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LIVE AT PONGMASTERS BALL 2002

Ozric Tentacles

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.23 | 49 ratings

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Empathy
4 stars This DVD is an absolute must-see for every fan of modern psychedelic/space rock.

Ozric is in excellent form here, with leader and guitarist Ed Wynne tearing up the infectious riffs and solos at the usual breakneck pace that they seem to take the songs at when performing live. He flawlessly alternates between virtuosity between delay-and-flange-soaked guitar, and soaring synth leads.

Zia is arguably the one of the most skilled and tasteful bassists in rock today (with the _possible_ exception of Colin Edwin from Porcupine Tree). He is absolutely flawless, and completely "in the pocket" for the duration of the show, providing the essential backbone for the sonic assault that ensues from the rest of the band.

Keyboardist Seaweed had big shoes to fill when previous keyboardist Joie left with previous drummer Merv to form the psy trance act Eat Static; but he has completely stepped up to the plate, and is in full "mad scientist" mode during this performance, precisely tweaking knobs, playing leads, triggering samples, and sending swirling arpeggios into the ether.

Ozric has seen a number of rapid lineup changes in recent years, so I'm not entirely sure of who's driving the drum kit in this performance. I believe it's Hagos. Whoever he is, he fills the shoes of previous drummer Rad with style and grace. He employs a light touch, and I would venture to say some previous background in jazz drumming is in evidence. He remains fully locked with Zia, and a faultless rhythm section strengthens the backbone provided by Zia.

To top things off, Jon provides his usual assistance, as an overall guide for the Ozric experience. Whether he's wandering the stage, gawking in discovery at the wizardry of the other members, swimming in the ether, or providing a tasteful woodwind or flute solo, he keeps the viewer engaged.

Finally, the visuals are in top form as well, with mind-bending proections and well-timed lighting adding to the (pleasurable) sensory assault that is the Ozric live experience.

If you don't have the opportunity to see Ozric Tentacles live, this DVD gets you quite close to the experience. HIGHLY recommended!

Empathy | 4/5 |

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