KAMELOT + THRESHOLD + SERENITY
London Astoria 2 Friday 28th Sep 2007
Getting in at twenty past seven meant I only caught the last two songs of
Serenity's set who seemed to have gone down well with the crowd. The two songs I
heard were solid prog metal and I will seek them out further.
Threshold were up next and the first time I have seen
them with Damien Wilson on vocals, after the shock departure of Mac earlier this
year. He is a real bundle of energy working the crowd well and even doing two
crowd surfs! A set list skewed towards their excellent album 'Dead Reckoning'.
There was Mission Profile, the superb Pilot In The Sky Of
Dreams, Light & Space, This Is Your Life, the sheer riff heavy Slipstream
(complete with keyboards player Richard West's guttural growls!) and the equally
heavy Pressure. I was a little wary of the gig beforehand as the Threshold
albums I have all feature Mac but Damien Wilson sang them with style and passion
- a great gig by the band.
Next up Kamelot whose 'Ghost
Opera' and Threshold's latest will easily feature in my top ten albums of
this year. The band were hit early on though with an injury to the bass
player Sean Tibbet, who broke his leg!
The band carried on for a couple of songs without him before he
came back on stage and sat down on a stool to carry on playing. Now that's rock
'n' roll determination!
As for the music well this band are on fire live - from the
powerful and emotive vocals of Ron Khan through to the guitar wizardry of Thomas
Youngblood and Oliver Palotai's keys (his solo spot was very enjoyable).
Highlights were 'Ghost Opera', the galloping metal of 'When The Lights Go Down'
and 'Love You To Death', where again Khan's voice was simply stunning.
Two great progressive metal bands both at the top of their game and well worth
seeing live if you get the chance.
Kamelot set list
Rule The World
When The Lights Are Down
Descent of The Archangel
The Human Stain
Centre of The Universe
Love You To Death
March of Mephisto
Review by Jason Ritchie
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