Originally Written for MetalSetlists.com So, tonight was a buffet of generally progressive metal acts playing about 10 minutes from my house. I'll hit each band individually. Overall: Sound was crap, as I'd expect from the venue (Crocodile Rock), there were technical difficulties which led to a late start and the cutting of sets, turnout was pretty dismal as I expected, but overall I had a great time and all the people I met were very cool. Cypher Seer Cypher Seer are a Traditional/Power Metal band based out of New Jersey, and normally have former Onward vocalist Michael Grant as their lead singer, but for some reason tonight they had a random fill-in that couldn't have fit the band less. He wasn't a horrible singer, just had a very unfitting voice and dry delivery for their sound. The songs were still pretty good though, even though the band played sloppily. Set list: 1.Point Black 2.Awakening Day 3.Final Encounter 4.The Curse 5.Black Rain Odin's Court These guys are a Prog Rock/Metal outfit out of the Maryland/Virginia area. There's no question about the playing talent of these guys, but at many times their music got a bit too "Prog for the sake of Prog" for my tastes, the band almost seemingly having an allergic reaction to 4/4. Also, this band desperately needs a new, real singer. Overall they played very well though, in terms of performance easily the second best of the night. My friend was very into them, and I was definitely loving the Redemption shirt the guitarist wore. They closed with a very interesting and surprisingly metal cover of Lionel Richie's "Hello". Set list: 1.Terracide 2.Volatilestial 3.Oceanica Toxica 4.His Dark Materials 5.Love You to Death 6.Animaulic 7.Mammonific 8.Manifest Destiny 9.Hello (Lionel Richie cover) Dark Empire Dark Empire are based out of New York and generally a Progressive/Thrash hybrid, almost like Blind Guardian with some harsher and more prog elements going on. Normally their singer is Jens Carlsson of the bands Savage Circus and Persuader, but unfortunately he couldn't make it over for this small group of shows, so the group had a temp replacement vocalist which kind of sucked. Musically their set was pretty sloppy, and vocally it was just a mess, but I suppose there wasn't much that could've been done under these circumstances. Set list: 1.Eyes of Defiance 2.No Sign of Life 3.Salvation Denied 4.The Forgotten Sin 5.Prelude 6.Haunted 7.Possessed 8.Humanity Dethroned Suspyre This band is a Prog/Power group based out of New Jersey, and easily stole the show tonight in terms of technical abilities and tightness of performance. I really dig the sound of these guys. Nothing but postive thoughts about these guys really, and the music scene around here could do with a lot more bands like this. I picked up a copy of their CD "A Great Divide" afterwards. Their set list was a lot longer than it looks, a few of these songs being of hefty length. Set list: 1.Distant Skies 2.Crimson Shade 3.Last of the Survivors 4.April in the Fall 5.Apex 6.Serpent I Am 7.Blood and Passion PS. Thanks to the guys from Suspyre for helping me out with the set list afterwards!