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   EDGUY - BRAINSTORM - NOCTURNAL RITES
Langen - Stadthalle (D)
April 30th 2004

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Just in time, at 8 pm, the first band NOCTURNAL RITES started off with the show. The Swedish band was in a good mood, but unfortunately they didn't have a good sound, so they didn't get to convince the audience of their undisputed live-abilities. They played most songs from their new record "New World Messiah" ("Awakening" among others) and the title track of the 2002 album "Shadowland". As I said, if it hasn't been for the bad sound - and for singer Jonny Lindkvist, who had not his best day - the band could have got some more fans that night...

At about 9 pm, the German power metal band BRAINSTORM entered the stage and - as usual - they kicked some serious ass!!! I must tell, I don't really like the band's albums too much, but on stage, they are gorgeous indeed! Singer Andy B. Franck was in a very good mood and the band played tight as ever. That was not that natural, 'cause when that very singer stood on stage in Langen with his second band Symphorce, touring as a support act for Grave Digger, the crowd's reaction wasn't half as good as it was now with Brainstorm (a friend told me that story, I didn't see that tour in January). But there were no problems at all, the band did a great job, playing "Hollow Hideaway", "Blind Suffering" and "Highs Without Lows". Unfortunately, they NEVER play "The Healer" from their 90-something-album "Unholy" (Andy, if you read that, next time you play it I hope!! ;-) ).

"Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the freakshow!" - at about a quarter past 10 pm, the lights went out for the last time this evening. EDGUY entered the stage, and the crowd went crazy. They had a very great stage decoration, which somehow reminds of Bram Stoker's Dracula (let's see if I can find a picture of it somewhere in the world wide web...). The local heroes (being at home in Fulda, about 50 kms from Langen) had a strange intro, some german folk music song "Die lustigen Holzhacker-Buam", and the first "real" song was "Under The Moon", from their current record "Hellfire Club". After that, they continued with "Mysteria", they actually played quite a lot of songs from that album ("Lavatory Love Machine", "Navigator", the (according to singer and songwriter Tobi Sammet) "mega smash hit single" "King Of Fools") and - which was in my opinion THE absolute highlight of the show - the more than ten minutes lasting song "The Piper Never Dies", which was preluded by a shivering guitar-solo by Jens Ludwig and Dirk Sauer which gave me goosebumps. Besides from that, drumemr Felix Bohnke did his usual solo to the tunes of Darth Vader's theme from "Star Wars", impressing if you see it the first time, but ... well, what the heck, it was some kind of nice timeout! The rising stars also played a little "cheesy" (Tobi) ballad called "Vain Glory Opera", one of the band hymns from their 2nd album with the same name, then "Land Of The Miracle", a semi ballad, "The Headless Game" from the '99-record "Theater Of Salvation" and from the very successful album "Mandrake" from 2001 the "Fallen Angels".
There were a couple of encores, first of all, Edguy did "Chalice Of Agony", a song from Avantasia part II, Tobi Sammet's all-star-project, and "Mandrake" was the 2nd song in this first block of encores. Before the second encore, the fans screamed "Babylon, Babylon", so the band played that very song, another one from "Theater Of Salvation", and the last song, as usual, was "Out Of Control" from the "Vain Glory Opera" album. A good and worthy finish for a great concert!

submitted by Paddy 01.05.2004

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