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Angra, Operation: Mindcrime And Halcyon Way In London

Whenever bands announce a tour of the United Kingdom, or even just one show, one of the most likely venues to show up will be the The Underworld in Camden. It's a very famous venue, located under The World's End pub, which is a great place to listen to metal over a beer. Inside the venue itself on this occasion, Brazilian metal veterans Angra would be headlining a show which also featured special guest Geoff Tate (former Queensryche vocalist) and his collective, Operation: Mindcrime, as well as American outfit, Halcyon Way.

Though the show was scheduled for six, problems meant that doors didn't open until seven and subsequently scheduled opening act Ravenscry were not able to perform. Halcyon Way were also dealt a blow as they were only able to play for around twenty minutes, in a set which appeared to contain no more than five songs. There was little time, as a result, for the band and audience to connect and their set seemed to be over before it really began. For this reason, it's unfair to really judge Halcyon Way on this performance.

Geoff Tate has maintained that for much of their career, Queensryche were a support band. Fitting then that he should be here with his new collective, Operation: Mindcrime, who last December released, "The New Reality," their third and final album, as a supporting act. Those expecting to hear any of this material however were in for a surprise as instead, fans were treated to a live rendition of the classic Queensryche album, "Operation: Mindcrime," in full. Tate is still sounding incredible live and the intimate setting lent a lot to the atmosphere, while the crowd sang along to every word from such staples from the legendary concept album such as "Revolution Calling," "Speak" and "I Don't Believe In Love." The ensemble of musicians that accompany the vocalist are all excellent, with guitarist Kieran Robertson and drummer Josh Watts. Concluding, naturally, with the album's final track, "Eyes Of A Stranger," the band could hold their heads up high as they made the album sound as fresh today as it did when it was released thirty years ago. Don't miss it!

And so we come to the closing act for the evening, Brazilian power metal favourites Angra, now of course with former Rhapsody Of Fire singer Fabio Lione. The group also has a new album to promote, "Ømni," which was released this past February, and promote it they did, with no less than four songs from the record being aired. With eight albums under their belt, there's plenty to pick from for Angra when it comes to a setlist, which tonight included, "Angels and Demons," "Lisbon" and "Lullaby For Lucifer," as well as a special appearance from Geoff Tate for a cover of the Queensryche classic, "Silent Lucidity," before rounding off the evening with "Carry On/ Novra Era." While The Underworld could have held plenty more, those who were there were treated to a great display of old school heavy metal.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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