June 19, 2016 - 't Blok, Nieuwerkerk a/d IJssel (NL)
In 2003 did put M!ndgames Belgium back on the prog map with their debut International Daylight. For several years, no Belgium band had made an album which contained such high quality progressive rock music on it until this band made their appearance on the scene. Three years later, the band came out with their follow up album Actors In A Play-an even stronger album, possibly a true masterpiece. The outside world would from now on take them seriously. Also, on stage they presented a very professional live unit. Therefore I was glad they were booked for last year's ProgFrog Festival (see review) at 't Blok in Nieuwerkerk a/d IJssel. Unfortunately,
It was rather obvious that during the hour and a half they were on stage, the band mainly would perform songs taken from their latest release. This happened right from the start with The Whistle Blower and the follow up tune The Age Of Plenty. Maybe it was a bit strange they did not use the spoken intro which was used on the album intro (mentioned as Prologue) before they launched right in with The Whistle Blower. Well even without the quotes from Aristoteles it was a fun time all the way. Even if the sound had to be adjusted
Besides performing almost the entire new album Paradox Of Choice, they only left out Context? Anyone? and the earlier mentioned Prologue and songs from their other album releases were done as well. Even from their earlier mentioned debut, a track could be enjoyed namely Beggars Breakfast, which was done during the encores. The other encore Both Sides Of The Show was one of the two pieces taken from their earlier mentioned masterpiece. The other one from Actors In A Play was the earlier mentioned Dramatis Persona. Strangely enough only one track was done from MMX (2010, see review): Destination Sky.
After the band's brilliant performance, the musicians went outside the venue to have a meet and greet with their fans and the Progfrog crew. Pictures were taken and the bands merchandise was signed. It was the perfect ending to another well organized ProgFrog concert! I guess you couldn't ask for anything more on a sunny Sunday afternoon!
Henri Strik (edited by Robert James Pashman)
The Whistle Blower
The Age Of Plenty
Revenge Of The Wizard
Requiem For A Dancing World
Out Of Sight
The Sands Of Time
From A Drone's Perspective
Both Sides Of The Show
M!ndgames by Arthur Haggenburg
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Line up M!ndgames:(left to right)
lead vocals and acoustic 12 string guitar
Maximilian von Wüllerstorff:
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