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70.000 Tons Of Metal 2012 Part 2 in Miami, Florida am 23-27.01.2012

Here is the scond part of our Cruise Story. Enjoy...

Day 2 – on sea

This was the first full day on sea, and the sun burnt down the Pool Deck. Whiplash started their Gig at 10am. But it was really an early bird event, not seen by many after the long first night. We had a copious breakfast and the first Band on our agenda was GOD DETHRONED. The Dutch Death Metal formation played their last two Gigs on the Cruise. So it was quite obvious, that their farewell shows included a best of the best set list. And GOD DETHRONED showed why we will miss them in future. They impressed the big crowd on the Pool Deck with a cool performance of all their hits like “Execution Protocol”, “The Grand Grimoire”, “Villa Vampiria” or “Bloody Blasphemies” – just to name a few. Unfortunately we missed their second gig.

After this Gig, EXCITER was not able to keep the level. They tried their best, but most of the Fans on deck were more in the mood of drinking cold beer at the pool, rather than head banging in front of the stage.
After these 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. 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. We also grabbed a bucket of Corona beer and took a time out at the pool. These Beer buckets turned out to be the mega seller onboard again. 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 well this year again: 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. On our way we passed the Bolero's Lounge, where the Meet & Greet was 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. But now back to business on the Stages.

SUFFOCATION played their first show in the theater. To be honest, the show itself was good, but only a few fans found their way into the Theater. Therefore the atmosphere in front of the stage was rather moderate.

PRETTY MAIDS were a big surprise to many Fans – in a positive sense. They played their first shows ever in front of an oversea audience, and they took their chance. Their NWOBHM influenced Hard Rock really kicked ass at the Pool Deck. The band proved a lot of fans to be wrong with their opinion about the Danish dynamite. PRETTY MAIDS delivered an explosive Show fully loaded with Classics like “Back to Back”, “Sin Decade”, “Future World” and last but not least “Red, Hot and Heavy”. Really a big surprise.

And STRATOVARIUS kept the level high. A big crowd gave them a warm welcome when they kicked off with “Eaglehart” before switching to their classic “Speed of Light” “Kiss of Judas” or “Legions”. The Band really kicked ass this afternoon as their mix of new songs and classics worked fine and their Top Hit “Hunting high and low” ended a really cool gig.

After this, it was time for some medieval tunes IN EXTREMO took the ship by storm. “Sterneneisen” was the perfect opener for a powerful 60 minute set. The show continued on a high energy level hits like “Vollmond” or in “Erdbeermund’ 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.

Even journalists have to eat sometimes. As said, buffet was served on deck 11 which made grabbing a snack and going back to the Pool Stage fairly easy. Food and drink were really top-notch for a metal event: there was a 24 hour buffet which left none of your wishes unfulfilled; you also had the option of A la Carte Restaurant, which was also for free. This is an absolute weird experience. You are served like in a five star restaurant, while Vader tunes reaches your ears. Crazy….

We arrived at the Theater just in time to ANNIHILATOR. The Canadians around Mastermind Jeff Waters are a superb live act, worth watching again and again. Jeff Waters fled over the stage like a dervish and encouraged the numerous fans. ANNIHILATOR played an energetic set, which found it's climax in „Alice in Hell", of course. The fans thanked ANNIHILATOR with a big party in front of the stage.

After this explosive Show, the first appearance of CHILDREN OF BODOM was a little disappointing. Ok, Alexi Laiho seemed vocally hit and a little tired, but the Finns tried hard honestly. But real atmosphere did not arise with the fans, although the first rows of the chock-full pool's deck celebrated the band.

Must I say anything about VENOM? - I think no introduction is necessary. They are still a force on stage. Their artistic skills are without any doubt at a very high level and with Cronos they also have a living legend as vocalist. One of the most influential bands of the 1980s took the Ship by storm. “Black Metal” was a perfect Opener, but VENOM performed all their Hits like “Welcome to Hell”, “7 Gates to Hell”, “Countess Bathory” and so on. After 90 Minutes of pure Old School Black metal, they quit the scene with “Witching Hour”.

The next band which plugged in the guitars on the Pool Stage was HAMMERFALL. After the last gigs I saw from the Swedes, I got a feeling that the Band reinvigorated Live again. And I was proven right. They played an awesome Gig, performing mainly Songs from their earlier releases. The Fans celebrated widely, and Hits like “HammerFall” or “Legacy of Kings” were sung by many.

geschrieben am 16.04.2012   von Blizzard
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NWOBHM; Thrash- / Speed- / Power- / US- / Death- / Doom / Stoner Metal ; Glam / Classic/ Hard Rock & Sleaze,
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