It’s been a long time since Nova hosted a metal event, but after the success of “Once Upon a Night”, it’s more likely that there will be more similar events to come.
The event was a tribute to Nightwish, one of the most influential and highly-recognized bands in symphonic metal. Although the event was scheduled to start at 8:30, it was delayed for an hour because of the sound check. The first band to play was called Crystal Sands. At first, the sound of the instruments was louder than the vocals, regardless of how long it took to finish the sound check, but the problem was quickly taken care of. The band played songs such as “Emerald”, and “Bye Bye Beautiful” and they played them fairly well. They were all synchronized and well-attuned with each other, however their performance was weak as they seemed nervous while playing and avoided eye-contact with the audience. Another downside was that the male vocalist’s grunts were weak and off-pitch. To sum it all up, their performance was fair, and it’ll definitely improve after they gain more experience.