So far I have done a review for day 1 and 2.
I did it because people who were unable go to kept asking.
You all who are vets may like them as well....
Okay this is my review of the 70,000 tons of metal cruise January 23-27, 2012.
I really don't like doing reviews so just take what you get.
They let you board the ship at noon so Sue and I got there about noon and of course there were long lines.It is funny looking at the huge line of black T shirted people waiting to board a cruise ship!
If you've never been on a cruise before they make you go to a bunch of crap and then they do the same stuff that the airlines
do they scan all of your stuff and make you go through security. Then you had to sign in and get your Seapass
which is the key to your room and also what you use for all purchases on the ship. But you're still not done yet
now you go up a level and wait in line to get your security picture taken. They make you form two lines
across from us in line was Derek Tailer and Big E from overkill so at least we had someone to talk to while waiting in line.
And now we get our security pictures taken and are allowed on the ship. So we walk onto the ship and the first people we see
are our friends from Germany ,Torty and Sandy, the cruise had cart of beer on ice so we joined them in a beer Sue and I had red stripes.
A good beginning to the cruise.
After getting settled in our cabin we had a couple more beers by then it was time for the muster. The muster is the cruise ship version
of the safety speech the flight attendants give on an airplane. We were on deck nine this year which meant our muster took place in the
boleros lounge which was great because everybody else has to line up 12 people deep on deck, that sucks. They said we couldn't drink
during the muster LOL we did. And the best thing was one of the guys sitting at the table in this lounge had this Royal Caribbean insulated bag
full of beers. So we asked him about it he told us you get this bag and 8 beers or $40 then every time you fill up the bag you get 8 beers and
ice and it is $30. For this cruise that is the best deal
so we did that
for the rest of the cruise.
After the muster there was a 70,000 tons of metal forum members meet up at the back of the ship. So I took all of my paintings up there
and displayed them on a ping pong table. Many of the forum members I talked to on the forum often were there. They were happy to see
my paintings in real life.
Now it is time for the bands to start. First up is Gravedigger in the chorus line Theatre. The theater is the best venue on the ship.
It has the best sound and Gravedigger took every advantage of that. I have been waiting to see Gravedigger for many years. They did not
disappoint from the beginning when the Grim Reaper comes out playing the bagpipes to the thunderous beginning of the first song
to the end of the last drumbeat there was a state of euphoria in that theater.Alex Ritt was excellent on guitar. I could not have been
more happy with the very first performance of the cruise.
Next up was to be Overkill they would be on the pool stage. So I went to the pool stage and nothing was happening. The crew was still
working on building the floor that covered the pool. So I went up to the top deck above the pool stage there were Bobby Blitz and Derek Tailer.
So I asked them what was going on they both said "We're canceled for tonight"I could not believe it. This is what I have been waiting for
and now Overkill was canceled. So I chilled out talked with the guys met Bobby blitz' wife, Annette and had a few beers. But Coroner
was on stage at the theater at nine o'clock. So I went down there early because I always want to be front stage. I grabbed my Coroner painting
and was front stage 10 minutes before the show started. I have never seen a Coroner before and I was very impressed, really well written songs
and very well played. Coroner had a guest keyboardist for the cruise and even though I normally hate keyboards he did not detract from the guitars
and was quite a good addition he sort of did what a good rythm guitar player does. And the guitar player was excellent, the singer was also
the bass player and he had a really good groove. It was a very good set by Coroner. I hung out a little bit after the show and got my painting
Cannibal Corpse was supposed to be on immediately afterward on the pool deck stage. So I grabbed my Cannibal Corpse painting and went
up to the pool deck. As soon as I got to the deck I could see nothing was happening yet they were still working on the floor.
So I went up to the area behind the pool deck stage and there was George(corpse grinder) from cannibal corpse. He saw my painting and loved it.
George signed it immediately I got a picture with him then he took it to the rest of the band and they all signed. George told me that they would
be playing in 15 minutes so I hung around but nothing was happening. So I went and got something to eat. Then went to check on Sue in the room.
Sue was reading a book. So I grabbed my Vicious Rumors painting and went down to the spectrum lounge to get front stage for their show.
The lounge is quite small and the stage is at floor level. So I got there early and the singer saw my painting and he was impressed.
I was able to get all the signatures before they played. Then they went on and I was very impressed I have never seen this band before.
I would say there style is similar to Judas priest but of course they have their own sound. They played an excellent 45 minute set.
I talked with the band for a while after the show it was now 2 a.m. and I was ready to call it a night.
70,000 tons of metal Day 2
Sue and I are early risers, so she got up before sun up to go for her early-morning walk.
Since it was still dark I decided to just chill for a bit. But then the excitement took over
and I was all pumped for the next day of metal madness. Before long Sue was back at the cabin
and we are ready to go get some breakfast. After breakfast I went back to the room to get my bag
for beer in my swimsuit because I wanted to use a hot tub. So we got to the pool deck about 830
filled my bag with beers by then the hot tub was open. The roadies were already preparing for the
first show. First up was Whiplash. This was the first time I saw them the sound was good they had
a lot of energy. I think I would describe them as half hard rock half heavy metal. But they put on
a good set and it was a good start to Day 2. It was now 10:45 AM I already drank two beers, the next
band was Megoria I had never even heard of them but I was impressed. Really good guitar player
good singer, I enjoyed the set, I may check into their albums.
Herman you're not going to like this next up was God Dethroned, I did not like them at all.
Sue hated them. We listen to three or four songs and had enough I'm not sure if it was the sound
or just the vocals but it was pretty annoying so we decided to go have some lunch.
After lunch we went back to the room for a bit and I grabbed my exciter painting because exciter
was next on the pool stage and I knew if I got out to the deck behind the stage in time I could catch
the band members before they were getting serious into the pre-stage ritual. Sure enough as soon
as I got up to the deck behind the pool stage Kenny, Exciter's singer was there and saw my painting.
His comment was"no way dude!" And in no time I had all the bands signatures. So now I went back out
to the deck met up with sue had another beer and moved to the front stage to catch the Exciter set.
Exciter was every bit as good as I had imagined I have been waiting to see them for many years.
They played a good mix of old and newer stuff. My metal Day just keeps getting better.
Exciter was done at 1:45 which was great because the meet for Venom was at 2 PM.
I grabbed my venom painting and headed toward the meet and greet. There was a long line.
I was about 40th in line. They had the serpentine barriers like they do in the security line
at airports, when I was in the third line a way Rage the guitar player from Venom spotted me.
He looked right at me pointed and said "overkill forum, I'm a lurker!" He had been following
my posts on the overkill forum and new I was bringing a Venom painting on the cruise.
The whole band love my painting and I ended up talking with Venom a number of times on the cruise.
Now it was time for Tankard they were playing in the lounge. I got there early so while they were
setting up I showed my painting to the singer. He thought it was great and did not want to sign it
because he said he didn't want to ruin it with his signature. I told him that is what it was all about
so he signed it and got the rest the band to do so as well. Now to the show. Tankard does not take
themselves seriously they just want to have fun and they want to make sure that is what the crowd
has as well. And they sure did that, a lot of drinking songs a lot of jokes but don't get me wrong,
the music was right on. It was a great set and everyone had fun. I was sitting with my friends
Torty and Sandy from Germany they had seen Tankard many times before but still really enjoyed
I hung around after the set and got a few pictures with the band. This was cool because the
next band I wanted to see is Atheist and they were up next on the same stage. I had my Atheist
painting with me and when the band members got to the stage I just raised the painting up they saw it
and the rest was history. I got pictures of them signing it on the stage. This year is sort of a
rebirth of Atheist the band had not played for 17 years. But you could not tell the way they played.
They used quite intricate guitar work not just a few chords. And they had a new guitar player
that had only been in the band for a few weeks but he was great! The singer has a very unique style
which added a lot to the music.
Now I had a bit of time before the next band I wanted to see so I went to the room and Sue and I
went up for some supper. Annihilator and Venom were both playing later on in the theater so I grabbed
another bag of beers and decided to hang out at the pool stage. In Extremo was playing. I don't know
how to describe this band. Strange would be a good word they have a good guitar player but they also
have two bagpipe players that play on every song. It was kind of fun for a couple of songs but then
became very annoying. I noticed that a lot of the girls were liking it though.
After a while Torty and Sandy met up with me again and I was asked if I liked this band.
I told him it was a little too strange for me plus the singer only spoke in German.Torty told me
that he was speaking in German but also in other dialect that he didn't understand either.
Torty also said that IN Extremo was just an Ok band for him.
Now it was time for serious metal Annihilator was to be on stage at nine in the theater.
So I got down there about 8:35 and secured my spot front stage. I like to get front stage
because it sounds best there but also that's where you get the best pictures. The time goes very fast
there are always people to talk with while waiting for the band. So before you know it Jeff Waters
bursts on stage and electricity begins. Jeff's guitar tone is incredible, he displays the energy
of an 18-year-old. And of course Annihilator's songs are excellent. My adrenaline is at a high
this is the best performance of the cruise so far. Jeff's facial expressions are also very entertaining.
And Jeff has a nice rapport going with the crowd. It all made for a great show.
Venom would not be on for another hour so I went back to the cabin and had a drink with Sue. Now back
to the theater to see the immortal VENOM! Of coarse I was right up front stage. It was pretty cool
because I was able to get pictures of Rage in his street clothes while he was setting up his guitar.
Cronos comes out in his classic outfit with the spiked boots and the sound is thundering. His bass
playing is legendary for good reason and Rage even though he had only been with the band for three years
sounded like he was the original. Thunderous choppy riffs that crunched your brain were flowing
like rain. I was in metal heaven! This was the first time I had seen Venom in 15 years and it was well
worth the wait.
That was the end of my day 2
This shit is way too long for me to proofread so if there are any typos too bad!