Archive for January 21, 2020

70.000 Tons of Metal: Day 4

Posted in 70000 tons of metal, Concerts, Music, Uncategorized on January 21, 2020 by Sara Hammerzmith

Despite witnessing that Trollfest show so late, we got up early enough to catch the second set of Archon Angel. Since stupid little me managed to forget my earplugs in the stateroom, I decided to stay further away from the stage. This being an open air venue, at least the sound wouldn’t reflect back to my ears too much. The set was more or less the same as previous, and it was again a really good set with some Savatage goodies at the end.

After the show, we again, grabbed something to eat, then off to play some Mini golf. USually we START our cruise with this, but apparently we end it with it. Then took in some more Vitamin D and securing great spots for the Bellyflop Contest with was amazing as usual. It’s such a funny concept, you know?

After this we just kept roaming around the boat. Skipped out on a lot of shows to partly pack, but also to just roam around the boat. Play in the pools, swim around, take in the sun and as the sun was setting we played some ping pong at one of the tables. Once sundown, we headed into the arcade for some last minute gaming before getting into costume and watching a few Cruachan songs before making our way up to pool deck for Epica’s “Design Your Universe” set.

Epica

Pretty obviously, since this is a “Design Your Universe” set, they started off the show with the intro of “Samadhi” before unleashing straight into “Resign to Surrender”. It was an extremely windy show, and I honestly salute Simone for going through with this show in the stiletto heels she was wearing. Kudos to her. I could barely stand up straight in my flats!

“Unleashed” was next on the setlist tightly followed by one of my own personal favorites, “Martyr of the Free World”, and right into “Our Destiny”. This show was really something else, and while I understand it might be cut a little short due to stage time, it was magical getting to witness this.

“Kingdom of Heaven” came up next on the list and the wind had no mercy on any of us today, damn. Some times you know. “Burn to a Cinder” followed up and then they wrapped the whole set up with ” Tides of Time” and “Design Your Universe”.

Obviously as you can tell on this setlist, it was a bit cut, BUT, nonetheless was it an amazing show. Thank you so much!

After this we did a pitstop in the Theater to catch most of Haggards second set inbetween Epica and Kissin’ Dynamite which was our next band, and it was just as magical this time as it was before.

And then, from the Theater down to the Ice Rink for Dynamites second set.

Kissin’ Dynamite

So, just as Bloodbound, Kissin’ Dynamite stuck to the same setlist as they had had previously on the cruise,  which wasn’t a particularly bad one. They opened pretty damn strong with “I’ve Got The Fire” and headed straight into “Somebody’s Gotta Do It”.

This time around, for their show in the Rink, a whole lot more people had shown up. That wasn’t much of a surprise if you ask me, considering this venue is firstly a whole lot better, and secondly, perhaps, or hopefully, people had finally gotten their eyes up on how amazing they are.

“Love Me, Hate Me” followed suit before “Sex is War” and “Waging War”. I’m honestly not sure how much point there is to get into detail as it’s the exact same set, but it was amazing nonetheless. The feeling in the venue was vibrating, and Hannes is such a vibrant front man. He makes the room light up as he walks in, you know? That kind of front man.

After the show, we headed up to Pooldeck to listen to Skippers speech, which didn’t really include more than a destination for next year. Jamaica, apparently. How great, huh?

After this, we headed back down toward the Theater, found ourselves some nice seats and let Carach Angren be the last show we saw on the cruise before hitting our cabin and drifting off to sleep, getting ready for getting off the ship…

// Sara

 

 

70.000 Tons of Metal: Day 3

Posted in 70000 tons of metal, Concerts, Music, The Great Tour 2020, Uncategorized with tags on January 21, 2020 by Sara Hammerzmith

Ah Mexico!

It really was a crime comitted upon all of us cruisegoers to not have Alestorm perform on this years cruise considering out point of destination. We got up around 9 and then headed to the Windjammer for some breakfast before it was time to pack up our beachbag and hit Mexico, ready for a day at the beach.

But, upon walking ashore… It started raining. Of. Fucking. Course. Had brilliant weather in both Cockburn Town and Haiti, so why should I have it in Cozumel? Of course not, am I right?

Well, we started our day off with hitting pretty much every single tourist shop there was in the city before grabbing a cab out to one of the beach resorts. The rain stopped, and we figured that it might break up. Which it did, we had a nice couple of hours at the beach before taking a cab over to a museum of Mexican arts and culture and a Mini-Mexico kind of thing! Similar to Mini-Europa in Brussels.

Since I’m a Scaredy Squirrel and also want to wash my hair in time, we went on board the boat again about an hour before call time, and we felt pretty finished anyway so. Got washed up, and then hit the Ice Rink to catch a few songs of Ereb Altor, you know that band I missed out on earlier before heading to the Theater to see Leaves’ Eyes.

Leaves’ Eyes

Again, sadly, not a huge turnout but that can again have several reasons, but yeah, more space for me am I right? Again, the folk intro started and “Sign of the Dragonhead” set off this show as well, and again moved on with “Serkland” and “Across The Sea”, which still is like the best song for this cruise (since we don’t have Alestorm).

They then continued with “Edge of Steel” and there is something I always kind of felt that I don’t really.. Haven’t adressed before. How needy sometimes Alexander can be. He always, constantly, asks for the audience to clap their hands and it’s like ok, that is amazing, but all the time? Throughout the entire songs? Nein.

“Edge of Steel” followed suit, and then.. Elina left the stage and reappeared with an outfit best described as something similar to the Black Swan, and it was time for them to play “Black Butterfly”… And that was such a beautiful moment! And with her dressed up like that. Wow. What a moment.

Just as I thought, just like two years ago, “Jomsborg” is assigned to the Theater show, and I really love this song though so I don’t mind at all! “Swords in Rock” followed suit and then again wrapping it all up with “Beowulf” and “Blazing Waters”. We also participated in a real nice rowpit for this one. Amazing.

Another amazing show amazingly executed, if I may use those kind of words, and thank you for this time, Leaves’ Eyes!

After this, we took to the cabin to rest, wandered about the ship and caught a few songs of Michael Schenker Fest before making our way down to the Ice Rink to catch another set of Bloodbounds!

Bloodbound

So, I don’t know exactly how much detail I’ll go into it here, as it was exactly the same setlist as previous, but I’ll talk about it overall at least!

The band came onto the stage to the intro and opened strongly once again, with “Battle in the Sky” as the opening song, straight into “In The Name of Metal”. The show was really good this time around. It had been flawless last time around, but something in the energy was just mindblowing here. Maybe it’s because of the slightly smaller venue gave everything a more intimate feeling and crowd felt bigger giving it an over all better feeling, I do not know for sure. But damn, what a good set it was. Absolutely amazing! Thank you, once again, Bloodbound! And yes, this time I stuck around to see “Nosferatu” which as normal was the closing song.

Thank you for this cruise, Bloodbound. You were truly amazing, both times!

After this show, we headed straight to bed, so we could get up in time to attend Trollfest’s 3am show. That’s the thing with this boat you know. You gotta kind of sleep when you can.

So, 2.45 the clock rang, and off we were to the show. Gladly for us, the Ice Rink is just around the corner from our stateroom. Just making everything so much easier, you know?

And… When the singer entered the stage with a balloon crown I realized righ away. He’s setting the bar for this years dress up extremely high. Higher than anyone. And it was another party and fun set, and this time instead of one long congaline, we had as many as possible. Still a survivor of that!

After their maniac, back to bed and prepare for the last day.

// Sara