JANUARY 29th 2015

Review by: Richard Steven Hensey
Photos by: Peter Ruttan

PHOTOS HERE: http://www.metaltitans.com/2015/70000-tons-of-metal/

On 70000 TONS OF METAL everyone is a VIP and you can come and go to any and all events. This marked the 5th year of The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise. The might 154,000 ton Cruise Ship Liberty of the Seas left from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale and set sail to Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Andy Piller, 70000TONS OF METAL’s Skipper stated: “I want to make sure the intimacy between the bands and the fans does not change in our new environment. When we had 2000 cruisers we booked 40 bands. Now we will have 3000 cruisers which means we will be inviting 60 bands to perform!” Every Genre Of Metal! Something For Everyone!

 With 3000 people from 48 different countries present at the event you were bound to meet people of all cultures and backgrounds unlike your own. Every one of them just as interesting and pleasant as the next. At one point it had occurred to me that I made numerous friends from around the globe in record time. It also occured to me that sleep was averaging 4 hrs per night as i didnt want to miss any of the action

Lets be honest... nowadays there are many oceans and many ships, but 70000TONS OF METAL is different beast. With having 60 bands on board, this means you get access to 120 shows, Metal Karaoke to the late hours of the morning, the 2nd annual JAMMING WITH WATERS IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS. American Death Metalers Origin will be hosting the first ever 70000TONS OF METAL Pillowfight! plus Meet & Greet/Signing Sessions with Artists, the infamous Belly Flop Contest and Bars that never close!!

Everyone is a VIP and you can come and go to any and all events as you please. Image two full days at Sea and the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with your favorite artists or hang with buds in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. I cant help but think of your typical heavy metal parking lot type setting when attending large U.S. based festivals. I often see the meatheads drinking beers out the back of their trucks while blasting the headliner's latest record, possibly to refresh their memory for later? I don't really know why those people do that, but it doesn't matter. The only thing I take away from that scenario is that they are completely close minded. I can honestly say that I saw lots of people explore new bands for the very first time. Perhaps it was the setting, or the stage, the sound, the atmosphere, hanging around laid back Europeans, or the fact most of these people paid upward of $1000 to be there, but I can't tell you how many times I over heard something like "Wow, I've never even heard of this band and they blew me the fuck away!"

Since it was a new ship The Royal Caribbean’s “Liberty Of The Seas” offered 4 Stages: The PLATINUM THEATER is a five-storied concert hall. The Egyptian themed SPHYNX lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in STUDIO B, the ice skating rink; and last but not least their jewel: The POOL DECK stage – The ship was surrounded by several bars and pools with metal fans from around the world which left plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the POOL DECK. A metal fans dream to soak while you watch your favorite band.

Be sure to check out the 70000 Tons of Metal home page for updates regarding the 2016 voyage.