Persefone/Manticora/Aversed at the Middle East – Photos and review

So I’m running way behind schedule with this post, and it’s driving me crazy. So, without further ado, here’s the review & photos!

Aversed: The local opener on this show, and what a treat this was! I’d heard a bunch of their stuff, but never had the pleasure of seeing them live. Super tight and well rehearsed would be an understatement. I’m actually embarrassed to say that I’ve never seen them before. I was thoroughly blown away by how put-together their set was. Their singer had a killer voice, from beautiful cleans to the heaviest of death metal. I expect to see big things from these guys (and lady) in the near future. Can’t wait to see them again, and I’m eagerly waiting for their full length album to come out, as they’re working on it now.

Manticora: Now, I’ll fully admit that I didn’t know much of their stuff, but I’ve always had an open mind with bands I didn’t know, or didn’t know very well. They were classic European power/thrash metal to the core. Their singer came out in a clean-room suit, which was pretty hilarious. He had a great voice, and was solid to the likes that only experience can bring. You can tell these guys have a blast getting on the stage and giving it 100% at full throttle. I have to go back through their discography and check out some of their other stuff. They were tight, animated and so much fun to see live. I’m looking forward to their return stateside. I’d like to give special thanks to their vocalist Lars for giving me the opportunity to come cover the show!

Persefone: Hailing from the very small country of Andorra, comes this 6 piece progressive metal juggernaut of a band. I recently got into these guys and was absolutely blown away! True to the core prog metal, from technical rhythms, to sheer brutality, they are the full package! They sound as good live as, if not better than, they do on their albums, and that’s not an easy thing to do. The technical proficiency of everyone in the band was incredible, and they were perfectly in sync with each other from the first note of the performance to the last chord of the night.

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