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Discussion in 'ProgPower USA' started by Fixxer315, Sep 9, 2017.

  1. Fixxer315

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    Mike Portnoy & co. pretty much stole the weekend, IMO. Their set of classic DT material (AA Suite plus selections fro SFAM, as well as Mirror), as absolutely amazing. I wasn't sure if the band could quite pull it off as the comparisons to DT would be inevitable. However, they did it in a fantastic two hours. Plus, you could tell that Mike was having a blast. He even got out in front of the drums to sing Repentance. I loved his comment on how strange it was.

    Myrath put on a solid set, one that went over very well, but I just couldn't get into them. Perhaps I needed to be more familiar with their music to have really enjoyed their set. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it when the singer went into the crowd and had them sit for the beginning of one song.

    Angel Dust was one of the main reasons I came to the show, and they did not disappoint. They did have a few technical glitches early on, and it took a few songs to get the sound right (especially the synths, which overpowered everything in the early songs). However, once everything was in place, the band really seemed to enjoy themselves. I wished they would have played Follow Me part 2, but otherwise no complaints about the setlist.

    Lords of Black was a very fun old-school metal set, with a singer that invited comparisons to Ronnie James Dio--especially with the closer, a rampaging cover of Neon Knights.

    Distorted Harmony was quite the strange act, but I really dug them., picking up one of their albums in the merch room to see if they came across as well in the studio as they do live.

    Missed most of Daydream XI's set, as I was in the merchandise room, then in line for the autograph session for Angel Dust. What I did hear sounded decent enough, but nothing to rush out and get.
     
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  2. Charlie Dudley

    Charlie Dudley So where do we begin and what else can we say?

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    I was originally bummed that Sunburst was unable to make the trip and stupidly did not familiarize myself with Daydream XI, but damn they were good. I'll be purchasing their stuff and keeping an eye on them moving forward.

    Lords of Black was one of my favorites coming into the festival and man they were great. Romero is such an entertaining guy and a helluva vocalist. I dig their sound and am really excited about them moving forward. We were fortunate enough to get to see them again Saturday morning, and wow. I was blown away again. I would pay another $10 just to hear them play more Queensryche. Them playing Anarchy X and Revolution Calling was fantastic. I was hoping to hear them play "Last in Line" or "Children of the Sea" but what we got was brilliance anyway.

    I liked a few Distorted Harmony pieces coming in as I prepared for their set. I was entertained by them. To me, they're like a harder Earthside with more vocals. The lead singer's voice is different and interesting.

    Myrath was right in there with Lords of Black as my most anticipated set of the night. They didn't disappoint either. The energy of the front man was infectious and made their enjoyable music that much better.

    Portnoy was fucking incredible. I'm admittedly not a huge Haken fan or Neal Morse fan, but all the pieces coming together with Portnoy was amazing. It was like listening to a giant stereo it was so crisp and clean. Hats off to Mike, Haken and Eric Gillette for a unforgettable experience.

    I would've hated to play on Saturday and follow this Friday night lineup. Up and down just bad ass.
     
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    Agreed,friday was the best of the weekend..Lords of Black blew the place apart..The band seemed to soak in the crowds rabid energy and Ronny is a star in the making....The whole band played well but Ronnie has such great stage presense and that voice.......I too was at the special covers set and it was a nice double dose of the band..Journey and Dio and the Queen cover was fantastic..

    Angeldust was enjoyable s well..They have the perfect balance of power and melody..Was odd seeing the vocalist with no hair and beard lol

    Myrath sounded awesome as well and next to Portnoy maybe the best drummer of the weekend...The sounded really slick and had the crowd in their hands....

    Shattered Fortress was utterly stunning..Portnoy makes it all seem so effortless in his drumming..that whole band sounded and played perfectly...
     
  4. hoodaman

    hoodaman Is it live or is it Dave?

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    Friday was the strongest overall day as far as performances go.
     
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  5. NorseBlood

    NorseBlood franks n steins

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    Really wanted to hear Angel Dust play "Where the Wind Blows". and "To Dust You Will Decay", but with a band like Angel Dust anything they want to play is perfect, and it was. Lords of Black was awesome & Ronnie Romero's vocals are superb. Love the lyrics of both bands. Those two bands definitely made my Friday. However Vanden Plas was my #1 and so I'd have to go with Vanden Plas & Metal Church tipping the scales in that regard.
     
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    Mike Portnoy's Shattered Fortress was amazing. Blew me away.
    Myrath was good. Singing from the floor was a nice touch.
     

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