When I heard that Evergrey will do a few headlining shows, I knew I had to go to see them! Last time they were supporting Therion and had unfortunately just 35 min. which was not enough for me!
On a Friday night I was on my way to Vosselaar. When I arrived the opening band were leaving the stage, so I can't tell anything about them.
Next a Dutch band was on the bill, their name is Cirrha Niva. I have to say that I never heard of them before, so I try my best to explain.... The band offered a very interesting progressive power metal, partly very theatrical which I guess where the songs from their last release Liason De La Morte which is a dark romantic horror musical to quote their flyers. The female bass played joined vocal duties for the parts of the Liason De La Morte. I think it would be very interesting to see the Liason De La Morte on stage. I'll try to find out more about them! Meanwhile you can check out their homepage www.cirrhaniva.nl
After a break it was time for the Swedish quintet entered the stage. They were still promoting their latest release In Search Of The Truth. The band was tighter then the last time I saw them, the line-up is steady now for quite awhile. Okay, on keyboards they this time got a helping hand from the Andromeda keyboarder. Evergrey concentrated on the songs from In Search Of The Truth, but didn't forget their old stuff! In Germany Solitude * Dominance * Tragedy was more popular then In Search Of The Truth. In Holland and Belgium it was the other ways around, so they played most songs from In Search Of The Truth incl. The Masterplan, Watching The Skies, Mark The Triangle and Dark Waters. But with e.g. Solitude Within and Nosferatu the band offered songs from Solitude * Dominance * Tragedy. In the middle of the set Tom Englund presented the Japanese bonus track which is a slow, very emotional ballad, sorry I can't recall the name.... But it shows that Evergrey can't just write powerful songs. Even if guitarist Hendrik Denhage had in the beginning a few technical problems, it was a great show, but again too short! Just about 70 min.! Anyway, the band had obviously a lot of fun. And so the fans who were just a little disappointed that it was over that soon. Thanks, guys!
After the show I had the chance to talk to Michael Håkansson for a few minutes. He was surprised that it were just 70 min., but they never took the time.... So he promised that next time they will have more songs. But beside some festivals this summer (e.g. Sweden Rock, Wacken, Graspop...) they won't play more shows, it's time for songwriting! In September they will enter the studio with well-known producer Neil Kernon! The album shall be in the stores early 2004....
Btw, without Bob, the owner of the Biebob and the record store next door, Evergrey wouldn't have come down! Bob talked them over to do the handful of shows and the audience reaction shows that he was right! So, special thanks to Bob!!!