I distinctly recall admitting to my guilty pleasure in this band to the fine folks at Decatur CD as I approached the counter with a copy Queensryche’s classic Empire in my hands. In reflection, I don’t know if I needed to be that sheepish. Though they can easily be lumped in with the hair metal bands of the 80s (Geoff Tate did sport some serious aquanet looks), the music itself stood apart from the mendacity of bands like Great White and Cinderella. The sounds were a metal-tinged reflection of their progressive fore bearers and the commitment to ambitious theatricals built the bridge to modern behemoths like our own Mastadon. They are still making music and they visit the Masquerade this Friday.
In a special, cash only at the box office sale, you can get 2 tickets for 1 tomorrow between 10am and 7pm. Visit the Masquerade Box Office tomorrow and get two for $22.50 to see this under appreciated giant of progressive metal.