Here is the last Day of our Cruise Report. Enjoy your last day on the Ship...
Day 4: Thursday, 27.01.
It was the last day on Board. The sea became rougher, which made the task for bands and fans even more difficult. This permanent shaking of the ship is really nothing for people with a massive hangover like us.
SWASHBUCKLE’s second show was a bit of an early bird event. With the pirate outfit and palms as stage decoration, they fit on the cruise ship like no other band. Musically, they were not necessarily a highlight, but the show suited the atmosphere on board.
The next band which plugged in the guitars on the Pool Stage was SANCTUARY. After their first gig in the lounge they played the remaining songs of both albums. Really not much was happening on the upper deck, but playing at breakfast time is surely a hard deal anyway. Unfortunately, the stage performance was made difficult by the fact that Warrel Dane struggled in performing the high screams of yesteryears. Nevertheless, the band got very polite applause for their wake up call.
A band which certainly profited from the late breakfast was ULI JON ROTH. The former Scorpions guitarist could look at a surprisingly sizable crowd as he climbed on the Pool Stage at noon. While ULI JON ROTH played himself into ecstasy you could see an obviously deeply moved Chuck Billy at the side of the stage. He then even got to share the stage with the guitar master himself, who asked him to join the show. Equipped with a lyric sheet, Chuck sang ‘Sails Of Charon’. For his performance, and Uli Jon Roth's, too, you heard the crowd cheering for the first time this day.
Instead of enjoying beer and sun on the upper deck, we moved to the Theater, where OBITUARY were meant to rock the stage. OK, they had a good sound and a superior Setlist, but they did not rock at all! The impressive skills of the musicians and impressive vocalist John Tardy did not make up for the static and rather boring performance on stage.
The same also applied to the All Star project TWILIGHT OF THE GODS. Their Bathory tribute shows were basically a good idea, and the musical approach was certainly very close to the original. But the static show in connection with the epic Bathory material from “Hammerheart” or “Blood Fire Death” which was mainly played this afternoon were rather counterproductive to a challenging party. The crowd gave fair applause, but mainly to honor Quorthon's legacy and not because of the show.
But DEATH ANGEL showed how to get a real party going. Their live shows are always impressive and energetic, especially this afternoon at the Pool Stage. The mob raged from the first second and was cheered on again and again by an extremely agile Mark Osegueda. Today DEATH ANGEL focused on the ”Act III” album so that songs which had not been played live for ages appeared in the setlist, such as ’The Organization’ or the ballad ’Veil of Deception’. Thus, it became an absolute neck breaking gig! This was certainly one of the best performances on the whole cruise. DEATH ANGEL finished off this afternoon in perfect style with the Smash Hit ’Thrashers’!!!!
After a short break we continued with the second SABATON Gig. The Swedes were again able to fully satisfy the crowd. They rocked the stage once more with a cool show. The fans went wilder and wilder, and celebrated a big party in front of the Stage. SABATON pointed out that they were not going to disembark on the next day and would enjoy the whole trip with the fans. Shouter Joakim was in an extremely good mood on the last day. During the last song he jumped into the crowd for some surfing action. But unfortunately, the fans misunderstood the message, carried him towards the pool on their shoulders and threw him into the water. Much to the joy of everybody he took this bath with a good sense of humor.
Parallel to Sabaton "TROUBLE" had to play in the Spectrum Lounge for just a few very enthusiastic fans. The Chicago doomsters did a very good performance, which was based on the congenial guitar duo Franklin / Wartell and charismatic vocalist Kory Clarke. In addition to the old classics they also performed a new song called ‘Sucker’. This one immediately made it clear that the guys will continue to wield a heavy doom axe in the future.
Meanwhile TESTAMENT played in the Theater. After playing “The Legacy” in the first round they now performed another classic in its entirety, like Saxon had done it. “The New Order” was played from A to Z and was celebrated just as enthusiastically as "The Legacy" before. Chuck Billy announced 'Into the Pit’ and immediately the pit in front of the Stage grew larger and larger. The crowd was in absolute euphoria. Another cool show by TESTAMENT ended with D.N.R. Of course, Chuck Billy did not forget to mention that the band had “an awesome time on the cruise”.
A quick side step to watch the Finnish forest people of KORPIKLAANI. Their folk metal with accordion and electric violin is the perfect background music for drunken evenings. And even here the music worked very well. The crowd danced, jumped and partied to songs like ’Happy Little Boozer’ or ’Vodka ’. Cool!
The gig of SODOM, however, was anything but cool. The self-proclaimed Angel Ripper probably had to suffer not only from the swaying of the ship. Uncle Tom’s vocals were not very good; in this shape, his voice may suit a song like ’Blasphemer’ but not the more sophisticated band hits like ’Remember The Fallen’. It was just cruel, but maybe his voice only paid tribute to alcohol and air-conditioning? But despite Tom's rotten voice, the gig was really OK musically and the crowd simply celebrated! - Especially the German version of ’Ausgebombt’ was a real highlight and sung by many.
After a last dinner at the buffet we entered the Pool Area to watch MOONSPELL’s second performance. All I have to say about that is: marvelous! They were really in a good mood and performed all the old Stuff from their first three albums which is by far the most impressive material the Portuguese ever wrote. The crowd was grateful and gave MOONSPELL the respect they deserved.
During the second gig of BLIND GUARDIAN in the theater it was really crowded,
especially in front of the stage. A visibly drunk Jon Schaffer (Iced earth) appeared during the gig and gave a speech on the wild party during the cruise and his love to BLIND GUARDIAN. And shortly after, Kai Hansen came on stage to sing ’Valhalla ’ in a duet with Hansi – COOL. A huge crowd celebrated every second of this, again, marvelous performance. The setlist saw no big changes, but the last song really came as a surprise: ’Barbara Ann ’was performed with the support of Kai Hansen and Jon Schaffer. A really entertaining gig by the German power metallers,
As all passengers had to leave the ship at nine o’clock in the morning on the fifth day; AMON AMARTH were the last band we saw, being in a wistful mood already.
The Swedes once again mobilized the last reserves, and laid out a brilliant final. The set list was slightly changed this time, but the hits remained the same. Johan Hegg and his Viking horde stood as one in the gusty winds and performed like men will do: a lot of moshing action, powerful stage acting and a powerful sound. AMON AMARTH showed all their skills again and dismissed us to our “cells” with the last song ’Pursuit of Vikings', but not without having played the fun card: during the gig members of Obituary in life jackets entered the stage and performed their interpretation of a Viking raid. This is metal, this is fun, this is “70.000 Tons of Metal“!!!
We had to disembark at nine o'clock sharp, because the Majesty of the Seas had to set out in the evening again, this time with “normal" passengers. We highly doubt that the ship and his crew will have as much fun with them as with the 2038 mostly long-haired heavy metal fans. But the organizers promised that there will be a new cruise with a new destination in 2012! We are looking forward to that as the first edition surely was an expensive journey, but first and foremost a simply indescribable experience.
geschrieben am 11.02.2011 von Blizzard
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