TALKING PERSPECTIVES: Dissecting PROGPOWER USA XXI Lineup for Day 2 (Episode No. 31)

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“It’s getting really hard to book headliners,” laments ProgPower Festival Day 2 honcho Milton Mendonça… so the motherfucker booked TWO.

Tease that he is, ou outro terror do brasil (o primeiro terror being our very own Rodrigo Altaf) has spent the better part of two months posting minute-long videos on ProgPower’s Vimeo page. Thoroughly whetting the appetites of prog nerds with Darkwater and The Ocean, and making power metal goons salivate like dogs in heat with Northtale and headliners Stratovarius, there was just one last band that  needed announcing, and he promised the prog nerds that they hadn’t been forgotten.

On the morning of November 14, 2019, Milton made his final roster announcement for ProgPower XXI, Day 2. Preceding Stratovarius on that night would be none other than… Hevisaurus.

Kidding. It’s Pain of Salvation… and to commemorate its twentieth anniversary, they’re playing “The Perfect Element” from start to finish… Yeah, your read that correctly.

Milton graciously (and reluctantly) joined Sonic Perspectives dictator Joel Barrios and Talking Perspectives host Gonzalo Pozo a couple of days before the Pain of Salvation announcement to discuss why the presence of each band, and their own personal histories with the two headliners, who are indisputably among the most important bands in their respective genres. 

The roster for Day 1 of ProgPower XXI is still in the works, though promoter Nathan Block has already announced that the current lineup of the British band PowerQuest has agreed to play their 2005 album “Magic Never Dies” in its entirety. Additionally, he’s also recently announced that Day 2 will take place at Center Stage‘s main auditorium, rather than the smaller Loft as previously planned. 

That must mean something is brewing…

Tickets for Days 1 and 2 will go on sale at a later date. Tickets for Days 3 and 4, which will feature Ihsahn, The Gathering, Conception, Lione/ Turilli Rhapsody, and others, have sold out

Slideshow photographs by Stephen Schmidt, Wendy Steenmans,, Anthéa Photography, Mai Misart, Paradise Through a Lens, World Of Metal and kitmasterbloke


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