One of the major reasons I stopped seeing so much live metal, was I just couldn't take paying $40 to go and see another band play a lot of music, and then not be able to hear the singer, or the lead guitar, etc. This year, the quality of the sound varied. For several bands, the house mixer just capped out nearly everything. The vocals were sunk, or at least, even if the vocals were loud, they tended to be drowned out since everything was loud. For example, the vocals were mostly drowned out for Circus Maximus (especially frustrating since their great progpower performances in the past, were in a large part, due to having great sound, and being able to hear the singer hit every note), Serious Black, Scar Symmetry, Ascendia, and first 1/3rd of Devin Townsend (Devin had his own sound mixer, so maybe that's how Devin wanted them to sound, but his vocals weren't very clear. However, based on that video, perhaps he told her that he had voice issues, so to not play him too loud?). Luckily, :Green Carnation, Spock's Beard, and Haken had really good sound. I also thought that Blind Guardian, Freedom Call, Stream of Passion, and Fates Warning had good sound.