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70.000 Tons of Metal: Day 2: Warbringer – Pestilence – Coroner – Nile – Obituary – Blood Red Throne

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Band Photo: Obituary (?)

While most of the fans were sleeping – well let's say some of them - the "The Independence Of The Seas" metal-battleship ship had to make a 90 degrees course change, an evasive maneuver to calmer seas, in order to avoid sailing into a storm. The 37 knot (42 mph) wind also prevented the organization from erecting the decorative side-fills, left and right of the stage. Also the lighting rig was put at half mast, so that the stiff winds won't tear it down. At least the Pool stage was ready on time for Raven and all the other bands that would hit the Pool-Deck-Stage on Day 2.

To catch my favourite American thrash metal band from Newbury Park, CA Warbringer I had to get up somewhat early in the morning - meaning before 9 a.m. - to have enough time for a tasty breakfast at the Windjammers buffet. The buffet offered everything you could think of from hash-browns, scrambled/fried eggs, ham, cheese, cereals of all kinds, toast, vegetables, fruits, juice, regular coffee, decaffeinated coffee, tea etc. etc. Even soy-milk could be served for my vegan significant other.

Warbringer kick-started the day at the Royal Theater at 10:45 am:

Same day same stage my all-time death metal faves from the Netherlands Pestilence hit the stage. Mainman Patrick Mameli and his band members opened the set with “Non Physical Existent” off last year's album Hadeon. But also delivering classic songs from Consuming Impulse and Testimony Of the Ancients, namely “Chronic Infection”, “Secrecies Of Horror”, “Twisted Truth”, “Land Of Tears” and the evening closing “Out Of Body”:


Strengthened again and wide awake after lunch and some big cups of coffee I felt ready to climb the stairs - yes you have to do some sports after those kinds of lunches - up to Deck 11, where the Pool-Deck-Stage was already prepared for Coroner. With two-thirds of the original line-up - Ron „Broder“ Royce on bass/vocals and guitarist Tommy „ Vetterli“ T. Baron - the Swiss thrash metal pioneers offered a full career retrospective, including “Reborn Through Hate” from the 1987 debut „R.I.P.“, 2 songs from „Mental Vortex“ and 3 from „Grin“.

Death metal titans Nile and Obituary were on my menu for the afternoon and evening. The technical death innovators fronted by mastermind Karl Sanders and backed by drum-god George Kollias easily convinced the audience with its diverting set of tracks.

After dinner and some relaxing on the balcony enjoying the beautiful weather and the sea, it was time to get another death metal fix by Obituary, again at the Royal Theater, the biggest of the three indoor venues. Starting their set with “Redneck Stomp“ the death metal veterans easily won over the fans, who frenetically banged and moshed to the the band's classic as well as newer tracks like there were no tomorrow:

Coming all the way from Kristiansand, Norway brutal death metal troupe Blood Red Throne was the last live performance for me to attend this day. The smallest club-sized venue, the Star Lounge was already packed as I tried to find my way through the crowd to the photo-pit. Delivering brutal death to the author's taste it was one of my highlights that day:

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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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