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4.29 | 45 ratings

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4 stars Fans of Sylvan are given good value for money on this live double CD.

The first CD contains a live performance of the entire Posthumous Silence album, a haunting and memorable album when it was released and just as haunting - or perhaps even slightly better, in a live setting. Big synths and haunting emotional vocals are still key ingredients, perhaps dominating a tad more in the live setting.

The second CD contains songs from the early days of Sylvan up until latest studio album Presets. For the most part, these tunes, at least in a live setting, are more similar in style to 80's symphonic rock in general and Marillion in particular - and generally lacks the emotional impact of the tunes from the first disc on the set. Good performance though, and for fans of this outfit this second disc contains many of their favorite tunes by the band. Personally I was less impressed by these compositions though, with the tunes from Preset as well as the amazing epic tune Artificial Paradise as standout tunes.

Overall this is a good presentation of Sylvan as a band, the quality of the recordings as well as the performance is top notch, and overall this is a very good live release. Fans of the band will obviously have an interest in this one, but people into the so called neo symphonic rock genre should also get much joy from this one.

Windhawk | 4/5 |


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