Live Report from ProgPower VI
Band Photo: Therion (?)
The weekend of September 16-17th was quite a memorable one for me. I traveled down to Atlanta, Georgia from my New Jersey home to attend ProgPower VI. This year’s ProgPower consisted of Angra headlining Friday night’s show along with Conception, Orphaned Land, Circus Maximus, and Manticora opening. Saturday’s line up consisted of Stratovarius headlining, along with Therion, Pink Cream 69, Symphorce, and Stride opening.
During my stay, I was able to interview Mati from Orphaned Land and met Mark Edwards from Overlorde. Both guys were exceptionally kind, down to earth, as well as excellent guitar players and should definitely be listened to when the opportunity arises. Though Overlorde did not play, Orphaned Land did and put on quite an amazing show. During their set I found out that one of the guys standing in front of me was so dedicated to the band, that he flew all the way from Israel, where Orphaned Land is from, just to see them! What makes Orphaned Land such a band to command this response from a fan is the fact that they are very energetic on stage, quality musicians, and are able to bring everyone at the concert together. To see Orphaned Land is its own experience in itself. No matter who plays with Orphaned Land, the show will be memorable!
Though Orphaned Land did not start the concert, they definitely stole the show! The first two bands, Circus Maximus and Manticora were much too bland for my taste. Both bands sounded average and the vocals sounded like any other power metal band trying to make it big. I found both bands average and would’ve liked to see better musicianship from both bands.
Orphaned Land followed Conception, an operatic power metal band. Conception put on a good show. They had great musicianship and very good vocals. Conception seemed to have a very good command over the crowd. Though they did not seem very strong vocally, they definitely made their mark with their musicianship. I think this band was decent overall and would see them again if it were a smaller bill and not a festival environment.
I was only able to see a little bit of Angra's set as my friend had some medication to take that kept her through much of Angra's set. When we got back to see Angra it was for the end of their set. From what I did see, Angra was good, but too epic for ProgPower. Angra would have been better if it were a smaller show, not a music festival only because it was so late.
On Saturday, I did not see the first band or much of the second band’s set as I did not want to get there early only to be disappointed twice and spend time doing the same things I had done the previous day. When I arrived at the venue it was towards the end of Symphorce’s set and I was blown away by their last 3 songs. They had an incredible command of the crowd, were able to put on an energetic show, and topped it off with impressive vocals and musical talent. I would recommend seeing Symphorce if they are touring near or around you. Symphorce are very energetic and put on a quality live show, you will definitely get you moneys worth.
Pink Cream 69 followed Symphorce. Pink Cream 69 were a fair band, the vocals and music fit each other just right and they were able to put on a good show as all the other bands at ProgPower did. I didn’t stay for most of their set, I didn’t think they were any different than the other bands that had been opening. I say Pink Cream 69 are ok, but too generic power metal for my taste. After Pink Cream 69 was Therion.
Therion was amazing! I was surprised to find out they were better live, than on their new album. I was also surprised to see that they had a choir to sing their new songs that are more operatic. I was very skeptical of this at first, but it surprisingly turned out better than I could have imagined. The choir created a very nice atmosphere for the band and seemed to boost the band’s performance. Vocals and music were very good and I would suggest seeing Therion if they are playing in a town near you!
I did not stay for Stratovarius as I had a plane to catch the next day. My friend told me they put on a good show.
Overall, ProgPower was an amazing experience in which I was able to listen to some music of exceptional quality. If you can afford to travel to Atlanta, I would definitely recommend doing so for ProgPower; tickets were well worth the price! ProgPower, I believe, is one of the only reasonably priced music festivals in America where you can get to meet the bands you want to meet, as there is a signing table, and see exceptional performances by some exceptional bands. ProgPower is also good because many of the performers’ friends were there and were some pretty big names in the metal world. Tad Morose was there both days to see some of the bands and was very approachable for autographs, pictures, etc. ProgPower is an experience in itself, if you can go, I say definitely go for it!
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