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LIVE MOMENTUM

Neal Morse

 

Symphonic Prog

4.05 | 38 ratings

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AlexDOM
5 stars Utterly speechless... I am speechless!!! When will the momentum stop ha ha. Neal Morse has surely brought the Momentum literally once again. Out of all the live dvds of Morse I can safely say up to this point that this one might be the best (still debatable though). There is one matter for sure, the guys who made the tryout contest are insane. This is probably the most technically talented band Neal has ever put together. He himself proclaims, "Sick... these guys are sick!" I couldn't agree more. The guitar tone and thickness is the best I've heard yet on a Morse live release (both guitarists are insane and playing Petrucci Musicman models interesting ha ha) Another thing I notice is Morse's vocals are some of his best yet on a live release too. He has always done a solid job, but I think here he really shines above the other live releases. And everyone in the band sings too (even Mike does) and sounds amazing.

Now for the setlist, All the tracks are great and it would take me forever to get through each one, but I'll share some highlights. Author of Confusion was awesome especially the the four part vocal part, they totally killed it there. Of course, the last minute is where Mike tears it up and it's awesome. Thoughts pt.5 is crazy hard here, its like as hard as death metal, but it's prog. So heavy and wonderful to headband to ha ha, I love the conviction in the Testimony segment they play, Neal shows his passion and totally conviction at the end of wasted life. That part was so powerful (thank you Neal for your heart, I will always admire and respect you). After that Neal goes into the heavy Sola Scriptura material with the Conflict. To be honest I was totally blown away by this performance, I knew it would be awesome, but wow!!! The three guitarists brought such a heavy tone, it was crazy. The jazz segment in that song is a real treat and surprise, but I won't spoil it. The ? segment is wonderful too to say the least. World without end the last epic played is another highlight.

A big surprise was the short cover track they perform Crazy Horses (thanks Neal for letting Mike do this, it really was fun!!!) Mike sang it and Neal was on drums here, a fun little song. Sing it High has a cool improve, jam playful section between the band members, another cool moment as well. My only complaint is the sound could be a bit grainy and rough at times. Once in a while it sounded like the amps were blown too, but that's not a mixing problem so (Amps couldn't take the awesomeness maybe ha ha).

Well if you are a Morse fan, it's a must. This is by far the most technical live performance I've seen and I have all his live dvds and seen him once live too so. Neal is truly truly a gifted musician and songwriter. His skills are from the World Without End (yeah I just did that sorry ha ha) there is no other explanation. Truly a blessed guy along with the phenomenal musicians he would not have been playing with if he was not such a classy guy with the audition thing. Morse you are such a good example:) and the usual crew of Randy and Mike nail it too with their out of this world skill and talent too. Morse is such a fun guy to watch and it's always an out of this world experience to watch and listen to him. Beyond the skill, he is a passionate and real showman pouring out his heart with vulnerability. And man, he's just so much fun to watch, he gets into the music along with the band.

I got the blue ray version too and I recommend it the picture is clear and concise (except on some of the cameras they used, I guess that's another small gripe I have) Buy a blue ray player it's worth it. I converted to the blue ray life a year ago and it's sweet (even buying some blue rays even though I had the movie on dvd ha ha). But yeah blue ray is the real deal, so there's my rant on that too. Thanks Neal for going to the trouble of granting us blue ray freaks our wish, I really appreciate it:)

Also included is the full show on 3 cds, packages very nicely in a proggin' mega pack!!!

Well the verdict, to say the least this is a masterpiece. Highly recommended. Sure brightened my Friday night. I even had a friend watching it and he really enjoyed it. We might have another person join the family and be a fellow brother in prog ha ha ha. So tight!!! Well thanks again and again Neal Morse for everything. Thanks for this release:)

AlexDOM | 5/5 |

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