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70.000 Tons of Metal: Day 1: Dark Funeral – Fleshgod Apocalypse – Soulfly – Bloodbath

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After sitting out the 2018 edition Metalunderground.com writer and photographer Georg Wilfinger boarded The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, 70.000 Tons of Metal again, taking place January 31st through February 4, 2019.

The largest and longest-running sea travel of its kind this year headed again from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Labadee, Haiti and back, featuring 60 bands playing 123 live shows on 4 stages to fans from over 74 different countries. For most fans on board it’s "the" annual metal highlight. Below you can see George's personal extensive photo-recap of the events, scenery, and shows of his favourite bands taking place on "The Independence Of The Seas" metal-battleship:

Day 1: Dark Funeral – Fleshgod Apocalypse – Soulfly – Bloodbath

Due to weather delays on the Northern American side -  the snow and cold cancelling almost every flight – some bands and co-sponsors of the event arrived late at Port Everglades. So the boat was almost two hours late, when leaving the dock and the first bands were already performing their shows. Having cruised the 70K before, I could notice some nice improvements onboard, lots of new eateries and bars, even in the indoor venues.

Swedish black metal band from Stockholm Dark Funeral were afforded the Royal Theater, the biggest of the three indoor venues, performing their one hour set:

Dark Funeral Setlist:

1. Unchain My Soul
2. 666 Voices Inside
3. My Dark Desires
4. Shadows Over Transylvania
5. The Arrival of Satan's Empire
6. Temple of Ahriman
7. Ravenna Strigoi Mortii
8. Atrum Regina
9. The Secrets of the Black Arts
10. Where Shadows Forever Reign


I had to be quick to see Fleshgod Apocalypse's first songs , who played immediately after Dark Funeral at the smaller theatre, the Studio B - Ice Rink. Due to unforeseeable delays in the studio, the band were not able to play their entire new album, as it was initially announced. Still the fans were able to hear a new track from Fleshgod Apocalypse's upcoming new album called “Fury”:

After Italian Symphonic technical death metal outfit I rushed down to Royal Theater again for some tribal and world music infused thrash/groove metal performed by Soulfly:

Soulfly Setlist:

1. The Summoning
2. Under Rapture
3. Fire / Porrada
4. Prophecy
5. Babylon
6. I and I
7. Arise Again
8. Rise of the Fallen
9. Dead Behind the Eyes
10. (Unknown)
11. No
12. Jumpdafuckup / Eye for an Eye

Bloodbath saw frontman Nick Holmes (also Paradise Lost) in a full suit & tie stage outfit, accompanied by his shirtless, blood splattered, band mates. The Ice Rink, with seating on three sides, was packed, while on the floor, mosh pits erupted every now and then:

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Lugal Ki En is a die hard metal fan since the early eighties. His musical taste ranges from NWOBHM, thrash metal, death and black Metal to deathcore.

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