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ProgPower USA XVIII Day Two Musings (9/7/2017)

Contributor Steven Stolper was on point enjoying the findings at the annual ProgPower USA Festival that takes place in Atlanta, Georgia at the Center Stage Atlanta theater. Historically speaking, PiercingMetal has NEVER been to the event but we’ve occasionally had interest in going based on the lineup for the year. I asked for a quick briefing of the acts that he saw and here are his transmissions to the High Command from the field about Day Two.

ProgPowerUSA XVIII Day 2: Sadly, I was a tad bit hungover from the previous day’s festivities which would cause me to miss the first band of the day – Next to None. This is the band that features the son of Mike Portnoy on drums so perhaps another time. That said, there was still plenty more music to see and hear over the course of the day so onward we march.

Twilight Force (Sweden):
This was the perfect way to start the night. Light happy fairy tale themed power metal with tales of dungeons, dragons, elves, and other creatures set to galloping Helloween style tunes. Hands were held high and choruses repeated. (Plastic) swords were unsheathed and brandished. Smiles all around. Band performed a very competent set of jolly songs, slaying the dragons of self-doubt and banishing negative emotions to distant realms, and all was right in the world.

Vanden Plas (Germany):
Back to the prog portion of the event. This veteran German band plays very smooth Dream Theater style melodic prog metal. Great dramatic singing. I seem to recall the singer also does musical theater productions back in Germany. Sounds about right. Songs are not super technical though there is a good amount of keyboards. Fans of recent Fates Warning albums would definitely appreciate Vanden Plas. This is an exclusive US appearance for Vanden Plas . I believe the only other time they performed here was at an earlier ProgPower some years ago. This is what this festival is truly about – bringing over groups who would otherwise remain unseen by the North American audiences.
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Doll Skin @ Gold Sounds Bar

Doll Skin will hit Brooklyn hard with their brand of Hard Rock and be joined by Next To None.

Edensong @ DROM

Edensong Tour Finale with Imminent Sonic Destruction at DROM – They will be joined by the bands Next To None and Dead Wake! This event is 21+ with proper ID.

Metal Allegiance Announce Destination (Almost) East Coast Tour

By now you’ve heard about the Heavy Metal Supergroup known as Metal Allegiance and if not it’s a talent whirlwind that features Alex Skolnick, Mike Portnoy, Mark Oseguesda, Chuck Billy and more. They toured these parts a few months ago and it was a blast that was enjoyed by all. Earlier today a press release went out citing how the group would be swapping some members for a brief East Coast run. I’ve copied the press notice for you below so check out the poster, press copy and dates before I return with some additional thoughts.

Tour - Metal Allegiance - Spring 2016

The Press Release:
METAL ALLEGIANCE are proud to announce their Destination (Almost) East Coast tour! The 7 day trek kicks off March 31st in Providence, Rhode Island followed by stops in Poughkeepsie, New Haven, and Lancaster before the final show on April 7th at the Gramercy in New York! With the recent release of their critically acclaimed self-titled album under their belts, they are bringing their all-star team and epic live experience to the East Coast! In true METAL ALLEGIANCE form, the band is bringing along some good friends to share the stage. Accompanying the band for these 7 special shows are none other than Mark Oseguesda (DEATH ANGEL). Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT).
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Ghost Ship Octavius @ The Studio at Webster Hall

Tour - Ghost Ship Octavius - 2015

Ghost Ship Octavius will appear in NYC for what I believe is the very first time. Support will come from The Binary Code and Next To None.