Ironing Maiden, Xystus, Persistence - BoulevardSomewhere in the afternoon Persistance started their set. I couldn't manage it to get there in time, so I missed the first 3 songs. persistence described their music as Swing-Trash but played their set with obvious influence by Pantera and sortlike bands. I witnessed exactly 6 songs until I had enough of it. Respect for the bandmembers, as they played quite good. But unfortunatly their vocalist just fucked it up. I saw Persistence rehearse one time and then it just sounded okay, but too bad they didn't perform live as well as in the rehearsal room. Next band on the bill was a well known name for me, as these 4 metalcrusaders have rehearsed in the space next to my own band. Their name.... Xystus from Den Bosch. With Ivo on drums, Bas on guitar and taking the vox, Tim on bass and Desmond on the keys they played an impressing set. [img]http://www.metalrage.com/upload/XYSTUS-foto.jpg[/img] For starters we were treated by Elements of the Truth, a spheric song with some great riffs. Next 2 songs were The Luring Red and Into The Void. After these they played a well known song for the fans, called Forgotten Years, a more heavier and faster song. Xystus have found their influences in bands like Stratovarius and Symphony X, but also the more Heavy Metal by Primal Fear, which certainly appeared in a song like Shadow of Today. After a while, Bas tried to promote their new key player Desmond, by entering into a very high quality solo with Desmond, sounded very nice!! After almost 1 hour of music, Xystus finally ended with Prophecy. Great choice for it's a great finisher. The headliner was Ironing Maiden, a band that only plays old Maiden covers, too bad I wasn't able to follow that show due to other business I had to do. I'll try to find someone who has withnessed the show.