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Release Year: 2016

Date Label Catalog # Comments
27 Dec 2016

Producer, Engineer, Mixing and Mastering: Evert Abbing

Added To Proggnosis Database on: 1/13/2017 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 1/17/2017 7:41:00 AM by: Oleg
  1. Night Revelers And Night Hags (4:15) 
  2. Hunt In Packs (4:30) 
  3. Judas Figure (5:56) 
  4. Fist Over Hand (5:28)
  5. Revelation Day (6:06) 
  6. Tears Run Dry (4:37) 
  7. The Servant Caelum Et Terras Miscere (3:52) 
  8. Showdown (5:58) 
  9. Sundance (8:17) 

Martin van Gulik
keyboards, midi programming

Bert Ettema
guitar, bass

Ernst Honingman


Jochem van Rijn: drums
Robert Voogt: vocals (7)

Reviewed by Marc on 13 Jan 2017

V2 is a Dutch band that has been active since the mid 90's. Showdown, just out, is their third album and it is my first encounter with this very good melodic heavy Prog band.

Even though they are Dutch, in more than a few ways V2 makes me think of two very popular German bands : Sylvan and Poor Genetic Material.

I first compare V2 to Sylvan because they offer a similar mix of heavy, melodic, (sometimes aggressive) Prog that could interest music fans ranging from Marillion to Metallica. On a couple of songs they come near to doing a power ballad and in these instances Poor Genetic Material comes to my mind, in good part because lead singer Ernst Honingman's voice can be pretty close to the excellent Philip Grifiths'.

V2 do not reinvent anything, but they manage to offer us well written and composed songs that do introduce some fresh ideas. With some A+ performances by the musicians, Showdown deserves to please a great number of fans.

Personnally I think that Showdown by V2 is one of the best albums to recently come out in the melodic heavy Prog genre. 

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