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Kingcrow, Votum & Mind:Soul

Wednesday, 2nd March 2016
De Pul, Uden, the Netherlands

Thursday, 3rd March 2016
De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, the Netherlands

Article and video By André de Boer
and photos by Alex Blokdijk

A double headliner European tour of Italian Kingcrow and Polish Votum hit Holland two days in a row. Luckily I had the privilege to witness both nights. The first one at de Pul venue in Uden and the next day at de Boerderij, Zoetermeer. The latter got pimped by Dutch support Mind:Soul.

Mind:Soul

Mind:Soul

This great little band, founded by Tom de Wit of TDW, opened up the Zoetermeer night. And man, was he nervous beforehand. Being on this huge stage, being support of these two bands, was a dream come true! Nothing on stage reminded of nerves though.

Mind:Soul

Tom was bouncing around happily with a grunt by Joey every now and then and six songs flew by and were much appreciated by the audience for sure, including me. A delicious support show! Too bad the word got out the band will quit existing. This is an impression of one of the songs, including DPRP footage:

Mind:Soul

Setlist Mind:Soul
Breakpoint Hour
Novae
Rejoice
Selling Lies
Over
Circus Of Fear
 

Votum

Votum

A fierce and arty show, with their own lighting and sound technicians. It's strange to see the fine machinery of both venues being towed away and replaced by relatively tiny ones. Although that is a fierce thing to do as well, I personally didn't see the point really. Both venues could have handled this themselves very well for sure. And maybe even better.

Votum

Stage performance was fine but after three or four songs, firing the same lighting from stage towards the audience, the act all started to be a bit dull. Or overdone. Too bad as they do great albums that deserve a better stage performance. Having said that, I must say that on both occasions a considerable part of crowd obviously didn't mind the lack of variation and were having a good time.

Votum

Setlist Votum
Greed
Dead Ringer
Prometheus
Blackened Tree
Simulacra
Stranger Than Fiction
Horizontal
Satellite
Last Word
Spiral
Vertical

Bruises
Coda
 

Kingcrow

Kingcrow

A set build on a great mix of mainly two albums, the new Eidos of course and In Crescendo. Sound and lighting, not provided by the venue, unfortunately failed from time to time. Diego's voice might occasionally not have been perfect before but really splendid and strong on this two occasions. As were the musicians. Great lead guitars and an amazing rhythm session with fantastic bass by Francesco D'Errico including some fabulous slapping.

Kingcrow

Too bad keyboardist Christian Della Polla couldn't be part of this tour due to personal reasons. To me Kingcrow had an energetic show that was much fun to watch and enjoy with their emotion and passion coming from the stage. The true headliner to the public's opinion. Try or relive it, playing the live impression video below.

Kingcrow

Setlist Kingcrow
Intro The Drowning Line
Right Before
The Moth
At The Same Pace
If Only
The Deeper Divide
This Ain't Another Love Song
Fading Out Pt. III
Morning Rain
In Crescendo

Fading Out Pt. IV
 

Conclusion

Very nice to see two or three very different views on what we call prog metal on the same night. It certainly is a rich and varied area. The cheer joy of Mind:Soul, the utter seriousness of Votum and the stirring fun spectacle of Kingcrow. Impressive nights to remember.

Links
Kingcrow Official Website

Votum Official Website

Mind:Soul Official Website

De Pul

De Boerderij

 


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