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Heavy metal cruise powered by d&b

There were three live venues on board and the ship's theatre, casino and pool deck were kitted out with over one hundred tons of lighting and sound systems.

It has been revealed that d&b audiotechnik systems provided the sound for the Mein Schiff, a heavy metal themed cruise liner conceived by Wacken Festival founders, Holger Hübner and Thomas Jensen.

The 30,000 tonne luxury ship set off from Hamburg and made stops in the UK, France and the Netherlands, collecting around 2,000 metal fans along the way.

There were three live venues on board and the ship’s theatre, casino and pool deck were kitted out with over 100 tonnes of lighting and sound systems supplied and crewed by Karlsruhe-based Crystal Sound. The cruise featured performances from over 20 bands.

Crystal Sound project manager André Ballweg, explains: “Some people think metal music is a blunt instrument and any PA will do but you might be interested to learn that metallers, more than many music fans, have learned that good quality sound, undistorted at high volumes, enables them to listen more and for louder and longer.

“That’s why we installed only d&b audiotechnik systems on board, specifically V-Series and J-Series,” says Ballweg.

More than 20 bands provided a slab of everything metal on the cruise, even, reports d&b, a “rusty sea shanty version of the classic Death Spunk Explosion from those funsters from Frankfurt, Infested Intestines”.

“Of course people will wonder why we didn’t all disembark with bleeding ears,” observed Tungsten Torstein, a fan from Tanhaus, “But, then we don’t share the secret of good sound with just anyone; d&b doesn’t just stand for decibels you know? Das ist Artze, as we say in the brotherhood.”