This was my most anticipated concert of the summer, and was it well worth the wait. I was completely drained after seven hours of music. Dave Mustaine has done a great job at putting together this metal tour, one would hope that this could become a yearly package. More economical than Ozzfest, yet still delivering the goods in providing a strong metal show with a mix of young and old bands.
I got there about 4:40 for the advertised 5:00 start. As I picked up my ticket at will call, I heard music emanating from inside. I asked if the show started, they said yes. Turns out they started at 4:30 with Dry Kill Logic. So, I had already missed 1 of the 8 bands. I had been looking forward to see Dry Kill Logic again as they have been doing strong work lately. Well, there were still seven bands to go. Oh yeah, Bobaflex didn't play this show at all, despite them being there, I had seen one of their vans parked outside.
I got inside and made my way towards the stage. At 5:00 the next band started, Symphony X. This was one of my anticipated acts. I had heard about them - good things too. Their 20-minute set did not disappoint. Although I was not familiar with their music, their technically precise brand of metal fell on friendly ears. Their playing was powerful, intricate, and tight. Now what I am about to say (write?) may not be accurate, but I am going to say it anyway. The music reminded me of Dream Theater in that they both have a progressive metal style which lets everyone shine, and can simultaneously be heavy and musically intricate. I will definitely be looking into more of their music.
Sea of Lies
Of Sins And Shadows
The focus shifted to stage left for the next band. I was wondering how they were going to arrange the stage for so many bands. They had the drum kits doubled up on each side of the stage, one band would play om the right, the next on the left, so while one band played, they would get the opposite side set for the next band. It was a rather efficient setup, resulting in only brief intermissions between bands.