While some metalheads only got a few hours of sleep (if that), most were running on coffee and Redbull aboard the Independence of the Seas during the second day of 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. It was the first day for the Deck Stage but unfortunately things were still running behind schedule and Visions of Atlantis’ set had to be canceled.

Other bands that were underway on the outside stage included Holy Moses, Gamma Ray, Hammerfall and Epica, all delivering day sets. At night, Cradle of Filth brought plenty of darkness and Dani Filth’s shrills echoed all throughout the Deck Stage. Meanwhile, Paradise Lost provided a melodic and dynamic performance. In the morning hours between 2AM and 4:30AM, Finnish battle metallers Turisas and Italian death metal act Fleshgod Apocalypse kept fans awake with obliterating sets.

Netherlands thrash metal band included Distillator performed early in the morning and were well worth missing breakfast to see. Other highlights from the almighty Alhambra Theater were the “True Norwegian black metal band” Tsjuder hailing from Oslo as well as Moonspell and Stratovarius. Vocalist Nick Holmes pulled double duty on the cruise as he fronted Paradise Lost and Bloodbath. Bloodbath who performed in Alhambra certainly left an impression especially since the fake blood they wore were all over certain elevators.  Swiss folk metal outfit Eluveitie also performed later in the night and Children of Bodom packed the theater as Alexi Laiho and his crew raised the chaos level with their commanding performance. The legendary Samael ended the night right in the theater with an incredible set at 1AM.

Over in the Ice Rink, the heavy sounds of Krisiun filled the room along with the talented Jag Panzer, Manilla Road and November’s Doom just to name a few. Female thrash metal band Nervosa from Brazil completely dominated Ice Rink and delivered one of the best performances of the day with their non-stop energy and brutality. In the intimate Pyramid Lounge the visually captivating Koyi K Utho took over the tiny stage. So did Ghoul and Firewind, the latter of whom performed for the first time in a few years.

Be sure to check out some of the bands from Day Two in our photo gallery above and come back our coverage of Day Three where the metalheads take Jamaica by storm!

More From Loudwire