Night Of The Prog Festival review - Germany
Venue: Loreley Amphitheatre, Loreley, Germany
Eleven years and still going strong - Night Of The Prog returns to Loreley Amphitheatre
Night of the Prog XI takes place in a spectacular 1930s-era amphitheatre. There are mellotrons and theremins, wizard-like keyboardists, saxophone-wielding drummers, harpists, veteran German bands largely unknown elsewhere, like Lucifer’s Friend. Among the bands to watch out for, there’s Lion Shepherd, who mix Indian raga with atmospherics and thick guitar; Seven Steps To The Green Door and their classic keyboard, odd-time and jazz-fusion mix; and Cuba’s Anima Mundi, with their prog metal edge, multi-instrumentalism.
French band Gens De La Lune inject drama and eclecticism with vocalist Jean Philippe Suzan’s extensive range. But anticipated German neo-proggers RPWL seem strangely low-key, apart from a rousing medley of 10-second snippets
of a truckload of prog and rock classics.