Silhouette & Credo
April 4, 2014 - De Pul, Uden (NL)
Sometimes we have to make decisions; some of them are difficult, others easy. This time I had to choose between two prog rock events held at the same day. I asked myself which bands I really wanted to see and which venue is closest to my home town. Taken this and some more things in consideration, I made my way to one of the best and cosiest venues in the Netherlands: De Pul in Uden. Two bands were on the bill that night and both are considered to belong to the best neo-progressive rock bands in their country: Silhouette in the Netherlands and Credo in England. Both bands had put together a short European tour, but they were stricken by bad luck. The other gig in our country had been cancelled earlier and the German gig had been rescinded at the very last moment because somebody had passed away! So, this short European 'tour' only consisted of one gig: the one I saw together with other people who just like me decided not to visit the Progdreams III festival at Cultuurpodium Boerderij in Zoetermeer.
SilhouetteThe Dutch musicians from Silhouette were the opening act of this evening. They got one hour to show what they're capable of and to be honest: my expectations ran high.
This ultimate song of the set was performed as strong as the remainder of the concert. The set list mainly consisted of tracks from their acclaimed third album Across The Rubicon (2012, see review), except for Second Time Down from Moods (2009, see review) and the brand new piece Web Of Lies. This song will appear on their forthcoming record Behind The Seventh Wave. Just like all the other pieces written by
Not only music wise the band grew, but also their stage presentation looked better than before. Front man and singer Brian de Graeve got more room to walk on stage after he handed over the most important guitar parts to Van der Weijde. By doing so he's able to focus on other things and to improve his vocal capacities. However, it didn't always look that good to see him deliberate that much with Erik Laan, the other singer in the band. But I will forgive him because together with the other musicians he succeeded in fully entertaining the audience! What more could one ask for? And guess what? They have become a strong live act after all!
CredoThe last time I saw Credo on a Dutch stage was three years ago. During the iO Pages Festival in 2011 (see review) they were the headliners of the second day of this festival. In the meantime their third album
Despite the fact that it was their only performance on the Continent, and that only few
Mark Colton informed his fans that the new album is only to be expected in 2015. But who wants to listen to new material if you can enjoy fantastic epics as Too Late... ...To Say Goodbye and From The Cradle...To The Grave? Towards the end the first epic included a tribute to all fallen soldiers, just like they did before. The second one was played as an encore. It was slightly ironically introduced by Mark Colton as being their version of Grendel or Garden Party (both Marillion), Supper's Ready (Genesis) and 2112 (Rush). This encore was a perfect ending of an amazing performance by a band in great shape!
No matter what difficult decisions you have to make in life, in the end you'll probably never know if you made the right ones. You never know what you've missed if you should have decided otherwise! However, when you had a good time the choice you made is always the right one and this was certainly the case when I witnessed Silhouette and Credo.
Henri Strik (edited by Peter Willemsen)
Web Of lies
Second Time Down
Don't Stop This Movie
When Snow's Falling Down
Silhouette by Arthur Haggenburg
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Line up Silhouette:(left to right)
Daniel van der Weijde:
Brian de Graeve:
vocals, electric and acoustic guitars
Round And Round
Staring At The Sun
...To Say Goodbye
From The Cradle...
...To The Grave
Credo by Arthur Haggenburg
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Line up Credo:(left to right)
Gerald 'Mully' Mulligan:
bass guitar, backing vocals
keyboards, backing vocals
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