Progfrog: The Aurora Project
April 13, 2013 - 't Blok, Nieuwerkerk a/d IJssel (NL)
I follow TAP since the very beginning and in my humble opinion they belong to the top of the Dutch progressive rock bands. This afternoon they kicked off with Event Horizon from their debut album Unspoken Words (2005), which is a great opener. The mood was set. Dennis Binnekade is a very charismatic singer. His voice really appeals to me, but there's also something in his eyes or in the passionate way he performs the songs. When I first saw the band, he wore make-up and he reminded me of the young Fish (Marillion). Nowadays, he doesn't wear make-up but no loss there, because it's the music where we come for.
I had the impression that overall the album is heavier and more metal-oriented than we're used to from the band. That isn't a bad thing and that's what I love about TAP. A highlight to me was a certain moment where the music stopped, and then all hell broke loose with special light effects; really impressive! I think this happened during the title track, but I'm not sure. When it was time for the old stuff, I couldn't be happier. All I waited for was Shadow Border, the long version, but they didn't play it. Instead we got The Untold Prophecy as an encore, which was my favourite for a long time. Special effects again this time with smoke, it was all good.
I think the new material is more important and they probably didn't rehearse a lot of the old stuff. It was a great afternoon nevertheless, with many prog friends around and very educational for my daughter. When we said goodbye, the news arrived that TAP will maybe play at Loreley! No promises yet, but I can dream on it!
Janke Rijpkema (edited by Peter Willemsen)
Setlist The Aurora Project:Set 1:
Turning The Tide
Selling The Aggression
The Oil Supremacy
Sence Of Reality
Speeding Up Time
Pictures by Arthur Haggenburg
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Line up The Aurora Project:(left to right)
Remco van den Berg:
Guitar & backing vocals
Synths & Samples
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