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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
Soul Society
Mourning Star
Descent of The Archangel
The Human Stain
Centre of The Universe
The Haunting
Keyboard solo
Ghost Opera
Love You To Death
Encore -
March of Mephisto

Review by Jason Ritchie

GRTR! Best of 2007

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