Mike Portnoy's Shattered Fortress Koko London 28-06-17
First up was Next To None who contain in their ranks Max Portnoy on drums yes the son of Mike with their second album Phases due for release next week.
Their 45 minutes set was for me a bit of a mess.At times the 4 piece seemed to be playing a different song with way too many styles thrown in.Melodic keyboards and vocals turned to thrash guitar riffs and growling vocals in the matter of seconds and maybe the phrase less is more comes to mind and they need to look at finding an identity and not try to be everybody all at once.
Max is a fine drummer with a style similar to his dad but ending the set with a 19 minute er epic where again there was a 100 musical changes was a strange decision as all of any energy from the crowd was lost.
No chance of that happening as for fans of Dream Theater this was like all of our christmases and birthdays had come all at once.
Between 2001 and 2009 Mike Portnoy wrote five very personal interconnecting songs with Dream Theater about his battle with addiction but never got to play them live before his departure from the band.
Prelude (Bernard Herrmann song from the original film score Psycho)
Strange Deja Vu
Twelve Step Suite
The Glass Prison
This Dying Soul
The Root Of All Evil (Eric Gillette on vocals)
Repentance (Mike Portnoy on vocals)
The Shattered Fortress
The Dance Of Eternity
Finally Free (with Metropolis 2000 outro