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.
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.
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:
Circus Of Fear
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.
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.
Stranger Than Fiction
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.
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.
The Drowning Line
At The Same Pace
The Deeper Divide
This Ain't Another Love Song
Fading Out Pt. III
Fading Out Pt. IV
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.