Live Over Europe

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Release Date:
29th June 2018
Record Label:
Inside Out Music
Total Tracks:
23
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RATING: 

Long touted as the progenitors of progressive heavy metal, these stalwarts from Hartford, Connecticut have been at it since 1982.  Since then they have circumnavigated the world and ruled festival stages globally.  For the most part, this live collection is fantastic.  There are no duds to speak of.  There are longer numbers and shorter ones, as is to be expected.  Hell, there are two numbers on here that could comprise a CD of their own!  Many oldies but goodies are pulled out of the hat, such as Wish from the X album and The Eleventh Hour from the Parallels LP.  Two CD’s is probably barely enough to contain such prog wizardry.

Still Remains, from the Disconnected LP, is one of the leviathans I spoke of before.  It is a full 15-minute jam, and is pretty much unhinged from beginning to end.  It signals the beginning of CD 2, as its monster counterpart, And Yet It Moves, does a 14-minute close on CD 1.  Do not be daunted, dear reader.  It may appear as if there is a lot of material to process, and there is – but it is not in any way overdone.  There are beautiful melodic passages, crushing rifferamas, super-human drumming and some of the funkiest bass playing this side of Mars.

Other highlights of this behemoth set include A Pleasant Shade of Grey (Part IX), which again features some gorgeous vocal work and guitar playing.  Nothing Left to Say is a textbook example of  an introspective mellow piece that gives way to some considerable interplay by the band.  Lot of guitar, as is par for this group.  The highlights, however, only provide part of the picture.  This is a solid set from beginning to end.  To deny oneself any piece of it would be truly insane.  Please join me as we embark on a brilliant double live work from the masters of prog metal!

Tracklist:

1. From the Rooftops
2. Life In Still Water
3. One
4. Pale Fire
5. Seven Stars
6. SOS
7. Pieces of Me
8. Firefly
9. The Light and Shade of Things
10. Wish
11. Another Perfect Day
12. Silent Cries
13. And Yet It Moves
14. Still Remains
15. Nothing Left to Say
16. Acquiescence
17. The Eleventh Hour
18. Point of View
19. Falling
20. A Pleasant Shade of Grey (Part IX)
21. Through Different Eyes
22. Monument
23. Eye to Eye

Playing Time: 137 minutes and 46 seconds
Line-Up:

Ray Alder – Vocals
Jim Matheos – Guitars
Joey Vera – Bass and Vocals
Mike Abdow – Guitars and Vocals
Bobby Jarzombek – Drums

Rick Ossian
About Rick Ossian 26 Articles
My wife and I live in a small town in Nebraska. We both love to read and write. I also love to draw, mainly fantasy stuff. We have several cats and dogs.

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