Enorm's Marathon Revival
June 30, 2012
Since the Dutch band ENorm started to play the music of their former band Marathon they gained a lot of success. This resulted in hiring venue Cultuurpodium Boerderij at Zoetermeer to perform a special live show dedicated to both Marathon's music and their musical heroes. Bands like Saga, Rush, Marillion, The Alan Parsons Project and Genesis inspired them to form their own progressive rock band. Also a new ENorm album was presented during this concert. As a warm up for this special event they invited Silhouette, another Dutch band that presented a new album as well.
SilhouetteThe musicians of Silhouette got 45 minutes to bring out their new album Across The Rubicon (see review) in the open. Way too short to play the entire album and therefore they had chosen to perform a selection. However, they started the concert with
As the show continued I realized that for the first time I saw a complete band perform in a rather professional way. I didn't expect this at all after seeing them perform three rather disappointing live shows. Therefore the musicians deserve a big compliment for delivering strong albums as well as playing them professionally on stage. I guess that a lot of practicing and some help of experienced musicians finally achieved the desired results! The use of a cutting edge mixing desk was another reason why this time everything felt in place. Unfortunately the audience didn't ask them to perform an encore. So they couldn't play When Snow's Falling Down. This means that I couldn't find out whether the children choir was present to join during the last part of this fabulous song, just as on the album. But anyway, even without this piece of music the musicians may look back at a well-performed concert.
ENorm's Marathon RevivalA lot of hard work was done before this special live show could take place, but both the band and the audience saw that everything went perfectly during this event. The venue was rather crowded because both fans from the old Marathon days and today's ENorm fan base had showed up. They gave
All songs were performed in the best possible way. However, during the two Saga-tunes Humble Stance and On The Loose the synthesizer solos by Martin Platenkamp got unfortunately lost in the overall band sound. This way those songs got lesser impact. The three Rush tunes, however, La Villa Strangiato,
Beyond The Veil contained again some special effects. All band members sprayed water on the people in the audience out of their mouth. Other special effects during this wonderful concert were the many pictures and films projected behind the musicians. This was for instance done during the new songs from Finding My Way, the third and latest album by ENorm. This way the people got a better understanding concerning the lyrics. Not all songs were prog related like the many performed ENorm songs and their strong rendition of the U2 hit single With Or Without You. After the nice acoustic track Answers Erik ten Bos told the audience that buying a U2-album was simply not done when they were young! However, when they got older they discovered how well-written these U2-songs actually were. It showed that good songs don't need long guitar and keyboard solos or difficult time signatures to be enjoyable. Still it felt good to hear those progressive rock elements throughout the set. That made it for many people, including myself, a satisfying concert evening. Hopefully ENorm will continue with these concerts, playing the music of Marathon and their heroes! It certainly made a lot of prog heads happy as I noticed despite the fact that the concert lasted for three long hours!
Henri Strik (edited by Peter Willemsen)
Setlist Silhouette:Far Away
Don't Stop This Movie
Across The Rubicon
Pictures Silhouette by Arthur Haggenburg
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Line up Silhouette:(left to right)
keyboards and vocals
Brian de Graeve:
vocals, electric and acoustic guitars
drums and vocals
High Above The Ground
Patters Of The Landscape
On The Loose
I'll Be There
Old And Wise
Eye In The Sky
With Or Without You
Happy And Alive
La Villa Strangiato
The Spirit of Radio
Beauty Of Silence
Beyond The Veil
Pictures Marathon by Arthur Haggenburg
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Line up Marathon:(left to right)
Ronald ten Bos:
guitars, backing vocals
Eric ten Bos:
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