Novatia & Silhouette
April 15, 2016 - Parktheater, Alphen a/d Rijn (NL)
This was the first time that I'd ever seen the band Novatia perform live. I'd never heard their music before so I didn't know what to expect this evening. I've seen the band Silhouette perform at the ProgFrog Festival in October 2015. This was the first time that the band would perform their latest album Beyond The Seventh Wave (2014, see review) in its entirety, so this was something to look forward to! Silhouette's performance was going to be filmed during the whole evening as well. The venue was pretty crowded, as a lot of people came to see both bands perform.
The band plays versatile music and they don't stick to one genre playing a real mixture of progressive rock, metal, jazz and even reggae. Joep Selen is a fantastic singer who can put both emotion and power into his voice. Joost stood up from time to time behind his drum kit to do some special percussion on his cymbals, and sometimes uses his bare hands instead of drum sticks. It was clearly visible that the band enjoyed performing on the stage. Joep announced that the band was busy releasing a new EP, and they also played some tracks from it during the show. Joep told the audience that they weren't sure if they should play their new track Flowing Thoughts, which they still have to record. Luckily they did play it, and they did it wonderful! Only Rindert and Joep remained on the stage for the last track, a very beautiful acoustic song. The audience really loved their performance, and so did I! I really liked what I heard, but I wouldn't be surprised that some people would prefer music that sticks to a certain type of genre. This band is a Jack-of-all-trades and a very good live band to watch. I do hope that I will see this band live again very soon!
Just like Novatia the band really enjoyed being on stage. As the evening progressed, the band members became more confident' and behaved more loosely. All members made some flaws here and there, but most of the time they were doing a fantastic job. They really pay attention to each other when they play and also interacted a lot. The instrumental and heavier parts of the music were very nicely and neatly done. When Brian didn't sing or play guitar, he grabbed
After they played their complete album, the band came back for an encore. The audience loudly sang along with the song When Snow Is Falling Down. When the song was finished, the band left the stage. One of the show announcers that evening came on stage and asked the audience if they wanted the band to come back to play one more song, and of course the audience was responding with a big 'yes' and applause. The band did come back and played one more track, which was Unreal Meeting. A great performance from one of the best Dutch modern prog bands! I hope this band will tour more often and gains more international fame!
Iris Hidding (edited by Robert James Pashman)
How Does It Feel
Closer To The Next
If Itís Love
And Iíll Wait
Novatia by Iris Hidding
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Line up Novatia:(left to right)
Fabian van Dijk:
drums and percussion
Web Of Lies (Part I & Part II)
Beyond The Seventh Wave
Wings To Fly
When Snow Is Falling Down
Silhouette by Iris Hidding
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Line up Silhouette:(left to right)
bass and backing vocal
Rob van Nieuwenhuijzen:
keyboards, bass pedals, lead and backing vocals
Daniel van der Weijde:
Brian de Graeve:
twelve string acoustic guitar, lead and backing vocals
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