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Porcupine Tree


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4.57 | 564 ratings

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Tony R
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5 stars Arriving With A Bang.....

Says the blurb:

Disc one is a full show from the Deadwing tour filmed at Park West, Chicago in Oct 2005, edited by Lasse Hoile, with the soundtrack mixed in stereo and 5.1 surround sound by SW, and mastered by Darcy Proper (who mastered the award winning PT DVDAs). Disc two includes bonus live performances of Futile and Radioactive Toy from German TV show Rockpalast, the Lazarus promo clip, the live films used during the show for Start of Something Beautiful, Halo, and Mother and Child Divided, Gavin Harrison's "Cymbal Song" (also in 5.1 sound), and a photo gallery with well over 100 images.

Having seen the preview of Blackest Eyes on the PT Myspace I was more than a little apprehensive that Lasse Hoile had been allowed to run riot with all kinds of "video effects". Well,fair to say that every track gets this treatment but somehow it works. Porcupine Tree tend to be pretty static in concert, letting the music provide most of the action apart from a small rear-projection screen, so Hoile's artistic effects reallly add to the DVD making the concert almost a unique experience even for seasoned fans. Another interesting quality of this presentation is the keyboard mix which is far higher than either the actual concert or indeed the studio recordings. Richard Barbieri must be ecstatic as his atmospheric keyboards are really prominent and give every song a much deeper, lusher sound.

There are highlights all over this disc: Blackest Eyes,Arriving,The Sound Of Muzak,Even Less,the heavily acoustic Trains and the best of all; Hatesong. This performance of the track really is a tour-de-force and Gavin Harrison really gets to shine particularly in one jaw-dropping moment when he suddenly puts his right drumstick in his left hand, licks his finger and then slides it across his tom-tom making a beautiful acoustic sound.I guess you really have to see it to appreciate it.

The band has really matured and this truly was a great time to capture them at the peak of their form.I have no gripes about this DVD at all,the Special Edition Bonus Disc even has a live recording of the PT evergreen Radioactive Toy from the Rockpalast TV Special.

The recording and mixing are truly magnificent, the DTS surround mix is astonishing clear and accurate.Steve Wilson is a star on either side of the mixing desk proving once again that he is a unique talent amongst today's progressive artists.

Ok so the visual style wont be to everyone's taste but for me it really adds to and even augments some truly wonderful performances. A solid 5 star masterpiece, dont hate me...this is the start of something beautiful.

Tony R | 5/5 |


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