Anima Mundi, Live at Musicon Den Haag, 18 June 2016

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This would be the first time I would see the band Anima Mundi perform, so I was really curious how the band would play live. I arrived an hour before the gig would start, and the band was still busy with their sound check. Sadly there were big problems during the sound check because of technical difficulties that couldn’t be solved correctly, so there was a big chance that the sound would cause some trouble this evening. Luckily the band members themselves did a wonderful performance, despite the technical problems with the sound. Continue reading

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Progcity Festival, Musicon Den Haag, 28 May 2016

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After a wonderful first edition of Progcity Festival (you can read my review of the first edition here) it was only a matter of time when the second edition would be held. Organizer Gert-Jan van Middelkoop had two bands lined up I’ve never seen perform live before; the Dutch band Profuna Ocean and German band Ashby. I know Profuna Ocean’s music (I reviewed their latest album In Vacuum, you can read the review here), but I never heard any music from Ashby. While Profuna Ocean had played a couple of times before at Musicon, Ashby was playing their first ever gig in The Netherlands. Continue reading

Pendragon & John Young, Live at the Boerderij Zoetermeer, 14 May 2016

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First of all, my sincere apologies! It took some time before this one was published on the website of Background Magazine, so I had to wait until today. I hope you guys didn’t mind!

This would be the first time I would see John Young as a solo performer on stage. I’ve never seen the band Pendragon live, and I heard from several friends that they are a great band to watch. I had the honour to interview John Young and Nick Barrett right before the gig, and you can listen to the interview here. Pendragon was going to play their album The Masquerade Overture in its entirety, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this album. The venue was completely sold out, which is great news for the band, but sadly no good news for me, because I had to squeeze myself through the audience to take pictures from different angles of the venue. Luckily I managed to get some amazing shots of both John Young and Pendragon that evening.  Continue reading

Novatia & Silhouette, Live at Parktheater Alphen a/d Rijn, 15 April 2016

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This was the first time that I would see the band Novatia perform live. I never heard their music before so I didn’t know what to expect that evening. I’ve seen the band Silhouette perform at ProgFrog Festival in October 2015. This was the first time that the band would perform their latest album Beyond The Seventh Wave in its entirety, so this was something to look forward to! I had an interview with Silhouette right before their gig, you can listen to the interview here. Silhouette’s performance was going to be filmed during the whole evening as well. The venue was pretty crowded, a lot of people came to see both bands perform. Continue reading

So this is March 2016… (And we lost another great artist again)

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UPDATE! It seems that someone (person/artist/band) shared this post today (March 15th) on Facebook (I think) because I get a lot of views on this post, which is amazing! Sadly I don’t know who shared it so I would like to know who referred you to this post today. I would like to thank that person personally, and also YOU of course for reading this post! If you have time, please let me know who referred you to this post by posting a comment in the comment section or by sending me an email (grendelhq[at]gmail.com). 🙂 Thank you very much!

UPDATE 2! It looks like hundreds of people are reading this post but sadly nobody has answered my question in update 1. I would love to know who (could be anyone or anything) shared this post on March 15th so I can thank that person personally. Thank you! 🙂

Yes, it’s time for my latest Sunday blog post! Too bad I have to start this blog post with some sad news… Continue reading