Here is the second Part of our Cruise Story.... enjoy!
Day 2 -25.January 2011: on Sea
This was the first full day on the Caribbean Sea. The sun burned down on the Pool Stage when German thrash hopefuls CRIPPER entered the stage at 10 am. Although the party had lasted long last night a considerable crowd had gathered to see them. And they were not disappointed. Without any doubt CRIPPER did an impressive show starting with ‘Junkie Shuffle’ and ‘Shortcut’ followed by the first sing along ‘Fire walk with me’. But not only female vocalist Britta, who was the visual focus for many, did her best. All band members delivered a really cool and energetic stage performance including all their hits like ‘Life is deadly’, ‘I […]’, ‘FAQU’ and finally ‘Hysteria’.
US speed metal masters AGENT STEEL also played at the Pool Stage and they did as well as CRIPPER did before. Almost every album was considered by the alien freaks. The show went really well, although many European fans didn’t know many of the songs from the latest album “Alienigma”, which had been hard to find in retail. But when the first tunes of the band's all time classic ’Agents of Steel’ sounded over the deck everyone sang along with the band and the show ended more than worthy.
Must I say anything about SABATON? - I think no introduction is necessary. They have become a force to be reckoned with in the field of power metal, and today they proved why. Their artistic skills are without any doubt at a very high level and with Joakim Brodén they also have the perfect vocalist for their music. Without any problems he always found the right words to establish a relation between the cruise and Sabaton’s music. As usual, they started with ’Ghost Division’. ’40:1’, ’Cliffs of Gallipoli’ or ’Aces in Exile’ from the new album also were highlights in a powerful set. With the great hits ’Primo Victoria’ and ’Metal Machine’ this awesome first show of Sweden’s Finest came to an end.
After the show we walked about on the ship, grabbed a bucket of Corona beer and passed the Bolero's Lounge, where the Meet & Greet was being held in the afternoon before the karaoke party started in the evening. Every band was scheduled for a Meet & Greet session once. Of course this element of the cruise is a bit questionable as the entire journey IS a big Meet & Greet in some way. But it makes sense, because it is still the easiest way for fans and bands to get into contact, especially if you do not know how the guys with Panda-like corpse paint look without makeup - for example Marduk. When we walked into the Bolero's Lounge, Death Angel and Cripper were giving autographs and took pictures with the fans. It was nice to see that bands and fans alike were having fun, which once more underlined the relaxed atmosphere of the event.
Meanwhile ENSIFERUM had to play on the Pool Stage. And they had to prove that they had the ability to drag their fans out of the pool directly in front of the Stage. Of course, they were successful. The Music spoke for itself as hymns like ’Token of Time’ or the ’Battle Song’ were widely celebrated by the crowd.
FORBIDDEN entered the stage next. During their gig, many musicians of other Bay Area thrash metal bands celebrated amongst the fans in the crowd and saw a very solid first concert of their countrymen. The mix of new songs and classics worked fine and the neckbreaker ’Chalice of Blood’ ended a really cool gig.
After these cool shows it was time to take a little break from the stages and gather some impressions from the first full day on board. The first thing which came to mind was the permanent shaking of the whole ship. It was an absolutely weird feeling, like being drunk all the time. Drunk is a good keyword: just like yesterday, copious amounts of beer added to the amazing atmosphere. Corona or Budweiser were served as six-packs in buckets full of ice. And the most impressive thing was the permanent service during the shows. (Fosters as shown on the picture was completely sold out after a few hours on Day 2!) This was certainly a novelty for most metalheads: alcoholic beverages were served even in the middle of the crowd; you did not even have to leave your seat or sun lounge to get beer or cocktails. This service was used extensively. Rumors had it that on the first day of the cruise alone more beer was consumed than on the last three cruises on the same ship altogether. Well done metalheads! Especially the beer buckets turned out to be the megaseller onboard. But although loads of beers and cocktails were served, there was always respect between fans and bands and also for the waiters, cooks, and all other crew members. The whole success of this cruise depended on a harmonious relationship between all participants, and it worked: you always had the feeling of being part of a big family. The sun lounges where well frequented and all the pools were completely packed on this second day. It was a great experience to see all these relaxed fans. And for the bands it was fun, too. They, too, were able to enjoy themselves as nobody became too pushy. We also took a bath in the pool and had a coffee break before returning to the Chorus Line Theater.
We arrived just in time for ICED EARTH. It seems that since the US metal flagship has reunited with Matt Barlow the band is back in the focus of many fans. No surprise at all, because nobody else is able to sing the songs from the “Dark Saga” album better than Matt himself. Although the sound was really awkward and too loud there was a lot of action in front of the stage. A ’Question of Heaven’ was the outstanding highlight and a little surprise in their first set.
We headed straight on to another impressive gig. Warrel Dane and Jeff Loomis are back on stage for a second time. No, it was not another Nevermore gig. It was time for the official reunion show of SANCTUARY! The Seattle thrashers had disappeared in the early nineties when grunge became the big thing. But now they have reformed and returned with a pretty solid gig.
After this, it was time for Vikings on a cruise ship - AMON AMARTH! And they took the ship by storm. ’Guardians of Asgard’ was the perfect opener for a powerful 75 minute set of the northmen. The show continued on the high energy level of the first song: hits like ’Asator’, ’Death in Fire’, ’Cry of the Black Birds’ or ’Twilight of the Thunder God’ drove the fans completely crazy. The audience was well prepared for this invasion and went on singing the chorus of ’Pursuit of Vikings’ for a long time after the band had quit the scene.
After such an explosive show melodic death metal pioneers DARK TRANQUILLITY had a hard time. But it turned out that their gig was as outstanding as that of their countrymen AMON AMARTH. Theircharismatic fronter Mikael Stanne without any doubt delivered 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. DARK TRANQUILLITY left no wishes of the fans unfulfilled and gave a show which was a “best of“ of their whole career.
SAXON is certainly one of those bands which can be called a living legend. And as their first albums are legendary, too, SAXON decided to play “Wheels of Steel” in its entirety, which meant that a lot of classics were played quite early in the set. But this went down quite well with the fans. And if you know SAXON, you also know that the band only gets stronger from song to song, which also was the case here. After finishing “Wheels of Steel” they simply served some more of their well tasting metal hymns. The power and energy SAXON can unleash with Songs like ’Demon Sweeny Todd’ or ’Crusader’ is simply unbelievable. Especially the last one was frenetically welcomed by the fans.
But the marathon of highlights was not finished yet. TESTAMENT announced to play the whole “The Legacy” album, which is one of the best thrash albums of all time. Almost every song is a classic: ’Over the Wall’, ’Apocalyptic City’, and so on. Naturally, a huge moshpit was formed in front of the Pool Stage. With this gig, “The Legacy” received the recognition it deserved. After this first part of the show, TESTAMENT played a few more songs. Quite obviously, their focus was now on their latest releases. We went to bed halfway through the second part of the show because we had to wake up early in the morning for the Mexican island of Cozumel.
geschrieben am 09.02.2011 von Blizzard
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musikalischer Background des Verfassers NWOBHM; Thrash- / Speed- / Power- / US- / Death- / Doom / Stoner Metal ; Glam / Classic/ Hard Rock & Sleaze,
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