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Old 10-07-2012, 07:05 AM
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While they have taken a different approach with each album, Opeth has a very distinct and instantly recognizable sound: somber, mysterious, and very serious. Their style falls at a meeting point between melodic Swedish death metal and '70s progressive rock, though without any of the technical busyness that description might imply.

Morningrise is, as far as the metal scale goes, possibly their least heavy album; it also contains their longest songs -- just five of them, ranging in length from ten to 20 minutes. The tracks all take their time developing, shifting back and forth from full-on metal sections (marked by distorted dual guitar riffs and growling vocals) to calm, acoustic guitar-based passages with more softly sung vocals. These shifts happen much like scenes changes in a movie, as there is very little repetition within the songs, and there are sometimes distinct pauses separating one section from the next.

In fact, given the strongly narrative lyrics (which primarily revolve around the subject of a lost lover), the tracks here could best be described as miniature audio movies. This is a very painstakingly put-together album, and listeners will have to have some patience in order to mentally piece it all together. Some will be turned off by the long songs and the cold, gray atmosphere the album gives off, but for those who are on this band's wavelength and willing to show some patience, this album will repay many, many repeat listens.
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:48 AM
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Old 10-07-2012, 06:34 PM
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:13 AM
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Arriving Somewhere... is the first live performance DVD by British progressive rock band Porcupine Tree. Disc one is a full show from the Deadwing tour filmed by "Studio M" with nine High Def cameras[4] at Park West, Chicago on October 11 and 12, 2005, edited by Lasse Hoile, with the soundtrack mixed in stereo and 5.1 surround sound by Steven Wilson, and mastered by Darcy Proper. Disc two includes live performances on the German television show Rockpalast, a promotional video for "Lazarus", the live films used as the backdrop for three songs, Gavin Harrison's "Cymbal Song", and a photo gallery with over 100 images. The soundtrack to the DVD is available in FLAC and MP3 formats from the band's download store since April, 2007. This audio edition is in the top 10 of the "Top Albums of 2007" chart of Rate Your Music website.[5]
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:38 AM
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:26 AM
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Now this is more like it.

Porcupine Tree's second official live DVD (and their first to be released on Blu-ray) is such a marked improvement over the British progressive rock band's previous attempt 2006's Arriving Somewhere it makes the former look like a mere test run for the real thing.

Recorded in October 2008 during a stop at Tilburg in the Netherlands, Anesthetize captures Porcupine Tree on two particularly hot nights during the Fear Of A Blank Planet Tour. The first big difference you notice here is in the video quality. Where Arriving Somewhere was often plagued by irritating, cheesy and often grainy looking video effects, director Lasse Holie wisely steers clear of any such artsy sideshows here, concentrating purely on the band and what is happening onstage.

Utilizing multiple cameras and angles, the end result comes about as close to actually being there as you can get. But the thing that really makes Anesthetize stand out is the way that the cameras divide the action equally between each of the band members.

Although PT singer/songwriter/guitarist Steven Wilson often gets the lion's share of the attention in this band and rightly so Anesthetize shows just how great the rest of these guys are as individual musicians, and how much of an actual "band" Porcupine Tree really is.

As much as this benefits all four musicians (or five, if you count perennial "guest" John Wesley on guitar and vocals), the one who emerges as the true star is drummer Gavin Harrison.

With many of the shots filmed from behind Harrison's kit, you see everything from the double-bass movements of his feet during "Halo" to the all of those little cymbals and bells he hits during the intricate drum parts on "Anesthetize." Harrison's status as a world-class skinsman is no secret to PT fans of course. But seeing it up close and personal is a revelation.

Likewise, the contributions of keyboardist Richard Barbieri and bassist Colin Edwin come into much sharper focus here. On "Anesthetize," you hear Edwin playing bass parts you never even knew were there before, and the sweep of Barbieri's keyboards during songs like "Dark Matter" and "Sentimental" is so deep it nearly swallows you. On the latter, there is also a very cool shot near the song's end where the keys themselves are reflected in Barbieri's ever-present shades.

Guest guitarist John Wesley's role (and when are they just going to make this guy a full band member, anyway?) is likewise revealing, particularly in how he delivers many of the guitar solos I'd always thought were played by Steven Wilson. The guitarist is also responsible for more of Porcupine Tree's vocals than I previously realized particularly on songs requiring a higher vocal range than Wilson's, like "Way Out Of Here."

Anesthetize likewise boasts a magnificent sound mix that is rich in detail when it's needed, but also packs with plenty enough power to rattle the windows and piss off some neighbors.

Porcupine Tree fans should also find little, if any, fault with the setlist on Anesthetize. It kicks off with all six tracks from FOABP, going on to include most of its companion EP, Nil Recurring. From there you get a very generous sampling of tracks from Signify ("Dark Matter," "Sever," "Sleep Of No Dreaming"), In Abesntia ("Wedding Nails," "Strip The Soul"), Deadwing ("Halo") and more.

It's not always 100% perfect, though. During Steven Wilson's guitar solo on "Dark Matter," for example, there are points where the cameraman can't seem to decide whether to focus on Wilson's fingers on the fretboard or to shoot him from the chest up so for a few seconds there, you have a headless Steven Wilson.

But when Anesthetize shines which it does about 95% of the time this is just about the best live concert film a fan could hope for, and a dramatic improvement over its DVD predecessor. They nailed it this time.
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Arch / Matheos - Sympathetic Resonance - 2011



Serious disappointment here. I've missed Fates Warning and was hoping this could be a decent substitute. I have the older Arch cds, but never got into them. Ray Alder was where I got my start, and I even saw them live on the Inside Out tour. John Arch puts his stamp all over this, so much so that it's unlistenable. I could barely hear the band over his caterwauling.
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One of Michele Luppi's efforts post Vision Divine. This is pretty amazing, he sounds like a pissed off Clyde Holly (RIP) with something to prove. I'm really looking forward to the Secret Sphere cd with him on it.
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Threshold - March Of Progress - 2012



Have to admit, this really exceeded my expectations. Damian Wilson brought his A game, and bettered anything I can remember him on. So much so that I'm going back to revisit the pre-Mac stuff. This may make some heavy rotation, but if I'm going to the Threshold folder 90% of the time, I'm still going for Mac.
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Nothing like like listeing to the original:

Deep Purple - Made in Japam
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Nothing like like listeing to the original:

Deep Purple - Made in Japan
Nice . . . classic stuff!

Makes this Lazy Child In Time wanna get on The Mule and go Space Truckin' by the light of the Highway Star and look out over the Smoke On The Water for some Strange Kind Of Woman.

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