70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise Video Recap Featuring Nightwish, Cannibal Corpse + More
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, let us break it down for you: Two-thousand metalheads journey from all across the globe to set sail for four days of crushing music on a luxury cruise ship.
Some of metal’s biggest names are packed aboard and the passengers rock out to a bunch of bands and throw ridiculous parties throughout. Unfortunately, the ship has already made its journey for 2012, but our friends at Metal Injection created an awesome video of their experience on the ship.
Making its incredibly successful inaugural launch in 2011, the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise has taken the metal festival to new extremes. Bands that rocked the boat on the 2012 cruise include Cannibal Corpse, Nightwish, Children of Bodom, Crowbar, Suffocation, Overkill and legendary black metal innovators Venom.
What is most incredible about the cruise, besides the lineup of course, is the sense of brotherhood (and sisterhood) aboard the MS Majesty of the Seas. From Miami, Fla., to the Caribbean island Cozumel and back again, the metalheads on board are far from the stereotyped ‘drunken, destructive hooligans’ of which they are commonly characterized.
“The single-most frequently heard comment is that these people are very, very nice and very respectful,” says cruise director Erik Speekenbrink. “Is that a surprise? I don’t know, but again this goes back to stereotyping and how wrong we can be about each other by just judging each other by the exterior.”
Check out Metal Injection‘s video recap of 70,000 Tons of Metal featuring band interviews, live footage and a sweet belly-flop contest by the luxury pool: