Barge To Hell (part 2 Of 4) in Miami, Florida (USA) am 03.12.-07.12.201
The wakeup call at 10am was a massive ARTILLERY fire at the Pool Deck Stage. Once more, the Danish Thrashers appeared with a new singer. However, he was as good as the show, which was highlight by tracks of their very first album "Fear Of Tomorrow." Really, a cool kick off for the second day. I am not sure, if most of the metalheads indulged in their hangover or visited seminars like "Detox for health and weight loss," which may have contained useful information for your personal recovery after the Barge To Hell.
But all present got a early bird highlight: MORGOTH! – The German Death Metal icons played an awesome gig. For an hour they delivered just hits, no fillers which found its climax in the fabulous double 'Pits of Utumno' and 'Isolated'. After this massive blast, we took a time out. We mingled with the crowd, took some cocktails and just enjoyed the trip. LOUDBLAST and SACRED REICH were playing while we laid on the surrounding upper deck and took a sunbath. But we had also to buy some merchandise and we went off to the so called Atrium, where the Barge To Hell Merch was sold. The Band Merchandise however was sold in the small Schoner Bar next to the Casino. We suddenly realized, why not that much people stayed at the Pool, because a huge queue sidled through the atrium just for the merchandise. Crazy!
After an extensive shopping experience, we returned to the upper decks, with a short stop at the meet & greet at the Boleros Lounge. Also here, a bigger crowd was waiting for Behemoth as we reached the scenery. Each band had a meet & greet slot of 30 minutes, and reliable sources said that not only the bigger bands enjoyed popularity. Back on deck, we were just in time for BRUJERIA. The Mexican Death Metal band has a huge fanbase, which became totally obvious now. Their first appearance was energetic and the fans cheered and drove mad. CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, following Brujeria, kept the level of energy with their set and performed their Crossover with massive stage acting and a high level of aggression.
But with the level of energy and aggression of the English grindcore kings NAPALM DEATH, which opened the evening in the theater, can hardly any band compete. They delivered a bunch of Hits. To the joy of the fans, the 'Scum' era was also appropriate taken into consideration as songs from their actual album 'Utilitarian'.
For every true Black Metal evangelist it is a matter of course to lose no opportunity to watch MAYHEM. Necrobutcher, Attila & Co. entered the stage, shrouded in dense fog and blue and red light. Since a lot of people have never seen them live before, the audience went totally crazy.
We grabbed some beer and headed directly into the next craziness. SANCTUARY played their first show at the Theater. Although they had massive problems with their drum-kit, they showed their professionalism and did not disappoint at all. Warrel Dane seemed in a good shape, and performed extremely well. Next to their old stuff, they also performed some new stuff of their upcoming reunion album, which is very much in the vein of their classic recordings.
Directly after scarcely anybody wanted to miss the origin of Gothenburg Death Metal, which meant that the Pool Deck was totally crowded by the sailors. Waiters dragged tons of booze into the pit. It seemed that no one wanted to miss AT THE GATES. As the Swedish pioneers of melodic Death Metal entered the stage the applause roared over the deck. And AT THE GATES did it! – The extremely well prepared set found its climax in hits like 'Nausea', 'Blinded by Fear' and of course 'Kingdom gone'. The audience was completely fascinated and celebrated wildly.
After this sweaty performance, the atmosphere became calm and relaxed. MOONSPELL played at the Theater and at Spectrum Lounge MUNICIPAL WASTE kicked ass. "MUNICIPAL WASTE is gonna fuck you up!" – a statement which is completely true. These guys really kicks ass with their powerful mix of Thrash and Punk. But not only MW went crazy. The audience started to create a mosh-pit while sitting in comfortable lounge chairs. As soon as the audience started action, the mosh pit reminded me to a bumper car ride on a fair. :-)
Meanwhile, SEPULTURA prepared for their first appearance. And nobody missed the opportunity to watch them. The crowd got into them from second one. An immense mosh-pit arose and we had some booze and followed the show with a respectful distance. Derrick is for sure a very good shouter, as he proved once more. He has the ability to take the audience by force. Unfortunately the setlist was again mainly focused on their post 'Chaos A.D' era which means loads of new(er) stuff and just one classic. The show ended as expected with 'Roots, bloody Roots'. Nothing special at all, but the party in front of the stage was worth watching the show.
Last two bands for tonight were POSSESSED and GRAVE. First had to play the Theater, which was the perfect place for the godfathers of Death Metal. Hearing "The "Exorcist" and "Death Metal" Live is always a huge pleasure. And finally GRAVE played a good show on the Pool Deck.
With a detour through the Boleros Lounge we returned to our cabin. The karaoke evenings in the bar are legendary, because artists and sailors sing Rock classics together. Also tonight when we saw Exodus drummer Tom Hunting performing nearly everything as single act or with the fans. Or have you ever seen party animal Land Phil from Municipal Waste performing Kiss? – Or Mayhem fronter Attila who felt in love with Judas Priest? This was really fun before we finally found our way to the cabin.
geschrieben am 27.12.2012 von Blizzard
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