You have probably noticed the silence on our end. It is a testament to the power of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. It is complete immersion in all things metal and an international passion for the music. We are going to provide a couple of recaps to catch up, but more importantly, we have a ton of content on the way.
Day two marked the first sets on the pool deck, an outdoor stage with a hot tube directly in front of it (that got plenty of use) and two hot tubs on the sides. Ridiculous? Yes, but impressive.
Masterplan drew a huge crowd for their 10 a.m. set, Benediction crushed heads, and Alestorm partied with an inflatable duck. Swallow the Sun performed the second act of their epic Songs from the North album accompanied by backup singers and a string section (proceeded the night before by the first act, with the final act coming on Sunday evening). Cannibal Corpse mutilated the audience, and our friends in Dark Tranquillity brought passion in an extremely dynamic performance. It was a huge night, for fans and bands alike.
My main man Jason Carlson will be publishing photo galleries over the next few days, but we are including an amateurish phone photo to capture the craziness of this cruise. This photo was taken from behind the stage during Alestorm‘s set, one that closed with frontman Christopher Bowes yelling “Let’s go get drunk and fuck alligators!”.