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The Erinys Concert Review 

The lights dim. Someone is being interrogated. Moments later the same individual is despondent at a bar, and we are going in reverse. A story is about to unfold and then, BANG! We’re off on a rip-roaring ride, plunged into the depths of a 21st century rumble comprised of 22 strings, a battery of drums and five vocalists often in duels of angst and pathos. ‘The Erinys’ is an original rock opera, an ambitious work by Matt Vander Boegh. It barely stands still. It is high voltage and hard rock, 15 songs in all. Interspersed with the interrogation and bar vignettes filling in the picture, it culminates in the final resolve: revenge. The story is in the music, and for that it would have been a good idea to supply the lyrics, but the energy and emotion carried over, as did the joy of these individuals creating a solid piece of work as a group. All of the dynamics fit into place. This was serious stuff, with nary a trace of showboating, some painted faces (Kabuki gone wild), scorching screams that became music with the theme, a few high decibel ballads, impressive control by Jennifer Potcher, guitar sparks left and right, and full throttle vocals. Outside it was a glorious spring afternoon. Inside at Stage 2, a jubilant crowd gave a well-deserved standing ovation. Mr. Vander Boegh got a handle on the turbulence of anger first time around.

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