Grave Digger or Candlemass Singer Robert Lowe, to name just a few? - Only on the “70.000 Tons of metal“cruise, of course
After starting in Miami, Florida on January 23rd we took a five-day trip through the Caribbean Sea to George Town, capital of the Cayman Island and back. But before kicking off with our report on five days full of heavy metal, party, and live under the Caribbean sun aboard the “Majesty of the Seas”, here are a few facts and figures on this year’s Cruise:
On board this year:
2051 metalheads entered the Ship, 51% of them for the second time.
In addition there were 42 bands again, which means 452 musicians, roadies and their families.
And last but not least 879 crew members.
Fans from 55 Nations from all five continents came to Miami for this journey, including Pirates from: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Trinidad, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States and Venezuela. Most of the fans, though, came from the U.S., Germany, Canada, and Australia again.
13 Trucks of equipment were necessary to realize the biggest floating Heavy Metal Party.
The main stage at the pool site alone weighed 12 tons.
But now, enough of these statistics: Cast off for 70.000 Tons of Metal 2012!
Day 1 – Port of Miami
Although we participated in the maiden’s voyage last year, we were once again impressed while boarding the “Majesty of the Seas”. It looks like the Love Boat from inside. Carpets on the floor (also in all the venues!), brass-colored polished banisters and officials in a suit. The only thing which reminds you that this is a metal cruise is the hard rock music in the atrium. It’s really a clash of two different worlds.
Most visitors started off with a fantastic lunch at the buffet, while waiting for their luggage. Everything is for free here: Pizza, noodles, sushi, chicken breast, beef, the salad bar, the sweets bar… We also tested the buffet rather extensively as the cabins were not completely finished. But that didn’t matter as there was so much to explore on a huge ship like the “Majesty of the Seas“. At 2pm the cabins were ready. With a size of just 11 square meters, they were soon dubbed "the cell” by many. But despite their narrowness they proved to be a good accommodation: exterior cabins also had a balcony or window for a nice view over the Caribbean Sea, whereas interior cabins were connected with the outer world through TV screens. It was funny that in those cabins the first view of the morning (and also the first indication of how long you had indulged in your hangover) was not “real“but on TV. After the mandatory safety training, at 5 pm the horn sounded and gave the signal to cast off.
There are three venues aboard, and the Party started at 6:30 pm at the ’Spectrum Lounge’. The smallest of all three venues normally is a Dance Bar and Smokers Lounge alike. One can gather here in comfortable chairs around small tables and watch the bands playing. Beer and other beverages are served directly at the table. This wicked bar atmosphere perfectly meets the requirement for an energetic set of pirate metal, as performed by ALESTORM. They kicked off with a cool Show including all their Pirate Metal Hits like ‘Wenches and Mead’ or ‘Heavy Metal Pirates’. No surprises at all, but a very energetic start for the “70.000 Tons of Metal“
The next show was announced in the ‘Chorus Line Theater’, the biggest venue beside the Pool Deck. This theater is normally full equipped with priority leather seating, but a few rows of seats were removed to make a mosh pit possible. Drinks were served in the seating areas during the shows here and the gallery a deck above offered an excellent view over the scene. GRAVE DIGGER had to play their first gig here. It’s always fun to listen to their Tunes of War and this evening made no exception. The German metal institution played an awesome played a powerful set which offered a colorful mix of old classics and new songs including all their Hits like ‘Monks of War’ or ‘Heavy Metal Breakdown’.
Next band to play should have been CANNIBAL CORPSE. But the Pool Site was still closed. There was a massive delay in the stage build up, because instead the requested 5 ton crane only a 2 ton crane was available. Due to this circumstance it took much more time than expected to lift the Stage aboard. And also the Pool covering set the stage builder before unexpected problems. Nevertheless the party went on…
In the Theater with Finland’s finest: NIGHTWISH. They delivered a perfect mix of new material and old classics, and the big crowd became enthusiastic by second one. The set list of their first gig was a colorful mix of old classics and new Songs from Dark Passion play and Imaginaerum. This new material fit perfectly to Anette Olzon's voice, whereas the Classics like ‘Wishmaster’ are still remain problematic for her to sing with the same devotion like Tarja did.
The Pool Stage is the coolest stage concept ever seen: from the big pool or the adjacent whirlpools you can watch the bands on the stage as well as party on the surrounding upper deck. Having a drink, while lying in the pool and watch your favorite bands, is really an awesome experience. The sound was very good, which came as a little surprise due to the fact that we were in the middle of the ocean with loads of gusty winds, especially in the evening.1 ½ hour late, Florida’s Death Metal Institution CANNIBAL CORPSE entered the ‘Pool Stage’ to start the party on deck. George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher is a brilliant Shouter who has the ability to thrill a crowd immediately. CANNIBAL CORPSE played an awesome Gig, delivering mainly Songs from their first four Albums. They have so many hits, but with such outstanding Gems like “Hammer smashed Face”, “A skull full of Maggots” or “Addicted to vaginal Skin” –just to name a few- CANNIBAL CORPSE proved once more why they are the most successful Death Metal Act nowadays.
After such an explosive show EDGUY had a hard time at the Theater. But it turned out that their gig was as outstanding as that of CANNIBAL CORPSE. Their charismatic fronter Tobias Sammet without any doubt delivered one of the best singer's performance on the whole cruise. Throughout the gig he had a smile on his face and cheered the fans on. He was in permanent action and made use of the entire stage. With Hits like “Lavatory Love Machine”, “Vain Glory Opera” “Robin Hood” or “King of Fools” they left no wishes of the fans unfulfilled and gave a show which was a “best of“of their whole career.
Directly after this cool Power Metal Show, it was time to slow down for some really heavy Doom! –CANDLEMASS was and still is a more than worthy replacement for Pentagram. Robert Lowe is a charismatic vocalist who is able to perform the old classics as good as the new songs. And the Swedish five piece delighted the large audience and clearly had fun on Stage. Funny to see a Doom Band raising their parasol decorated cocktails while performing Hits like “The Hammer of Doom” or “At the gallows end”
After this gig we swayed back to our cabin. And one thing had already become obvious on this first day: although the metal fans celebrated as wildly as last year, drunk and disorderly behavior was hardly ever seen again. Fortunately that did not change throughout the entire cruise again.
geschrieben am 16.04.2012 von Blizzard
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